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Trouser Press

Buddy Love

Record Label Released
Sheila b/w Party Girl
Single Private 1980
Lp Davco 1982
Sheila & Other Delights
CD compilation Rockville Records 1998

Shifting musical styles the way some people change addresses, singer/songwriter Alan Milman first surfaced on New York's Long Island in 1977, with a 7-inch EP of tossed-off punk-rock jokes. Dropping the beat-era name for the modernized Man-ka-zam handle, Milman and guitarist Doug Khazzam returned a year later with another 7-inch: four derivative new wave tunes (including "Spankathon" and "Surf Rhapsody"). That was Milman's last vinyl for a while.

Opting for a lower-profile role as a songwriter, co-producer and backing vocalist, Milman let the pseudonymous Buddy Love (Khazzam, using a name borrowed from Jerry Lewis' Nutty Professor alter-ego) sing lead and play guitar on the exceptional Buddy Love, a charming and memorable pop/rock collection that knowingly mines a wide variety of sources, from '50s rockabilly to '60s Britbeat to '70s glam. Besides covering Gary Glitter ("Rock n' Roll"), Gene Vincent ("Who Slapped John?") and Buddy Holly ("Rave On") with straightforward skill, the quartet delivers sparkling pop originals like the ultra-catchy "Liar," "Why Can't We Make Believe We're in Love?" and "Dead Ringer." Virtually unknown, but great.

(Ira Robbins)