I don't want to challenge anyone's right to be a conscientious objector, but isn't it ironic that someone with this name, who starts a band called "The Raiders" and who habitually wears military uniforms, should have been one?
Also on the 'things are not quite what they seem' theme: on the insert notes and in the 'autobiographical' track titled The Legend of Paul Revere we are told that Paul was 'flipping burgers' when he decided to form a group. Maybe so, but it's worth noting that he was actually the owner of a string of burger joints.
But what of the music? Pure bubble gum; great if you like that kind of thing. It's very derivative; you'll hear shades of The Byrds, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in there. There is some excellent instrumental work, so they were not entirely without talent, and they turn out some great R&B sounds on occasion. They simply discovered that wearing tights, growing Beatle hairstyles and singing pap was a great way to have fun and make fortunes.
There was clearly friction between founder members Revere and vocalist Mark Lindsay. The latter (often seen as the real star of the group) wanted to develop the music further, whereas Revere was happy to keep blowing bubbles. It's noteworthy that on their respective websites, they make little or no mention of each other. Lindsay did go on to other things. Revere, last I heard, was still prancing around in antique uniforms, singing the same songs. To be fair, those that see his show say it's great fun.
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