Coz Canler - guitar, vocals; Jimmy Marinos - drums, vocals; Wally Palmar - guitar, harmonica, vocals; Mike Skill - bass, vocals
Recorded just after the release of their fourth LP, In Heat, Detroit's Romantics deliver a King Biscuit Flower Hour performance as red-hot as the leather suits they would often wear in concert. The ultimate retro pop garage-band, the music made by this energetic quartet was just what the doctor had ordered for radio in the late'70s and early '80s. AOR needed to make the transition for the corporate radio rock of Journey, Boston, and Foreigner into something hipper and more in line with the British New Wave scene.
The Romantics, although built upon the musical principles of the 1960s, seemed to fit the bill, with their retro-fashions, Sting-like hairdos, and infectious radio friendly hits such as "What I Like About You" and "Talking In Your Sleep."
The latter of those songs was the single that brought the band back to the Top 10, just when many radio programmers thought they might be destined to be a one hit wonder band. In Heat would also give them a second hit with "Rock You Up."
The Romantics start things off with "When I Look Into Your Eyes" and for nearly an hour play a signature string of tunes. After performing "Talking In Your Sleep," they launch into the final assault with Chuck Berry's "Reelin' And Rockin'," "Shake A Tail Feather," "Little Latin Lupe Lu."
"What I Like About You," performed near the end of the show, more than any other song on their set list, has kept the band and its music in the minds of music fans—if nothing else because you hear it in hundreds of beer and car commercials.
Although the group would suffer from years of legal battles and in-fighting, they have remained a steady touring act with only drummer Clem Burke (ex-Blondie) not from the original line-up.