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    When the scourge of rock ’n’ roll crossed the Atlantic and invaded Europe in the late 1950s, most people thought it was just another passing fad from America.  But no one imagined in their wildest dreams that this “fad” would also be the force that would deal the fatal blow to communism and tear the Eastern Europe’s Iron Curtain to shreds. No amount of Soviet tanks and bayonets was a match for this tsunami. But a young kid growing up in Warsaw, Poland, did know. He heard that sound and knew instantly this was BIG; this was no fad, this was the sound of rebellion. Hearing Bob Dylan’s words, “… But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked,” he knew it was time to kick ass – with electric guitar. Lucky for him, the communist authorities didn’t take kindly to his ideas and, in no time at all, kicked his ass – straight out of the country.

    Arthur Alexander did what he’s always done – he went for the jugular. “America, here I come!”

    Faster than you can say “Polska Kielbasa,” Arthur was helping to form The Poppees, one of the hottest bands in NYC at the dawn of the punk rock era, a time that changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll forever. The Poppees, often dubbed “The Fab Four Of The Bowery,” played regularly at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s and became the very first new artist signed by the visionary Greg Shaw to his Bomp! Records label. The band accrued critical acclaim and ignited the just-burgeoning American power-pop scene. Leaving The Poppees behind, Arthur founded his new band, Sorrows, one of the most supercharged power-pop bands NYC had seen, staggering their audiences with blistering live shows. Sorrows scored a label deal with CBS Records and released two albums, their debut Teenage Heartbreak becoming a classic, sought after by crate-diggers from Japan to Iowa. After Sorrows disbanded Arthur relocated to Los Angeles, working as an independent producer helping the next generation of young artists realize their musical vision.

    Finally, after years of producing others, Arthur’s own music came calling again. He selected a batch of songs he had written over the years and recorded his first solo album, One Bar Left, inviting his friends from Sorrows, Wojtek Pilichowski Band, Prima Donna, Dr. Boogie and The Blessings to come along for the ride.

    From the opening thrust of “One Bar Left,” to the irresistible guitar hook setting the pace for “Hard To Get,” it’s instantly clear that Arthur writes songs that hit the pleasure centers of the brain like a Howitzer. “Shot In The Heart” marries the wide-screen sound quality of an Ennio Morricone film soundtrack with Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” like you haven’t heard since – well, Phil Spector.

    “I’ll Get Your Love Someday” and its Merseybeat-meets-Rockabilly vibe displays the melding of styles Arthur incorporates while never sacrificing the intangibles that make songs hits. There are crunchers like “(She Got Me) Wang Dang Doodle” and a jagged-edged “Psycho-Automatic.” “Money ‘N Love” will make you think you walked into the AC/DC show – with a twist or two.  The punk-laced mayhem, chaos and venom of “Dead End Man” will leave you breathless, only to dissolve into the quiet warmth and beauty of “Hello Suzanne.” “Just a Little Longer” (in English and French) has more memorable hooks jangling in your ears than you’ll hear for the coming year.  And when Arthur decides to do a cover? He turns it on its head. You’ve never heard Sam Cooke’s classic “Bring It On Home To Me” done like this before. Guaranteed.

    It’s impossible to deny the pull that great rock ‘n’ roll has. It’s indescribable, but you know immediately when you hear it. Expect that feeling as soon as you hit “play” on this sucker. Arthur’s credo has always been: “The song is King.” He’s known it forever. And after hearing this incredible collection of his songs, you’ll know it’s all about Arthur Alexander, ready to cement a musical legacy that launched some of the finest rock n’ roll the downtown NYC scene ever produced.

    Arthur Alexander’s One Bar Left will be released May 4th on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Dead Beat Records.

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  • Here’s what media is already saying about Arthur’s “One Bar Left”

    • “A sweet blend of harmonized power pop and gleaming ‘80s guitar stabs, courtesy of ‘70s/’80s NYC veteran Arthur Alexander. – Polly Glass, CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
    • [4 stars!] “A power pop kitchen sink, these songs stretch from garage-rock, Eric Carmen croon and even Springsteen Born To Run era pomp with a breathless audacity. There may be only one bar left but the optics are full and it’s standing room only.” – Henry Hutton, SHINDIG! MAGAZINE

      “The culmination of a lifetime spent making rock and roll music, One Bar Left is a masterpiece evincing elements of Mersey Beat, rockabilly, proto-punk and, so help me, Phil Spector’s ‘Wall of Sound.’ It simply isn’t possible to pigeonhole this collection of 17 tracks; it is a beautiful cross-section of an era, with elements of Beatles, Stones, Byrds, Bowie, Costello, and much, much more. The vocals are melodic, the drums are straightforward and no-nonsense, and the guitar work is simply pure, golden rock and roll. A must for the aficionado, music historian, classic rock enthusiast or just the casual listener who wants some tunes they can sink their teeth in to.” – Marc Michael, THE PULSE

      “Arthur Alexander, the man behind semi-legendary ‘70s power pop combos The Poppees and The Sorrows, is back in the ring with a mighty fine solo effort – his first – that touches on power pop, garage, and good ‘ol rock and roll. Basically, much of One Bar Left is like taking a trip through Little Steven’s Underground Garage – cool guitar riffs fly all over the place, the drums (courtesy of Luis Herrera) smash and crash at just the right times, and the songs have the type of melodic thrust that many artists half Alexander’s age can’t muster. One Bar Left is a triumph for one of pop’s elder statesmen who can still show the kids a thing or three.” – John Borack, GOLDMINE MAGAZINE

      “His debut solo album One Bar Left makes good use of Arthur’s various influences and experiences on both sides of the production desk, running the gamut from power-pop to punk and rock’n’roll.” – Gerry Ranson, VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE

      “When a song rips, it rips. Fiery riffs, explosive drums, and relentless harmonies come together in an old-school rock ‘n roll throwback with all of the edge of a punk veteran.” – Mathew Kahansky, A JOURNAL OF MUSICAL THINGS

      “Arthur Alexander’s new single “(She Got Me) Wang Dang Doodle” is as heavy as anything Jack White has ever tried and hookier than a body suspension convention. It’s melodic, driving and remarkably youthful sounding, more energetic, in fact, than anything you’ve heard in the last three days, let alone what’s residing at or near the top of whatever charts matter these days.
      If there were still something called rock ‘n’ roll stardom this’d surely catapult Alexander there. The rest of the album promises to be as sharp, driven and focused as this track and that alone seems reason enough to sit up and take notice of a master musician who still has passion and fire in deep reserve.” – Jedd Beaudoin, POPMATTERS

      “A kickass platter. Arthur Alexander is no stranger to memorable guitar hooks. As the guitarist/singer/songwriter from both the mid-‘70s NYC power-pop band The Poppees and early ‘80s power-pop band Sorrows he’s written his fair share of impossible to shake ditties. And his new debut solo effort, One Bar Left, traffics in a similar high-energy style of power-pop from his former bands.” – BLURT MAGAZINE

      “… a solid album…. sounds so refreshing and brilliant to 2018 ears.” – Aaron Badgley, SPILL MAGAZINE