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Hear the classic Lite Rock hits of the late '70s and early '80s, reinterpreted by today's best power pop and indie pop artists.
Hear the classic Lite Rock hits of the late '70s and early '80s, reinterpreted by today's best power pop and indie pop artists.
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I'd Really Love To See You Tonight. How Much I Feel. Baby Come Back. Lite Rock classics, all of them.

As a kid in the late '70s, I used to call these songs and others like them "Putt-Putt music," because I vividly remember hearing them blaring from the sound system at the miniature golf course where I spent my summers. Years later, while chatting with buddies in my college dorm room, I realized that I wasn't alone in my (secret) fondness for these songs. It was those college friends and I who ran with the idea of "Monsters of Lite Rock" and endlessly debated which songs and bands could really lay claim to the Lite Rock brand. (Manilow? No way, dude.) 

And now, more than twenty years later, I'm still talking about this stuff, and I've taken things one step further. I've enlisted dozens of my favorite current musicians to reimagine and reinterpret the Lite Rock songs that defined my childhood. Mike Viola, Bleu, Linus of Hollywood, Kyle Vincent, and almost two dozen more amazing artists from the world of indie pop and power pop have submitted some absolutely brilliant reinterpretations of these old favorites. (Check out Michael Carpenter's excellent new version of the old Cliff Richard classic, "We Don't Talk Anymore" for a taste of what you can expect.)

And here's the entire fantastic roster of artists, along with the songs they're contributing:

An American Underdog – “Thunder Island"

Throwback Suburbia – “I Love You”

Kyle Vincent – “How Much I Feel”

Eytan Mirsky – “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”

Michael Carpenter – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”

David Myhr – “The Things We Do For Love”

Mike Viola – “Steal Away”

Cliff Hillis – “Shake It”

Vegas With Randolph – “Cool Change”

Brandon Schott – “Thank You For Being A Friend”

Plasticsoul – “Sentimental Lady”

Willie Wisely – “So Into You”

Bleu – “Baby Come Back”

Paul Bertolino – “Just Remember I Love You”

Joe Giddings – “Undercover Angel”

Linus Of Hollywood – “More Than I Can Say”

Lisa Mychols – “Don’t Give Up On Us”

The Sonic Executive Sessions – “On And On”

Wyatt Funderburk – “Bluer Than Blue”

Popdudes – “Magnet & Steel”

Greg Pope – “Crazy Love”

The Davenports – “Just When I Needed You Most”

Kelly Jones – “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight”

Paul Myers – “Wildfire”

Lannie Flowers – “Dance With Me”

Sunshine On Mars – “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”

Seth Swirsky – “Shannon”

Mike Ruekberg – “Theme From Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)”

In a nod to the era when these songs were king, I'm releasing a select number of the new tracks on vinyl. (Sorry, 8-track fans. No dice.) For the turntable-less among you, there will be a CD release, with even more of the new songs. And for those of you who don't need something to hold in your hands, there will be digital downloads available as well. But all of this stuff costs money. Mastering all the tracks. Pressing them to vinyl and CD. Distributing them to outlets around the country. And that's not even to mention what it costs to get the rights to cover all of these songs. So I need your help to make it all happen.

A custom lyric sheet, signed by Bleu, one of the rewards available to you.
A custom lyric sheet, signed by Bleu, one of the rewards available to you.

So that's where we are. From "Putt-Putt music" to "Monsters of Lite Rock" to "Drink A Toast To Innocence" in 35 short years.  Your contributions are so appreciated. They are what will ultimately give life to this record. Whether you love the original versions and you're curious about how the new recordings might sound, or you're a fan of the current artists, and you want to hear their latest tracks, "Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock" is for you. So, please, give what you can. And thank you for everything!

Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock: The front cover
Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock: The front cover

Risks and challenges

There are more than two dozen musicians on this project, operating from points all around the globe. Dealing with as many contributors as I am, there's always the risk of production delays. I've set deadlines and production dates with those considerations in mind. But should any additional delays occur, the website I run is there to alert any and all backers how dates have changed.

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    You'll get a Producer credit on the liner notes of "Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock." Plus you'll receive a physical copy of the record on both CD AND vinyl, a Monsters of Lite Rock t-shirt, and an MOLR sticker.

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    "Drink A Toast To Innocence" artist Willie Wisely will co-write a song with you! Do you have some lyrics you've been toying around with? Part of a melody you came up with, that you just can't get out of your head? Willie is ready to collaborate! You'll also be thanked on the liner notes, receive a physical copy of the record on both CD AND vinyl and an MOLR sticker.

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    First of all, my eternal gratitude. You want a producer's credit? Done. The framed album art? Yours. Multiple copies of the CD AND the vinyl? You got it. T-shirts and stickers aplenty? Well, obviously. My first born? Let's not go nuts. For that, we gotta get you in the $5000 range, minimum.

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    Something tells me we're related if you're scaling these heights. So let me personalize this for you: I love you, Mom and Dad! But on the off chance you don't share my DNA, and you're still giving at this level, let's see what we can do. I'll try my best to make it worth your while!

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