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Interview: Martha Davis

Martha Davis has been the voice of The Motels since the 1970’s. An early milestone for the band was their performance at the Radio Free Hollywood show in 1976, which helped to open the doors for unsigned, cutting-edge bands to perform at Los Angeles venues. The Motels then became part of the L.A. punk rock scene, and released their first album in 1979.

Things took off commercially with their third album, 1982’s All Four One, which featured the hits “Only the Lonely” and “Take the L”, aided by popular music videos on the early MTV. Other recordings followed, including the hit “Suddenly Next Summer”, before Davis decided to pursue a solo career in 1987. Davis later reformed The Motels, and in 2018 they released the new album The Last Few Beautiful Days.

This interview was for a preview article for for the 8/30/19 performance by The Motels at the Chumash Casino, as part of the Lost ’80’s Live tour. It was done by phone on 8/13/19.