Friday, July 11, 2014

Early Summer News Updates

I have been informed that in the last several weeks, Floor Your Love (the CD), has sold five copies -- and engendered four digital downloads. To places as diverse as Detroit, Kentucky, Ireland and Germany.


In other words, the Floor Models juggernaut rolls on.

And in another piece of good news, I learned this at USA Today yesterday.

ROBIN THICKE SELLS FEWER THAN 54 COPIES OF PAULA IN AUSTRALIA!

Yikes! Robin Thicke's album sales just hit a new low.

Last week, the "Get Her Back" singer, 37, debuted his new album Paula—an elaborate attempt to win back his estranged wife Paula Patton—but the numbers are not pretty. In Australia, the album is reportedly absent from the country's top 500 albums chart.

An Australian news service notes that No. 500 on the list, "a Blondie compilation," counted just 54 copies sold last week, putting Thicke's Australian sales at fewer than 54.

The disappointing numbers follow similarly dismal figures from the United Kingdom. In the U.K., Thicke reportedly counted a grand total of 530 copies sold.

While his sales numbers stateside are much higher than his totals abroad, Thicke is seeing a massive fall from the success of his hit 2013 album Blurred Lines.

Paula bowed at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 with 24,000 copies. By contrast, Blurred Lines was certified gold and hit No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart; it sold 177,000 copies in its first week out.


The R&B crooner has yet to find a takeoff hit single in Paula the way that he did with Blurred Lines. Thicke has been releasing emotional music videos to his new tracks, but they haven't seen the same success.

And in conclusion Robin Thicke -- bite us!

Monday, April 21, 2014

THE FLOOR YOUR LOVEJUGGERNAUT CONTINUES TO ROLL ON!!!

Courtesy of our good friend Bruce Brodeen, the former proprietor of Not Lame Records, and now the head honcho of the cool website POP GEEK HEAVEN, a fabulous Floor Models track -- "You'll Come Around" (from the equally fabulous Floor Your Love album) -- has made an appearance on the quite splendid new sampler Power Pop Planet Volume Three.


Billed, as you can see (and aptly) as "29 Bands -- 29 Smiles."

Here's the inside art track listing.


This is a limited edition release, so I'm not gonna post any songs from it, but you can -- and definitely should -- order a copy over HERE. When the thing sells out, it's gone forever, so what are you waiting for, you cheap bastids?

And I should add that the fact we're on an album with the truly fantastic Myrcle Brah (the mp3 below is a different track than the one on PPPIII)..



...has made me around the moon happy. Jeebus, those guys are good.

As are, I hasten to assure you, all the other bands and solo artists on the album. Seriously, there's not a dud track on the collection, and I'm not saying that just because I'm prejudiced.

Anyway, remember -- every time somebody orders a copy, an angel gets its wings.

Thank you.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Updated Updates: Special I Love My Label Edition

Our good pal George Matskov, mogul of Zero Hour Records -- the world's greatest music delivery system -- posted this little commercial for Floor Your Love on YouTube this week.



Words, as I am wont to say, fail me. Although I will stipulate that is about the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Also, our videos got featured over at Pop Geek Heaven a few weeks ago and the site's proprietor -- Bruce Brodeen, of Not Lame Records fame -- informs me that an album review is forthcoming. As is a Floor Models track on a compilation CD they have in the works.

More details as they emerge...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Literary Notes From All Over

More than 25 years after we broke up, The Floor Models finally got a serious review, courtesy of ace rock scribe Dave Lifton at POPDOSE.


And it's wonderful. The money quote:

With its Rickenbacker 12-string and three-part harmonies, the jangleriffic Floor Your Love makes a great case for the simple joys of wheel reinvention. There’s little in here that any power pop devotees haven’t already heard, but it’s all done exceptionally well, and it’s devoid of the bubble-gummy quality that too often mars that genre.

Nor does it suffer from the other side of the equation, where the band throws in so many hooks that you can’t keep track of them all. These are tight and clever pop songs that don’t overstay their welcome, but still stick in your brain long after you’ve stopped listening.

The influences are what you would expect from the time, lots of Beatles and Byrds, with the enthusiasm of the power pop side of New Wave. “Fade Into Grey” is “Eight Miles High” minus the acid and Coltrane, “Spin Cycle” sounds like classic Nick Lowe, and if “Let Her Go” isn’t the best song Marshall Crenshaw never wrote, I don’t know what is.

I couldn't agree more, obviously.

You can read the whole thing over at POPDOSE HERE.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Updated Updates

Apparently I misspoke when I said those Swedish radio shows -- with stuff by the Flo Mos -- had been archived. They aren't.

However, if you'd care to listen you can hear them here...



...and here.



The first one features "Enough's Enough" at the very end. The second one features "Spin Cycle" around the midway point and deejay Wayne Lundqvist Ford has some very nice things to say about us, for which many thanks.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Return of the Son of ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS WE PRINT!

A couple of updates.

1. I finally got my hands on copies of the album, and it wildly exceeded my expectations. ZERO HOUR Records mogul George Matzkov, who doubles as the label's art director, did an absolutely brilliant job with the booklet, and if I do say so myself, my liner notes are a masterwork that will make my name live beyond eternity. Oh, and if you check out the Zero Hour channel on YouTube, there are two new videos up. Words fail me.

Have I mentioned that you can buy the album directly from ZERO HOUR over here?


2. I don't know how it happened, but the album got played on a radio show out of Sweden not once but twice. Kudos to DJ Wayne Lundqvist Ford for his exquisite taste.

The shows are archived and you can listen over here if you click on the Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More show.

3. Apparently a sociopath world class putz thinks we're going to sell enough copies of the album to threaten a lawsuit. Or something.. Ain't that the living end?

Okay, that's it for now. If there are no developments between now and January 1 2014, a big Flo Mos Happy Holidays to everybody!!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Today, I am an Album!

Courtesy of Zero Hour Records -- the world's greatest record label -- The Floor Models have finally gone legit.

Yes, The Album We Never Made© has actually, finally, been made.

And here's the new and improved back cover art to prove it.


I should add that I haven't yet gotten my physical copies yet -- they're winging their way from Australia as of this writing -- which means I haven't seen all the cool new inside art. I can't wait, obviously.

In any event, when I began the long strange trip that was compiling the CD, I never in a million years expected that this would be the end result. It's amazingly gratifying, obviously; I always thought this music had some merit and deserved a wider hearing, but the fact that somebody else agreed and went to the trouble of actually releasing it is just so great that I still occasionally have to pinch myself to remember that it's really happening.

I wish Andy had lived to see it, though. He was really the most true believer of all of us, if truth be told.