Pittsburgh band The Clarks look to the past on ‘Rewind’ covers LP

The Clarks‘Rewind’
The Clarks (Clarkhouse)
3.5 stars out of 5

The Clarks have been fixtures on the Pittsburgh-area music scene for almost two decades and have a handful of rock-solid offerings to their credit. For latest project, the aptly-titled “Rewind,” The Clarks looked to their past. The 11-track platter features cover songs from the 1980s and early ‘90s that The Clarks used to perform when they were just starting out.

The Clarks CDA lot of time has passed since then, but Scott Blasey, Greg Joseph, David Minarik and Rob James still have a fondness for those early days and it shows in this enjoyable collection. The Clarks tackle songs by, among others, Hoodoo Gurus (“Like Wow-Wipeout!”), The Plimsouls (“A Million Miles Away”), The Rave Ups (“By the Way”), R.E.M. (“Begin the Begin”), The Smithereens (“Blood and Roses”), Jason and The Scorchers (“White Lies”) and Dwight Yoakam (“Long White Cadillac”).

Despite a rabid following in our region, The Clarks never managed to break into the national consciousness. But they’ve been able to put together an impressive career nevertheless and always managed to make Pittsburgh proud. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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