The original members of The Romantics—Wally Palmar, Jimmy Marinos, Mike Skill and Rich Cole—formally became a band on Valentine’s Day, 1977. Bred on the mean streets of Detroit’s east side, they were inspired by the British punk invasion and their hometown rock scene. Nearly 30 years later they are still known for having created some of the most influential and beloved rock and roll of all time.
The Romantics cut their teeth on the Detroit sound characterized by the MC5, the Stooges, Bob Seger and the Last Heard, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Rationals, SRC, the Underdogs, and infused it with sincerity, irony, spontaneity and, of course, volume. They favored short hair, short songs and popularized red leather suits.
And The Romantics were simple; the best of their music was a joyful affirmation, epitomized by the chanted “Hey!…uh-huh!” intro to the remarkable “That’s What I Like About You,” a song that still exists precisely in the moment, without before or after.
In addition to being a staple on classic and contemporary rock radio, television commercials and movies; Sirius/XM Satellite radio has embraced The Romantics. Their songs can be heard on a number of stations including Little Steven’s Underground Garage.
2011 brought the re-emergence of original bass player, vocalist, Rich Cole. With his addition
, the band is able to expand their set list and include more songs from their first two albums, as well as new and unreleased material. They are now able to focus in more on harmonies and getting back to their original rock sound that established The Romantics from the very beginning.
Currently, Palmar, Skill, Cole, and Elvis are touring and writing songs. In the works for 2012, are new releases and some surprise unreleased, live recordings.