Heard this one?

Formed by Ian Lloyd and Michael Brown (a founding member and principal songwriter of the Left Banke) when they were introduced by their session musician fathers, Stories was one of those bands that could have been, should have been big.

And for a brief time, they were, thanks to a song that did not remotely represent their sound at all: Brother Louie, a cover of a Hot Chocolate song.

Up to that point, they had made a couple of albums of Beatles-inspired rock and pop, and nearly hit the top 40 with I’m Coming Home.

But those two albums–the first was self titled (or untitled) and the second, About Us, had Brother Louie appended to it when it hit the charts, are worth rediscovering.

Although I prefer the second album, the first one has a moody, churning rock song, Step Back, that I swear sounds like what Crazy Horse might have been had they been fronted by Robert Plant or Rod Stewart.

 

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