The track, “Cry, Cry”, was included on the Cheap Trick tribute record from ZeroHour records. It’s a double CD set released in Australia and available for mail-order worldwide. This track was performed in 2015 by Jensen Bell and Christian Nakata with arrangements and production by Neener-Harland.
There are a lot of really talented Rock and Power-Pop artists on this big collection. It’s worth hearing a sample here..
Before “The Rails” there was “Riding Rails”… DECO Records put out 18 tracks with almost no money. So we had to set up in a garage with a cassette 4 track and some Radio Shack Microphones. We handed them a “master” that was put on a limited edition vinyl compilation record called, “Composite Drawing” – (track no. 5) – This song was my attempt to mix “Wild Thing” with Eddie Chochran and Charlie Feathers Style Lyrics. We were very aggressive and funny without trying. Looking back, this was just teen rock n roll. We couldn’t help it. Hormones make you rock.
Title:“You Tear Me Up”
Here’s my story and it’s sad, but true
It all started when I met you
You asked me nice so I gave you my heart
You dug your claws in and you tore it all apart
You Tear Me Up
Went to the head-shrinker to check on my brain
He said, “you’re fine son, it’s your girlfriend who’s insane”
All my friends are questioning my mental health
Seems I keep forgetting to defend myself
You Tear Me Up
You treat me mean baby, you do me wrong
Can’t find Superman, can’t reach the Pentagon
Someday baby if I ever see the light
You’ll be in for a hell of a fight!
You Tear Me Up
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
[ All the way from my head to my toe – By now girl you think I would know.
… from my head to my feet…by now baby you’d think I’d have this thing beat]
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeahhhhh
Jensen Bell – Guitar, Vocals
Chris Nakata- (Ruth Ruth) – Drums Backing Vocals “The Headshrinker”
“Longtime L.A. scenester Jensen Bell has released a gem of a power-pop record called Modern Dating Tips. Aided and abetted by some of Los Angeles’ finest pop musicians (Robbie Rist, Drummer Jim Laspesa, keyboardist Morley Bartnoff and Muffs leader Kim Shattuck among them) Jensen offers up a concept album about a guy’s (ultimately unsuccessful) quest for happiness with the opposite sex.
From the sweet opening salvo of “Askin You Out” to the lyrically resigned (yet musically cheerful) “Happening (Parting Advice),” Modern Dating Tips is a disk that gets better and better on repeated spins. The rollicking “Her City’s Got A Train,” the punchy duet with Shattuck on “Happy Chocolate” and the hilarious “The Swear-Off Song” are the personal picks to click, and the whole deal closes with a beautiful orchestrated ballad worthy of Brian Wilson, “Love Stained Eyes.” “
What great pop! “Beauty Secrets” is a hit single waiting to happen! Catchy as hell, with a great, hooky verse and an equally incredible chorus and a terrific vocal. “Love Stained Eyes” is a beautiful song, meticulous construction with an inventive chord progression, and those double-tracked vocals and expressive strings; this one sent chills up my spine. I love the background vocals at the beginning of “Up & Out”; this song shows Jensen’s wide vocal range to great effect, and again, the song is catchy to the max. I’m most enamored with “Askin’ You Out,” a warm and wonderful tune that recreates that weird feeling of wanting to go out with someone and being afraid to pop the question; some really nice background vocals here, too. A thoroughly charming song. – – (“Pure Pop Radio” – Fairfax VA)
“Let’s say this up front: Jensen Bell’s album “Modern Dating Tips” is about as classic a ‘power pop’ record as we come across and, therefore, is cause for celebration in these quarters. Fans of Matthew Sweet, Big Star, the first Myracle Brah album, some Raspberries, Owsley’s first album, Fountains Of Wayne, Teenage Fanclub, will find that it’s all here in spades – and aces.” – Bruce Brodeen (Pres. NOT LAME Record Label, Colorado)