To some, Starz were Kiss' "little brother band," due to the fact that--like the masked quartet--Starz debuted in the 1970s, were managed by Bill Aucoin, hailed from the East Coast, and specialized in hook-heavy arena rock. And to a certain degree, this is true. But the 2000 compilation BRIGHTEST STARZ: ANTHOLOGY makes clear that Starz really were their own band--capable of penning ditties that should have stormed the charts, especially on their occasional detours into power pop territory. Highlights from all four Starz studio albums are here, and for admirers of smartly penned mainstream rock, the power pop nugget "Cherry Baby" and the mid-paced "Sing It Shout It" surely won't disappoint. And like Cheap Trick early on, Starz manage to throw a few curve balls when it comes to subject matter, straying from the expected "party rock" topics on "Pull the Plug" (which appears to be about "pulling the plug" on a lover on her deathbed) and "Subway Terror" (which details the risks of riding the subway, indeed no safe haven circa 1970s N.Y.C.). Start with a tablespoon of Kiss, stir in a teaspoon of Cheap Trick, and add a dash of Aerosmith, and you get Starz, and BRIGHTEST STARZ: ANTHOLOGY is a fine intro to this oft-overlooked band.
Release Date: 04 April 2011