Portable Pop

by The Late Show

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Dachs Great power pop from what many consider the golden era of the genre: the late 70's and early 80's. Bright melodies that are sugar-coated with good vocals and tight, competent musicians-- and quality production that doesn't "over gloss" any of the songs the album contains. Favorite track: Judy.
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Jackie's Fridge Such awesomeness. The Beatles influence is a bit heavy for my taste, but doesn't run through most of the album. I really hope their unreleased second album sees the light of day soon! Favorite track: Stop (Alternate Version 1979).
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Formed in 1972 at North Central High School in Indianapolis, The Late Show’s original line-up included drummer Mark Cutsinger and guitarist Kevin Kimberlin, along with Don Main and Mark Moran.

With a move to New York City in 1974 the Late Show caught the attention of producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Artful Dodger, New York Dolls, The Knack). After a series of recordings with Douglas at the Record Plant, and major label offers from CBS, Epic, Windfall, and Don Kirshner’s Record label, all of which the band turned down expecting a bigger deal to be around the corner, Kimberlin left the band.

The band continued as a three piece from 1975 until 1979, when Steve Lester was added on guitar and keyboards.

By late 1979, guitarist Rick Clayton had replaced Steve Lester and Chris Pyle joined replacing Mark Cutsinger on drums.

The band entered Soundsmith Studios in Indianapolis with producer Greg Riker and engineer producer Mike Petrucci to record their first record, “Portable Pop”. The band had trouble getting the sound they wanted in the studio. Main recalled, “Don’t get me wrong, it was a nice studio, it was just too sterile sounding. So we literally set up in the loading dock area of the studio with monitors and recorded the entire album live.” “Portable Pop”, released in 1980 on Rave Records was the only official release by The Late Show, and was only available at the time on vinyl. The record has been out of print since the early 80′s. This power pop classic will be reissued in the spring of 2012 by Trashy Creatures Records.

The band recorded their second record in Memphis, Tn with producer John Hampton (The Raconteurs, White Strips, Alex Chilton, The Cramps, The Replacements, Gin Blossoms) in 1983. The record entitled , The Late Show “Recordio in Stereo”, was shelved just weeks before it’s independent release by the bands lawyer, who assured them a contract with Atlantic Records was a done deal. As it it turned out the deal fell through and the record has remained unreleased since 1983. It will finally see the light of day with bonus tracks later this year on Trashy Creatures Records. Between 1986 and 1988, the band recorded demos In Los Angeles and their hometown of Indianapolis with producer Ian Ritchie (Roger Waters, Godley & Creme, Gary Numan, The Beach Boys, Dead Or Alive, Howard Jones, Laurie Anderson). Atlantic Records was responsible for paring producer Ritchie with the band but once again a deal with the label failed to materialize.

In 1996,The Late Show’s Portable Pop LP was listed in Goldmine Magazine as #23 of the 50 essential US power pop albums.

In 2007, the album was listed as #46 of the 200 most essential power pop albums in the book “Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide”

In the summer of 2012 The Late Show will be featured in a new book called “Power Pop 360” and the song “Take a Chance” will be featured on the CD Compilation that will accompany the book.


released March 27, 2012


Side A

Take A Chance (Main)
Stop (Main)
I Won't Play The Clown (Main/Moran)
Actions Speak Louder Than Words (Main)
What Can I Do (Clayton)
Hey Sue (Main/Moran)

Side B

Look Who's Laughing Now (Main/Moran/Clayton)
Judy (Main/Moran)
Protect Your Love (Main/Moran)
So Happy (Main)
Won't Mind Waiting (Clayton)
Just A Matter Of Time (Main)

The Late Show:

Mark Moran – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Don Main – Lead Vocals, Bass
Rick Clayton – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Chris Pyle – Drums

Produced by: Greg Riker and Mike “Tooch” Petrucci
Engineered by: “Tooch” at Soundsmith Studios in Indianapolis
Mastered by: Gregory Bogantz
Art and Design by: Bill Brunt for Private Eye Studio

Reissue Credits:

Reissue Produced by: Greg Roberson for Trashy Creatures Records
Remastered by: Brad Blackwood at Euphonics Masters Memphis, Tn
Reissue Art & Design: Josh Breeden for Trashy Creatures Records
The Late Show Logo by: P.J.Yinger

Analog to Digital Transfers:

“Portable Pop”: Shannon Lynn at Charis Music Group
Bonus Tracks: Rob Grayson at Wilkerson Sound

1978 Bonus Tracks:

If You Stay (unreleased 1978) (Main)

Produced & Engineered by: Greg Riker at TRC Studios
October 13, 1978

Judy (Alternate Version 1978) (Main/Moran)

Produced by: The Late Show
Engineered by: Greg Galloway at Neon Cornfield
December 12, 1978


Don Main – Bass, Lead Vocals
Mark Moran – Guitars, Backup vocals
Mark Cutsinger - Drums

1979 Bonus Tracks:

Say Hello (unreleased 1979) (Main) +
Stop (Alternate Version 1979) (Main) *

Produced by: Skeet Busher
Engineered by: Mark Copenhaver
Recorded & Mixed at Soundsmith Studios in Indianapolis 1979


Don Main – Bass, Lead Vocal
Mark Moran – Guitar, Backup Vocals
Chris Pyle – Drums *
Mark Cutsinger – Drums +
Steve Lester – Keyboards, Backup Vocals



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