THE RAISINS The Raisins (1983)

The Raisins (1983)
Excellent Precursor To The Bears

Guitar whiz Adrian Belew stumbled on Ohio’s best kept pop secret in the early 80s and signed on to produce this debut LP from The Raisins. The union was so mutually satisfying that Belew dropped his many lucrative sideman gigs (which had included Bowie, Zappa & Talking Heads) to join the band, who then re-named themselves The Bears, eventually releasing five albums. If you’re already a Bears fan, you don’t need a sell job. They’re simply one of the sharpest and brightest pop outfits of any generation. As for this long lost Raisins debut, you can expect more of the same, as the core configuration already had all the necessary ingredients in the mix even before Belew came on board (just ask any bar-hopping Ohioan). It sounds, for all intents and purposes, like The Bears, from a retrospective point of view. Original Raisins’ followers don’t require any comparisons to justify how cool this release is. “Fear Is Never Boring” was revamped for the first Bears album and, as you can hear below, it was already fully formed here. Independently released, and long out of print (though, there’s a re-sequenced re-issue featuring 3 bonus tracks available at Amazon). If you’re into exuberant, expert intelli-pop, go no further. Many thanks to BC for the help on this one. Do not miss Vols. 1-3 of the group’s Everything And More collection.

Let Us Prey
Obsession Of The Heart
Miserable World
The Bends
Your Song Is Mine
Fear Is Never Boring
Teacher’s Little Pet
The Pitch
Perfect Crime
A Little Discipline
19th Nervous Breakdown


  • Capt. Willard
    November 1, 2010 - 20:36 | Permalink

    Get it HERE.

  • Faze
    July 27, 2012 - 07:55 | Permalink

    What a terrific group. You had to bring them to my attention twice before they clicked. Thank you for your persistence in championing your favorites.

  • Woody
    July 29, 2012 - 06:46 | Permalink

    Thanks for THE RAISINS, some riffs remember me of some Steve Miller stuff, up to now I never heard anything about The Raisins, so it’s very much appreciated to find these tracks here!

  • ansina
    July 29, 2012 - 18:01 | Permalink

    Fantastic, thanks!

  • Ace K
    July 31, 2012 - 19:47 | Permalink

    Is it sacrilege to say that so far I like this BETTER than the Bears?

    Either way, thanks a ton. Obscure (and GOOD) music will always be welcome in my house.

    Ace K.

  • August 26, 2012 - 17:31 | Permalink

    I had just blogged about these guys earlier this month! I got to a hear a little bit of “A Little Discipline” being recorded when I was a kid.

    Follow the link for a special treat for Raisins fans.

  • deruf
    January 18, 2013 - 13:48 | Permalink

    Still alive after more than two years….!
    Love the Bears, Raisins, Dots…..

  • Superbillie1
    January 3, 2014 - 15:08 | Permalink

    Wow , thank you very much for The Raisins . Quite simply GREAT !!!


  • Ess En
    April 13, 2014 - 23:10 | Permalink

    Supplies are very limited, but if you are looking for Raisins or psychodots CDs, they can be found here:

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