JULES & THE POLAR BEARS Fenetiks (1979) & Economy Package E.P. (1980)

Fenetiks (1979)
Jules Shear’s Manic Obsession

RE-UPPED In 1979, as punk began to wane and its commercial alter ego, The New Wave, began to emerge, Jules & The Polar Bears were poised and ready to define and/or confuse the issue. Jules Shear’s youthful obsession introduced a hyperactive energy that signaled the possibility that The New Wave would, indeed, have something new and fresh to offer the masses. As we now know, the movement failed to deliver – instead, merely rehashing pop rock’s basic blueprint with cheap keyboards and a mild, tongue-in-cheek irreverence. But with Fenetiks (the follow up to the band’s excellent, Got No Breeding), Shear & his Bears were charting a more individual course altogether, taking the reigns of a frantic, free-for-all affront, as if rock’s established protocols had been replaced altogether. In the Polar Bears can be heard faint reflections of The Kinks, 10cc, Mott, and a dozen other rock-hard foundations, all congealing behind Shear’s gloriously quirky, adrenaline-fueled verbal assault – smart, creative and, above all, unique – which is what The New Wave promised us all in the first place. In Fenetiks, the movement’s potential was crystallized. Alas… radio wasn’t interested. Amazon’s got it.

Good Reason
I Give Up
The Smell Of Home
Faded Red
What Do You Belong To
You’re So Complete
Real Enough To Love
Brave Enough
All Caked Up


Economy Package E.P. (1980)
Back when the band’s label was still high on J&TPB’s possibilities, they released this 1980 E.P., The Economy Package E.P. After Fenetiks, The Polar Bears would record one more album, Bad For Business – though, it would take 16 years before it would get released. Polar Bear Stephen Hague would go on to become an in-demand producer while Jules Shears would move into his much cherished, though grossly under-appreciated solo career.

Sometimes Real Life
Born Out Of Heat
Alive Alone
This Fabrication


  • Nasrudin
    January 9, 2009 - 22:05 | Permalink

    Uhm, actually, it's Got No Breeding that sort of succeeds in transcending all the strictures that were happily assembling theirsel'fs.
    I'm only hoping that you'll do it… it's pretty much entirely unheard, then and since and now.

  • Capt. Willard
    January 10, 2009 - 01:37 | Permalink

    Most people got their first taste of Jules Shear on Got No Breeding and were – like most are with their first brush – impressed by it. But, for my ears, that album's studio polish lacks the recklessness and combustibilty of Fenetiks. Besides… it's all a matter of taste not, uhm, definition. Which is why Fenetiks is offered here.

  • Anonymous
    April 20, 2009 - 00:11 | Permalink

    Fenetiks was release a couple years ago by Wounded Bird records with the contents of the EP. Much rarer was the later English single (Smell of Home/Alive Alone) produced by Peter Gabriel.

  • MrBill
    July 11, 2009 - 04:09 | Permalink

    OK Anonymous – do you have that rare single or know someone who does, and are willing to share? If so, it would be much appreciated!

    I love all of the Polar Bears' recordings, and was fortunate enough to see them live shortly after the release of Got No Breeding.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 14, 2009 - 14:01 | Permalink

    Find it all HERE

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