Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we blow the dust off of a forgotten favorite and give its lack of chart success a once-over.
Artist: The Pulsars
Song: “Suffocation,” 1997
What happened: The Pulsars, made up of brothers Dave and Harry Trumfio, released a few EPs in the early ’90s before getting signed to Herb Alpert’s Almo Records. The fizzy Pulsars was their debut full-length, and it contained both a tribute song to the Silicon Teens and a few trumpet licks from Alpert himself. But their long-rumored second album was never released; Dave Trumfio still runs Kingsize Soundlabs, which moved from Chicago to Los Angeles a few years ago.
Why it should have been a hit: With its handclaps, “ooh-ahh” backing vocals, and longing lyrics, “Suffocation” should have been catnip for lovelorn music lovers, or at least for the Weezer fans who the Pulsars played to in ’97. But the Pulsars got lost in the late ’90s’ modern-rock shuffle, resulting in their New Wave ways being treasured by only a handful of synth-pop diehards.
The Pulsars – Suffocation [MP3, link expired]
The Pulsars – Tunnel Song [MP3, link expired]
the pulsars [MySpace]