BY JOHN B. MOORE
Sometimes People Forget is a perfect example of why Rock Music 101 should be a required course in every school. Remember the early 1980s college rock band Translator? Of course you don’t (if you answered “yes,” you’re either the perpetual cool kid or a liar), but you should. The San Francisco put out their first album in 1982, Heartbeats and Triggers and despite getting plenty of play on college radio stations and MTV over the next four years, the band was quickly forgotten once they stopped recording. Musicians like R.E.M., Jonathan Richman and The dBs, groups that had a similar sound and ethos continue to be namechecked by bands today, but Translator quickly faded in relevancy.
Sometimes People Forget is a fantastic collection of demos the band recorded between 1979 and 1985. It only seems appropriate that Omnivore Recordings, the label equivalent of a time capsule of the tragically overlooked, is behind this 22-track release. The audio quality here is stellar and many of the songs here hold up remarkably well three decades since they were first conceived.
The band has reunited a few times over the years, including a much-lauded gig at SXSW in 2006 and released an album of new songs in 2012, so hopefully Sometimes People Forget is just a stopgap until the band’s next album is released.
DOWNLOAD: “Translator,” “Get Out” and “Everything is Falling”