Tracking down regional music years after the fact can often be a challenge, but luckily there have been enterprising collectors putting their own money on the line and creating limited edition reissues for just about as long as the LP format has been around. The fact that a large amount of these reissues originate overseas never fails to amaze me; the Europeans and Japanese often seem to have equal, if not far more, interest in archiving our musical past as those of us in America.
Which brings us in a roundabout way to Milwaukee, spring 1981, when power pop/'60s-styled combo The Sidewalks released their lone single, "Natalie"/"Whoever Said That You Was Cool." It generated a bit of noise, selling well in the area and gaining some college radio play. Despite working on other studio recordings, the band only managed to see one more song released on a radio compilation, shortly before they broke up for good in 1983.
After the band's breakup, lead vocalist/guitarist Dan Kwas left music behind and only recently began recording again; his 2007 release A Life Too Long Forgotten has picked up several "Track of the Day" awards on