‘Take the L’ by the Motels – Classic Hit or Miss
The band hired record producer Val Garay for their third album, Apocalypso. It was scheduled to be released in November 1981, but after Capitol Records heard the final product, they rejected it for being “not commercial enough” and “too weird”. All Four One (1982) was the band’s best-selling album.The first single from All Four One was “Only the Lonely”, which reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 6 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart. The song “Mission of Mercy” also received enough airplay to reach No. 23 on the Top Tracks chart.In addition, two other singles, “Take the L” and “Forever Mine”, also managed to reach the Billboard Hot 100. The release of All Four One, the band’s first successful U.S. album, coincided with the emergence of MTV, which led to music videos being created for both “Only the Lonely” and “Take the L”.