They were huge in Tuvalu, but New England is known these days mostly for an interesting footnote.
That’s not entirely fair, by the way. While it’s true that the Boston-based band’s biggest chart success was in Tuvalu, New England cracked the U.S. top 40 with 1979’s “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya.” The track is a pleasing synth rock confection, and arguably a predictor of Bon Jovi things to come:
So what’s this footnote of which I speak? New England was managed by Bill Aucoin, who came to fame as KISS’s manager. The band likely found their “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya” producer courtesy of their manager, making New England one of the few non-KISS bands produced by KISS frontman Paul Stanley.
My 12-inch promo single isn’t worth much–you can expect to pay 1-2 dollars for your copy–but what a cool novelty for the KISS fan in your life, and it’s a good song, too. Happy hunting.