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The Romantics are a rock and roll band often put under the banner of power pop and new wave from Detroit, Michigan, United States, formed in 1976. The band's first show was on Valentine's Day at My Fair Lady Club, in Detroit, opening for the new MC5 in 1977. For three years the band was on the road, playing Boston's Rathskeller, CBGB in NYC's Bowery, Philadelphia, Pa., Hot Club, Cleveland's Agora... signed to Nat Weiss' Nemperor independent Epic/ Portrait record label. The Romantics achieved popularity in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, parts of Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America on the strength of the band's well-crafted pop songs and high energy shows as well as noted for their look; black vinyl to red leather suits in their music videos. They were influenced by 1950s American rock and roll, Detroit's MC5, The Stooges, early Bob Seger, Motown, 1960s North American garage rock as well as the British Invasion rock bands.

Most of their albums were minor hits, although In Heat made the top twenty and was certified gold.