Artist picture of The Motels

The Motels

3 425 fans

Artist's Top Tracks

Only The Lonely The Motels 03:16
Suddenly Last Summer The Motels 03:42
Only The Lonely (Re-Recorded Version) The Motels 03:14
Total Control The Motels 05:54
Nothing Compares 2 U (Made Famous by Sinéad O'Connor) The Motels 05:20
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) The Motels 05:03
Suddenly Last Summer The Motels 03:36
Take the L Martha Davis, The Motels 03:52
Kix The Motels 02:15
Danger The Motels 03:23

Most popular release

Total Control
Love Don't Help

Similar Artists


For every mood


The Motels are an American new wave band formed in 1971 in Berkeley, California. Founded by lead singer Martha Davis, the group started performing as the Warfield Foxes and later renamed themselves The Motels after relocating to Los Angeles. Following a series of lineup changes, and frustrated by the lack of interest from labels, Davis disbanded The Motels in 1976. A second incarnation of the band emerged in 1978 and signed to Capitol, releasing a self-titled LP that featured the hit single “Total Control,” which cracked the Australian Top 10 and hit Number 109 on the Billboard Hot 100. More success followed with the albums Careful (1980) and All Four One (1982), a more commercially appealing record that reached Number 16 on the Hot 100 propelled by the Top 10 US hit “Only the Lonely.” After two albums that achieved moderate success in the United States—Little Robbers (1983) and Shock (1985)—Martha Davis decided to embark on a solo career, thus breaking up the band once again. She would reform the group for a third time under the name The Motels featuring Martha Davis during the late 90s, releasing the full-lengths Clean Modern and Reasonable (2007), This (2008), and Apocalypso (2011), an album that was originally scrapped by the label back in the early 80s. In 2013, they rechristened themselves as Martha Davis and The Motels and issued the long-player The Last Few Beautiful Days four years later.