Just like Big Star, whom Van Duren once auditioned for, he managed to fly under the radar for his entire career.
In fact, he flew so far under the radar that his big claim to fame is being friends with a cult band.
Van Duren’s Are You Serious? is a power-pop classic that definitely deserves your attention.
It’s a lost classic from 1978 which resembles Badfinger, Todd Rundgren and often times, Paul McCartney in vocals and style. He especially sounds like McCartney in “Grow Yourself Up”.