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« Reply #60 on: March 01, 2021, 09:32:13 AM »

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« Reply #61 on: March 04, 2021, 04:13:43 PM »
I made a Spotify playlist for all my favourite tunes, including a bunch mentioned in this here very thread. 4.5 hours of bangers.

Pop From the Mountaintop

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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #62 on: March 04, 2021, 04:33:26 PM »
Love this track from newer band Dude York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgai4tCAvo8

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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #63 on: March 04, 2021, 10:13:59 PM »
I made a Spotify playlist for all my favourite tunes, including a bunch mentioned in this here very thread. 4.5 hours of bangers.

Pop From the Mountaintop
Ah bloody hell, Lonely Cryin' Only is such a great song.

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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #64 on: March 05, 2021, 08:01:52 AM »
Yeah a friend recommended that. I’ve never honestly clicked with Therapy? at all but I’m starting to think I’ve been looking at them through the wrong lens, since that is a total scuzzy pop banger.

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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #65 on: March 17, 2021, 01:54:32 PM »
Love a bit of power pop, here's a song called 'Other Boys Do' by a little band called The Toms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJR8ryGmZ8Q - came out in 1979 and I feel like the Eagles of Death Metal were definitely taking notes.

I've been listening to a lot of new-er Australian bands lately (Amyl & The Sniffers, The Chats etc.) but the Hoodoo Gurus had some real jams back in the 80s that were definitely at the janglier end of the power pop scale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO_Mt48vyis

Finally, at the slightly harder rock end of things (think more Cheap Trick/Dictators) I recommend Wyldlife (warning: video contains rocking dudes wearing kickass leather jackets and looking hella cool) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4T9BgwCdxU


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« Reply #66 on: March 17, 2021, 09:54:26 PM »
Magic Gangs first album qualify?

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« Reply #67 on: March 17, 2021, 11:07:20 PM »
Billy Corgans post pumpkins band had 2 great singles. "honestly" and "lyric"
Power-Pop tho??

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« Reply #68 on: March 18, 2021, 08:36:33 AM »

Here's one of their later bangers:

Brill Bruisers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhhtSXk1c70&ab_channel=TheNewPornographers
Love this! (There's definite hints of Cardiacs there).

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« Reply #69 on: March 18, 2021, 11:33:17 AM »
Really enjoying The Regrettes recently. They're like a power-pop The Distillers.

The Regrettes' musical style has been labeled as punk rock, riot grrrl, garage pop, and garage punk, featuring elements of garage rock, '60s doo-wop and surf music, rockabilly, and pop music. Michael Bialas, a writer at PopMatters described their sound as "girl-group power-pop punk". In an article by Culture Collide, their style was described as "Channeling classic doo-wop through a catchy garage-punk filter" and as bringing "a level of impassioned aggression to tried-and-true pop structures, creating a compelling product with significant crossover appeal."

Here's my fave Regrettes song so far. I've just actually been listening to them on YouTube, which doesn't make much sense, I should be listening to albums.
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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #70 on: March 18, 2021, 11:37:10 AM »
Billy Corgans post pumpkins band had 2 great singles. "honestly" and "lyric"
Power-Pop tho??

On Smashing Pumpkins-related discussions, have you ever heard a song that sounds more like 1979 than Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye?

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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #71 on: March 18, 2021, 11:36:09 PM »

Brill Lennonesque chorus with choppy new wave guitar and synth?

 Yes please.


20/20 - yellow pills

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKVT2nSGGbw
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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #72 on: March 19, 2021, 05:07:23 AM »
I've been listening to a lot of new-er Australian bands lately (Amyl & The Sniffers, The Chats etc.) but the Hoodoo Gurus had some real jams back in the 80s that were definitely at the janglier end of the power pop scale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO_Mt48vyis

Loooove the Hoodoo Gurus.  My favourite of theirs is 'I See You': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0gJ_2jedPg

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« Reply #73 on: March 19, 2021, 09:44:37 AM »
Brill Lennonesque chorus with choppy new wave guitar and synth?

 Yes please.


20/20 - yellow pills

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKVT2nSGGbw

This is great, thanks. Sounds a lot like The Cars.

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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #74 on: March 19, 2021, 10:09:55 AM »
Velvet Crush are one of my favourites from the 90s wave of bands who worship Big Star and The Byrds. A lot of the guys from the band turn up on other big power pop albums of the decade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20KRwcDxUCw

The 90s was an interesting time because you had bands equally drawing from the Big Star/Beatles playbook and the new-wave/punk edged bands. You can't discount the influence of bands like Husker Du either (not just because The Posies explicitly name checked them on 'Grant Hart') which I think is even more apparent in some of GH's solo albums and Bob Mould's Sugar.

Grant Hart 'Now That You Know Me' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgwDKj5vf9o


Obviously, The Beatles are a massive influence on this whole sound, and you have subsequent UK artists like Badfinger, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello who all shaped the sound over the years but I think I tend to think of it as an anglophile American sort of style.

That being said, if I was putting together a playlist of my favourite power-pop jams The Records (UK) 'Starry Eyes' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETKeiEcQlac would definitely be on there.


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« Reply #75 on: March 19, 2021, 10:53:21 AM »
I think I tend to think of it as an anglophile American sort of style.

Good definition, although I would like to add that Todd Rundgren's influence (as solo artist and, later, as producer of Sparks, XTC, early Hall and Oates and more) on the genre is also massive, who was as much in the Brill Building tradition as he was influenced by the British invasion.

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« Reply #76 on: March 19, 2021, 10:57:42 AM »
Speaking of Todd Rundgren as producer, here is my contribution for the day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE_0gnTYiPM
The Pursuit Of Happiness - I'm On The Dole Now an Adult Now (1986)

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« Reply #77 on: March 19, 2021, 11:16:16 AM »
The Rubinoos - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prGQqbhBaM0

Sort of wish I'd spent my late teens/early 20s trying to write songs like this, rather than terrible Cure/Joy Division rip offs, but so it goes.

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« Reply #78 on: March 19, 2021, 11:23:06 PM »
I was reminded earlier that I need to pick up the two Jellyfish LPs (Spilt Milk and Bellybutton) which I've been into for a couple years now, sadly the Discogs prices are looking on the steep side though.

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« Reply #79 on: March 21, 2021, 05:39:19 PM »
Depression has set in again so it's time to go back the the masters of ironic death, depression, rejection and failure, Motion City Soundtrack. Towards the pop punk end of the power pop spectrum, their songs are perfect anthems to shout into the void. With their combination of smart lyrics and storming pop, I know of no better band for feeling sorry for yourself to.

So Let's Get Fucked up and die.

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« Reply #80 on: March 21, 2021, 07:11:08 PM »


Treble Boys  Julie Anne Live from CBGBs. Listen to the recorded version for 2nd-pickup-position stratocaster nirvana, son.

Powder  Ruby Red Lips

From the late 60s, this 3-piece were Sonny and Cher's live backing bad for a bit. I think they had some connection with kiwi pop mogul Ray Columbus but I'm fucked if I can remember what it was, maybe they were part of his psych cash-in project The Art Collection

There's a whole album of their stuff which is a treat if you like late 60's mod-pop in the style of the Who, Creation etc.

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« Reply #81 on: March 22, 2021, 10:53:52 AM »
Omnibus by the Move

Almost any single by the Move is a perfect piece of pop, this is actually a B-Side of a brilliant single (Wild Tiger Woman) that
got banned for "suggestive lyrics"

This band just got one bit of bad luck after another.

More Rundgren trivia, the Move covered "Open My Eyes".

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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #82 on: March 22, 2021, 02:57:35 PM »
Lo-Fi B*****sque 2 minute sweetie - seemingly about Slade - from New Zealand.

Alec Bathgate - Gold Lame

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J_AV1h3fU8

Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #83 on: March 22, 2021, 07:38:52 PM »
Any good PP comps out there?

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« Reply #84 on: April 03, 2021, 06:34:34 PM »
Gutted today to hear of the passing of my friend Ed Johnson-Ott, writer, critic and musician from Indianapolis. His band The Future put out a raft of PP treasures back in the day. This one, The Standing Joy from 1982 is magic.

 Lovely obit here. RIP fella :-(


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« Reply #85 on: April 19, 2021, 02:44:00 PM »
This is a fucking amazing power pop album.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWM0ImWEyik

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« Reply #86 on: April 19, 2021, 04:04:54 PM »
A selection from MacLaine Villas

The Muffs | Sad Goodbye

Sadly Kim died a couple of years ago.

Paul Westerberg | Ain't Got Me

Colour Me Wednesday | Shut

Orange | Judy Over the Rainbow

The Free French | The Letter T

Lewis Taylor | The Leader of the Band

Does Lewis Taylor count as power pop? It's very Todd Rundgren

David Devant also had their power pop moments, Lie Detector


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« Reply #87 on: April 19, 2021, 04:23:56 PM »
This is a fucking amazing power pop album.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWM0ImWEyik

YES! Love that album.
Found it on vinyl a few months ago.

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« Reply #88 on: April 19, 2021, 06:00:43 PM »
YES! Love that album.
Found it on vinyl a few months ago.

So did I! Only gave it a first play today but it's fucking fantastic, not a duff track.

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Re: Pow! Pow! Power pop thread!
« Reply #89 on: April 19, 2021, 09:30:21 PM »
Yeah a friend recommended that. I’ve never honestly clicked with Therapy? at all but I’m starting to think I’ve been looking at them through the wrong lens, since that is a total scuzzy pop banger.
They're a bloody odd band, happily doing a weird, dark noise rock album and following it up with a pop-punk record then some weird glam rock thing. Lonely, Cryin' Only is my my favourite pop song of theirs, but there are plenty throughout their catalogue.

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