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D.I.Y.: Come Out And Play - American Power Pop (1975-78)

The Diodes, D.I.Y. SeriesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 16, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: February 16, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0000032YM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shake Some Action - Flamin' Groovies
2. Baby It's Cold Outside - Pezband
3. Hanging On The Telephone - The Nerves
4. Wayside - Artful Dodger
5. Hit The Floor - Earthquake
6. Can't Wait - Piper
7. When You Find Out - The Nerves
8. The Summer Sun - Chris Stamey
9. Blow Yourself Up - Tommy Hoehn
10. My Mind - The Scruffs
11. Why Can't It Be - The Names
12. Southern Girls - Cheap Trick
13. All Kinds Of Girls - The Real Kids
14. Come Out And Play - The Paley Brothers
15. Where Have You Been All My Life - Fotomaker
16. Stop! Wait A Minute - Pezband
17. Christi Girl - The Flash Cubes
18. Tired Of Waking Up Tired - The Diodes
19. I Am The Cosmos - Chris Bell

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great primer on 70's power pop September 18, 2003
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Rhino records is a godsend to fans looking to learn more about a musical genre. Every genre they tackle is chronicled lovingly and contains a great mix of obscure gems and popular classics. The D.I.Y. series views late 70's punk-styled music in 9 volumes, separated by region and musical style. There are 4 "pop" collections, 2 each for the U.S. and the U.K. The U.S. collections are less stylistically varied but considerably more fun and tuneful, since British pop often goes over my head (see: XTC, for starters, who I am starting to love). This collection covers the "early" years of US power pop, 1975-1978, which means it misses the Raspberries and Big Star but still gets many of the major players. Very highly recommended, snag this while its around!
Best Tracks:
"Shake Some Action" - Stones meets Beatles anthem. One of the Groovies' best and that's saying something, this has a great chorus and some tidy guitar work.
"Wayside" - Big Star acoustics give way to something that's equal parts power pop, hard rock, and pure genius rock and roll.
"Hit The Floor" - More great guitar and a booming mix make this Earth Quake's best original. The most raw and rocking song here, it's a song just waiting to be discovered by bar bands everywhere.
"Can't Wait" - Why are the Piper CD's out of print? Billy Squier's best work was done with this unknown band, and this track is nearly perfect.
"Blow Yourself Up" - Off-kilter drum work and Tommy Hoehn's alternately strong/shaky voice showcase this shoulda-been-a-classic.
"Why Can't It Be" - The Names are one of the totally unknown bands on this compilation and this was a fine single.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanging on the CD!! May 7, 1999
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Bravo, Rhino!! That is a huge selection of a very funny times for power pop. It is plenty of jewels and gems (please Rhino, we want a Nerves discography re-edition!) like probably one of the best songs ever made: "I am the Cosmos" of the Big Star most unknown half Chris Bell, or the Flamin' Groovies masterpiece "shake some action" from their self named recomended!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Best Power Pop Collection Ever August 1, 2000
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Bless Rhino's heart for compiling this gem. Flamin' Groovies, Nerves, Artful Dodger...terrific! But the long lost nugget of this CD is Chris Stamey & the dbs' "Summer Sun". Released as an indie single, it was backed with what I deem the most influential indie pop song of the era, "I Thought You Wanted To Know". Reminiscent of Big Star, this little masterpiece is available only on Vol. II of the American Power Pop series, "Shake It Up", which has been sadly deleted from Rhino's catalog. The #1 best power pop collection of all time, "Vol. II" deserves to see the light of day again. I myself would give just about anything to find a copy...can anybody out there help me out?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A note of trivia, the artwork cover to this CD release features The Nerves, a band who existed from 1974-1977 and recorded the original version of Hanging On The Telephone later covered by Deborah Harry and Blondie. From left to right you can see Jack Lee, Paul Collins (The Beat) and Peter Case (The Plimsouls). This is one of the greatest CD compilations and is packed with more songs than most standard albums would contain. This is one of the few CDs where you can actually find full songs from The Nerves and this will have to suffice until Paul Collins can re-issue The Nerves to CD and vinyl in 2007. This disc features other legendary bands in addition to The Nerves, including Cheap Trick, Fotomaker, Chris Bell (of Big Star), The Scruffs, The Real Kids, Pezband, Chris Stamey, Artful Dodger and The Flashcubes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has some fantastic, hard-to-find songs! March 7, 2014
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This is a very nice collection of semi-rare songs in the "power pop" genre. You probably have never heard "Shake Some Action" by the Flamin' Groovies, but it's terrific, and a classic power pop song. I never thought that I would enjoy listening to a song that consisted basically of two chords, but listen to "When You Find Out" by The Nerves - they do a lot with those two chords. My favorite song on this CD is "Tired of Waking Up Tired" by the Diodes, a proto-punk group from Canada - but it fits right in with these power pop and garage band tunes. All in all, a great collection of songs you probably won't hear any other way.
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