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5 favorite Power Pop songs

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Posted on Apr 26, 2012 9:03:57 AM PDT
M. Norris says:
There She Goes - The La's
That's What I Like About You - The Romantics
Just What I Needed - The Cars
No Matter What - Badfinger
Polythene Pam - The Beatles (actually a satire of power pop, I think, but I always liked it)

Some that I might include (interested in your opinion):
In the End - Linkin Park (the part with singing)
Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
Follow You Down - Gin Blossoms
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 9:16:15 AM PDT
What? No Twilley? No Pezband? I shake my head.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 1:50:12 PM PDT
EvenSteven says:
"Im on Fire" was posted's some more;
"Living In Violent Times" - Barracudas (*also "I cant pretend" is great too)
"Trains" - Nashville Ramblers
"Strangers When We Meet" Smithereens
"I cant Hide" - Flamin Groovies
"Maryanne" - Spongetones
& Maryanne by M Crenshaw (diff tune from spongetones)
"I may hate You Sometimes" - Posies
"I want You Back" - Hoodoo Gurus
"& She Rides" - Long Ryders
"25 O'clock - XTC as "dukes of stratosphere"
"Motor Bike Beat" - Revillos
"tears only dry" - Vipers & also check out their lp "outa the nest", very good
"everyday things" - Plimsouls
"its you" - Billy Childish
"Metal baby" - Teenage Fanclub
"beauty & sadness" - Smithereens

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 2:43:26 PM PDT
The problem with "power pop" is that there are too many different definitions. It's little more than a catch-all phrase. When you take bands like The Beatles, The Who, The Byrds, The Raspberries, The Cars, The Knack, Blondie, Elvis Costello....and try to blend them together, you do get some things in common but you still have a lot of very different styles and sounds.

It just seems like a practically useless phrase to me; it incorporates too many things from early British Invasion to late-'70's and '80's new wave. For many people, it's almost like asking "What are your favorite songs"?

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 7:14:27 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Hi Z.E., I agree with your post. "catch all phrase"
"Power POP" as my little pea brain understands it is basically a 70's phenomanon that started with bands like "Badfinger", "Rasberries" "BigStar" & I would also go as for to include some of the "glam" at the time as well (that is another argument i guess). Also, Dwight Twilley & Phil Seymour, the criminally under rated Flamin' Groovies (post Loney era in their "invasion" phase"), as well as other west coast bands like the "Nerves" & Paul Collins Beat, later incarnations of these bands grew into the Plimsouls also a solid Power Pop unit. On the east coast we had the legendary "Real Kids" who wrote one of the all time power pop songs in "Common At Noon". & Canadian/uk legends the Barracudas (also included Chris Wilson of the F' Groovies in 1 line up).

Mind you the above references only scratch the surface of this "genre"....many pockets of the US/UK & beyond had their own 1 hit wonders in the field of Power Pop....but I think Power Pop had its hey day in the 70's & early 80s but there are still many bands that still carry on in that tradition.

Happy hunting.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2012 7:23:39 AM PDT
The term "power pop" was first used by Pete Townshend to describe The Who's early singles.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2012 7:35:53 AM PDT
ronct says:
How could you say 'No Matter what" is anymore power pop than 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'? The term power pop was used way before the 70's.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2012 8:26:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2012 8:26:55 AM PDT
Eddie H. says: were right, see the following;
Writing for Allmusic, John Dougan described the genre's origins:
The musical sourcepoint for nearly all power-pop is The Beatles. Virtually all stylistic appropriations begin with them: distinctive harmony singing, strong melodic lines, unforgettable guitar riffs, lyrics about boys and girls in love; they created the model that other power-poppers copied for the next couple of decades. Other profound influences include The Who, The Kinks, and The Move, bands whose aggressive melodies and loud distorted guitars put the "power" in power-pop.
Pete Townshend of The Who coined the term "power pop" in a 1967 interview in which he said: "Power pop is what we play-what the Small Faces used to play, and the kind of pop The Beach Boys played in the days of 'Fun, Fun, Fun' which I preferred." The Beatles and The Byrds, along with The Who, The Small Faces and The Beach Boys, are often cited as the progenitors of power pop.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 8:27:17 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Didn't Townsend refer to it as "Pop Art" which also included the element of "auto destruction" (also employed by the Move on stage as well). Also part of the "pop art" trend was the mod designs like the "bulls eye" t shirts Moon would wear or the "male sign" (circle with the arrow, found on the early who posters Maximum R&B) (It has been a while since I have read any who related article or book.....somehow the term "pop art" is coming to mind....but, yes I would agree that bands like the Who, Kinks, Small Faces & Move are some of the patron saints of "power pop". (P/Pop is a very wide ranging genre & somewhat misunderstood as well).....happy hunting.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 8:56:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 9:09:20 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Cruel to Be Kind
American Squirm
Switchboard Susan
Dose of You
Skin Deep

All Mr Nick Lowe
All from Labor of Lust

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:58:26 AM PDT
Randy says:
1. "Starry Eyes" by The Records
2. "Who Listenes To The Radio?" by The Sports
3. "Southern Girls" by Cheap Trick
4. "There She Goes Again" by Marshall Crenshaw
5.(Tie) "Back Of My Hand(I've Got Your Number)" by The Jags
5.(Tie) "Tell That Girl To Shut Up" by Holly & The Italians

Posted on May 3, 2012 4:11:07 AM PDT
Chazzzbo says:
viva -

I would add Nick's:
And So It Goes
Marie Provost
Rollers Show
Darlin' Angel Eyes
(Hope To God) I'm Right
Half A Boy, Half A Man

heck...probably his entire 70s & 80s catalogue

Posted on May 3, 2012 5:01:30 AM PDT
MTK says:
No Todd Rundgren mentioned?

Just One Victory
Couldn't I Just Tell You
I Saw the Light

Posted on May 3, 2012 9:24:05 AM PDT
1) Closet Cutter - Mike Viola
2) Undun- Will Owsley
3) Me and MY Drinking Mike Viola
4) Oh no the Radio - Will Owsley
5) On the Radio - Cheap Trick
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Posted on May 3, 2012 9:29:51 AM PDT
Anything off of latest Mike Viola's cd and Will Owsley'S 2 CDS.

Posted on May 3, 2012 10:57:06 PM PDT
B-Jak says:
I tried to weed it down to 5, but these all carry the same weight with me.

Wallpaper - Antenna
I Feel Possessed - Crowded House
Diz-Nee-Land - Dada
Into Tomorrow - Paul Weller
Mister Malcontent - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Truth Untold - Odds
Dream All Day - The Posies

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 11:22:15 PM PDT
Thank you for picking The Smithereens!

Posted on May 4, 2012 10:06:14 AM PDT
Bob Bykowski says:
The Smithereens are a fantastic, criminally underrated band. I've seen them live several times, and they never fail to put on a great show. They write songs that would have been regarded as AM classics back in the '60's and early '70's. All of their albums are good, but I believe their '10' album is an enduring classic. Great group.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 6:26:13 PM PDT
I agree about the Smithereens. I saw them twice last year, and they were great. They came out after the show, talked to their fans, and posed for pictures. They are very fan friendly. When I told Pat DiNizio how much I enjoyed the show, he gave me a hug, and thanked me for coming. They are my new favorite band.

Posted on May 8, 2012 9:25:06 AM PDT
Looking At You - MC5
Couldn't I Just Tell You - Todd Rundgren
Peace Love & Understanding - Elvis Costello
Day After Day - Badfinger
I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
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