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Initial post: Dec 1, 2011 12:43:02 PM PST
brainhead says:
Songs that could have been pop hits but weren't or were but simply weren't all that popular for some weird reason. I'll start with this:

Joboxers - Just got Lucky

Quite possibly the catchiest song in the world.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 1:56:23 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
Oh, I like that. :)

A lot of power-pop tracks could fit in this category. One of my faves:

The dB's, "Love Is For Lovers"

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 2:12:44 PM PST
S. Stalcup says:

Though pretty much anything Too Much Joy did SHOULD have been massive. Pity the two major stars who did notice them were Penn Jillette (which is actually pretty cool as he directed this video) and Larry "Bozo the Clown" Harmon, who sued them for using a soundbite of him on their brilliant song "Clowns."

Jay, Tim, Sandy, Tommy (and Bill, too, I guess), all ten of your fans miss you. Please come back.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 2:25:50 PM PST
"Like a Star" by Cherry Twister, "Fish" by Jeff Foskett, "Not Where It's At" by Del Amitri, "She Cuts Her Own Fringe" by Uncle Devil Show, "Sweet William" by Pearlfishers, "Dorina" by Dada, "Closet Cutter" from the new Mike Viola-El Perfecto album (my best pop pick for 2011), and "Couldn't You Tell" from the B.C. Camplight debut cd. These are some of the greatest catchy pop songs I've ever heard!

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 2:34:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2011 2:34:56 PM PST
doodah man says:
Hub Kapp and the Wheels

Ancient Phoenixians may remember them

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 2:39:06 PM PST
Mr. Bean says:

I get the feeling more people than I might assume know of this song - if you don't, check it out.
The Whitest Boy Alive - 'Burning'

A driving, fun, bouncy track. Good for casual parties, driving dates, and hanging by summertime lakes.

Enjoy :)

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 2:42:31 PM PST
S. Rice says:
Taxxi - Cocktail Queen (Don't She Love to Rock & Roll)

Always loved that song. Not sure why it wasn't bigger.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 3:08:59 PM PST
assuming that most people already know september gurls,let's go with something from the shoe's 1979 album,'present tense'.'tomorrow night','too late','your very eyes','now and then','every girl'.any one of these is full of gorgeous hooks.and then there's 'time goes by so slow',by the distractions.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 3:20:22 PM PST
Mike Hunt says:
From the 80's...Don Dixon- Praying Mantis

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 3:24:56 PM PST
It wouldn't be accurate to state that nobody's ever heard of it, but the Beach Boys' "You Need a Mess of Help To Stand Alone" was not the catchy hit single it deserved to be. Same with "Keepin' The Summer Alive".

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 3:39:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2011 3:46:23 PM PST
For the holiday season, here's a catchy little number by the Chamber Strings:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 3:47:05 PM PST
Paczki says:
Absolutely. Listen on YouTube. Also a couple of live versions, including one with wife Marti Jones

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 4:42:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2011 5:25:03 PM PST
Without You - Manfred Mann
I Need Love - The DC5
If You're Thinking What I'm Thinking - Herman's Hermits

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 5:13:09 PM PST
Roman Holliday (yes - two "L's") Stand By -- was popular for about 15 minutes back in the 80's

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 5:41:31 PM PST
Power pop indeed rules...

The Leopards - "I Wonder If I'll Ever See You Again" (1977)

Billy Bremner - "Laughter Turns to Tears" (1981)

The Cowsills - "Is It Any Wonder" (1994)

The Loveless - "The Return of the Ex-Girlfriend" (1995)

Ron Sexsmith - "Believe It When I See It" (2011)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 5:47:24 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
Love that Cowsills track! :)

A couple more of my favorites:

The Records, "Starry Eyes" (1979)

Fountains Of Wayne, "Red Dragon Tattoo" (1999)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 6:01:15 PM PST
yes, ron sexsmith is great! i'd pick "Get in Line" from his new Late Bloomer as his catchiest though.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 6:04:44 PM PST
Good call on Fountains of Wayne! I love "Road Song" and "Cemetery Guns" from their new one, and "I-95", "Mexican Wine" and "Haley's Waitress" from the unbelievably good Welcome Interstate Managers.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 6:25:26 PM PST
Jane Aire & the Belvederes:

Rachel Sweet:

Unit 5:


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 8:27:17 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
They're just one of my favorite bands, period. So many sweet tunes... :D

Speaking of which, how about Matthew Sweet?
"Sick of Myself" (1995) -

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 8:28:05 PM PST
David Harris says:
Dang Randall, Roman Holiday'd "Motormania" was the very first thing that came to mey mind, hmmph! Well, here anyway -

If that doesn't stick in your brain and make you bop, there's always Doug & the Slugs - "Too Bad" -

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 9:29:17 PM PST
MTK says:
While we're on the power-pop tip...might as well include a latter day album track from one of Power Pop's O.G masters-- Todd Rundgren...little heard but so good.
This is Parallel Lines from his 1989 album "Nearly Human"

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 9:40:08 PM PST
S. Stalcup says:
Have you seen Matthew lately, Gena? Methinks he needs to lay off the sweets, especially the "waffer theen mints."

I'm worried about him, honestly.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 9:55:54 PM PST
Andrew Hime says:
"Big Sur" by The Thrills. - the first time I saw the video, I thought it was an 80s band I'd somehow never heard of before.

+1 for Matthew Sweet to hop on a treadmill. He's too good to lose.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 8:37:14 AM PST
David Harris says:
Wow on the Matthew Sweet video! Methinks we need a thread about singers who have extremely changed or lost their good looks!
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