Label: Sum Records - 2706-8 • Format: 2x, CD Compilation • Country: Spain • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Synth-pop
This kind of passion has led to multiple collections from different labels looking to tell the story of power pop in their own way. From Rhino's Poptopia series to the Yellow Pills collections and various discs put out by Bomp, Numero, and Teenline, there has been no shortage of power pop comps over the years. Powerpop Gems from the 70's and 80'sa Old Time Religion - The Gospel Miracles - Celebration that hits mainstays of the genre, goes deep for obscurities, and will certainly get some sideways glances for a few inclusions and exclusions.
A few of the songs are already burned deep into the brain of even the most casual power pop fan: Big Star 's "September Gurls" Go! - Various - 12x12 Pop the Flamin' Groovies ' "Shake Some Action" are basic building blocks of the sound with their blend of jangling guitars, vocal harmonies, and soaring melodies. The RaspberriesShoesthe Dwight Twilley Bandand the Rubinoos are also foundational, and they Go!
- Various - 12x12 Pop all represented here with tunes that rate with their best work, especially Twilley 's majestic "Looking for the Magic. The rest of the set is much more obscure and ranges from the brilliant folk-rock of the Nashville Ramblers ' "The Trains" and the jumped-up new wave rush of the Tweeds ' "I Need That Record" to the Boys ' super-chirpy ballad " Baby It's You" and a lost classic "Teen Line" from the Shivversone of the rare power pop bands that was female-fronted.
These are gems that the casual fan of the style might not know about, and it's great that they are getting more exposure. The same can't be said for the Romantics ' "What I Like About You," a song that could be locked in a vault and shot into space, never to be heard again. The mix of such overly familiar songs and those that are super rare -- and a few that stretch the bounds of power pop like Wire Train 's "It's Only Dark" -- makes it hard to figure out exactly who this collection is meant Why Dont They Understand - Cliff Richard And The Shadows* - Our Friends. It's not a greatest hits or beginner's kit of power pop, though it comes close.
It's not a Nuggets-style deep dive into the sound for the experts either. Maybe it is what the title says it is: a random collection of gems, both polished and raw, from the heyday of Power Pop.
Ritchie Valens. I Wanna Be With You. Eric Carmen. The Raspberries. What I Like About You. The Romantics. Let Go. Patrick Barnes. Dirty Looks. Looking for the Magic. Dwight Twilley. Dwight Twilley Band. I Need That Record. Shake Some Action [First Solder Me (Ben Camps Hot And Soldered Remix) - Woven - Solder Me. Flamin' Supernatural (Euro Club Mix) - Wild Orchid - Supernatural. My Girl Mary Anne.
Steve Stoeckel. The Spongetones. Radio Heart. Brent Hoad. Robert Johnson. The Trains. Carl Rusk. Nashville Ramblers. Nuclear Boy. Better Than Anyone Else. Tom Marolda. Nothing Comes Close. Bill Lloyd. Baby It's You.
The Boys. It's Only Dark. Wire Train. Andy, Please [First Version]. Glitter Best. Michael Mazzarella. The Rooks. Teen Line. Jill Kossoris. September Gurls. Serge Gainsbourg - Vol.
3 Chilton. Big Star. Not the Way It Seems. Gary Charlson. Tomorrow Night [First Version]. Rock and Roll Is Dead. The Rubinoos. One World. Let Go Patrick Barnes. Looking for the Magic Dwight Twilley. Radio Heart Brent Hoad. Kerri Robert Johnson. The Trains Carl Rusk. Nothing Comes Close Bill Lloyd. Glitter Best Michael Mazzarella. Teen Line Jill Kossoris. September Gurls Alex Go! - Various - 12x12 Pop .