Category Archives: Power Pop

THE NOW – The Now – (RCA) – 1979

There is very little information on this band out there. They seem to be one of the many power pop bands signed during the New Wave rush of the late1970s. The Now were: Jeff Lennon – (Geoff "Lip" Danielik) Mamie … Continue reading

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THE ROCKSPURS – Getting Off … – (DJM) – 1979

There is very little on this band online. At the risk of sounding twee I will say that in some ways knowing nothing about a band can be a good thing.  There are no preconceptions because  all you have to … Continue reading

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THE JAGS – Evening Standards – (Island) – 1980

This has been floating around for ages. I had it, I listened to it, I tried to sell it, and somehow it ended back in my "to listen pile". At the time I thought this sounded too much like Elvis … Continue reading

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HAWKS – 30 Seconds Over Otho – (Columbia) – 1982

I have spoken about power pop before in this blog. I have commented on it's history, on it's pedigree, on it's popularity. But, what really becomes noticeable when discussing power pop LPs is it's universal regionality, if that phrase makes … Continue reading

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SUE SAAD AND THE NEXT – Sue Saad and the Next – (Planet) – 1980

The new wave was a big wave which put out many, many music acts. I don't have any stats to prove this but it seems like everyone between 1978 – 1980,  who was even vaguely new wave was signed. There … Continue reading

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THE A’s – A Woman’s Got The Power – (Arista) – 1981

I've had the The A's self titled debut album (not this one) from 1979 for many years. I'm pretty sure I found it in an op shop in the mid-80s for $1. I tried selling it a number of record fairs … Continue reading

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BADFINGER – Ass – (Apple) – 1973

Badfinger – what happened? The question is often raised in relation to this band. They are variously referred to as starcrossed, tragic, unlucky, the victims of bad management. All these things are, perhaps, true but when enough excuses are put … Continue reading

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PAUL COLLINS’ BEAT – The Kids Are The Same – (Columbia) – 1982

I've commented on The Beat's other album, their debut, from 1979. And the comments there could largely apply to this album. Which means this is a splendid slice of power pop , which by it's nature is visceral, rarely dull, … Continue reading

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THE CRETONES – Snap! Snap! – (Planet) – 1981

This is another record that has been hanging around for about twenty-five years and I think I haven't listened to it in about that time. I recall thinking it was good enough to keep but then subsequently it had a … Continue reading

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ROCKY SULLIVAN – Illegal Entry – (Rag Baby Records) – 1980

Rocky Sullivan. Great name. Though it’s not his name. Rocky Sullivan was born as Anthony Galante in New York in 1948. He recorded with doo wop group The Visuals in the early 1960s, then with The Braid in the mid-70s … Continue reading

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