Category Archives: Power Pop

BADFINGER – Say No More – (Radio Records) – 1981

This is the last album from Badfinger. Here they are trying to hook onto the resurgence of power pop and retro sounds through the New Wave. It's not sad, as they had being doing it all along. It is slick … Continue reading

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THE ROLLERS (Bay City Rollers) – Elevator – (Arista) – 1978

The Rollers were the renamed Bay City Rollers trying to shake off their teen idol past but the only thing they suceeded in shaking off was their popularity. I don’t remember this incarnation of the Bay City Rollers but I … Continue reading

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BADFINGER – No Dice – (Apple) – 1970

Badfinger where on the way up at the time of release of this album. This is their first proper album. Their actual first album, the soundtrack album, "Magic Christian Music", was actually a hodgepodge of tracks. Five songs were recorded … Continue reading

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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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