Category Archives: Power Pop

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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JOHN HIATT– Two Bit Monsters – (MCA) – 1980

I have quite a few John Hiatt albums but of the ones I have heard he hasn’t really “done it” for me. I do have this feeling that I should like him more. I feel that because I like what he … Continue reading

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THE FOOLS – Sold Out – (EMI) – 1980

Maybe I'll get some extra google hits if I quote artist and title in conjunction with yesterday's federal election in Australia? I had not heard of The Fools before but picked up the record because the sleeve made them look … Continue reading

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PAYOLA$ – In a Place Like This – (IRS) – 1981

Power pop. Sometimes I find it difficult to comment on power pop. I love power pop but the genre is fairly rigid (and possibly formulaic) in structure. So, inevitably, what I love about it I have already said before. Check … Continue reading

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THE NEIGHBORHOODS – Reptile Men – (Emergo) – 1987

A post powerpop band. I’m not sure what that makes them. Don’t say "post powerpop" They are a 3-piece (naturally enough for a powerpop band) The Neighborhoods were formed in 1977 and hail from Boston.  Apparently, they were quite popular … Continue reading

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THE RADIATORS – Life’s a Gamble – (EMI) – 1984

It’s not fashionable to like The Radiators. I’m not sure if it ever was fashionable to like The Radiators. But they are still touring some 30 years after they began. The Radiators are an Australian icon. I hesitate saying “The … Continue reading

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DWIGHT TWILLEY BAND – Twilley Don’t Mind – (Arista) – 1977

Check my other comments on Dwight Twilley and power pop. Twilley is perhaps the most central figure in the power pop genre and perhaps one of the most influential fusing Beatles melodies and Elvis rock n roll. He takes the … Continue reading

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