Category Archives: Power Pop

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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EMITT RHODES – Mirror – (Dunhill) – 1971

  Emitt is 21 years old here.  It is amazing how fully realised his music is. That’s not to say it isn’t derivative  but there are enough original ideas and inspiration to make him stand out. Check my other comments … Continue reading

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DIRTY LOOKS – Dirty Looks – (Stiff) – 1980

This is another album I have had for over 20 years which I was going to “cull” at one stage but it only made it to the “maybe” pile. So, here it is…again…   One could be forgiven for thinking … Continue reading

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THE INNOCENTS – The Innocents – (Boardwalk) – 1982

Is anyone out there? The loneliness of the long distance record listener ….   This album is powerpop disguised as New Wave and perhaps a little more New Wave than other powerpop bands who lean the same way. And this … Continue reading

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THE SILENCERS – Rock ‘n’ Roll Enforcers – (Epic) – 1980

I hope they didn’t pick the album name.   Only The Dictators, Radio Birdman and maybe The Hitmen, can get away with that sort of title when there is no irony intended.   Still, when I was a kid, I … Continue reading

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