John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 15

Ten power pop records deemed essential by the All Music Guide to Rock:

  1. Big Star, Radio City
  2. Nick Lowe, Pure Pop for Now People
  3. Flamin' Groovies, Shake Some Action
  4. Cheap Trick, In Color
  5. The Real Kids, The Real Kids
  6. Sweet, Best of Sweet
  7. Raspberries, The Raspberries' Best
  8. The dB's, Repercussion
  9. Dwight Tilley Band, Sincerely
  10. Pezband, 30 Seconds over Shaumburg

Today's list is for a2zmom, who wanted to see a list of power pop bands. Full disclosure: I had to modify my normal randomization procedure to make sure Big Star and Nick Lowe remained on the list, because I had a feeling that a2zmom would assassinate me if I had not included them.

What is power pop? I like this definition from The Rock Snob's Dictionary: "Record-reviewer term for high-energy, Beatles-esque music made by intelligent-dork bands that, though they've given it the old college try, can't actually muster the songcraft, cleverness, vocal agility, or production ingenuity of the Beatles." I don't necessarily agree with that definition, but it is funny and I think it probably comes closer to the truth than a lot of power-pop musicians or fans might care to admit.


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