Thursday, December 3, 2009
Not The Best Of 2009: DISAPPOINTMENT #1
I'm not even convinced this looked good on paper. 4 semi-superstars (superstars?), each in his own successful band, collaborate on a new power pop, super project--yeah, maybe. But who? Well, Adam Schlesinger, chief songwriter of Fountains Of Wayne, the oldest Hanson brother, Taylor, Smashing Pumpkins bassist James Iha (uh-oh) and Cheap Trick's larger than life drummer, Bun E. Carlos. I guess we'll just have to hear it.
(~twiddles thumbs, listens~)
Well, I heard it and I don't need to hear it again. What's missing from Tinted Windows' debut is just about everything you thought the 4 members would contribute, well, with the exception of Taylor Hanson. Each of the 11 songs that comprise this project runs out of gas almost immediately after kicking off. Absent from this incredibly boring and disappointing release? The clever lyrics and hooks found on all 4 Fountains Of Wayne records, the kick, drive and often subtle beauty found on Cheap Trick's classics, and though I have never liked the Smashing Pumpkins, there's nothing here (thankfully) that represents them at all, except James Iha. What Tinted Windows DOES sound like is an over-produced, slightly grown-up Hanson record. And to that, I say, so what.
Take a listen to one of the two tracks I don't mind.
"We Got Something."
Now for the good stuff.
The great people over at Power Pop Criminals have compiled over 200 power pop covers over the course of many posts.
Here is a mix of 15 that I find really special...and more fun than anything on the Tinted Windows record.
Somebody Made For Me (Emitt Rhodes) - David Grahame
Between Us (The Rutles) - Teenage Fanclub
When Your Lights Turned On (The Hollies) - Billy Sullivan
That Means A Lot (Billy J. Kramer via Lennon & McCartney)- Cheap Trick
Let Me Roll It (Paul McCartney) - Brendan Benson
God Only Knows (The Beach Boys) - The Mockers
Look Sharp (Joe Jackson) - Lisa Mychols
Why Can't This Be Love (Van Halen) - Gigolo Aunts
Take Me With U - (Prince)- Marshall Crenshaw
It Don't Matter To Me (Bread) - Matthew Sweet
See Emily Play (Pink Floyd) - The Grapes Of Wrath
New York's A Lonely Town (The Trade Winds) - Jeffrey Foskett
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (Queen) - Sparkwood
Good Morning, Good Morning (The Beatles) - Lolas
We're For The Dark (Badfinger) - The Loud Family
When you're done paying respects here, go say hello to them and spend some time on their very fine blog.