Great discussion happening over at the very essential Power Pop blog. Our good friend Steve Simels wants to know, is "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" by the Lovin' Spoonful "power pop?"
A few "yeas," but a few more "nays."
Go check it out HERE.
One reader, Mike, commented:
"My extremely basic definition of power pop would be "a Beatles song as performed by the Who." It's a bit too mellow to qualify, I'm afraid."
I liked that, and so did a few others, including our moderator, Steve.
I added these choice bits of tid, in regards to the genre:
"I need to hear guitars that either jangle or crunch and heavier drums."
"Couldn't a band have a power pop song or two and not be power pop? I think Todd Rundgren, thanks to "Couldn't I Just Tell You" and "Open My Eyes" and some Utopia tracks gets that label occasionally, but he has more songs that don't sound like that than do."
Seriously, go over there!
But while I've got you...
This "Weekend Mix" is a collection...mostly...of tunes by artists that are not considered "power pop" artists. The Who? Maybe the first 2 albums. Peter Frampton? Not at all. But more to the point...and this is for the skeptics...while you may usually be turned off by Foreigner, wouldn't this particular tune be a favorite of power pop fans if it was performed by... say... Jason Falkner? I hear it.
I happen to dig all of these tunes on their own, but for the sake of the argument, Wilco is not a power pop band, but "I Must Be High" could very well be considered power pop. This is what I'm hearing with all of the songs I selected for this mix; certainly not a collection of tunes that best represents these artists, but a mix that may sway you to a positive side, if you like power pop.
What do you think? Yea or nay?
So Sad About Us- The Who
Infrared & Ultraviolet- Utopia
White Lie- Foreigner
Still Alive- Joe Jackson
You Said That- The Easybeats
See You Tonight- Gene Simmons
When She Cries At Night- Delbert McLinton
Don't Run & Hide- The Everly Brothers
I Must Be High- Wilco
Friday Let Me Down - Hall & Oates
Call You Up- Pep In The Cat
I See You- Adrian Belew
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me- The Jayhawks
Waited A Long Time- Angel
Stay Free- The Clash
I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better- The Byrds
Don't Think About Me- Peter Frampton
Mississippi Moon- King's X
She's My Girl- The Babys
Ridin' In My Car- NRBQ