Tuesday, September 14, 2010

VA - Bomp! Records - The Roots of Powerpop {@192kbps}

“Power pop was one of those things that just had to be, somehow--an attempt to recapture the giddy feeling of '60s pop with the energy of punk. So how come it wasn't new wave, anyway? Simply put, to a lot of people, it was. And here, in one place, you can hear some of the early (and a few later) tracks that defined the genre. "Early" often translates as crap ideas and execution, and of the 26 tracks on this compilation, there are more than a few that fit that category--The Romantics, for example. But there are some tidy little things on this release--The Plimsouls (possibly the best power pop band ever), 20/20, and the eternal Shoes. Cheap guitars, three chords, and enough enthusiasm to run a nuclear power plant; funny how the basics of rock & roll never change--only the tunes and the tie widths. --Chris Nickson

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1. I Can't Pretend - Barracudas
2. First In Line - Romantics
3. Apologies - Pointed Sticks
4. One Way Ticket - Breakaways
5. Walking Out On Love - Breakaways
6. I'm Tired - M&Ms
7. I'll Get Lucky - Plimsouls
8. Now You Know - Real Kids
9. Tell It To Carrie - Romantics
10. Thinking Of Ways - Singles
11. Biggest Gossip In Town - Rockin' Horse
12. Jealousy - Poppees
13. Beat Your Heart Out - Zeros
14. Him Or Me - Flamin Groovies
15. Aggravation Place - Jook
16. It's About Time - Pandoras
17. She's Not Mine - Mystery Machine
18. The Trains - Nashville Ramblers
19. Utter Frustration - Wombats
20. Make Up Your Mind - Stiv Bators
21. Fun at the Beach - 1:56 (B Girls)
22. Drive - 2:33 (Twenty Twenty [1])
23. Screaming [#] - 2:42 (Twenty Twenty [1])
24. Under the Freeway - 3:52 (Twenty Twenty [1])
25. Every Summer Day - 3:24 (Last)
26. Tomorrow Night - 3:12 (Shoes [1])

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