Power Pop #15: The Merrymakers

February 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not sure has anyone missed these power pop entries, but now there’s definitely time for another episode. Ex-Merrymakers David Myhr will play at Flavour of the Month (Pikku-Torre, Turku) on this friday 2nd of march. Before writing one last reminder about the upcoming show and focusing on his new excellent solo material, it’s time to celebrate the past and post a couple of songs by The Merrymakers. This Swedish pop group created two stunning albums in the 90s. No Sleep ’til Famous and Bubblegun are both amazing. Bubblegun is actually one of my all-time favourite power pop albums and Popsicle, The Wannadies and The Merrymakers will probably always the most influential Swedish bands to me. Here are Saltwater Drinks and April’s Fool from Bubblegun. Plus a promo clip for Bubblegun.

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Cirrone – Uplands Park Road

January 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Cirrone from Italy was a big hit in the power pop world last year and most of my favourite power pop blogs featured Cirrone’s Uplands Park Road album on their year-end lists. For example the wonderful Powerpopaholic.com rated is as the best album of the year 2011. This beauty of an album has been playing in my headphones for the last week or so and I can fully agree with all of my favourite blogs. This is one hell of a classic power pop album. A bit of 70’s power pop like Badfinger or Blue and a bit of 90’s power pop things and a whole lot of catchy pop songs. Varies from great rockin’ pop songs to beautiful pop ballads and everything works. This album is again a perfect reminder that (power) pop music is still the sweetest form of art as far as I’m concerned. Simple things are often the greatest and I think Uplands Park Road would have hit my top 10 albums of the year list, if I had heard it in time. This has so many amazing pop songs that it’s almost ridiculous. I could just pick any song, but let’s go with the opener Here Is My Song. Listen to the whole album on their bandcamp.

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Cirrone at Bandcamp

Greg Pope – Monster Suit

December 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Greg Pope is a multi-talented guy. The power pop circles know him as an excellent pop singer-songwriter, but apparently he is also a film director. This latest album Monster Suit is actually the official soundtrack for the short film Giant Monster Playset directed by Mr. Greg Pope, but it works beautifully also as an individual piece of pop art and contains several fabulous pop tunes. For example this song entitled Soulless Heart is a slice of melodic pop heaven.


 
Trailer for the movie Giant Monster Playset:

GIANT MONSTER PLAYSET, trailer from Greg Pope on Vimeo.

Greg Pope Website

Power Pop #14: Matthew Sweet – Sick of Myself

September 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

There’s a new Matthew Sweet album Modern Art coming out on 27th of september and that’s a good reason to pick one of the greatest songs ever. Matthew Sweet is already a legend and he has written dozens of perfect pop songs. Especially in the early and mid-nineties he was in incredible form and released three pop classics Girlfriend, Altered Beast and 100% Fun. The newer material has also been mostly damn good, so I’m looking forward to the new album. I could keep this section alive with Matthew Sweet’s songs for a month, but if I have to choose just one, it’s got to be Sick of Myself from the album 100% Fun (released in 1995). If you want to hear more pop classics, Matthew has a great sampler at Soundcloud.

Oh and this great song below is the first single She Walks The Night from the new album Modern Art.


 

Oh #2: You can download a free Matthew Sweet live Ep from Noisetrade.

Matthew Sweet Website

Power Pop #13: The Kidda Band – Get Off The Telephone

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Kidda Band (aka The Incredible Kidda Band) was a british power pop group in the late 70s and early 80s. I admit that this was the only song I knew from them before checking out some youtube videos that proved that they had other great songs as well. I think I need to buy their compilation at some point, but let’s stick with Get Off The Telephone for now, because it’s the song I know by heart and it also has a pretty cool video. So watch this beauty if you are looking for fashion tips or simple but damn brilliant power pop song.

The Kidda Band Website

Power Pop #12: Sunnyboys – Happy Man

September 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

The world tour of power pop classics takes me back to Australia. The Sunnyboys from Sydney released their debut album in 1981 and it is a classic and full of great songs. Especially the singles Happy Man and Alone With You are friggin’ awesome. This is the first single Happy Man and it’s definitely one of those songs that easily qualifies to the “hey, this must be the best song ever” -list.

Power Pop #11: Gary Charlson – Real Life Saver

September 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

I actually just got the most likely amazing Titan: It’s All Pop compilation today. It’s been on my shopping list since Numero Group released it, but somehow I just never ordered it. Well until a friend of mine (thanks JiiƤM) who knows so much more about power pop than I do reminded me by posting this amazing song to his facebook feed. Real Life Saver by Gary Charlson was originally released in 1978 by Kansas City-based Titan Records. I’m looking forward to spend some quality with this Titan Records compilation, because I bet there are more pop treats like this. It will difficult to top this though. Real Life Saver is a perfect pop song as far as I’m concerned.

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