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My Sharona – The Knack

My Sharona – The Knack

Editor’s note: This song is not a one-hit wonder. Sometimes some songs just deserve a little love and attention. Still on my power pop kick that has featured The Plimsouls, The Vapors, The Beat and now The Knack. Obviously two words names were all the rage in the late 1970s/early 1980s for power pop bands. I’m saluting The Knack today because lead singer and songwriter Doug Fieger died last week from brain cancer. This, after original … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

A Million Miles Away – The Plimsouls

A Million Miles Away – The Plimsouls

Editor’s note: This song is not a true one-hit wonder. “A Million Miles Away” didn’t hit the Billboard Top 40. But it is the song most people associate with The Plimsouls, if they know the band at all. Call it a false one-hit wonder. Another power pop classic here from the early 1980s. “A Million Miles Away” was written by Peter Case, Joey Alkes and Chris Fradkin. Case was a co-conspirator with Paul Collins in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Turning Japanese – The Vapors

Turning Japanese – The Vapors

You know this one: “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors is a bona-fide new wave classic. It’s one of the all-time great one-hit wonders and one of the most perfect power pop songs ever written. And now that it’s in Rock Band, virtually every person in the world knows how to turn Japanese. Released in 1980, this frantic new wave hit rushed up the charts in England peaking at #3. In the U.S. it hit #36. Does “Turning … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Rock ‘n’ Roll Girl – Paul Collins The Beat

Rock ‘n’ Roll Girl – Paul Collins The Beat

Editor’s note: This song is not a one-hit wonder. Sometimes some songs just deserve a little love and attention. I’ve said it many times before: I’m a sucker for a good hook and a concise song. Power pop music does it better than anything I can think of. Take today’s song, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Girl” by The Beat (or Paul Collins The Beat due to a naming conflict with England’s “The Beat” who then changed … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Ain’t That Enough – Teenage Fanclub

Ain’t That Enough – Teenage Fanclub

I have to thank Mike Phillips for this discovery. Mike (who is possibly the most stylish dresser I know) and I worked together a few years ago and he was always plying me with new music. Some of it great, some of it not-so-great, but all of it interesting. One great band he introduced to me one late afternoon is Teenage Fanclub. They’re a Scottish band and write harmony-drenched power pop songs. I think it’s always … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

She Sheila – The Producers

She Sheila – The Producers

I first saw this video on MTV back in the earliest days of the station when they had a limited number of videos in rotation. In fact, back in the early 80s, it was common to see a video mix of Adam and the Ants followed by Rush followed by The Producers followed by April Wine followed by Hall and Oates. MTV was a much different animal back then. “She Sheila” by The Producers soon became … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock