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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

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