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What's power pop?

Power pop (or powerpop) is a popular musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop and rock music. It typically incorporates a combination of musical devices such as strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, economical arrangements, and prominent guitar riffs. Instrumental solos are usually kept to a minimum, and blues elements are largely downplayed. Recordings tend to display production values that lean toward compression and a forceful drum beat. Instruments usually include one or more electric guitars, an electric bass guitar, a drum kit, and sometimes electric keyboards or synthesizers. While its cultural impact has waxed and waned over the decades, power pop is among rock's most enduring subgenres.

Who's power pop?

Badfinger, Dwight Twilley Band, Big Star, The Raspberries, Blue Ash, 20/20, Cheap Trick, Shoes, The Records, The Motors, The Spongetones, Marshall Crenshaw, The Knack, The Smithereens, Jellyfish, Teenage Fanclub, Weezer, Brendan Benson...

and many, many more

What's this Tumblr all about?

This is a place for videos, songs, photographs, articles.. anything and everything power pop. A celebration of jangly guitars and sweet harmonies! A cornucopia of catchy choruses and chiming chords!

Power pop links
Absolute Powerpop
Magnet's power pop issue
Allmusic: Power Pop tag: power pop
Bandcamp tag: power pop
Peter's Power Pop
TV Tropes: Power Pop
Reddit: Power Pop
The Beginner's Guide To Power Pop

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Fountains Of Wayne,
Live at the Scala, London 9th November 2011

Fountains of Wayne - Hey Julie (live in London 9th November 2011)

Yesterday I went to London and saw Fountains of Wayne for the second time. The first time was a staggering 9 years ago in San Francisco (Flickr helpfully informs me it was the 22nd), a few months before Welcome Interstate Managers came out. Then as now they certainly can rock live, but this time around there was a different mellow (doubt) side to the band.

Chris Collingwood played acoustic guitar on several of the tunes and Adam Schlesinger moved to the keyboards on songs like Stacy’s Mom (played in a slowed-down keys-led arrangement), and Hey Julie, for which they got three members of the audience on stage to play percussion.

As you can hear for yourself in the recording, the audience is singing along to every word. For a band like the Fountains, who sing of losers, lovers and loners, being in a room with a thousand other people all united by the music was a beautiful thing to be a part of.