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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

Who runs this Tumblr?

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Ned Brower,
Great To Say Hello

Ned Brower - Father To Son

Here’s a new pop discovery for 2011: The first solo album by Rooney drummer Ned Brower, recorded in ten days and produced by Mike Viola. Ned’s sweet vocals, last heard on the title track of Rooney’s Wild One EP, are put to great effect on 10 bouncy tracks, the stand-out undoubtedly being this song. Ned has clearly been inspired by Sam Cooke’s What A Wonderful World and lifts the melody line and Sam’s wistful optimism for his own tune. Elsewhere there are echoes of CSNY and Herman’s Hermits on Underneath Your Spell, and the Nick Lowe-aping-Thin Lizzy-aping The Alleyway. Ned has done a fine job making a debut record under his own name. Most of these songs wouldn’t sound out of place on a Rooney album, but Ned’s own take on them is much more relaxed, as is Mike Viola’s production, and it all adds up to a marvellous record. 9/10