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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?

This guy

Posts tagged "live recordings"
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Any Trouble,
Live at 229 The Venue, London 29 November 2013

Any Trouble - Yesterday’s Love (live at 229 The Venue, London, November 2013)

Greetings, power-poppers! By way of an apology for the lack of postings here over the last few weeks, here is a full download of a reunion concert by the one and only ANY TROUBLE in London last November! The band have not played together since another one-off show in support of the release of their reunion album ‘Life In Reverse’ in 2007. And judging by this recording there is another album on the way soon.

You can hear the full two-hour show in mp3 format by downloading the zip file here. I recorded this mere inches from the front of the stage, so expect some audience chatter (and some very enthusiastic sing-a-longs). The three brand new songs are unknown titles so I have made educated guesses at their names based on the lyrics. Nick Simpson, songwriter of Playing Bogart, guests on guitar and vocals during the performance of that song. As they say, it ain’t perfect but it ain’t bad…

Clive Gregson - vocals, guitar
Chris Parks - guitar
Mark Griffiths - bass
Martin Hughes - drums

1. Intro/tuning
2. Yesterday’s Love
3. Second Choice
4. That Sound
5. Girls Are Always Right
6. She’s Not Like All The Other Girls (new song)
7. To Be A King
8. Missed That Train (new song)
9. Dimming Of The Day
10. Wanderlust
11. Baby Now That I’ve Found You
12. You’re A Lighthouse (new song)
13. Nice Girls
14. I’ll Be Your Man
15. Foolish Pride
16. I Want You
17. Touch And Go
18. As Lovers Do
19. Trouble With Love
20. Playing Bogart (featuring Neil Simpson)
21. Turning Up The Heat
22. Open Fire
23. I Don’t Want To Love You (But You Got Me Anyway)
24. So You Want To Be A Rock ’N’ Roll Star
25. Working On The Night Shift

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Tommy's Last Stand

Badfinger - Just A Chance (live 1983)

"Tommy’s Last Stand"
Recorded at The Rusty Nail
Sunderland, MA
September 23, 1983

1. New Day
2. Airwaves/Look Out California
3. Come & Get It
4. Midnight Sun
5. Day After Day
6. Modern Romance
7. I Won’t Forget You
8. Just A Chance
9. No Matter What
10. Prelude To Crocadillo
11. Crocadillo/Little Queenie
12. Without You
13. Baby Blue
14. Rock Of All Ages
15. New Day (set 2)
16. Airwaves/Look Out California (set 2)

To commemorate the anniversary of Tom Evans’ birthday (June 5, 1947) here is one of the last known recorded performances by Tom, just two months before his suicide. Tom is joined by Bob Jackson, Tony Kaye, Glenn Sherba and Lenny Campanaro in this final, hard-rocking lineup of Badfinger.

The Dodgers - Just Wanna Love You - TV 1976

A second live clip of The Dodgers playing on a TV show in 1976 has surfaced on YouTube.

The frustrating tale of The Dodgers, featuring Tom Evans and Bob Jackson of Badfinger, can be found here. Check the tags for other Dodgers content.

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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.

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The Iveys - Maybe Tomorrow (live on BBC Radio 1, 1969)

No strings on this version.. just some ripping fuzz guitars. The song sounds all the better for it, too.