Category: Power Pop

Big Country “The Crossing”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#355 in the Series) is Big Country, The Crossing One thing that I had a good knack of doing when I was young was to be able to listen to albums and predict which band would fail or do well.  In my early days I felt I could have made a decent A &R guy. I’d have no chance with today’s music, but back in the day, I had a great ear for what would sell. One that I completely missed on was Big Country!  When I first heard this album I was sure that this was going to be a gigantic act.  Big, big we’re talking!! When this was released we’d already...

Clocks “Clocks”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#353 in the Series) is the self-tiled debut from Clocks. If you’ve read some of my previous write-ups you may have read some referring to my summer in Kansas City in 1983. That’s where I saw REM on the Murmur tour and also Split Enz on the Time and Tide tour. You should check out those write-ups, they have some great stories in them. (The REM piece is one of my favorites.) While there I had a friend named Barbara that lived in Paola, Kansas. She kept telling me about this great band called the Clocks that called “somewhat” nearby Wichita home.  She gave me a tape and yeah, I liked what I...

XTC “Oranges and Lemons”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#327 in the Series) is XTC, Oranges and Lemons OK, I was looking at some of the members in our facebook group. I know that we have many people involved in radio. If you’re one, I have a question for you. How could “The Mayor of Simpleton” NOT have been a huge hit? It only reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. How could a music director get a copy of this song and decide, “No, we’re not going to play this track.” What the heck could they possibly be thinking? “The Mayor of Simpleton” is one of the most perfect pop songs ever written. If there is a track that...

The dB’s “Like This”

Posted 01 Feb 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1984, Albums of the 80s, Power Pop

Today’s Cool Album the Day (#273 in the Series) is The dB’s, Like This. Here’s a band that deserved a better fate. They released some of the best pop music of the 80s. They’re still playing music as well. The dB’s are led by its two front men, Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple. This was one of their more popular releases. It featured two songs that did receive some decent recognition.  They were ‘Love is for Lovers’ and ‘Spy in the House of Love’ I wasn’t able to find as many videos that I was hoping to find.  But have no fear, you can listen to the album in its entirety via the ‘Cool Album of the Day’ MySpace...

Joe Jackson “I’m the Man”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#254 in the Series ) is Joe Jackson, I’m the Man. I’m The Man was Joe Jackson’s second album. It was a follow up to his debut Look Sharp! In many ways it could even be considered a continuation. The title cut is one of Joe’s best.  Other highlights included ‘It’s Different for Girls’ and ‘On The Radio.’ It was produced by David Kershenbaum.  He also produced Look Sharp! He is also known for working with such acts as Duran Duran, Supertramp and Cat Stevens. He obviously had an ‘in’ with A+M Records since all those artists recorded for that label. Look Sharp!, I’m The Man and their follow ups, Beat Crazy made...

Teenage Fan Club “Bandwagonesque”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#202 in the Series) is Teenage Fan Club, Bandwagonesque. Teenage Fan Club were/ is a band from Scotland. This was their third album and was released in 1991. I had a chance to see them at the ‘Metro’ in Chicago when this album was justr released.  They put on a heck of a show too! Most of this album was written by guitarists Norman Blake and Gerard Love. For this album at least it was pretty much an either / or thing.  They didn’t really collaborate that often, preferring to write on their own. Well, at least credit-wise. The rest of the band consisted of Raymond McGinley on guitar; Brendan O’Hare on drums...

Matthew Sweet “Earth”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#163 in the Series) is Matthew Sweet, Earth. It’s time for me to go a little obscure with the blog once again.  After all, I think that’s what sets us apart. It’s amazing when I look back at my ‘yute’ and think about how many unheard of bands I liked, that hit on their next release. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that I was any kind of ‘A+R’ guy that just didn’t happen to be an ‘A+R’ guy.   The reason for most of this success in coming was that I had an unfair advantage.  Being a music distributor, I was often given promo copies of new music that I...

Nick Lowe "Labour of Lust"

Posted 29 Sep 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1979, Albums of the 70s, Pop, Power Pop

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#153 in the Series) is Nick Lowe, Labour of Lust. When you’re in a crappy mood there is nothing better than popping on a good ol’ Nick Lowe disc! We already did Rockpile about four months ago.  Rockpile was, of course, the joint effort of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds.  This was Nick on his own.  Well supposedly it was.  However, even though it’s a Nick Lowe album, the band lineup is the same as the Rockpile album. Nick on bass, Dave Edmunds on guitar, Billy Bremmer on guitar and Terry Williams on drums.  Elvis Costello added harp to American Squirm. There are 11 tracks totaling 33 minutes of music here.  Or as...

Material Issue "International Pop Overthrow"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#146 in the Series) is Material Issue, International Pop Overthrow. One of the finest rock and roll albums to come out of the Chicago area in 1990s, Material Issue, International Pop Overthrow. Material Issue was a three piece power pop band that wasn’t around very long.  They did put out some wonderful music while they did. They were led by Jim Ellison. He was Material Issue.  He wrote most of the songs, sang the songs, played guitar on the songs and found a record label to release the songs, etc. When Jim Elison died in 1996 so did Material Issue. Ted Asani and Mike Zelenko made up the rest of the trio. International...

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