Category Archives: power pop


January 31, 2023

An all-vinyl power pop show, everything fitting together neatly, though the last 3 songs in the second hour break the mold a bit, but somehow suggested themselves as I was recording this. I learned interesting stuff about Hollywood Stars (they shared a split 7″ with The Kinks) and Plastic Bertrand while recording this show. The Sweet track is a strong 2021 studio recording from a pandemic inspired LP. The Adverts track had been going through my head for weeks, glad to put it out in the open here. The Jordan Jones, KRGA, Brett Smiley trio that closes the first hour is ‘just right’, while bands to discover in this show are Beachheads, The Trend, Modernettes, The Stiffs, The Lloyds, and The Demons.

The Adverts

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Artist Song Release Label
Blake Babies I’ll Take Anything Sunburn American Laundromat Records
Chris Bell I Got Kinda Lost I Am The Cosmos Omnivore Recordings
Beachheads 10 000 Hurts Beachheads II Fysisk Format
The Shirts Teenage Crutch The Shirts Capitol Records
Stiv Bators A Million Miles Away Disconnected Bomp!
The Bangles Anna Lee (Sweetheart Of The Sun) Sweetheart Of The Sun Real Gone Music
The Adverts Safety In Numbers Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts Bright Records
Arc Why Live For The Weekend Arc Lifesong
Agent Orange It’s Up To Me And You When You Least Expect It… Enigma
Joneses Teenage Breakdown Jonesin’ Discography Vol. 3 Projectile Platters
Small Faces Hey Girl Complete Greatest Hits! Charly Records
Big Star When My Baby’s Beside Me #1 Record Ardent Records
The Sweet Hellraiser Isolation Boulevard Prudential Records
The Hollywood Stars All The Kids On The Street Sound City Liberation Hall
Jordan Jones Be My Baby Jordan Jones Spaghetty Town Records
KRGA Why Try Moi St. Hoser Records
Brett Smiley Va Va Va Voom Breathlessly Brett Beat Stack Records

Artist Song Release Label
Starcrawler Roadkill She Said Big Machine Records
Plastic Bertrand Rock’n’Roll Je Te Hais L’Album Attic
The Tubes Haloes The Tubes A&M Records
De Cylinders Sorrow In The Rain Chartbusters 1978-1982 Projectile Platters
Robin Lane & The Chartbusters Be Mine Tonite Robin Lane & The Chartbusters Warner Bros. Records
The Trend Girl On TV The Trend Is In! One Way Ticket Records
Modernettes Confidential Eighty Eighty Two Projectile Platters
The Stiffs Magic Roundabout The Singles Collection 1979-1985 Projectile Platters
Stiff Little Fingers Piccadilly Circus BBC Live In Concert Parlophone
The Lloyds Curiosity Let’s Go Lloyds! Projectile Platters
The Hawks Bullfighter Obviously 5 Believers Seventeen Records
The Demons Bad Dreamin’ The Demons Mercury
Robyn Hitchcock The Lizard Black Snake Diamond Röle Armageddon Records
Modern Art (Trying To Find) The Hidden World Circuit Lights (1982-1986) Domestica
Second Layer Deadly Norwegian Wood Courts Or Wars 1972


June 8, 2021

The third week of the 3-week Popped series – all physical copies, spun in real time on a turntable. LP tracks, 12″ and 7″ single are all featured, both current and from the past, US and England. I loosened up for tight sound requirements I started with for this episode, so several high quality tracks that might have been passed by got included (OMD and Ministry are the obvious examples). Hope you enjoyed this series, and my tracks to KRGA for providing the inspiration to pull this last 3 weeks together.


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Artist Song Release Label
The Rubinoos Troubled Heart The LP Collection Volume 2 Wild Honey Records
Ramones Needles & Pins Ramones Mania Sire
Orchestra Luna Boy Scouts Orchestra Luna Epic
Pavlov’s Dog ‎ Natchez Trace Pampered Menial ABC Records
NRBQ ‎ Chapel Of Love In • Frequencies Omnivore Recordings
Wizzard Everyday I Wonder Introducing Eddy And The Falcons Warner Bros. Records
The Toms ‎ Call The Surgeon, Pt. 2 The 1979 Sessions Feel It Records
Sorrows ‎ I Don’t Like It Like That Teenage Heartbreak Pavillion
KRGA Disposable Treat Moi St. Hoser Records
Liverpool Echo If I Told You Once Liverpool Echo Sing Sing Records
The Colors Promise The Colors Dirt Records
Sneakers What I Dig In The Red Car Records
Marbles She’s Cool Marbles Vinyl Countdown
The Donnas ‎ The Gold Medal Gold Medal Real Gone Music
Suzi Quatro ‎ She’s In Love With You Suzi… And Other Four Letter Words RSO
Helen Love Punk Boy Punk Boy Damaged Goods
Joey Ramone ‎ Please Don´t Leave A Closer Look Deaf Youth Industries
Peter Holsapple Combo ‎ Amplifier Amplifier (Live At Q Division) Hawthorne Curve Records

Artist Song Release Label
Stumblebunny ‎ Tonite While You Were Out… Mercury
Julian Leal Again Julian Leal HoZac Records
The dB’s Ask For Jill Repercussion Albion Records
The Colour Field Thinking Of You Virgins And Philistines Chrysalis ‎
Julian Cope ‎ Metranil Vavin World Shut Your Mouth Mercury
Cyclones Catch-22 Out In The Cold Plexus Trading Corp.
Brett Smiley ‎ I Want To Hold Your Hand Breathlessly Brett Beat Stack Records
The Orchids A Kind Of Eden Striving For The Lazy Perfection Sarah Records
Ministry ‎ Revenge With Sympathy Arista
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ‎ Georgia Architecture & Morality Dindisc
Heavenly ‎ Me And My Madness The Decline And Fall Of Heavenly K
Let’s Active Make Up With Me Afoot I.R.S. Records
The Farmer’s Boys ‎ Something From Nothing With These Hands EMI
Oister ‎ Sky Blue Pre-Dwight Twilley Band 1973-1974 Teac Tapes HoZac Records
The Hepburns ‎ Little London There’s No Such Thing As The Hepburns Radio Khartoum
The Scruffs Go Faster Teenage Tragedies 1974​​-​​1979 Pop Supérette


June 1, 2021

The second week of the 3-week Popped series goes to an all 7″ format – physical copies, spun in real time on a turntable. Many of the tracks are from artists that only ever released one single and that was it, so there is gold to mine here. Special mention goes to Long Island NY band The Ecstatics [from my hometown], who on their lone 1981 single counted (in their aliases) John Ceparano from The Stargazer Lillies and Spike Cassidy from DRI, both playing WAY outside the styles you know them for – wow!

The Ecstatics

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Artist Song Release Label
Art Yard ‎ The Law Allston 1981 Ride The Snake
The Tweeds ‎ We Ran (Ourselves) We Ran (Ourselves) Autobahn Records
The Slickee Boys When I Go To The Beach When I Go To The Beach New Rose Records
The Dragons Surfin’ Again Surfin’ Again Wildcat Discovery Records
The Dragons Neutralized Surfin’ Again Wildcat Discovery Records
Nikki Corvette And The Convertibles ‎ Back Seat Love Young And Crazy Splattered! Records
The Ohms Teenage Alcoholic Teenage Alcoholic Northside
Senders No More Foolin’ The Living End S.R.I
The Jetboys Get The Kids Jumpin’ I Don’t Want To Rerun Records
Bruce Moody ‎ A.M Romance Fresh Out! Meanbean Records ‎
The Kids ‎ Another World Another World Mercury
Screen Test ‎ There’s No Place Like Work Inspired Humans Making Noise Northside
Tracy Bryant ‎ Between Us Between Us Six Tonnes De Chair Records
Pastiche Talk Show Wicked Intense! P * P Records
The Flashcubes ‎ Radio Wait Till Next Week Northside
The Daze ‎ I Wanna Be A Star I Wanna Be A Star Reminder Records
Lazy Rock n’ Roller Rock n’ Roller Reminder Records

Artist Song Release Label
The Ecstatics The Sound Of Breaking Glass The Sound Of Breaking Glass Music Systems International Records
The Heat High School Sweater Instant Love Hot Stuff Records
Wayne County & The Electric Chairs What You Got Thunder When She Walks Illegal Records
The Last L.A. Explosion L.A. Explosion Backlash
Barry Rolfe ‎ Molly Molly Look The Business And Molly Molly Splattered! Records
Buzzcocks Gotta Get Better Gotta Get Better Cherry Red
Joy Rider Money Honey Money Honey Bacillus Records
Simone Joan Mansfield ‎ Turn Your Frown Around Soldier On Dewityourself
The Times ‎ Biff! Bang! Pow! Red With Purple Flashes Static Shock Records ‎
Cheryl It’s Me Killer Kiss Reminder Records ‎
KRGA Sinners Moi St. Hoser Records
The Chemicals Out Of My Mind Out Of My Mind Meanbean Records
The Most Take A Chance Take A Chance Northside
Central Departure ‎ Rock-N-Roll D.J Rock-N-Roll D.J Meanbean Records
The Moderns Got To Have Pop The Year Of Today Hosehead Records
…Thirteen Girls Aren’t The Same Girls Aren’t The Same Sing Sing Records
Prettyboys I Wanna Make You! I’m Falling Reminder Records
Z-Cars ‎ Is There Someone Out There? This Is Z-Cars Meanbean Records
Wiggling Judys ‎ Its Too Easy Its Too Easy Moot Records
Peter Holsapple ‎ 96 Second Blowout Big Black Truck Car Records ‎


May 25, 2021

The first in a 3 week series called Popped. 6 hours of physical copy vinyl singles and LP tracks spun in real time on a turntable. The Popped series covers the inspirations, 80s bloom, and current examples of the sound that gets called power pop by some. The series was inspired by the KRGA LP ‘Moi St’. Unfair to give highlights, as every single track fought hard to earn its place.

Holly Beth Vincent

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Artist Song Release Label
Raspberries Come Around And See Me Raspberries Capitol Records
Todd Rundgren ‎ Onomatopoeia Hermit Of Mink Hollow Friday Music
Mats Wawa ‎ Sparkly Eyes Rock Omelette Black Pop Records
10cc The Hospital Song 10cc Not Bad Records
Sparks ‎ I Want To Be Like Everybody Else Big Beat Columbia
The Fast Boys Will Be Boys Max’s Kansas City – New York New Wave CBS
Badfinger ‎ Just A Chance Wish You Were Here Warner Bros. Records
Be-Bop Deluxe Blazing Apostles Sunburst Finish Harvest
Prix Love You All Day Long Historix HoZac Records
Pushups ‎ Empty Faces Pushups Is Pop HoZac Records
Cockney Rebel ‎ What Ruthy Said The Human Menagerie EMI
The Sweet ‎ No You Don’t Desolation Boulevard Capitol Records ‎
Foghat Long Way To Go Foghat Bearsville
Jack Lee Bigger Than Life Bigger Than Life Alive Records ‎
Milk ‘N’ Cookies Chance To Play Milk ‘N’ Cookies Captured Tracks
Hanoi Rocks Lightnin’ Bar Blues’ Oriental Beat Back On Black

Artist Song Release Label
Shoes ‎ Hangin’ Around WIth You Present Tense Elektra ‎
Furies Break Out Furies Contra Records
Smart Remarks ‎ Falling Apart (As It Seems) Foreign Fields: 1982 – 1984 Manufactured Recordings
Ian Hunter & The Rant Band ‎ Bow Street Runners Fingers Crossed Proper Records
Haircut One Hundred ‎ Baked Bean Pelican West Arista ‎
KRGA So Far Down Moi St. Hoser Records
Jordan Jones My Somebody Jordan Jones Spaghetty Town Records
Jordan Jones No Makeup Jordan Jones Spaghetty Town Records
Cassie Falling The Light Shines On Reminder Records
The Jacks Baby You Know Make ‘Em Cry Reminder Records
Beaut Over and Out Dave & Lee Singles Collection Reminder Records
The Dots Alone Return Of The Dots Rebel Rec.
Holly Beth Vincent ‎ Honalu Holly And The Italians Virgin
Nick Heyward ‎ Who? Woodland Echoes Gladsome Hawk
The High Bees ‎ Some Indulgence Some Indulgence Supreme International Editions