Monday, July 20, 2015

"The Power Pop Movie" FAQ

(Updated 10/5/16)

Teaser trailer now online (featuring your choice of background music, "Tomorrow Night" by Shoes [see above] and "Sing Along Until You Feel Better" by Phil Ajjarapu).

Continuing to shoot interviews (locations so far include Austin, Boston, Chicago, LA, NYC, SF, and Toronto).

Artists interviewed so far include: Emitt Rhodes, Todd Rundgren, Rick Springfield, Matthew Sweet, Dwight Twilley, and members of Badfinger, The Bangles, The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson Band, The Beat, Big Star, Blondie, Cheap Trick, Cotton Mather, Flamin' Groovies, Fountains of Wayne, The Hudson Brothers, Jellyfish, Klaatu, The Knack, Material Issue, The Paul McCartney Band, The Plimsouls, The Posies, Raspberries, The Records, REM, The Romantics, Shoes, Sloan, The Smithereens, Teenage Fanclub, 20/20, XTC, The Zombies, and dozens of others, along with music journalists, record executives, and notable power pop fans, such as novelist Michael Chabon and actors Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants).

Please click here for the full list of interviewees thus far—over 150 to date!

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The Power Pop Movie is an independent feature-length documentary now in production.

Filmmaker Justin Fielding answers key questions about the film:

Why a movie about power pop?

Virtually every power pop fan I've spoken with about the film: "It's about time!"

Virtually every non-power pop fan I've spoken with about the film: "What's power pop?"

The Power Pop Movie is a rock and roll love letter to music that is paradoxically infectious and little-known.

If I do my job well, current fans will tell the uninitiated "Watch this, and you'll understand why I love power pop," and they, too, will succumb to its charms.

What's in the movie?

A blend of toe-tapping tunes, expert commentary, and new and rarely seen footage featuring numerous power pop greats should mean a splendid time for all—current fan and newbie alike.

It's a sight-and-sound-and-story experience, rather than a dusty history.

It tackles the question "what is power pop" and explores the genre from its origins to today, with several key bands seen in interviews and performance.

Topics include DIY and "one-man band" artists and the travails of making music that is, for the most part, underappreciated.

Can you really tell the whole story of power pop in a single film?

Not every worthy band nor important event and music scene can be featured. The movie seeks to bottle some of the essence of power pop and introduce the viewer to a sampling of quintessential power pop artists.

It's intended to be an entertaining, resonant, and informative part of one's appreciation for the genre, but it is not a replacement for the books, fanzines, and blogs that tell the story of power pop in greater depth than one feature film could.

When will it be released?


Where can I see it?

It will initially be submitted to film festivals, potentially to be followed by "art house" and other small-theater screenings. Then, DVD release, streaming/downloads, and possibly cable TV.

Will there be a soundtrack album?

Probably, but details are TBD.

What bands will be in the movie? Will you listen to my band/my favorite band?

I'm in discussions with many power pop artists and am soliciting additional music suggestions.

With dozens of interviews conducted so far, and many more in the works, I won't know the full list of bands to be included until the final edit is done.

Why are you doing so many interviews for The Power Pop Movie? How long is this movie going to be, anyway?

I'm trying to capture as many of the most-relevant testimonies as I reasonably can while I'm still in the production (shooting) mode through much of 2016.

The interviews with power pop artists and supporters are truly amazing. A lot of heart AND a lot of brains in this little realm. People who are a pleasure to listen to as they, if I may borrow from REM, talk about the passion.

Somehow I'll slice and dice this remarkable stuff (along with ample archival footage, stills, and music music music) for a 90-minute version next year.

Via online and DVD extras, I'll make available a lot of prime additional material from people you see in the film and from people I turn out not to be able to fit into the film.

Will it define power pop the right way?

What is/isn't power pop is a hotly contested issue. To an extent, the film will "teach the controversy," shedding light on the debate about where power pop begins and ends, but ultimately no one single definition or list of artists will suit every fan's viewpoint.
The movie will focus on artists that most power pop fans would agree are within the genre.

Who are you? (Who, who, who, who?)

I'm a filmmaker based in Boston, MA, making independent films of all kinds at Castparty Productions. My most recent feature included an all power pop song score. In the 1970s, I worked at record stores and wore the grooves out of the likes of #1 Record, 20/20, The Beat, Black Vinyl Shoes, In Color, Emitt Rhodes, Straight Up, and The Toms.

The Executive Producers are David Bash (International Pop Overthrow), Bruce Brodeen (Not Lame Recording Company, Pop Geek Heaven), and Alan Petsche (SpyderPop Records).

The Associate Producers are music publicist/reissue producer/journalist Cary Baker, author/musician John Borack, record-label founder/journalist Jeremy Cargill, manager/producer/musician John Ferriter, music-event/charitable-foundation founder/musician David Jenkins, disc jockey Michael McCartney, record-label founder/executive Cheryl Pawelski, musician/producer Fernando Perdomo, musician/producer Chris Price, music-event/charitable-foundation founder Paul Rock, record-label founder/music-publishing executive Brad Rosenberger, author/musician Ken Sharp, and record-label founder/author/musician Jaimie Vernon.

Will there be crowdfunding?

Yes. This is a microbudget, primarily self-funded project. Crowdfunding can help defray expenses such as travel and equipment.

Details TBD.

How can I help?

Tell people who might be interested about this project. If you have a blog or twitter feed, perhaps link to this post.

Suggestions of music to consider are most welcome.

Also, please get in touch if:
  • You have cool footage, photos, or other materials relevant to power pop and its notable artists
  • You can suggest interesting true stories about power pop artists and the scene in general
  • You can help put me in touch with hard-to-reach artists, subject experts, or celebrities who like power pop
  • You have filmmaking skills you want to contribute, especially if you live in the Greater Boston area.

What's the social media presence?


Movie home page/blog:

Facebook page:

Twitter feed:

"The Power Pop Movie" interviews conducted so far

(Updated 2/13/17)

Click here for project FAQ

By person

Phil Ajjarapu
Tommy Allen (The Flashcubes)
Derrick Anderson (The Andersons!, The Bangles, Dave Davies band)
Rusty Anderson (The Paul McCartney Band, Rusty Anderson Afternoon, Ednaswap)
Ted Ansani (Material Issue)
Rod Argent (The Zombies, Argent)
Paul Armstrong (The Flashcubes)
Willie Aron (The Balancing Act, Mystery Pop, Wild Honey Orchestra)
Tony Asher (The Beach Boys)
Corin Ashley (solo, The Pills)
Berton Averre (The Knack)
Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) 
Cary Baker (journalist, publicist)
Kurt Baker (Kurt Baker Band/Combo)
Ronnie Barnett (The Muffs)
Morley Bartnoff (Cosmo Topper, Burning Sensations, Stew & The Negro Problem, Dramarama)
Steve Barton (Translator)
David Bash (festival organizer: International Pop Overthrow)
Joel Beerman (Elvyn)
Ryan Beerman (Elvyn
Danny Benair (The Three O'Clock, The Quick)
Scott Bennett (solo, The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson Band, Falling Wallendas)
Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness
Mimi Betinis (solo, Pezband)
Wyatt Blair (solo, label founder: Lolipop Records, festival organizer: Lolipalooza)
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub, The New Mendicants)
Bleu (producer, solo, The Major Labels, L.E.O.)
Colin Blunstone (The Zombies)
Rob Bonfiglio (solo, Wanderlust, The Skies Of America, producer/musical director of Wilson Phillips)
John Borack (writer: Goldmine, Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide, Popdudes)
Nelson Bragg (solo, The Beach Boys)
Cait Brennan
Hugh Brown (artist/creative director: Rhino Records, "Knuke the Knack" originator)
Clem Burke (Blondie, The Empty Hearts, The International Swingers, The Plimsouls)
John Calacci (tour manager)
Jeremy Cargill (writer: Ugly Things, label founder: Got Kinda Lost records)
Ducky Carlisle (producer, The Major Labels)
Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick, Tinted Windows)
Chris Carter (Dramarama, DJ: Breakfast with the Beatles, movie producer: Mayor of Sunset Strip, producer, artist management)
Peter Case (solo, The Plimsouls, The Nerves) 
Michael Chabon (writer: Tragic Magic: Reflections On Power Pop, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay)
Paul Chastian (Velvet Crush)
Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne)
Paul Collins (The Beat/The Paul Collins Beat, The Nerves)
Marshall Crenshaw
Ron Dante (The Archies, The Cuff Links, producer)
Dave the Boogieman (DJ: 11L Radio New York International)
Dennis Diken (The Smithereens)
Mary E. Donnelly (writer: Powerpop blog, Boys Don't Lie: A History of Shoes, Rolling Stone))
Craig Dorfman (biographer: forthcoming book on Jellyfish)
Linus Dotson (Linus of Hollywood)
Terry Draper (solo, Klaatu)
Mitch Easter (Let's Active, Big Star's Third, producer: REM)
Steve Eggers (The Nines)
Lee Elliott (Blue Cartoon)
Brad Elvis (The Romantics, The Elvis Brothers, Screams, The Handcuffs, Big Hello)
Victor Erwin (marketing director: SpyderPop Records)
Jason Falkner (solo, Jellyfish, The Three O'Clock, The Grays, TV Eyes)
Jay Ferguson (Sloan)
John Ferriter (manager, producer, The Tearaways, The Stingrays)
Lannie Flowers (solo, The Pengwins)
Ron Flynt (20/20)
Dave Foley (actor: Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio)
Jeffrey Foskett (solo, The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson Band)
Gary Frenay (solo, The Flashcubes)
Wyatt Funderburk (solo, Kurt Baker Band, The Explorers Club, Second Saturday)
Carl Giammarese (solo, The Buckinghams) 
David Gibbs (Gigolo Aunts)
Gary Pig Gold (writer/publisher: The Pig Paper, solo, producer)
Jay Gonzalez (solo, Drive-By Truckers)
Dave Gregory (XTC, Big Big Train, Tin Spirits)
Probyn Gregory (The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson Band, Eels, Wondermints, Stew & The Negro Problem)
Joseph Guese (The Click Five)
Nick Guzman
Robert Harrison (Cotton Mather, Future Clouds and Radar)
Rick Hromadka (solo, Maple Mars, Ruby Free, Double Naught Spies)
Mark Hudson (The Hudson Brothers)
Stephen Hurley (Gigolo Aunts)
Ross Inden (The Leopards)
Mike Isenberg (The Jets)
Luke Jackson (label founder: Popsicle Recordings, solo)
David Jenkins (The Motion, Dave Davies band, Wild Honey Orchestra)
Cliff Johnson (Off Broadway, Pezband)
Wade Johnson (solo, The Pengwins)
Cyril Jordan (Flamin' Groovies)
Anthony Kaczynski (Fireking, Figures on a Beach)
Len Kasper (Chicago Cubs TV announcer)
Tommy Keene
Brendan Kelly (A Fragile Tomorrow)
Dominic Kelly (A Fragile Tomorrow)
Sean Kelly (A Fragile Tomorrow)
Maura Kennedy (The Kennedys)
Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys)
Tom Kenny (actor: SpongeBob SquarePants and Mr. Show)
Scott Klass (The Davenports)
Gary Klebe (Shoes)
Jeremy Knibbs (Elvyn
Aaron Kupferberg (writer: Powerpopaholic blog)
Jim Laspesa (Green Jellö, The Muffs, Dave Davies band, Baby Lemonade, Susanna Hoffs band, Bob Cowsill Band)
Candy Leonard (writer: Beatleness)
Gabi Lima (solo, producer, engineer)
Taylor Locke (Rooney, Taylor Locke and the Roughs)
Dave Loren (Blue Cartoon)
Earle Mankey (producer: 20/20 and The Three O'Clock, Sparks)
Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, The Moog Cookbook, TV Eyes)
Ryan Maynes (Secret Powers)
Scott McCarl (Raspberries)
Michael McCartney (DJ: The Time Machine Radio Show)
Moira McCormick (writer: Boys Don't Lie: A History of Shoes, Rolling Stone)
Ric Menck (Velvet Crush)
Ethan Mentzer (The Click Five)
Brett Milano (writer: Boston Globe, Don't All Thank Me At Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller, Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting)
Mike Mills (REM, The Baseball Project, Big Star's Third)
Eytan Mirsky
Joey Molland (Badfinger)
Jeremy Morris (solo, label founder: JAM Recordings)
Bill Mumy (actor: Twilight Zone and Lost in Space, solo, Barnes & Barnes)
Chris Murphy (Sloan)
Jeff Murphy (Shoes)
John Murphy (Shoes)
Lisa Mychols (solo, Lisa Mychols 3, The Masticators, Nushu)
Paul Myers (writer: A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio, The Paul and John, The Gravelberrys)
David Myhr (solo, The Merrymakers)
Prescott Niles (The Knack)
Jordan Oakes (editor/publisher/compilation producer: Yellow Pills)
Alec Palao (reissue producer, The Sneetches, Powder)
Andy Paley (The Paley Brothers, producer)
Jonathan Paley (The Paley Brothers)
Dennis Pash (The Leopards)
Ray Paul (solo, Ray Paul & RPM, label founder: Permanent Press)
Cheryl Pawelski (A&R/producer: Capitol/EMI Records, Concord Music Group, and Rhino Entertainment, label co-founder: Omnivore Recordings)
Fernando Perdomo (producer, solo, Dreaming in Stereo, Transcendence, Dirty Diamond, and The Super Fuzz)
Anthony Douglas Perkins (Martin Luther Lennon, festival organizer: Poptopia)
Andrea Perry (solo, Pop 4, Kaliyo)
Debbi Peterson (The Bangles)
Vicki Peterson (The Bangles)
Alan Petsche (The Pengwins, movie executive producer: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, label founder: SpyderPop Records)
Jody Porter (solo, Fountains of Wayne)
John Powhida (John Powhida International Airport, The Rudds)
Chris Price (producer: Emitt Rhodes, solo, Taylor Locke and the Roughs)
Delbert Raines (The Pengwins)
Mike Randle (solo, Baby Lemonade, Love Revisited, Napoleon Dolemite)
Dave Rave (solo, Teenage Head)
Brian Ray (solo, The Paul McCartney Band, The Bayonets, Reggie Knighton Band)
Kristin Pinell Reil (The Grip Weeds, The Rooks)
Kurt Reil (The Grip Weeds)
Rick Reil (The Grip Weeds)
Emitt Rhodes (solo, The Merry-Go-Round)
Robbie Rist (actor: The Brady Bunch and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Andersons!, Wonderboy, Ballzy Tomorrow)
Ira Robbins (editor/publisher: Trouser Press magazine)
Paul Rock (festival organizer: Wild Honey Foundation)
Edward Rogers
Ben Romans (The Click Five)
Brad Rosenberger (label co-founder: Omnivore Recordings)
Jon Rubin (The Rubinoos)
Todd Rundgren (solo, Nazz, Utopia)
Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, Tinted Windows)
Frank Secich (Blue Ash, Stiv Bators Band, Deadbeat Poets, writer: Circumstantial Evidence)
Bob Segarini (solo, The Wackers, DJ/VJ)
Joseph Seiders (The New Pornographers)
Ken Sharp (solo, writer: Play On! Power Pop Heroes, Sound Explosion!: Inside LA’s Studio Factory with the Wrecking Crew, Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries, and Reputation Is a Fragile Thing: The Story of Cheap Trick)
Kim Shattuck (The Muffs, The Pandoras)
Steve Simels (writer: Powerpop blog, Stereo Review, The Floor Models)
Michael Simmons (Yorktown Lads, sparkle*jets uk)
Rick Springfield
Lane Steinberg (solo, The Wind)
Rusty Squeezebox (Baby Lemonade, Love Revisited, Napoleon Dolemite)
Jody Stephens (Big Star, Those Pretty Wrongs)
Gary Stewart (record executive: Rhino Entertainment, co-founder: Trunkworthy)
Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star)
Matthew Sweet (solo, The Thorns, Ming Tea)
Seth Swirsky (The Red Button)
Dwight Twilley (solo, Dwight Twilley Band)
Tony Valenziano (label founder: Smile Records, The Stand, Smash, The Ultra Suede)
Jaimie Vernon (label founder: Bullseye Records, solo, author: Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia)
Elijah Wald (author: How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll)
Thomas Walsh (Pugwash)
Chris White (The Zombies)
John Wicks (The Records)
Danny Wilkerson (solo, The Pengwins)
Robin Wills (The Barracudas)
Chris Wilson (Flamin' Groovies, The Barracudas)
John Woloschuk (Klaatu)
Chip Z'Nuff (Enuff Z'Nuff)
Mike Zelenko (Material Issue)
Miles Zuniga (Fastball)

By band

20/20 (Ron Flynt)
The Andersons! (Derrick Anderson, Robbie Rist)
The Archies (Ron Dante)
Argent (Rod Argent)
Baby Lemonade (Jim Laspesa, Mike Randle, Rusty Squeezebox)
Badfinger (Joey Molland)
The Balancing Act (Willie Aron)
Ballzy Tomorrow (Robbie Rist)
The Bangles (Derrick Anderson, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson)
Barnes & Barnes (Bill Mumy)
The Barracudas (Robin Wills, Chris Wilson)
The Baseball Project (Mike Mills)
The Bayonets (Brian Ray)
The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson Band (Tony Asher, Scott Bennett, Jeffrey Foskett, Probyn Gregory)
The Beat (Paul Collins)
Big Big Train (Dave Gregory)
Big Hello (Brad Elvis)
Big Star / Big Star's Third (Mitch Easter, Mike Mills, Jody Stephens, Ken Stringfellow)
Blondie (Clem Burke)
Blue Ash (Frank Secich)
Blue Cartoon (Lee Elliott, Dave Loren)
Bob Cowsill Band (Jim Laspesa)
The Buckinghams (Carl Giammarese)
Burning Sensations (Morley Bartnoff)
Cheap Trick (Bun E. Carlos)
The Click Five (Joseph Guese, Ethan Mentzer, Ben Romans)
Cosmo Topper (Morley Bartnoff)
Cotton Mather (Robert Harrison)
The Cuff Links (Ron Dante)
The Davenports (Scott Klass)
Dave Davies band (Derrick Anderson, David Jenkins, Jim Laspesa)
Deadbeat Poets (Frank Secich)
Dirty Diamond (Fernando Perdomo)
Double Naught Spies (Rick Hromadka)
Dramarama (Morley Bartnoff, Chris Carter)
Dreaming in Stereo (Fernando Perdomo)
Drive-By Truckers (Jay Gonzalez)
The Dwight Twilley Band (Dwight Twilley)
Ednaswap (Rusty Anderson)
Eels (Probyn Gregory)
The Elvis Brothers (Brad Elvis)
Elvyn (Joel Beerman, Ryan Beerman, Jeremy Knibbs)
The Empty Hearts (Clem Burke)
Enuff Z'Nuff (Chip Z'Nuff)
The Explorers Club (Wyatt Funderburk)
Falling Wallendas (Scott Bennett)
Fastball (Miles Zuniga)
Figures on a Beach (Anthony Kaczynski)
Fireking (Anthony Kaczynski)
Flamin' Groovies (Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson)
The Flashcubes (Tommy Allen, Paul Armstrong, Gary Frenay)
The Floor Models (Steve Simels)
Fountains of Wayne (Chris Collingwood, Jody Porter, Adam Schlesinger)
A Fragile Tomorrow (Brendan, Dominic, and Sean Kelly)
Future Clouds and Radar (Robert Harrison)
Gigolo Aunts (David Gibbs, Stephen Hurley)
The Gravelberrys (Paul Myers)
The Grays (Jason Falkner)
Green Jello (Jim Laspesa)
The Grip Weeds (Kristin Pinell Reil, Kurt Reil, Rick Reil)
The Handcuffs (Brad Elvis)
The Hudson Brothers (Mark Hudson)
Imperial Drag (Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.)
International Swingers (Clem Burke)
Jellyfish (Jason Falkner, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.)
The Jets (Mike Isenberg)
John Powhida International Airport (John Powhida)
Kaliyo (Andrea Perry)
The Kennedys (Maura Kennedy, Pete Kennedy)
Klaatu (Terry Draper, John Woloschuk)
The Knack (Berton Averre, Prescott Niles)
Kurt Baker Band/Combo (Kurt Baker)
L.E.O. (Bleu)
The Leopards (Ross Inden, Dennis Pash)
Let's Active (Mitch Easter)
Linus of Hollywood (Linus Dotson)
Lisa Mychols 3 (Lisa Mychols)
The Major Labels (Bleu, Ducky Carlisle)
Maple Mars (Rick Hromadka)
Martin Luther Lennon (Anthony Douglas Perkins)
The Masticators (Lisa Mychols)
Material Issue (Ted Ansani, Mike Zelenko)
The Merry-Go-Round (Emitt Rhodes)
The Merrymakers (David Myhr)
Ming Tea (Matthew Sweat)
The Moog Cookbook (Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.)
The Motion (David Jenkins)
The Muffs (Ronnie Barnett, Jim Laspesa, Kim Shattuck)
Mystery Pop (Willie Aron)
Nazz (Todd Rundgren)
The Nerves (Peter Case, Paul Collins)
The New Mendicants (Norman Blake)
The New Pornographers (Joseph Seiders)
The Nines (Steve Eggers)
Nushu (Lisa Mychols)
Off Broadway (Cliff Johnson)
The Paley Brothers (Andy Paley, Jonathan Paley)
The Pandoras (Kim Shattuck)
The Paul and John (Paul Myers)
Paul McCartney's band (Brian Ray)
The Pengwins (Lannie Flowers, Wade Johnson, Alan Petsche, Delbert Raines, Danny Wilkerson)
Pezband (Mimi Betinis, Cliff Johnson)
The Pills (Corin Ashley)
The Plimsouls (Clem Burke, Peter Case)
Pop 4 (Andrea Perry)
Popdudes (John Borack)
The Posies (Ken Stringfellow)
Powder (Alec Palao)
Pugwash (Thomas Walsh)
The Pursuit of Happiness (Moe Berg)
The Quick (Danny Benair)
Raspberries (Scott McCarl)
Ray Paul & RPM (Ray Paul)
The Records (John Wicks)
The Red Button (Seth Swirsky)
Reggie Knighton Band (Brian Ray)
REM (Mike Mills)
The Romantics (Brad Elvis)
The Rooks (Kristin Pinell Reil)
Rooney (Taylor Locke)
The Rubinoos (Jon Rubin)
Ruby Free (Rick Hromadka)
The Rudds (John Powhida)
Rusty Anderson Afternoon (Rusty Anderson) 
Screams (Brad Elvis)
Secret Powers (Ryan Maynes)
Second Saturday (Wyatt Funderburk) 
Shoes (Gary Klebe, Jeff Murphy, John Murphy)
The Skies Of America (Rob Bonfiglio)
Sloan (Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy)
Smash (Tony Valenziano)
The Smithereens (Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken)
Sneetches (Alec Palao)
sparkle*jets U.K. (Michael Simmons)
Sparks (Earle Mankey)
The Stand (Tony Valenziano)
Stew & The Negro Problem (Morley Bartnoff, Probyn Gregory)
The Stingrays (John Ferriter) 
Stiv Bators Band (Frank Secich)
The Super Fuzz (Fernando Perdomo)
Susanna Hoffs band (Jim Laspesa)
Taylor Locke and the Roughs (Taylor Locke, Chris Price)
The Tearaways (John Ferriter)
Teenage Fanclub (Norman Blake)
Teenage Head (Dave Rave)
The Thorns (Matthew Sweet)
Those Pretty Wrongs (Jody Stephens)
The Three O'Clock (Danny Benair, Jason Falkner)
Tin Spirits (Dave Gregory)
Tinted Windows (Bun E. Carlos, Adam Schlesinger)
Transcendence (Fernando Perdomo)
Translator (Steve Barton)
TV Eyes (Jason Falkner, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.)
The Ultra Suede (Tony Valenziano)
Utopia (Todd Rundgren)
Velvet Crush (Paul Chastain, Ric Menck)
The Wackers (Bob Segarini)
Wanderlust (Rob Bonfiglio)
Wild Honey Orchestra (Willie Aron, David Jenkins)
The Wind (Lane Steinberg)
Wondermints (Probyn Gregory)
XTC (Dave Gregory)
Yorktown Lads (Michael Simmons)
The Zombies (Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Calling all ears!

We're looking for recommendations of power pop tunes that fit one or more of the following descriptions (so much the better if they're on indie labels/self-released):
  • Songs that would have been #1 hits in a perfect world
  • Songs that are infectious and effervescent
  • Songs that directly channel specific '60s bands and later power pop influences
  • Songs about music / making records / power pop / British Invasion
  • Songs about being independent / taking matters into your own hands
  • Songs about loss / sadness / unrewarded efforts
  • Songs about growing / surviving / thriving
Where possible, please include links to YouTube videos, Spotify, etc.

Also of interest are:
  • Great stories about power pop bands
  • Resources such as vintage footage
  • Pet answers—your own or favorite quotes—to "What is power pop?"
Please post in comments here or send to