Power Pop Anthems
Following on from the hugely successful Power Ballads series, Power Pop Anthems is a compilation of some of the seminal power pop bands and the genre’s defining songs (although how “Killer Queen” by Queen and “It’s Only Natural” by Crowded House made the tracklist is something of a mystery).
The presence of The Rubinoos, The Raspberries, The Knack and The Undertones is more appropriate, as is the appearance of such timeless classics such as The Cars’ “My Best Friend’s Girl”, Joe Jackson’s “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” and Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me”.
Proof that the power pop genre lives on in today’s music industry is provided by The Thrills’ “Big Sur” and Fountain’s Of Wayne’s wonderful “Stacy’s Mom”, whilst yet more contemporary material pops up (pun most definitely intended) with Supergrass’ “Grace” and The La’s “There She Goes”.
Catalogue and licensing issues probably prevented the inclusion of Candy’s “Whatever To Fun” – one of the best power pop songs ever written – but that slight grumble aside, it’s difficult to complain when sunny melodies and power pop brilliance come one after the other on this fabulous collection.
Summer may be ending, but Power Pop Anthems will be a real tonic as those cold winter evenings draw closer. Even better than that, it’s possibly the most fun you can have with a pair of headphones on.