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Old 11-13-2011, 09:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Guilty Pleasures Abound! It's Power Pop Week!



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Power pop 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.

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Power Pop is a genre that combines pop melodies with loud power chords. Its major melodic influences can be traced back to The Beatles and The Byrds and the guitar sound of The Who. It is characterized by relatively short songs, catchy melodies and prominent electric guitars. Usually people refer to three different waves of Power Pop. The first one is from the 1970s and features bands such as Badfinger, Raspberries, Cheap Trick and Big Star. The second originates on the late 1970s and early 1980s with bands such as The Knack, The Beat and The Romantics. The third one is from the 1990s, which also has some alternative rock influences and includes artists such as Matthew Sweet, The Posies and Superdrag.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Power Pop done right is one of the greatest things ever. Songs manage to be catchy and accessible yet you know that the artists put all their soul and passion into them.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I feel like Freak Kitchen falls in this category, although everyone wants to call them heavy metal or hard rock. Love Mattias Eklundh and Freak Kitchen grew right on me. It was a guilty pleasure for a while, but I don't feel guilty anymore.





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Old 12-09-2011, 05:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if power pop is a guilty pleasure, then i sure am guilty. it's probably my favourite genre. love several of the bands already posted and will be listening to find more.

faves include big star, posies, telekinesis, new pornographers, badfinger, matthew sweet, cheap trick, the thermals, army navy, the whigs, the von bondies

i could just go on and on.

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just a few of my faves:-

The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet:-



The Raspberries - Go All The Way:-



Cheap Trick - Surrender:-



Enuff Z'Nuff - New Thing:-



(this one's power-pop masquerading as hair metal)

Also, no guilty pleasure at all. I love power pop.
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In the WIKI definition: what the heck does "economical arrangements" mean?
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In the WIKI definition: what the heck does "economical arrangements" mean?
It means the arrangements are simple but very well put together.
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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In the WIKI definition: what the heck does "economical arrangements" mean?
Usually guitar solos are short, drum solos almost non-existent. Track length is typically around 3 minutes or less. there aren't a lot of saxophones, latin percussion, banjos or string orchestras-mostly guitar, bass, drums and sometimes piano.

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Badfinger
Matthew Sweet
The Raspberries
Sloan
Emitt Rhodes
The New Pornographers
Big Star
Fountains of Wayne
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Buzzcocks might fit the bill I guess(?)

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^^they're more pop-punk than power-pop
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