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Monday, February 28, 2011

Power Pop Explosion! 1980-1983: Vol. 3



Only one more compilation in the Power Pop Explosion series left after today, but remember: I promised five discs worth of PP goodness. There's a special bonus compilation which will make its appearance in approximately two weeks. I've also got one or two more Power Pop surprises up my sleeve, so keep stopping by-- I might just make 2011 the year of Power Pop here at Burn and Shine, who knows?

As for today's volume, it might be my favorite of the bunch. Again, I wish I could go on and on about how great Arizona's Blue Shoes or England's Prisoners are, or all of the bands in between. I just don't have time. I would, however, like to single out the Vertebrats from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. I first heard "Left in the Dark" about 15 years ago, when I found the compilaition Destination Bomp! in the used bin at one of my favorite record stores. Judging by the $40+ price tag on that used copy at Amazon, I'm guessing this baby is out of print :(

I don't know exactly when it happened, but at some point, LitD just knocked me out. It is probably their most well known song, mainly due to its inclusion on that Bomp! compilation, but I just couldn't resist putting it on PPE! It's one of those songs, that is the best song ever whenever it pops up on my iPod. It's the kind of song that never wears out its welcome, and always leaves me wanting more. In short, it is perfect. If you've never heard it, you're in for a treat. If you know it well, then you won't mind hearing it again-- I'm sure.

Happy Listening!


Power Pop Explosion! 1980-1983: Vol. 3

01. Blue Shoes, "Someone Like You" [1980]
02. Dogs (France), "Never Come Back" [1983]
03. The Lambrettas, "Da-a-ance" [1980]
04. Rockpile, "Now and Always" [1980]
05. Shane Champagne, "Lonely Next to You" [1980]
06. The Bongos, "The Bulrushes" [1982]
07. The Rings, "Who's She Dancin' With"[1980]
08. James Freud & the Radio Stars, "Modern Girl" [1980]
09. Tommy Tutone, "Why Baby Why" [1981]
10. The Vertebrats, "Left in the Dark" [1981]
11. The Speedies, "Something on My Mind" [1981]
12. Matt Finish, "Layman's Day" [1981]
13. Let's Active, "Make Up With Me" [1983]
14. Kimberly Rew, "Stomping All Over the World" [1982]
15. Boyfriends, "Wrapped Up in a Dream" [1981]
16. The Allies, "Emma Peel" [1982]
17. Tommy Keene, "Another Night at Home" [1982]
18. The Spongetones, "Tell Me Too" [1982]
19. The Sunnyboys, "You Need a Friend" [1982]
20. Cheepskates, "Run Better Run" [1983]
21. Comateens, "Late Night City" [1981]
22. Beat Rodeo, "What's the Matter" [1983]
23. Donnie Iris, "Agnes" [1980]
24. The Pinkees, "I'll Be There" [1982]
25. The Prisoners, "There Can't Be a Place" [1982]

Total Time: 1:15:44

Download it here: Power Pop Explosion! 1980-1983: Vol. 3

7 comments:

oldsoftballdude08 said...

Can't wait to give it a spin. You could make it a power pop year and there would be no complaints here. The only other music I seem to like is from the 60s. Thanks again.

shane said...

An honor to be included...

Bye for now,

Shane Faubert

Maximum Jack said...

. . . of the Cheepskates? Wow, the honor is all mine!

For more info on the Cheepskates please visit Shane's Website: The Cheepskates/Shane Faubert

Also checkout his blog: Meanwhile . . . I'm Still Thining. Excellent stuff!

Maximum Jack said...

Thinking . . . it's supposed to say "Meanwhile . . . I'm Still Thinking"!

beyesn said...

Thanks for the third time! So glad you are including nods to the mod/punk-tinged side of the PP genre. Love the Prisoners and The Sunnyboys!

Oh, and thanks for the Tommy Keene -- all the way back to the debut Stange Alliances LP.

laura said...

That Kimberley Rew record is one of my faves. I've about worn the grooves off of my copy. Excellent comp per usual!

Maximum Jack said...

You may or may not remember this Laura, but you actually taped a copy of Bible of Pop for me about ten years ago! It was recently given the reissue treatment by Kyboside Records.