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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Message to Nid.
This is a mix I made for Nid. Haven't seen him much since we stopped being roommates.
When we lived together I remember buying an Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark LP, I think it was Architecture and Morality, great record. He thought so too and I remember him playing it once in a while. In retrospect this sounds pretty queer bordering on gay.
A few weeks ago I found an OMD 7" and decided to send it to him because he's been pestering me for about three years to burn him a CD by the band Fastbacks. I never found that CD although something tells me I still have it. Whatever the case I decided to make him this powerpop compilation in leui of Fastbacks.
I was pretty into the powerpop scene for a while and I still love it when I hear a good mix. I guarantee you will either love it or hate it. Some will lump this music into generic genre names like powerpop, mod, or new wave. It's all POP to me but I do hear clear distinctions from some of these bands. I would call the Odds a Mod band, but I can clearly hear powerpop in the New Toys song on here. My bro thinks it sounds like music from an 80's teen movie and I think he's not too far off base. I can envision credits rolling over songs like X-Ray Proof or Big Burden. I'd love to see a movie like that!
It's all about hooks! As much as people wanna dissect the music it's super basic bubblegum pop with more balls. By the end of the song- you know the song! And it's damn genius when it comes out right. My favorites tend to be those with a hint of sadness added to the brew. This mix is a decent intro but it tends to focus on the obscure. With more time I would have included tracks from: the Shoes, 20/20, SVT, and probably Pezband, all bands slightly less obscure right? But this mix is just big enough to fit on one CD. So feel free to burn one!
I still like this style, but when I discovered mp3 blogs with millions of powerpop songs I got a little put off by the scene. Pre-internet this stuff seemed so incredible. So obscure and secretive. Hidden. But there's a reason why most of that stuff is obscure. Most of it sucks. Plus people who are into powerpop tend to have a serious attitude. I declare a fatwah on anyone who claims to be Mod or anyone who rides a scooter. Although I still lose my shit when I see a skinhead girl. So hot!
I think the Power Pearls vinyl bootleg series that came out in the late 90's pretty much nailed the style for me and I took liberally from that series for this mix. But I've also included tracks from the Metrojets series which is great powerpop/glam compilation. If you like this shit then here's a good place to find more. I always wanted to make a good powerpop mix and this one is made special for Nid. Now you can hear it too! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step!
Hopefully Nid likes this comp. It's not OMD but it's pretty girly. Which makes me wonder where have all the rude girls gone?
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