The Ledge #438: Power Pop

What is power pop? According to the dictionary, it's "a style of pop music characterized by a strong melody line, heavy use of guitars, and simple rhythm". Yeah, that works. I prefer to just call it "revved up pop music".

Tonight's show features over 50 years of power pop, from The Who single "Pictures of Lily" that Pete Townshend described as "power pop" to some great new bands that are powering that sound into the future. Lou from Rum Bar Records even helped us out with some great gems from the early days of his label.

After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. You can find this show at almost any podcast site, including iTunes and Stitcher...or


1. The Who, Pictures of Lily
2. Cheap Trick, Surrender
3. The Raspberries, Go All The Way
4. Dwight Twilley, I'm On Fire
5. The Flamin' Groovies, Shake Some Action
6. Big Star, September Gurls
7. Shoes, She Satisfies
8. Eddie & The Hot Rods, Do Anything You Wanna Do
9. Bram Tchaikovsky, Girl Of My Dreams
10. The Records, Starry Eyes
11. Tommy Keene, Places That Are Gone
12. The Undertones, Teenage Kicks
13. The Only Ones, Another Girl, Another Planet (Live)
14. The Scientists, Frantic Romantic
15. The Spongetones, She Goes Out With Everybody
16. Fleshtones, Right Side Of A Good Thing
17. The Nerves, Hanging On The Telephone
18. The Breakaways, Walking Out On Love
19. The Beat, Rock N Roll Girl
20. The Plimsouls, Hush, Hush
21. The Cavedogs, Tayter Country
22. Material Issue, Valerie Loves Me
23. Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend
24. The Scruffs, Break The Ice
25. Redd Kross, Pop Show
26. The Decibels, Hey Emily
27. The Brothers Steve, Angeline
28. The Barreracudas, Promises
29. Jagger Holly, At The Beach Tonight
30. The Resonars, The Man Who Does Nothing
31. The Phantoms, Baby Loves Her Rock n Roll
32. The Connection, Labor Of Love
33. Kurt Baker, Play It Cool
34. Brad Marino, False Alarm
35. Mono In Stereo, Monty Nolder
36. Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out, One Less Step
37. Yum Yums, Bubblegum Baby
38. THE SPEEDWAYS, The Day I Call You Mine


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