Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the '80s

Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the '80s

     
 
Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the '70s presented the roots of power pop, and its successor, Power Pop Classics of the '80s, finds the genre slowly mutating into a classicist style. In the '80s, power pop didn't have as dedicated an audience as it did in the previous decade (or that it would have in the '90s), and the place to hear catchy guitar pop was

Overview

Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the '70s presented the roots of power pop, and its successor, Power Pop Classics of the '80s, finds the genre slowly mutating into a classicist style. In the '80s, power pop didn't have as dedicated an audience as it did in the previous decade (or that it would have in the '90s), and the place to hear catchy guitar pop was in the ringing jangle pop of the American underground. As a result, about half of the bands on this collection -- including Let's Active, the Bangles, the DB's, Tommy Keene, the Smithereens, Hoodoo Gurus, and the La's -- had more in common with jangle pop than power pop, but they shared the same love of the three-minute single and the pure, catchy melody. Also, their presence makes Power Pop Classics of the '80s a bit more diverse than its predecessor, since there's a greater variety of pop styles, from the punchy rock of the Romantics' "What I Like About You" and the British Invasion stylings of the SpongeTones ("She Goes Out With Everybody") to the AOR of Utopia ("Crybaby") and the new wave of Holly & the Italians ("Tell That Girl to Shut Up") and the Plimsouls ("A Million Miles Away"). On the whole, the collection doesn't deliver as many thrills as Power Pop Classics of the '70s, but that's only by a slight margin, since among these 18 tracks are some of the finest pop singles of the '80s.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/1997
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227272920
catalogNumber:
72729

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Lloyd   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Vocals,Track Performer
Steve Young   Vocals
Bangles   Track Performer
Peter Case   Guitar,Vocals
Marshall Crenshaw   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
dB's   Track Performer
Jerry Harrison   Synthesizer
Susanna Hoffs   Guitar,Vocals
Hoodoo Gurus   Track Performer
La's   Track Performer
Let's Active   Track Performer
Pursuit of Happiness   Track Performer
Romantics   Track Performer
Todd Rundgren   Guitar,Vocals
Smithereens   Track Performer
Utopia   Track Performer
Spongetones   Track Performer
Great Buildings   Track Performer
Holly & the Italians   Track Performer
Tommy Keene   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Roger Powell   Keyboards,Vocals
Phil Seymour   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Candy   Track Performer
Danny Wilde   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Kasim Sulton   Bass,Vocals
Plimsouls   Track Performer
Michael Osborn   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Ian Ainsworth   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
James Baker   Drums
Clyde Bramley   Bass,Vocals
Larry Byrom   Keyboards
Gilby Clarke   Guitar
Billy Connelly   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Crenshaw   Drums,Vocals
David Crockett   Drums
Jonathan Daniel   Synthesizer,Bass
Dennis Diken   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Chris Donato   Bass,Vocals
Mitch Easter   Guitar,Vocals
David Faulkner   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Emory Gordy   Bass
Duane Hitchings   Keyboards
Gene Holder   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Peter Holsapple   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Jamie Hoover   Guitar,Vocals
Faye Hunter   Bass,Vocals
Joe Kernich   Piano
Jimmy Marinos   Drums,Vocals
Eddie Muñoz   Guitar,Vocals
Marc Owens   Drums
Dave Pahoa   Bass,Vocals
Wally Palmar   Guitar,Vocals
Debbi Peterson   Drums,Vocals
Vicki Peterson   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Pitcock   Guitar
Louie Ramirez   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Will Rigby   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Sara Romweber   Drums
Paul Schaffer   Organ,Piano
John Schubert   Percussion,Drums
Brad Shepherd   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Mark Sidgwick   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Mike Skill   Guitar,Vocals
Phil Solem   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Steele   Bass,Vocals
Steve Stoeckel   Bass,Vocals
Rob Thorne   Percussion,Drums
Doug Tull   Drums
Holly Beth Vincent   Guitar,Vocals
Kyle Vincent   Piano,Vocals
Pat Walters   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Jon Wilcox   Drums,Vocals
Willie Wilcox   Drums,Vocals
David Williams   Vocals
Jim Babjak   Guitar
Pat DiNizio   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Mesaros   Bass,Vocals
Kris Abbott   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Gilby   Drums
Leslie Stanwyck   Vocals
Rick Wagner   Keyboards
Diana Haig   Vocals
Andrew Williams   Vocals
Richie Cole   Bass,Vocals
Lee Mavers   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Sinclair   Bass
Moe Berg   Guitar,Vocals
Lee Mayers   Guitar,Vocals
David E. Williams   Vocals
Michael Farmer   Percussion
Paul Hemmings   Guitar
John Timson   Drums
Mike Osborn   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
John Power   Bass,Vocals
Patrick Irwin   Keyboards
Steve Young   Drums
Richard Sandford   Percussion,Drums
Ted Niceley   Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Lloyd   Producer
Gary Stewart   Producer
Peter Case   Liner Notes
Marshall Crenshaw   Liner Notes
dB's   Producer
Don Dixon   Producer
Todd Rundgren   Producer
Utopia   Producer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Bob Andrews   Producer
John Boylan   Producer
Harold Bronson   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction,Cover Art
Chris Butler   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Mitch Easter   Producer,Liner Notes
Geoff Emerick   Producer
Jeff Eyrich   Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Jamie Hoover   Producer
Bill Inglot   Producer
David Kahne   Producer
Dave Kapp   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
David McLees   Producer
Gary Peterson   Producer,Discographical Annotation
Richard Podolor   Producer
Peter Solley   Producer
Alan Thorne   Producer
Jim Neill   Producer
Ken Sharp   Creative Consultant
Rachel Gutek   Producer,Art Direction,Logo
Patrick Milligan   Producer
Steve Poltorak   Producer
Steven Chean   Liner Notes
Vanessa Atkins   Liner Notes
Julee Stover   Liner Notes
David Gorman   Producer
John Hagelston   Producer
Mack David   Composer
John Borack   Liner Notes
Barney Williams   Composer

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