Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the '80s

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/1997
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227272920
  • Catalog Number: 72729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What I Like About You - The Romantics (2:58)
  2. 2 Baby It's You - Phil Seymour (3:02)
  3. 3 Hold on to Something - Great Buildings (3:48)
  4. 4 Tell That Girl to Shut Up - Holly & the Italians (3:02)
  5. 5 A Million Miles Away - The Plimsouls (3:34)
  6. 6 She Goes out with Everybody - The Spongetones (2:29)
  7. 7 Whenever You're on My Mind - Marshall Crenshaw (3:17)
  8. 8 I Want You Back - Hoodoo Gurus (3:12)
  9. 9 Every Word Means No - Let's Active (2:54)
  10. 10 Crybaby - Utopia (4:22)
  11. 11 Going Down to Liverpool - Bangles (3:41)
  12. 12 Love Is for Lovers - The dB's (3:19)
  13. 13 Whatever Happenend to Fun... - Candy (3:43)
  14. 14 Places That Are Gone - Tommy Keene (3:54)
  15. 15 Behind the Wall of Sleep - The Smithereens (3:23)
  16. 16 Lisa Anne - Bill Lloyd (3:13)
  17. 17 She's So Young - The Pursuit of Happiness (3:36)
  18. 18 There She Goes - The La's (2:43)
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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
The dB's Track Performer
Jerry Harrison Synthesizer
Susanna Hoffs Guitar, Vocals
Hoodoo Gurus Track Performer
The La's Track Performer
Let's Active Track Performer
The Pursuit of Happiness Track Performer
The Romantics Track Performer
Todd Rundgren Guitar, Vocals
The Smithereens Track Performer
Utopia Track Performer
The 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
The 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
The 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 Jr. Composer
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Jamie Hoover Producer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
David Kahne Producer
Dave Kapp Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
David McLees Producer
Alphonso Mizell Composer
Fonce Mizell Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Gary Peterson Producer, Discographical Annotation
Richard Podolor Producer
Deke Richards Composer
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
Dave Schultz Remastering
David Gorman Producer
John Hagelston Producer
Mack David Composer
John Borack Liner Notes
Barney Williams Composer
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