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Power Pop
Stylistic origins: Pop, Rock and roll, Indie Rock, Soft Rock, Beat music, Rhythm and Blues, Garage rock, Pub rock (UK)
Cultural origins: 1960s British and American pop and rock
Typical instruments: Standard Drum Set - Electric Guitar - Keyboard - Bass Guitar - Synthesizer
Mainstream popularity: Medium
Other topics
List of power pop musicians

Power pop is a popular musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop and rock music. It typically incorporates a combination of musical devices such as strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, economical arrangements, and prominent guitar riffs. Instrumental solos are usually kept to a minimum, and blues elements are largely downplayed. Recordings tend to display production values that lean toward compression and a forceful drum beat. Instruments usually include one or more electric guitars, an electric bass guitar, a drum kit, and-- sometimes-- electric keyboards or synthesizers. For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ... (world)Beat music is a music by the styles of Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Rock en español, Tropical, Salsa, and Merengue. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that enjoyed its original period of wide success in the United States and Canada, from 1963 to 1967. ... Pub rock was a mid- to late-1970s musical movement, largely centred around North London and South East Essex, particularly Canvey Island and Southend on Sea. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... An extended 4-piece drum kit A drum kit (or drum set or trap set - the latter an old-fashioned term) is a collection of drums, cymbals and other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a sole percussionist (drummer), usually for jazz, rock, or other types of contemporary music. ... An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping,popping or using a pick. ... For other uses, see Synthesizer (disambiguation). ... This is a list of notable bands and musicians that have been described as power pop, or contributing power pop music. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Look up Melody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary In music, a melody is a series of linear events or a succession, not a simultaneity as in a chord. ... This article is about musical harmony. ... Blues Rock or Blues-rock is a fusion genre of music which combines elements of the blues with rock and roll. ... An electric guitar is a type of guitar with a solid or semi-solid body that utilizes electromagnetic pickup (music)s to convert the vibration of the steel-cored strings into electrical current. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping,popping or using a pick. ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ...


Badfinger's "No Matter What" (1970), The Raspberries' "Go All The Way" (1972), The Knack's "My Sharona" (1979), Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" (1979), Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" (1981), Tommy Tutone's "867-5309/Jenny" (1982), Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" (1991), Weezer's "Buddy Holly" (1994), The All-American Rejects' "Swing, Swing" (2003), and Fountains of Wayne's "Stacy's Mom" (2003) were some of the most commercially successful power pop singles. While its cultural impact has waxed and waned over the decades, it's among rock's most enduring subgenres. Badfinger were a rock/pop band formed in Swansea, Wales in 1965, and one of the earliest representatives of the power pop genre. ... No Matter What is a song originally recorded by Badfinger for their album No Dice (1970), written by Peter Ham and produced by Geoff Emerick. ... The Raspberries were a rock and roll band from Cleveland, Ohio. ... Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover The Knack - My Sharona The Knack are a Los Angeles-based rock band that rose to fame with their first single, My Sharona, an international hit in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... My Sharona is a 1979 song which was the debut single by and international hit for The Knack. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... I Want You to Want Me is a song by Cheap Trick, originally recorded in 1977 for their album In Color, though the version from the bands 1978 album At Budokan subsequently became better known than the original. ... Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a songwriter, musician and actor. ... Jessies Girl is a pop song written and performed by pop singer Rick Springfield. ... Tommy Tutone is a rock band from San Francisco, California, best known for its 1982 hit 867-5309/Jenny, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard pop charts. ... 867-5309/Jenny is a song written by Alex Call and Jim Keller and performed by Tommy Tutone which peaked at Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1982. ... Sidney Matthew Sweet (born c. ... Girlfriend is the third album by Matthew Sweet, his most commercially and critically successful album to date. ... For the albums, see Weezer (1994 album) and Weezer (2001 album). ... Buddy Holly is a popular single by Weezer, written by Rivers Cuomo. ... The All-American Rejects is an American power pop band from Stillwater, Oklahoma. ... Swing, Swing was a single from the All-American Rejects 2002 self-titled debut album. ... Fountains of Wayne is an American power pop/rock band, formed in 1995. ... Stacys Mom is a hit single by American band Fountains of Wayne, released in 2003 and taken from their album Welcome Interstate Managers. ...

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Formative years: 1960s to early 1970s

Pete Townshend of The Who coined the term power pop in a 1967 interview[1][2] in which he said "Power pop is what we play." As early as 1965, the Everly Brothers were playing music that can be called power pop. The duo's "I'll See Your Light" and "It Only Costs A Dime" displayed jangling guitars and an oblique harmonic approach that built upon the innovations of The Beatles and The Byrds. Those groups, along with The Who, The Small Faces and the Beach Boys, are often cited as the progenitors of power pop.[3] Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... Small Faces were a British mod group formed in 1965[1] by Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston (who was soon replaced by Ian McLagan). ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of...


The Who, inspired by the melodicism of The Beatles and the driving rhythms of American R&B, put out several songs in their early mod phase (1965-1966) that can be considered the first true power pop songs: "I Can't Explain", "The Kids Are Alright", "Substitute", "I'm a Boy", "Happy Jack", "So Sad About Us", and in 1967, "Pictures of Lily". These songs are propelled by Keith Moon's aggressive drumming and Pete Townshend's distinctive power chords, and have strong melodies and euphonic harmonies. For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... The logo of the mod movement was a stylised target, based on the roundel of the Royal Air Force. ... I Cant Explain is a song released by English rock band The Who in 1965, written by Pete Townshend and produced by Shel Talmy. ... Soundtrack album cover. ... Substitute is a song by The Who written by Pete Townshend. ... Im A Boy is a 1966 rock song written by Pete Townshend for his band The Who. ... Happy Jack is a song by the British rock band The Who. ... So Sad About Us is a 1966 song by British rock band The Who, first released on the bands second album A Quick One. ... Pictures of Lily is a single by the British rock band The Who. ... Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. ...


The Beatles took inspiration from The Who's contemporary singles and released hard-edged, yet melodic, singles such as "Paperback Writer" and "Day Tripper" in the mid 1960s, as well as album tracks such as "And Your Bird Can Sing". However, four years before the term "power pop" was coined, The Beatles were already recording a series of influential hits that some have retroactively classified as power pop, including "From Me to You", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", and "Can't Buy Me Love". {{Infobox Single | Name = Paperback Writer | Cover = Paperrain. ... A day-tripper is a person who visits a tourist destination, tourist attraction, or visitor attraction from home and returns there on the same day - in other words this excursion does not involve a night away from home. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... From Me To You is the name of the hit song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released by their band, the Beatles, as a single in 1963. ... She Loves You is a hit song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, originally recorded by the The Beatles for release as a single in 1963. ... Music sample I Want to Hold Your Hand ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Cant Buy Me Love is the name of a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) and released by The Beatles on the A side of their fifth British single, Cant Buy Me Love/You Cant Do That. ...


Several groups that arose in the wake of The Beatles' success were important in the evolution of the power pop style, such as The Beau Brummels, The Hollies, and The Zombies. Other acts such as the Knickerbockers, the Easybeats and the Outsiders contributed iconic singles. The Beau Brummels was a successful 1960s American rock band, formed in San Francisco in 1963. ... The Hollies are an English Beat group formed in the early 1960s. ... The Zombies, formed in 1961 in St Albans, were an English rock band. ... 60s Group Famous for their hit Lies a Lennon-McCartney Penned tune never recorded or released by their group The Beatles The Knickerbockers formed in 1964 by Buddy Randell (vocals, sax), previously of the Royal Teens, who had a hit with Short Shorts. The original (and classic) line-up consisted... The Easybeats were a rock and roll band from Australia. ... The Outsiders were an American rock and roll group from Cleveland, Ohio. ...


Modern power pop gained momentum in 1970 with recordings by the British group Badfinger (although at this time, the musical style was not yet classified as power pop). Badfinger singles such as "No Matter What", "Baby Blue", and "Day After Day" (all recorded in 1970 and 1971), were the template for the power pop sound that followed in the late 1970s. Badfinger were a rock/pop band formed in Swansea, Wales in 1965, and one of the earliest representatives of the power pop genre. ... No Matter What is a song originally recorded by Badfinger for their album No Dice (1970), written by Peter Ham and produced by Geoff Emerick. ...


Early-to-mid 1970s

In the early 1970s, the form was further codified by the work of The Raspberries (who may have been the first band to earn the power pop appellation, in a mid-1970s article in Rolling Stone). The Raspberries were a rock and roll band from Cleveland, Ohio. ... This article is about the music magazine. ...


At this stage, British pop had taken a stylistic turn (notably, with the rise of glam). The bands performing music that was later to be labeled power pop were nearly all American. The first albums by Big Star and the Raspberries are considered among the genre's essential recordings. Some of Todd Rundgren's early and mid 1970s solo work also touched upon the emerging genre, as did the recordings of Blue Ash, Artful Dodger, and The Dwight Twilley Band. The acronym LAMP (or L.A.M.P.) refers to a set of free software programs commonly used together to run dynamic Web sites or servers: Linux, the operating system; Apache, the Web server; MySQL, the database management system (or database server); Perl, PHP, Python, and/or Primate (mod mono... Big Star is an American rock and roll band of the early 1970s whose work is often cited as a prime example of power pop. ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Blue Ash is a United States band. ... For the UK garage/techno band called The Artful Dodger, please see The Artful Dodger (UK band). ... Dwight Twilley (born June 6, 1951, Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American pop/rock singer and songwriter, best known for his bands 1975 hit single Im on Fire. ...


Rundgren, The Raspberries, and The Dwight Twilley Band achieved sporadic chart success during the period. However, the most influential of all the early-to-mid 1970s "pre" power pop-era groups was arguably Big Star, who released two unsuccessful albums and spent years relegated to cult status. Big Star's reputation rose in the early 1980s, after bands like R.E.M. and The Replacements spoke enthusiastically of their work, even recording a song entitled "Alex Chilton" in honor of Big Star's front-man. This article is about the band. ... The Replacements (also known as The Mats or The Mats, from the insult of a detractor who joked the bands name was The Placemats, which the band then adopted) were a seminal alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Alex Chilton, circa 1999 Photo: Aimeé Toledano Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton, on December 28, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. ...


This early generation of power pop bands found they could not sustain their own careers, as a British Invasion-influenced sound was strongly out-of-step in a 1970s rock music world increasingly dominated by soft rock artists like The Carpenters, singer-songwriters such as Carole King, and hard rock and heavy metal groups like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Todd Rundgren moved on to different styles and production work, Badfinger splintered in a management dispute, Big Star disbanded early, and the Raspberries' lead singer left the group for a solo career in softer pop. For other uses, see Carpenter (disambiguation). ... Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... This article is about the rock band. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ...


Commercial peak: late 1970s to early 1980s

USA

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, spurred on by the success of new wave and punk rock (music which was similarly driving and stripped-down), power pop enjoyed its most prolific period, with American groups like The dB's, Cheap Trick, The Knack, The Romantics, 20/20, Paul Collins' Beat, and Shoes all releasing significant albums. Eventually, all would sign deals with major record labels. For the first time, acts of this type were commonly referred to and promoted as "power pop bands". Bold text New Wave in the late 1970s and early 1980s was inspired by the punk rock. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... The DBs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover The Knack - My Sharona The Knack are a Los Angeles-based rock band that rose to fame with their first single, My Sharona, an international hit in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... The cover photo of the Romantics self-titled 1980 debut album, featuring the band in its notorious red leather suits. ... This article is about the television show. ... The cover of the The Beats 1979 self-titled debut. ... Shoes is an American power pop band, formed in Zion, Illinois in 1975 by the brothers John and Jeff Murphy, along with Gary Klebe and Skip Meyer. ...


These new power pop groups favored a leaner, punchier, more punkish attack; many were influenced by early-1970s acts like Badfinger and The Raspberries, rather than the British Invasion bands that kickstarted the genre. Perhaps the most successful power pop single of all time, The Knack's My Sharona, spent six weeks in the number one position of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. Cheap Trick's Surrender, The Romantics' What I Like About You, and Rick Springfield's Jessie's Girl were other notably successful power pop singles of the era. My Sharona is a 1979 song which was the debut single by and international hit for The Knack. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Surrender is a Cheap Trick song originally released on January 30, 1978 on the album Heaven Tonight. ... What I Like About You is the title of a well-known power pop song by the American rock n roll band The Romantics. ... Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a songwriter, musician and actor. ... Jessies Girl is a pop song written and performed by pop singer Rick Springfield. ...


United Kingdom

The term power pop, as used in the UK, referred to a somewhat different style of music than that of the USA. It was commonly applied to British groups such as The Jam who were a wildly popular group in Britain for several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Other British bands labelled as power pop included Squeeze, Buzzcocks, The Vapors, The Jags, and The Chords. Many of these groups have also been described as mod revival, punk rock, or new wave. Lacking the influence of American pioneers such as Big Star and The Raspberries, these bands were more directly inspired by 1960s beat music/British Invasion groups (particularly The Who, The Kinks, and The Beatles). They also took a cue from the energy and aesthetics of the contemporary punk movement, speeding up the tempo of their music. Squeeze was a New Wave band that formed in London in 1974. ... Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Manchester in 1975, led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Shelley for nearly their entire existence. ... The Vapors were a New Wave band from England that existed between 1979 and 1981. ... The Jags was a British rock band formed in London in 1978, and comprised of Nick Watkinson (vocals), John Alder (guitar/backing vocals), Steve Prudence (bass) and Alex Baird (drums). ... The Chords is a named shared by two unrelated musical groups of the 20th Century. ... The mod revival was a music genre and subculture that started in the United Kingdom in 1978 and later spread to other countries (to a lesser degree). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Bold text New Wave in the late 1970s and early 1980s was inspired by the punk rock. ... Big Star is an American rock and roll band of the early 1970s whose work is often cited as a prime example of power pop. ... The Raspberries were a rock and roll band from Cleveland, Ohio. ... (world)Beat music is a music by the styles of Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Rock en español, Tropical, Salsa, and Merengue. ... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Punks at a music festival The punk subculture is a subculture/counterculture based on punk rock. ...


Other UK artists of the late 1970s commonly identified as power pop were the new wave groups XTC and Elvis Costello & The Attractions. They played driving, melodic music, but neither group sported the mod image or overt 1960s influence of The Jam and their followers. XTC are an influential new wave band from Swindon, England. ... Elvis Costello Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus (born August 25, 1954), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is a popular British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish descent. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


A handful of successful bands in the UK did boast the traditional power pop sound as inspired by The Raspberries and Big Star. Singles from such groups, such as The Records' Starry Eyes, Nick Lowe's Cruel To Be Kind, and Bram Tchaikovsky's Girl Of My Dreams, rivaled or even surpassed their American counterparts in capturing the essential elements of power pop. Perhaps consequently, these bands were more commercially successful in the United States than in their homeland. John Wicks, not to be confused with fameous writer Ryan Wicks , is a music producer and songwriter, working with numerous artists in the United States and the United Kingdom. ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ...


Additionally, the American new wave group Blondie was often labelled as "power pop" by the UK press. The band's second single, a cover of The Nerves' "Hanging on the Telephone," demonstrated Blondie's power pop roots. Blondie is the name of an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... Jack Lee, Paul Collins, and Peter Case. ... Hanging on the Telephone is a song originally performed by The Nerves, but popularized by Blondie, who put it as the lead-off track on their 1978 breakthrough album, Parallel Lines. ...


Contemporary power pop: 1980s to 2000s

In the 1980s and 1990s, power pop continued as a creatively viable — if commercially limited — genre. Artists such as Marshall Crenshaw (whose first album is considered a classic of the genre), The Smithereens, Matthew Sweet, The Bongos, Teenage Fanclub, Tommy Keene, Redd Kross, Material Issue, The Posies and Jellyfish drew inspiration from Big Star, the Beatles, and glam rock groups of the early 1970s like T. Rex and Sweet. "Throughout the early and mid-'90s... independent, grass-roots power-pop bands gained a small but dedicated cult following in the United States." [1] Somethings Gonna Happen 12 single sleeve (1981). ... The Smithereens are a rock band from Carteret, New Jersey. ... Sidney Matthew Sweet (born c. ... The Bongos, formed in Hoboken, New Jersey, were a pop band active in the early eighties. ... Teenage Fanclub are a Scottish alternative rock band from Bellshill, near Glasgow, formed in 1989. ... Tommy Keene is considered one of the 1980s most critically acclaimed (and commercially ignored) singer/songwriters and a prime example of the musical genre of Power Pop. ... Redd Kross, a rock band from Hawthorne, California had their roots in 1978 in a band called The Tourists begun by Jeff and Steve McDonald while the brothers were still in middle school. ... Material Issue was a power pop trio from Chicago. ... -1... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a style of rock and roll music, which initially surfaced in the post-hippie early 1970s. ... T. Rex (originally known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, also occasionally spelled T Rex or T-Rex), were an English rock band fronted by Marc Bolan. ... Sweet (referred to as The Sweet on albums before 1974 and singles before 1975) were a popular 1970s British band. ...


In the mid-1990s through the 2000s, power pop flourished in the underground, with acts such as The Shazam, and Sloan. Independent record labels such as Not Lame Recordings, Kool Kat Musik and Jam Recordings specialized in the genre. The sound made a mainstream appearance with the success of Weezer and their highly successful Blue Album in the mid 90's. Driven by the success of their catchy smash single "Buddy Holly", Weezer became a geeky power-pop sensation all around the world. Sloan is a power pop quartet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. ... Not Lame Recordings is a Ft. ... For the albums, see Weezer (1994 album) and Weezer (2001 album). ... The Blue Album is the title of three notable albums: The Blue Album by 311 The Blue Album the debut by Weezer The Beatles 1967-1970 by The Beatles (a greatest hits double-LP released in 1973, known as The Blue Album because of its cover) This is a disambiguation...


Power pop traits are currently displayed by prominent North American groups such as the New Pornographers, Fountains of Wayne, and The All-American Rejects as well as pop punk bands such as Green Day, Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, and Good Charlotte. The influence of power pop is also readily apparent in contemporary British groups such as the Futureheads, Maxïmo Park, Farrah, The Feeling, Razorlight, and Babyshambles. The New Pornographers are a Canadian indie rock group. ... Fountains of Wayne is an American power pop/rock band, formed in 1995. ... The All-American Rejects is an American power pop band from Stillwater, Oklahoma. ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... This article is about the band Green Day. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Good Charlotte is a Pop Punk band from Waldorf, Maryland that formed in 1996. ... The Futureheads from left to right: Ross, Dave, Barry and Jaff The Futureheads are a four-member rock band based in Sunderland, England. ... Maxïmo Park are an British indie rock band, signed to Warp Records, who formed in 2000. ... Farrah are a UK power pop quartet formed in the north east of England in 1999. ... The Feeling are a five-piece BRIT award-nominated English band from Sussex and London. ... Razorlight is an Anglo-Swedish band formed in 2002 by singer-songwriter Johnny Borrell. ... This article is about the band Babyshambles. ...


See also

This is a list of notable bands and musicians that have been described as power pop, or contributing power pop music. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ...

External links

  • "Radio Indie & Pop" indies`s netradio
  • Rolling Stone (1979), RS306
  • Mod Pop Punk Archives - includes information about power pop bands
  • All-Music Guide Entry

References

  1. ^ rock'sbackpages
  2. ^ PopMatters interview with Eric Carmen
  3. ^ Dodd, Philip (2005). The Book of Rock: From the 1950s to Today, Paperback, Thunder's Mouth Press, pp 36, 109. ISBN 978-1560257295. 
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Piano rock, sometimes referred to as piano pop, is a term for a style of music that is based around the piano, and sometimes around piano-related instruments, such as the Fender Rhodes, the Wurlitzer electric piano, and keyboard-based synthesizers. ... This article is about the music genre. ... The term post-rock was coined by Simon Reynolds in issue 123 of The Wire (May 1994) to describe a sort of music using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbres and textures rather than riffs and powerchords. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pub rock is a style of Australian rock and roll popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and still influencing contemporary Australian music today. ... Pub rock was a mid- to late-1970s musical movement, largely centred around North London and South East Essex, particularly Canvey Island and Southend on Sea. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Punta rock is a form of the traditional punta rhythm of the Garifuna people of Central America. ... Raga rock is a generic term used to describe rock and roll records with heavy South Asian influence, either in construction or use of instrumentation, such as sitar and tabla. ... Rapcore is a musical genre that fuses the techniques of hip hop, heavy metal, alternative rock and sometimes funk. ... Reggae rock is a fusion genre that combines elements of reggae and rock music to varying degrees. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music to emerge during the 1950s. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Samba-rock - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ... Southern rock is a sub genre of rock music. ... Stoner rock and stoner metal are interchangeable terms describing sub-genres of rock and metal music. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ... Roots Rock is a classic, early American sound distinct in early 70s bands, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival and Three Dog Night. ... Symphonic rock is a subgenre of rock music, and more specifically, progressive rock. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bubblegum pop (bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, youth music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music. ... Country Pop is a subgenre of country music that first emerged in the 1970s, with roots in both the countrypolitan sound and in soft rock. ... Futurepop is a recently-emerging electronic dance music genre, an outgrowth of electronic body music incorporating influences from synthpop (such as song structure and vocal style) and uplifting trance (grandiose and arpeggiated synthesizer melodies). ... This article is about the music genre. ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Pop rap (sometimes referred to as hip pop) is the name given to a style of hip hop that has a strong pop music influences. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Electropop (also called Technopop) is a form of synth pop music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1981. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Teen pop is a genre of music which is marketed to preteens and teenagers. ... Traditional pop or Classic pop music denotes, in general, Western (and particularly American) popular music that either wholly predates the eruption of rock and roll in the mid-1950s, or to any popular music which exists concurrently to rock and roll but originated in a time before the appearance of... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Sunshine pop, also known as sunshine rock, is a musical movement originating in California with its most famous exponents being The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. ... American Pop is a 1981 American animated film directed by Ralph Bakshi. ... C-pop is an abbreviation for Chinese pop. ... Cantopop (Chinese: 粵語流行曲) is a colloquial abbreviation for Cantonese popular music. It is also referred to as HK-pop, short for Hong Kong popular music. It is categorized as a subgenre of Chinese popular music within C-pop. ... Mandopop (Chinese: 華語流行音樂) is a colloquial abbreviation for Mandarin popular music. It is also referred to as Mandapop. ... Taiwanese pop is mandarin chinese pop music performed by Taiwanese singers. ... Hong Kong English pop (Chinese: 英文歌) are songs sung in the English language in Hong Kong. ... Europop refers to a style of pop music that developed in Europe throughout the 1970s which emphasized catchy beats, slick songs and frothy lyrics. ... Austropop is a musical movement, which started in Austria in the middle of the 1970s. ... Nederpop is a Dutch term that was invented during the early 1980s to name the sudden growth of the Dutch language pop music of the Netherlands. ... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman and... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman and... J-pop (or Jpop) is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. ... K-pop is an abbreviation for Korean popular music, specifically from South Korea (as there is practically no popular music industry in North Korea). ... SFR Yugoslav Pop Rock scene was the pop and rock music scene of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFR Yugoslavia further in the text), a state that existed until 1991. ...

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