Power Pop #11: Gary Charlson – Real Life Saver

I actually just got the most likely amazing Titan: It’s All Pop compilation today. It’s been on my shopping list since Numero Group released it, but somehow I just never ordered it. Well until a friend of mine (thanks JiiäM) who knows so much more about power pop than I do reminded me by posting this amazing song to his facebook feed. Real Life Saver by Gary Charlson was originally released in 1978 by Kansas City-based Titan Records. I’m looking forward to spend some quality with this Titan Records compilation, because I bet there are more pop treats like this. It will difficult to top this though. Real Life Saver is a perfect pop song as far as I’m concerned.

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Power Pop #10: The Greenberry Woods – Oh Christine

The Greenberry Woods released two great pop albums in the mid-nineties and I can recommend both of them extremely highly or even monstrously (by using the Not Lame scale). This Räkärodeo classic Oh Christine from the debut album Rapple Dapple has always been my biggest favourite. After The Greenberry Woods The Huseman brothers started another fantastic pop group Splitsville. The third key figure in the band Ira Katz started a band called Wonderfool. I probably have not heard anything from them. Let me know, if I need to do something with that.

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Power Pop #9: Stiv Bators – Make Up Your Mind

I admit that I don’t really know much about The Dead Boys or The Lords Of The New Church, which is probably criminal. Especially because I love the Stiv Bators solo singles/albums that he released in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Things like Make Up Your Mind, Not That Way Anymore, Last Year, It’s Cold Outside are absolutely perfect. I’ve heard them a million times and they still sound bloody amazing. Anyone of them could and should be featured, because this punk rocker released some of the best pop songs there is (not that he wrote all the songs. Some were covers, some he co-wrote… This great track was written by David Quinton if I’m not mistaken).

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