And Our Newest New Bastard …

Welcome! Traditional new bastard hazing requires you to list your top 10 favorite power pop tunes. (We eliminated the PGA enemas after that unfortunate trip to the ER back in 2010.)

8 Replies to “And Our Newest New Bastard …”

  1. I’m still struggling with the actual definition of power pop. Pretty sure in know what it ain’t, but it seems like a pretty broad category. Perhaps we should chime in with updates lists from other bastards to see if our tastes in music have changed now that we no longer have to deal with the PGA enemas…

    1. Wikipedia says, “Power pop is a rock music subgenre rooted in 1960s British and American rock. It typically incorporates a combination of musical devices including strong melodies, clear vocals, economical arrangements and prominent guitar riffs. Instrumental solos are usually kept to a minimum, and blues elements are largely downplayed.”

      It is a very broad category, open to (some) interpretation. Whenever anyone references power pop, the first band I think of is Cheap Trick.

      Picking only ten power pop songs is an impossible task, which is why this hazing ritual is particularly sinister. I’ll post more later, including my new list.

  2. This is brutal, coach. Due to my advanced age, I must dial back the definition to early 70’s. This is in no order of preference, and I know I’m forgetting some I like better.

    1. No Matter What (Badfinger)
    2. Do Ya (The Move)
    3. Train in Vain (I won’t insult your intelligence.)
    4. I’m Not Down (ditto)
    5. September Gurls (ditto)
    6. Why Don’t We Talk About Something Else (Outrageous Cherry)
    7. Junior’s Farm (Paul McCartney briefly getting his mojo back)
    8. I Want You to Want Me (see #3)
    9. Fox on the Run (Sweet. Please don’t flame me)
    10. Our Love Will Change the World (Outrageous Cherry)
    11. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders)
    12. Marching Orders (New Pornographers)
    Wait, I was supposed to stop at 10.

  3. Thanks, all. I must add a lucky #13, because this one from ’72 set some parameters by influencing countless 70’s power poppers:
    Couldn’t I Just Tell You (Todd Rundgren)

  4. Welcome! Excellent selections. And never apologize for Sweet. They ruled. AND the rest of these Bastards all have incredibly questionable taste anyway.

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