The Nazz was Todd Rundgren’s band in the late 60’s.  This psych-pop song was highly influential on 70’s power-pop bands as they formed.  Interestingly, these guys, along with the Move, were pioneers in both power pop and progressive rock.  Genres were fluid then, still formulating, so bands picking up on the experimental pop of the Beatles often found themselves pulled in both directions.  By the mid 70’s the lines were clearer, and by the late 70’s prog-rockers and power-pop/punk guys barely spoke to each other.

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  1. Nerd alert: that version of “Do Ya” was actually a B side to “California Man,” which Cheap Trick later covered. Neither went anywhere commercialy in the U.S. “Do Ya” is the better song, but Jeff Lyne was a newbie in the Move, and Roy Wood was the founder, so Roy’s was the A side. “Do Ya” fared much better commercially when JL redid it with ELO.

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