What I’m Jamming To: Rock n Roll Love Letter

Really digging this power-pop anthem from 1974 from Temple-alum Tim Moore. Moore played drums in the first band to feature Todd Rundgren, Woody’s Truck Stop and played in a group called The Muffins before becoming a singer/songwriter. Moore’s “Rock N Roll Love Letter” would become his most well known song and the Bay City Roller’s version of the song would go number 1 in Canada. This all-time power pop classic features some tasty licks, all performed by Moore.

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What I’m Jamming To: July 19, 2011

Wally Bryson is one of my favorite guitarists ever. He’s got a great sense of timing and a terrific, whimsically-bright sound that can change on a dime to a much harder, driving edge. The way he navigates the guitar makes him perhaps the penultimate 70’s power pop guitarist. After the Raspberries dissolved, Bryson teamed up with members of the Rascals to form Fotomaker. “Can I Please Have Some More” is one of their signature songs off of their first record, 1978’s self-titled effort.

If you liked this jam, you may like the following similar jams I’ve been jamming to:

“Starry Eyes” – The Records

“Another Girl, Another Planet” – The Only Ones

“Girlfriend” – Matthew Sweet

“So It Goes” – Nick Lowe

“Welcome to the Working Week” – Elvis Costello

“Who Listens to the Radio” – The Sports

This Week in Workout Playlists: July 5, 2011

With the heatwaves hitting Philly and its surrounding suburbs, we’re keeping the lyrics light and the beats uptempo this week. At the tail end of my “cutting” program, i.e. a light diet and a high reps, light weight program, and I need the music to help get me through it!

The Sweet Fox on the Run (Previously jammed to here.)

Electric Light OrchestraDo Ya

Soul AsylumSomebody to Shove

The Sweat – Isn’t Anything Sacred Any More? (Great album from a great New Wave/Punk outfit from late 70s Ireland.)

The Records – Starry Eyes (Previously jammed to here.)

The Rainmakers – Small Circles (Previously jammed to here.)

Tommy James and the Shondells – Mirage

The NoisettesNever Forget You

Spencer Davis GroupGimme Some Lovin’

Exploding Hearts – Modern Kicks

Red RockersChina

What I’m Jamming To: June 19, 2011

The Records weren’t in the public eye for particularly long but they left quite an impression in the power pop world with just one song. “Starry Eyes” has become required listening for any music aficionado or aspiring power pop musician. Though the band was from the U.K., “Starry Eyes” failed to chart there but did reach number 56 in October 1979 in the U.S. Supporting their U.S. self-titled album, the Records’ album reached 41 on the U.S. Billboard charts.

If you liked this jam, you may like the following similar jams I’ve been jamming to:

“Another Girl, Another Planet” – The Only Ones

“Girlfriend” – Matthew Sweet

“So It Goes” – Nick Lowe

“Welcome to the Working Week” – Elvis Costello

“Who Listens to the Radio” – The Sports