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…

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…

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…

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…

What I’m Jamming To: May 17, 2011

Not originally released in America, this is 1978’s “Another Girl, Another Planet” by the Only Ones, one of the early flag bearers of the power pop, new wave cross-over. This is one of the reasons I love YouTube; where else would this video possibly turn up?

What I’m Jamming To: May 16, 2011

Here’s a gem from 1978, the Australian power-pop quintet The Sports with “Who Listens to the Radio?” off of their album Don’t Throw Stones. Try not to clap your hands along to this one.

What I’m Jamming To: May 13, 2011

You ever hear someone’s voice and then either meet them or see them in a video and they look nothing like you pictured them? This is definitely one of those instances. The Sweat’s early 80’s power-pop hit “Why’d Ya Have To Lie?”.

What I’m Jamming To: May 3, 2011

The pride of Upper Darby, Todd Rundgren in a great performance from the Bottom Line in NYC with Kasim Sulton. One of the most influential Power Pop songs, ever. Lovely stage antics, too.