The Big Show #8: Good Rockin’ Today
This edition of The Big Show continues in the theme-less vein. It begins with three recently released tracks. “Haunted” by Sugar Stems sprinkles its Power Pop with a slight garage rock stomp. “(I’m) Telescoping” by The Hazey Janes has an irresistible swingin’ mid-60’s groove. “Call Me Out” by Chris Richards & The Subtractions will ring around in your ears for hours on end, and features some gorgeous harmonizing. “New” music is also represented by “Try Girl” by The Click Beetles and “The King Of The Sixties” by The Cleaners From Venus.
Tracks from a couple of long-players reviewed on these pages in recent months get a spin. “Warm Sun” by Gen Pop is about hope rising above the gloom. “Change The World” by Toxic Melons is a swirling piece of almost-orchestral pop featuring a great vocal by Linus of Hollywood.
The Clash did not do a whole lot of songs that fit the format of Pop That Goes Crunch radio, but “Stay Free,” from their much-maligned second record, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, is as close to Power Pop that they ever ventured. Its featured in a set with a couple of its contemporary songs from back in the early days of Punk Rock and New Wave: “To Be Someone” by The Jam and “Everywhere That I’m Not” by Translator.
So, why not give it a spin, and check out the main mix at Pop That Goes Crunch radio, streaming 24/7.
The complete track list appears after the embed.
1. Sugar Stems, “Haunted”
2. The Hazey Janes, “(I’m) Telescoping”
3. Chris Richards & The Subtractions, “Call Me Out”
4. Gen Pop, “Warm Sun”
5. Toxic Melons, “Change The World”
6. Tiny Volcano, “Loaded Gun”
7. The Beach Boys, “Girl Don’t Tell Me”
8. Greater California, “Five Senses”
9. The Clientele, “Winter On Victoria Street”
10. The Clash, “Stay Free”
11. The Jam, “To Be Someone”
12. Translator, “Everywhere That I’m Not”
13. The Late Show, “Hey Sue”
14. The Click Beetles, “Try Girl”
15. Phenomenal Cat, “Letters Home From Nazi-Occupied France”
16. The Windbreakers, “Time Machine”
17. Daniel Wylie, “Make Love To The World”
18. Cliff Hillis, “Just One More”
19. Cotton Mather, “Camp Hill Rail Operator (Acoustic)
20. The Cleaners From Venus, “The King of The Sixties”