Album Details

May 27, 1997
Pop/Rock, Jangle Pop, Roots Rock, Album Rock, College Rock, Hard Rock, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Prog-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, New Wave, Power Pop

Album Review

Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the '70s presented the roots of power pop, and its successor, Power Pop Classics of the '80s, finds the genre slowly mutating into a classicist style. In the '80s, power pop didn't have as dedicated an audience as it did in the previous decade (or that it would have in the '90s), and the place to hear catchy guitar pop was in the ringing jangle pop of the American underground. As a result, about half of the bands on this collection -- including Let's Active, the Bangles, the DB's, Tommy Keene, the Smithereens, Hoodoo Gurus, and the La's -- had more in common with jangle pop than power pop, but they shared the same love of the three-minute single and the pure, catchy melody. Also, their presence makes Power Pop Classics of the '80s a bit more diverse than its predecessor, since there's a greater variety of pop styles, from the punchy rock of the Romantics' "What I Like About You" and the British Invasion stylings of the SpongeTones ("She Goes Out With Everybody") to the AOR of Utopia ("Crybaby") and the new wave of Holly & the Italians ("Tell That Girl to Shut Up") and the Plimsouls ("A Million Miles Away"). On the whole, the collection doesn't deliver as many thrills as Power Pop Classics of the '70s, but that's only by a slight margin, since among these 18 tracks are some of the finest pop singles of the '80s.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. What I Like About You
  2. Baby It's You
  3. Hold on to Something
  4. Tell That Girl to Shut Up
  5. A Million Miles Away
  6. She Goes Out With Everybody
  7. Whenever You're on My Mind
  8. I Want You Back
  9. Every Word Means No
  10. Crybaby
  11. Going Down to Liverpool
  12. Love Is for Lovers
  13. Whatever Happenend to Fun...
  14. Places That Are Gone
  15. Behind the Wall of Sleep
  16. Lisa Anne
  17. She's So Young
  18. There She Goes