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    Thumbs up Poptopia! The Official Power Pop Thread

    This thread is dedicated to the oft-maligned genre known as power pop.

    What is power pop? To me, it’s melodic chord progressions, jangly (sometimes distorted) guitars, great vocal melodies with harmonies, and killer hooks that could land a boatload of steelhead with. The arrangements are not complex, and the lyrics are often happy-sounding-yet-heartbreaking…a singer might be yearning for a girl that will never notice him or love him.

    Some bands are 100% power pop. Some bands skirt the boundaries of it. Some bands have a few songs that fit into this genre, but they aren’t of of this genre. Some bands have only one song that fits into this genre.

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    I don’t consider these guys to be a power pop band, but like Black Sabbath did with metal, they started the genre with some of their songs. Here’s my choice as the prototypical power pop song:

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    The most successful power pop band of all time: the mighty CHEAP TRICK!

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    One of the greatest power pop songs of the last 20 years. If you’ve got a vivid imagination and a weak heart, you might not wanna watch the video.

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    These guys wrote some pretty good power pop songs ...

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    VH isn't Power Pop.

    Bands like Big Star, Mathew Sweet, a lot of the indie rock of the 90's....
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    VH isn't Power Pop.

    Bands like Big Star, Mathew Sweet, a lot of the indie rock of the 90's....
    A lot of their songs were absolutely power pop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    A lot of their songs were absolutely power pop.
    Nope.

    They were a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band, a classic rock band now.

    No one in musical history ever referred to VH as "Power Pop."
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