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Another disc that I've enjoyed immensely is Splitsville's "The Complete Pet Soul", released in 2001. This album was supposed to be their tribute to "Rubber Soul" and "Pet Sounds." The album cover resembles "Pet Sounds", and there's even a song titled "The Love Songs of B.Douglas Wilson." In any case, this is an album that I truly adore but I know others prefer Splitsville's other releases. If you do get it, let me know what you think.

You can learn more about Splitsville here:

http://www.splitsville.com/

And hear some of "Pet Soul" here:

http://www.splitsville.com/albums_complete.html

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noone said anything about a band called....the rembrandts..there stuff is freakin great..unfortunally,they broke up from what i understand..too bad,they had some great cd's/songwriting/musicianship/great vocals..i think marvin verified that one time a while back how great they were..lol,chris

No, they haven't split! Danny & Phil are still working together, and there was a recent best-of disc released that includes a couple tracks from the band they worked in prior to Rembrandts (Great Buildings, in the early 80s). Check out their website at http://www.therembrandts.net

A couple other bands from the early 80s that I liked were The Producers and 4 Out Of 5 Doctors.

There's a lot of wonderful power pop music out there currently that flies well under the radar of the average listener...you just have to know where to look! We can't forget EC Board member Tommy Allen and his band The Flashcubes, or another Board member John Borack and The Popdudes...or even some bunch of goofballs that call themselves The Oohs. (!) laugh

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...there was a recent best-of disc released that includes a couple tracks from the band they worked in prior to Rembrandts (Great Buildings, in the early 80s). Check out their website at http://www.therembrandts.net

Coincidentally, I was privileged to be asked to write the liner notes for the Rembrandts best-of...and a very cool disc it is, too!

Beware of the best-of released 2-3 years ago, which featured re-recordings of all of their tunes...

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Coincidentally, I was privileged to be asked to write the liner notes for the Rembrandts best-of...and a very cool disc it is, too!

Beware of the best-of released 2-3 years ago, which featured re-recordings of all of their tunes...

Didn't realize you wrote the liner notes, John! But then I haven't bought that disc as I own all the individual albums. However, "Choice Picks" (the re-recorded best of) is not necessarily something to avoid unless you're just a stickler for having the original versions. I'm sure they did it to circumvent trying to license the material from Warner Music Group...

Oh, and Tommy - you're welcome for the "props," bro. Da Cubes rawk!

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... what is the difference between 'Power Pop' and 'Rock'? Wouldn't the early Beatles, early Who and other British bands fall into one of these categories?

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ABSOLUTELY.....

and this is where some people miss the point or try to exclude the forefathers because they weren't part of what many think was the beginning of power pop: the Raspberries/Big Star/Badfinger/Twilley era...

but in essence The Who in 1965 were a power pop band.... as were The Beatles in late 1963 & most of 1964... The Kinks 1964-1965 and Small Faces 1966-1967...

my list: (some were more important on record than live & vice versa)

1. Raspberries

2. The Who 1965

3. The Beatles 1964

4. Cheap Trick

5. Small Faces 1966

6. Tommy Keene 1985

7. The Flashcubes

8. The Kinks 1964-1965

9. Big Star

10. Dwight Twilley Band

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and this is where some people miss the point or try to exclude the forefathers because they weren't part of what many think was the beginning of power pop: the Raspberries/Big Star/Badfinger/Twilley era...

but in essence The Who in 1965 were a power pop band.... as were The Beatles in late 1963 & most of 1964... The Kinks 1964-1965 and Small Faces 1966-1967...

I think this is an interesting topic: where does the line get drawn for genres? I think there is also a certain sense where the forefathers aren't included because a genre takes form when it counciously aims at something. The Raspberries, Big Star, Cheap Trick (etc.) were conciously influenced and in a sense aiming at the Beatles and the Who... Just as newer pop bands are aiming at The Raspberries, Big Star, Cheap Trick etc....

but the Beatles and the Who were conciously influenced by earlier Rock and R&B and they both referred to themselves early on as an "R&B" band...

So in the sense that The Beatles and the Who belong on the list of power pop because of their influnce on others, when it comes to their own influnces there is a sense where they also belong on R&B and Rock lists.

Depends on if you're looking where they're coming from or where they're going.

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My top ten would be:

#1 Raspberries

#2 Tommy Keene

#3 Jon Brion

#4 The Grays

#5 Jason Falkner

#6 The Mommmyheads

#7 Vox Pop

#8 Wondermints

#9 Big Wednesday/Yogi

#10 Chris Von Sneidern

Ron

Good list.

I haven't heard the Mommyheads in years. I had a friend in a band called Canaries that played a show with them and absolutely raved about it afterwards.

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