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Review: Girls Go Power Pop! (Big Beat comp CD)

Sunday, September 13, 2020 1:35 PM

Power Pop fans rejoice! Beat Beat has just released a new compilation, Girls Go Power Pop! The disc is a companion to last year’s Come On Let’s Go!, this time focusing on female bands and artists. Most of the usuals are here, from the Go-Go’s to cover girls the Bangles (although this is the 3rd comp in my collection to contain the early Bangles single “The Real World”), Letters to Cleo (a cover of “Cruel To Be Kind”- nothing else available?), Pandoras, Nikki & the Corvettes. Patti Smyth & Scandal’s big hit seems out of place to me. Most of the songs are from the late 70’s through the 80’s, with The Pretenders’ track “Night In My Veins” from 1994 the most recent in the set. Several bands on this comp I had never heard or heard of, including The Rebel Pebbles, Universal Honey, and Fuzzy.

Lots of perky, bouncy, jangly goodness. Not a bad track in the bunch. This is the kind of disc you crank to 10 and leave it there for every track, bopping and grooving and dancing and smiling all the way through. Some might quibble over the omission of Blondie (“Hanging On The Telephone” would fit well here) or perhaps the B-52’s, but in my opinion the most egregious error is not including the legendary Bay Area band Pearl Harbor & the Explosions, who, if memory serves, attracted enough attention to get a slot on American Bandstand. I’ve included a clip of their Power Pop single “You Got It (Release It)” below.

My rating: ****1/2 out of 5 stars (minus half a star for leaving off Pearl Harbor & the Explosions)