Re: Pop Pop Pop; Pop-Up Video!

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That's terrible. But it's good to see the asian dude from Smashing Pumpkins that I always thought was a girl is working.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 12:29 AM
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Yeah, that blows, but at least they're not ageist, and are kicking some dollars back to the drummer from Cheap Trick.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 12:58 AM
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I hate you, Stanley. Always did.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 5:53 AM
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Haters. I'm a total sucker for stuff like this. Also, I have a long-time chubby for Cheap Trick (who I consider one of the great American pop bands), so I'm predisposed to like anything with a connection. Also, the Hanson kid grew up to be a handsome fellow.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 6:10 AM
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Also also.


Posted by: alsostropher | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 6:14 AM
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Lolwut? I would guess the ages of the people in this band are 25, 35, 45, and 55.

(actual answer: 26, 41, 41 and 57.)


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 7:56 AM
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the cheap trick song "southern girls" is one of the greatest power pop songs ever.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 8:24 AM
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This is all right, but I like most of the output of Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne, Hanson and Smashing Pumpkins better. This seems to have a lot of meeting in the middle.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:14 AM
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That is a paint by numbers pop song.

The "oh oh"s in the background remind me of some other specific song, but I'm not placing it at the moment. Perhaps it's just generic.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:24 AM
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I don't find this catchy at all. Maybe catchy is in the eyeear of the beholder, like politeness.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:26 AM
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I like the addition of Smashing Pumpkins-style guitar to the generic framework.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:28 AM
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James Iha's white hair is spreading, I see.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:29 AM
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You mean D'arcy's white hair spread to Iha?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:30 AM
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Huh, guess so. I thought Iha also had a streak of white hair. You know, like John Stewart.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:36 AM
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Vindicated!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:36 AM
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Ah yes, we're both right. I thought you meant "contagious".


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:37 AM
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I don't see how you come out right here.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 9:59 AM
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a streak of white hair... like John Stewart

John Stewart's hair is solid black.


Posted by: inaccessible island rail | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 10:15 AM
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8: I'm sorry, no part of Hanson's output was better than this song, ever. I'm actually amazed to hear a Hanson making decent music.

9: It executes a winning formula, for certain. That's not always a bad thing. The limerick is a paint-by-numbers poetry form but it can still be amusing.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 10:59 AM
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Huh. This is catchy.

I'm actually disappointed by Fountains of Wayne. I didn't get "Welcome Interstate Managers" until recently (from someone else), and just way way too much of it is slow. Pop should be peppy, IMO. Like Cheap Trick, in fact.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 11:39 AM
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BTW, Slack, nice to have you commenting regularly again.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 11:41 AM
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It executes a winning formula, for certain. That's not always a bad thing.

My favorite example of a song that strips the pop formula down so far that it is both brilliant and on the verge of parody is Jonathan Richman's "I was dancing in a lesbian bar."

here's a version. I don't have flash on my computer at work so I can't vouch for it. But the album version is ridiculously catchy. Basically nothing other than the hook.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 11:41 AM
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21: Won't last long, I'm afraid, I start a new job next week. But it's been fun.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 12:01 PM
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Hey, that was fun! That's one of my favorite powerpop formulas, and they didn't mess it up. What's to hate?


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 12:19 PM
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18: Yeah, he must have meant Hal Jordan.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 2:02 PM
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Actually I was thinking of John Henson, as it turns out.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-14-09 2:08 PM
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The surprising thing about the song isn't that it kind of sucks, but what sucks about it, namely Adam Schlesinger's songwriting and bass playing. Normally those are the secret weapons of whatever project he's involved in. Here he's either phoning it in or spreading himself too thin. Taylor Hanson is fine, certainly no worse than any other indie rock singer (especially Chris Collingwood!), Iha's guitar is interesting enough, and Bud E. Cort, as mentioned above, is great.


Posted by: mealworm | Link to this comment | 05-15-09 5:34 AM
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