From the archives: hey, it's one of my greatest hits! The first version of my history of power pop was published in the January 5th, 1996 issue of Goldmine. I re-used a bit of it in my liner notes to the Rhino Records CD compilation Poptopia! Power Pop Classics Of The '90s. And in 2005, I went back and re-worked the whole thing for John M. Borack's book Shake Some Action. Although time has, I guess, not stood still since then, I've resisted any attempt to update the information. Here's my complete original manuscript of the 2005 version.
Although it would be a mistake to get carried away with labels, power pop, pure pop and just plain pop are all very convenient catch-phrases for fans of melodic rock ‘n’ roll, and the cognoscenti know what it all means. As contemporary, self-avowed pop artist Chris von Sneidern once put it, “When you look in Billboard and they talk about pop singles, they’re not talking about Raspberries or Chris von Sneidern, they’re talking about Whitney Houston or Atlantic Starr. But actually what we’re talking about is pop music which started with the British Invasion and worked its way out.”