Part 1: http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-kids-are-alright-history-of-power_11.html
Part 2: http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-kids-are-alright-history-of-power_12.html
Part 3: http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-kids-are-alright-history-of-power_13.html
Part 4: http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-kids-are-alright-history-of-power_15.html
Part 5: http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-kids-are-alright-history-of-power_18.html
Part 6: http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-kids-are-alright-history-of-power_19.html
Give It A Try, Open Your Eyes And Feel Free
The pop buzz of the early ‘90s inspired the birth of Yellow Pills, an essential power pop fanzine started by Jordan Oakes and Rich Osmond circa 1991-92. As Oakes later recalled, “I was first attracted to power pop by The Beatles, who are pre-power pop, but who, of course, laid the blueprint. I went straight from them to Cheap Trick, and have never been the same since. I started Yellow Pills because I just wanted to write about pop. I sensed a void out there. I had no idea it would be so well-received and would lead to so many good things.”
As Poptopia sought to spread this Gospel of California pop, a California-based writer named David Bash wondered if perhaps there might be room for another pop festival, one that spotlighted pop bands, past and present, from all over the world. Taking his cue from the Material Issue tune, Bash began his International Pop Overthrow festivals in 1998. IPO has been an annual event in Southern California ever since, and has expanded to additional annual events in Chicago, New York City (later bundled with Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore as IPO East Coast) and even Liverpool, England.
Yep, that’s it, and Not Lame has done an admirable job of bringing that home over the last ten years. Not Lame has released wonderful work from such artists as The Rooks (one of the most compelling pop acts to emerge in the ‘90s), The Shazam, Myracle Brah, Michael Carpenter, Starbelly, The Model Rockets, The Sun Sawed In 1/2, Ken Sharp and Bobby Sutliff, plus archival boxed sets of The Posies and Jellyfish, and thoughtful, well-executed (and fun!) tribute albums honoring Gene Clark, Teenage Fanclub, Jeff Lynne, The Cars and bubblegum music (the latter compiled by that John Borack guy again).
Even if power pop never again makes a credible run for the top of the pop charts, the music seems certain to continue in some form forever. If nothing else, it will remain as a reference point and a reminder of a cherished memory; it may yet survive as something more than that.
COMING SOON: AN UNPUBLISHED HISTORY OF POWER POP BONUS!
The Secret History Of Power Pop, by Carl Cafarelli and Gary Pig Gold