Not Lame Recordings was a terrific independent record label devoted to pure pop and power pop. It was owned 'n' operated by true believer Bruce Brodeen, and it graced our good earth from 1994 until 2010. If memory serves (and it rarely does), the inaugural Not Lame releases were an archival 7" vinyl EP by Pezband and a pair of CDs: A Double Dose Of Pop! (a split CD with The Rooks and Twenty Cent Crush) and SymPOPhony # 1 (a collection with four tracks each from Martin Luther Lennon, The Shambles, Cherry Twister, The Finns, and Rockerfellers). Not Lame was also the name of Bruce's mail-order pop music superstore, and even a miserly curmudgeon such as I was delighted to spend many a shekel and doubloon buyin' stuff from Bruce. Not Lame's Gene Clark tribute album Full Circle remains a TIRnRR fave rave, and many of the other great Not Lame releases continue to find their fab way onto our playlists. Nowadays, Bruce runs Pop Geek Heaven, an essential online pop community. Bruce also publishes Ken Sharp's terrific Play On! Power Pop Heroes book series, and you still have a tiny bit of time left to order Volume 4, so DO THAT!!
When Bruce announced the end of Not Lame, we tried to pay proper tribute on TIRnRR. That 2010 playlist appears below. Good music for good people--extremely highly recommended!
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This week's edition of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet paid humble tribute to Bruce Brodeen and the NOT LAME Recording Company. After over fifteen years of providing good music for good people, Bruce is shutting Not Lame down within the next couple of days. Blame the economy, blame illegal downloading or blame it on the bossa nova, the loss of Not Lame deprives the rockin' pop faithful of an essential resource, as Bruce closes both the Not Lame mail-order power pop retail outfit and his ever-fab Not Lame record label. Bruce's tireless passion for pop and seemingly superhuman stamina might lull one into believing that Not Lame could dig in its heels and survive no matter what...but that's not how a business works. The writing's been scrawled on a dirty, indifferent wall for quite a while now. No one is surprised; we are all...bummed.