Serendipity! My recent growing irritation with public posts from people writing about music they hate prompted me to consider writing a rebuttal. I mean, what's the point of blathering on and on about stuff you don't like? Great Googly Moogly, I became a (spectacularly unsuccessful) pop journalist in part because I wanted to champion what I thought was good. Yeah, I'm aware of the irony of me complaining publicly about other people complaining publicly, and I've certainly written negative reviews and even a handful of negative posts. But my preferred focus has generally been an embrace rather than a shrug or a sneer.
This piece by Brad Laidman saves me the trouble of writing the post I almost wrote. Brad is responding here to a particularly grating post from someone else whining about his 10 most-hated power pop bands. That original post was written a couple of years back, but made some fresh rounds on Facebook this week, annoying people anew. Brad's response was perfect: snarky, sarcastic, and delivered with just enough of a straight face that a few folks didn't realize he was kidding. Brilliant! So with Brad's permission, I'm ceding today's space to him. Check out Brad's blog Elvis Needs Boats at http://bradlaidman.com/. Take it away, Brad.
My Top Ten List of Worst Power Pop Bands of All Time
Committing suicide does not evince the feel good mood of The Beatles no matter how good the songwriting or the harmonies.
2. THE LA'S
Everyone says Lee Mavers was a genius but I only ever heard "There She Goes" and I loved it but I couldn't afford the rest of the album and I have no idea what he's done since.
3. The dB's
I really loved their albums with Chris Stamey, but then he left the band and then I realized that most of the power pop stuff was by Holsapple and the Stamey stuff was just really weird - I got confused so I no longer listen - they supposedly did a couple of albums as a duo but I was too cheap to buy them.
Everyone goes crazy about that part during "Overnight Sensation" where Carmen made the singing sound like it was coming out of a cheap car stereo, but if I wanted shit to sound like a cheap car stereo I'd get a cheap car stereo - plus false endings are a cheap gimmick and I'm offended by the connotations of underage sex initiated by a young girl in "Go All the Way" plus it should be The Raspberries - Raspberries makes no sense.
5. Big Star
I heard all the music Alex Chilton recorded with The Box Tops who are the most underrated pop band of all time and he had a deep voice at like 17 then with Big Star he sounded totally different with a much higher voice - he was clearly faking one of the two voices and I can't handle inauthenticity. Plus "September Gurls?" Prince invented emojies that's just bad spelling.
7. Marshall Crenshaw
8. Nick Lowe
10. The Beatles
Honorable Mention: Jon Brion
CC SAYS: Well done, Brad!
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