Mixmaster Shecky wrote:Okay, maybe I don't understand the term 'power pop'. To me, it means catchy, melodic pop songs that are rock/guitar based. Cheap Trick, Sweet, that kind of stuff? Or am I missing it?
Hmm, your description is right, but it's sometimes easier to describe it by listing some of the bands that have been referred to as power pop. Here goes: Big Star, Game Theory, Cheap Trick, Matthew Sweet, Material Issue, the Records, Bram Tchaikovsky, Love Nut, certain Todd Rundgren songs, Jellyfish, the Posies, Fountains Of Wayne, the Cars, I'd count some XTC as power pop, I'd even call Urge Overkill's Saturation album power pop. Definitely some early Who, especially "Pictures Of Lily". "Paperback Writer" is definitely power pop.
Does that help? It's so hard to say what is and isn't power pop. For me, it just doesn't feel right to call Journey power pop.