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Rockets Of Love! Power Pop Gems From The 70s, 80s & 90s

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On this follow-up to our “Come On Let’s Go! Power Pop Gems From The 70s & 80s” compilation, we have extended the timeframe to cover the 90s and even include one outlier from the 2000s. There was just too much great power pop being made beyond the 70s and 80s for us to ignore. 
Another change to this volume is we look beyond American shores and include selections from the UK and Australia. As before, we take a broad view of power pop and you will find elements of punk, new wave, garage and various other sub-genres within. However, we can guarantee that all our selections are top-notch songs delivered with all the jangling guitars, catchy hooks, banging beats and snappy tunes that make power pop such a blast. 

Among the many highlights is ‘Better Things’ by the Kinks, which returned the group to the UK singles charts in 1981 after a nine-year absence. The song’s uplifting message should have made it a trans-Atlantic #1 with Dave Davies’ clever guitar lines and brother Ray’s inspired lyric combining to create a feeling of rejuvenated optimism as they look forward to overcoming old difficulties with a fresh new start – the perfect antidote for recent times: 

"Here’s hoping all the days ahead won’t be as bitter as the ones behind you
Be an optimist instead and somehow happiness will find you
Forget what happened yesterday
I know that better things are on the way"


1. Rocket O' Love - The Knack

2. It's You Tonight - The Flashcubes

3. Whatever Happened To Fun... - Candy

4. I Could Be The One - Fire Town

5. I Need You (That Thing You Do) - The Wonders

6. The Popular - Martin Newell

7. Vacation - Richard X Heyman

8. Storybook - The Blow Pops

9. I Wanna Be A Teen Again - Tom Foolery

10. Sooner Or Later - The Innocents

11. Winter In The Hamptons - Josh Rouse

12. Had To Make You Mine - Cheap Trick

13. Sky High - The Vandalias

14. Hey Baby - Disguise

15. 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone

16. Hearts In Her Eyes - The Records

17. Modern Man - 4 Out Of 5 Doctors

18. Mary Anne - Marshall Crenshaw

19. Another Night - The Searchers

20. That's What She Said - The Greenberry Woods

21. What's He Got? - The Producers

22. Foolish - DM3

23. Never To Come Again - Brad Jones

24. Better Things - The Kinks