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Harmony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-1981
 
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"“Harmony In My Head"” is another of Cherry Red’s celebrations of a bygone era – this time, the boom in Power Pop and New Wave which followed the Punk explosion in 1977.  This 76-track, 3CD box set spins off the success of the 4CD compilation Action Time Vision (2016), which documented Punk on independent labels.  New Wave was the term coined in 1977 to describe a clutch of new artists whose music shared much of the energy of punk, but boasted a more sophisticated level of musicianship and a heavier reliance on traditional pop melodies. Although the term had such a wide definition in the States that it was quickly rendered almost meaningless, it was more strictly applied in the UK, with the radio-friendly likes of Elvis Costello and Squeeze scoring numerous hits and influencing younger bands to the extent that, by the early 80’s, the New Wave itself had become Old Wave.  The British scene’s reiteration of the appeal of a more traditional pop approach saw several attempts to provide an alternative to the unsatisfactory “New Wave” epithet. Nick Lowe coined the phrase “pure pop for now people” to describe his approach, early brand leaders The Pleasers described their sound as Thamesbeat (a literal update of Merseybeat), while a handful of bands (including The Monos! and The Monochrome Set) played regularly at a London club that marketed itself as “Newbeat”, “a reaction to punk”.  But none of these terms caught on, and instead the genre became known as Power Pop. Once again, there was a significant difference between the UK and US models, but Britain had its own Power Pop scene that slowly mutated into the Mod Revival. Many of the Mod bands drew heavily on melodic 60’s records (it was, after all, The Who’s Pete Townshend who had coined the term “Power Pop” back in 1967), although by late 1981 that scene had in turn morphed (in London, at least) into the short-lived New Psychedelia movement.  This collection includes many of the New Wave/Power Pop scene’s biggest hitters alongside the more melodic Punk bands. Name acts include Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Buzzcocks, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Nick Lowe, The Jags and Wreckless Eric, who are joined by other less successful but nevertheless key players (The Records, The Freshies, The Flys etc) as well as a host of rare 45s on tiny labels, many of which have never been on CD before.  The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with a 12,000-word essay incorporating band-by-band biographies by compiler David Wells.  GREAT!!


 
Ace Of Cups
Price: $20.00
Artist: Ace Of Cups
Description: Ace Of Cups may not have been the first all-women rock and roll band, but they were the one ... read more »

Thoughts On Lunch?
Price: $10.00
Artist: Addison Love
Description:

Huntington Beach, CA native Addison Love is a founding member of The Yorktown Lads alongside Orange County's pop maestro ... read more »

Acoustic Vol. 1
Price: $16.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor
Description:

LIMITED EDITION PRESSING!  Dropkick was formed by brothers Andrew and Alastair Taylor and school friend Ian Grier in Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland. ... read more »

Wherewithal
Price: $13.00
Artist: Andy Bopp
Description:

Brand new release from the former Myracle Brah frontman, the followup to his terrific “Blisters And Thorns” release from 2017!  “I mentioned how ... read more »

Hills of the Universe
Price: $15.00
Artist: Athanor
Description:

Singer/songwriter Greg Herriges and lead guitarist Rick Vittenson (a/k/a Athanor) met on the steps of the Highland Park, IL Recreation Center in the summer of 1965, just as The Beatle ... read more »

Wish You Were Here (Expanded)
Price: $19.00
Artist: Badfinger
Description:

In 1974, things went from bad to worse for Badfinger as Warner Bros. ended up pulling their second release after seven weeks in the stores due to their manager squirreling away publishing advance ... read more »

Badfinger (Expanded)
Price: $19.00
Artist: Badfinger
Description:

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“It started in 2012 in France after a long sitar trip in Calcutta,” begins Lionel Pezzano, the multi instrumentalist behind his recording project Bhopal’s Flowers (named after the ... read more »

Big Sunset
Price: $10.00
Artist: Big Sunset
Description:

Veterans of the Portland, OR music scene, Jay Castro and JP Ramos are essentially Big Sun ... read more »

Singled Out
Price: $18.00
Artist: Billy Bremner
Description:

One of the great sidemen in rock, known especially for Rockpile, The Pretenders, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, The Refreshments, to which you ... read more »

Streetflowers
Price: $12.00
Artist: Broken Arrows
Description:

MIKE PENNER/HONEYWAGEN ALERT!!  Thanks to Jeff Shelton (Well Wishers, Spinning Jennies, Power Pop Podcast, et al) for hipping is to If you’re the type of person that regrets not having lived in the classic rock era because of the music, read more »

Banana Moon
Price: $8.00
Artist: Burgess Meredith
Description:

Burgess Meredith is a garage pop 60’s-influenced rock & roll band from Austin, TX.Checkpoint Charley is the ongoing Power Pop muse of Kevin Packard and Jesse Anderegg. Drawing heavily on the influence of Jellyfish, The Beatles, Queen, and Crowded House, the band returns from a 10 year hiatus to ... read more »

Old Skool
Price: $15.00
Artist: Crokodile Tears
Description:

Crokodile Tears have been releasing albums now for 33 years, the constant being singer/songwriter Chris Sidwell.  read more »

Cabaret Of Love
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dana Countryman
Description:

Coming on the heels of the success of 2017’s “The Joy Of Pop”, Dana Countryman has done it again with his newest album “Cabaret of Love”!  This is Dana ... read more »

Bring Down The House Lights
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dirty Sidewalks
Description:

Dirty Sidewalks don’t just take sonic cues from the fuzzy haze and shuffle of The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Stone Roses, Charlatans UK, or the honed pop songcraft of Oasis read more »

Windsor Field
Price: $15.00
Artist: Everet Almond
Description:

Who the hell is Everet Almond and where did he come from?  “What I know about the prolific Everet Almond (he’s already released 2 more digital EPs in 2018) I could fit literally on the head of a pin and still h ... read more »

An Introduction To Everet Almond
Price: $15.00
Artist: Everet Almond
Description:

“This CD collects Everet Almond’s first three EPs released under the Everet Almond moniker, originally recorded and rel ... read more »

Everet Almond
Price: $15.00
Artist: Everet Almond
Description:

“Everet Almond’s self-titled collection, the third in this series of simultaneous releases (and the most recently recorded, and intentionally meant to be a full-length, of the three Kool Kat releases), is a joyous ... read more »

Headacher
Price: $9.00
Artist: Extra Arms
Description:

Extra Arms is a loud pop band from Detroit, MI. Formerly known as Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms, the band has transformed from read more »

Maybe More
Price: $13.00
Artist: Eyelids
Description:

After coming home fired up from their 2017 tours (which included UK/Euro/US dates with Drive-By Truckers, Dream Syndicate, Fruit Bats, The Cribs) Eyelids headed into various studios in Portland to finish up a new b ... read more »

Zebra Crossing
Price: $17.00
Artist: Fernando Perdomo
Description:

UK-ONLY RELEASE!  NO US RELEASE PLANNED AT THIS TIME!“Another Winter Alive” reflects on the GospelbeacH The Pope of Pop is back!  BIG TIME!!  “Having recorded eight albums an ... read more »

Meanwhile Back In Medieval Britain…
Price: $16.00
Artist: Groovy Uncle
Description:

Recorded at Ranscombe Studios during the glorious summer of 2018, this is the 7th long playing record from Groovy Uncle and the fi ... read more »

Circus Of Mirth
Price: $0.00
Artist: Heirs Of Fortune
Description: FREE WITH ANY PURCHASE!!!  Terry Carolan’s (Blue Cartoon/True Hearts) latest hook-filled project is a tribute to a long lost friend and supporter. He explains the story behind “Circus Of Mirth” – “In 1974-75, Ralph Smith, Robert Watkins and Gary Heslin were the core of the band Amnesia in Tampa, Florida. I joined the ... read more »

Born To Blaze EP
Price: $8.00
Artist: Hot Nun
Description:

Imagine you're at a weekend kegger and Judas Priest and the Archies are jamming out to some Cheap Trick while Bob Mould and the McDonald In 1984, former Records guitarist Huw Gower released a critically acclaimed and successful 12” 4 track vinyl LP “Guitarophilia”.read more »

Ride On
Price: $8.00
Artist: Irwin
Description:

Jamie Hoover worked with Bill Irwin, from late 80’s-90’s Georgia pop-rockers Impulse Ride, to produce this 6-track EP, pairing four new tracks with two previously unreleased Impulse Ride tracks from 1994. ... read more »

Pop-Up Radio
Price: $16.00
Artist: Kai Danzberg
Description:

Almost everything you hear on the tracks of his full-length debut was played and sung by Kai. Kai sheds some light on his influences “Michael Jackson, Dra ... read more »

Every Part Of The Buffalo
Price: $12.00
Artist: Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets
Description:

For the past several years, Kevin Bowe has been enjoying success as an in-demand songwriter and producer for other artists.  Over his career he has earned a ... read more »

Go To School
Price: $15.00
Artist: Lemon Twigs
Description:

The Lemon Twigs (brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario) emerged in 2016 with their debut “Do Hollywood”, which was praised by Rolling Stone for "toting hooky song ... read more »

Best Of...
Price: $16.00
Artist: Little Murders
Description:

Little Murders were Australia’s own version of the new wave of power pop in the late 70’s and early 80’s. They were the premier mod band on the Melbourne independent music scene at that time and thri ... read more »

Friends and the Fakers
Price: $11.00
Artist: LowRay
Description:

Building on the promise of their debut, LowRay’s sound exudes a timeless quality that refuse ... read more »

Columbia
Price: $8.00
Artist: LowRay
Description:

A transatlantic duo comprised of Daniel Fowlds (Pill Hill) on vocals and guitar, and James Irving (22-20s) on drums, LowRay’s 2017, 6-song debut goes ... read more »

Long Stories Short
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mario Soutschka
Description:

“Bright, tuneful power pop in the vein of Butch Walker and Cliff Hillis.  ‘Right Back to Me’ comes out of the blocks with guitars and melodies from the Badfinger ... read more »

Every Day
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mario Soutschka
Description:

On Ma ... read more »

Songs From The Motion Picture “All You Need Is Fuzz”
Price: $18.00
Artist: Marshmallow Overcoat
Description: EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  In the 60’s kids made musi ... read more »

Days Go By
Price: $13.00
Artist: Mick Terry
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Released in the UK on vinyl only, the follow up to 2010’s release "The Grown Ups" makes its CD debut.read more »

Dirty Electric
Price: $13.00
Artist: Minky Starshine
Description:

Minky Starshine, led by Rob Anastasi, are back with a terrific new record, his first since 2015’s “Pop Jewelry”!  “Dirty Electric” w ... read more »

Throw Money
Price: $14.00
Artist: Nick Frater
Description:

British multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Frater’s debut album is a must for fans of adventurous pop! Imagine if The Carpenters had been produced by The Flaming Lips, or Elliott Smith had fronted ELO!  Originally released in 2012, Kool Kat Musik are pr ... read more »

Something/Nothing?
Price: $14.00
Artist: Nick Frater
Description:

This 2017 sophomore album from British multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Frater is a power-pop treasure!After the double-take of the al ... read more »

Goodbye Kayfabe
Price: $14.00
Artist: Nick Frater
Description:

The third (and latest) album from British multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Frater sees a tougher sound, kicking off with sensational power-pop smash “Built To Last”! Featuring guest vocals f ... read more »

Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for the Whole Family
Price: $15.00
Artist: Nick Lowe
Description: Easing into his second decade as a dapper crooner, it's little wonder that Nick Lowe has succumbed to the siren call that seduces every gentleman vocalist: he's gone and made a Christmas album. "Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family" is cut from the same cloth as all of his recent albums, cannily mixing u ... read more »

Victorian Wonders
Price: $12.00
Artist: Octopus Syng
Description:

Octopus Syng was formed in the summer of 1999 by the band’s guitarist and vocalist Jaire Pätäri.  Jaire recorded two albums under the Octopus Syng monik ... read more »

Amnesiatic
Price: $11.00
Artist: Odd Robot
Description:

This one’s for fans of Green Day (the poppier side) asnd Kurt Baker (in all of his guises)!  14 short, to the point, hook-filled punk pop gems!read more »

Love The Holidays
Price: $13.00
Artist: Old 97's
Description:

Old 97's are excited to announce the release of their first ever collection of original Christmas songs, Love The Holidays. The album presents a sack full of rockin' new Yuletide favorites, as we ... read more »

Out Of My Head
Price: $15.00
Artist: Paul Collins
Description:

The self-proclaimed “King Of Power Pop”, Paul Collins is one of the most enduring cult rockers of the late 70’ ... read more »

THIS is the ONE
Price: $15.00
Artist: P. Hux
Description:

You can add P. Hux to list whose album titles reflect “truth in advertising”!  Even the man himself says this record is “’the ONE’…quite possibly ... read more »

Teen Babes From Monsanto
Price: $15.00
Artist: Redd Kross
Description:

A little drums... a little atmosphere... and it wails like this! Hotter than anything printed by a Hearst daily, the 12-song Versi ... read more »

Hot Issue
Price: $15.00
Artist: Redd Kross
Description: Originally a 2016 vinyl-only release, “Hot Issue” makes its CD debut, representing a dozen turn-of-the-century new digs and old finds recorded by ... read more »

The Messenger
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rhett Miller
Description:

Old 97's founding member/lead singer Rhett Miller returns with his seventh solo album, The Messenger. Recorded earlier over five days a ... read more »

Volume 1
Price: $13.00
Artist: Richard and The Young Lions
Description:

The mythical garage rock band’s debut album, 51 years in the making, this is the first-ever full album release from these seminal 6 ... read more »

Lost Angeles
Price: $13.00
Artist: Richard Turgeon
Description:

Richard Turgeon’s music has been described as “California pop” and has been compared to that of Matthew Sweet, Bob Mould, R.E.M., Guided by Voices, and Teenage Fanclub, among others.  ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #86
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #86
Description:

Big Brother & The Holding Company are the cover stars:NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!  Stephen’s Ruin draws its inspiration from R&B, early rock & roll, 60& ... read more »

Spider In My Beer and Other Songs
Price: $11.00
Artist: Stop Calling Me Frank
Description:

Direct from Boston, from the heyday of revered and legendary punk rock club The Rat,  Rum Bar Records brings you a CD 30 years in the making for fans of The ... read more »

HI LO
Price: $11.00
Artist: SUPER 8
Description:

You just can't keep a retro 60’s summertime rock and roller down!  This is album number three this year from Scotland's Super 8 (Paul R