D.I.Y.: Shake It Up! - American Power Pop II (1978-80)

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What I Like About You - The Romantics 7
Tell That Girl to Shut Up - Holly & the Italians 6
Too Late - Shoes 5
(I Thought) You Wanted to Know - Chris Stacey & the db's 3
Zero Hour - The Plimsouls 1
You Got It (Release It) - Pearl Harbor & the Explosions 1
Stay in Time - Off Broadway USA 1
I Like Girls - The Know 0
Waiting for the Night - The Pop 0
Work-a-day World - The Beat 0
Walking Out on Love - The Beat 0
Yellow Pills - 20/20 0
Tomorrow Night - Shoes 0
Tell It To Carrie - The Romantics 0
Giving It All - 20/20 0
Love You Tonight (Saturday's Gone) - Prix 0
The First One - Gary Valentine 0
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend - The Rubinoos 0
Shake It Up (Ain't It Time) - The Cryers 0

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 21 November 2022 17:48 (one year ago) link

Honestly, my least favourite disc in the collection. Just don't click with most of these songs like I do on the other volumes. Probably gonna go with Holly & the Italians.

(gonna ask the mods to fix my error in the thread title--this is American Power Pop II)

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 21 November 2022 17:50 (one year ago) link

only one of these was a Dutch (and Australian) top 10 hit, so probably that one.

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 21 November 2022 17:55 (one year ago) link

I think that should be Chris Stamey if it's the db's who'd later do Stands for Decibels.

birdistheword, Monday, 21 November 2022 18:00 (one year ago) link

Another typo: Chris Stamey (not Stacey).

nickn, Monday, 21 November 2022 18:00 (one year ago) link

Yeah, turns out it is! I forgot I had this track (I have this Numero box set)


birdistheword, Monday, 21 November 2022 18:01 (one year ago) link

Ugh. That was an autocorrect. The mods are gonna love me today.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:02 (one year ago) link

The rockers ain't gonna be too happy, either

"Mick Wall at Kerrang!" (morrisp), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:09 (one year ago) link

xp unfortunately you can't change poll thread titles! you'd need to make a new one and lock this...

sleeve, Monday, 21 November 2022 18:17 (one year ago) link

You can change the title, just not the poll options.

mod, Monday, 21 November 2022 18:19 (one year ago) link

The YouTube link five posts up is actually the Richard Lloyd-sung version (which I prefer, but both are great).
The Chris Stamey-sung version is here:
Both versions are on that Numero box ("Ork Records: New York, New York").

ernestp, Monday, 21 November 2022 18:21 (one year ago) link

(xp) I thought that might be the case. Can we all live with "Chris Stacey?"

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:22 (one year ago) link

Almost went with Prix, but couldn't not vote for "Stay In Time." It was on the radio seemingly constantly in 1979, and yet I never got sick of it. Also has one of the coolest song endings ever.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 21 November 2022 18:23 (one year ago) link

I don't know ANY of these songs except for What I Like About You, which I absolutely DESPISED when it was in MTV regular rotation when I was a kid. It really annoyed me. I get it now, but back then I really hated it.

I don't even know that Chris Stamey/dbs song although I'm a big fan of some of the following singles and early albums so I'm going with that.

dan selzer, Monday, 21 November 2022 18:36 (one year ago) link

I heard Off Broadway for the first time last year or so, and was shocked to learn they formed down the street from me (same near-suburb that begat Fiery Furnaces, fwiw). The song I heard wasn't this one, it was this awesome one:


Which means this mostly forgotten band has at least two great songs to its name, which is more than most bands.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 November 2022 20:55 (one year ago) link

I have the other volume, not this one. I was all ready to complain: "How you can have a second volume and still no Shoes?!" I love both songs, even though there are two or three on Black Vinyl Shoes I love even more. "Too Late," I guess.

clemenza, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 03:37 (one year ago) link

"Tell that Girl to Shut Up"'s good...I have a few of these on LPs, no recollection at all; couldn't tell a Beat from a Pop from a Plimsoul now.

clemenza, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 03:40 (one year ago) link

I always thought it was kinda odd that the 2 UK DIY pop comps have plenty of familiar songs (if you grew up in a town with a New Wave station maybe), but the US DIY comps were mostly unfamiliar unless you were a dedicated Trouser Press reader.

But I can't think of too many comparably familiar US tracks that would have fit. So I guess US radio is to blame for not playing the stuff in the first place.

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 05:02 (one year ago) link

I imagine there were significant licensing issues which resulted in these tracks as opposed to more familiar material.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 15:11 (one year ago) link

"What I Like About You" was a big favorite of mine as a kid and it's still a bop but "Tell That Girl To Shut Up" is the one I find myself singing all the time. I might have actually first encountered the Transvision Vamp version!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 03:16 (one year ago) link

Boring choice but there's no denying it's brilliance of "What I Like About You."

Bee OK, Thursday, 24 November 2022 03:32 (one year ago) link

Have to go with The Plimsouls here

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 25 November 2022 01:16 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 26 November 2022 00:01 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 27 November 2022 00:01 (one year ago) link

I was sure that someone would have thrown a vote to "Yellow Pills." 20/20 was such a big deal to late-90s power pop fans.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 05:42 (one year ago) link

I forgot to vote in this one or I might've gone with Yellow Pills because I do love that song. Could equally have gone for Holly & The Italians or Chris Stamey though. I have both of those 7"s. Tomorrow Night by the Shoes is another favourite of mine that got 0 votes.

even the birds in the trees seemed to whisper "get fucked" (bovarism), Tuesday, 29 November 2022 12:05 (one year ago) link

20/20 was such a big deal to late-90s power pop fans.

Was it? I had no idea, that's cool. I worked in a record store when that first album came out and we played it to death. Friends' band plays "Cheri" and "Remember the Lightning" now.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 29 November 2022 18:56 (one year ago) link

I know there was a power pop zine called "Yellow Pills" that was around all through the 90s and for a couple of years it seemed like everyone who was in a revival surf/garage band then would only talk about 20/20 or The Shoes once exotica was played out.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 30 November 2022 04:30 (one year ago) link

Yeah, Yellow Pills had a label for a few years: https://www.discogs.com/label/474574-Yellow-Pills

But the best Yellow Pills related release is this one from Numero: https://www.discogs.com/master/459183-Various-Yellow-Pills-Prefill

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 30 November 2022 15:59 (one year ago) link

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