The Records: Strictly for The Kids Who Understand What Makes Great Power-Pop!
Back in the late-70s, punk rock’s open-ended exuberance and will to break walls (imaginary & real) got me going ultra-obssessive about whatever sort of music that was deemed “good” out there in the brave new world and power-pop was one of the most exciting variants of the punk/new wave spin-offs.
I got into The Jam-influenced mod bands of 1979 (Secret Affair, The Lambrettas, The Chords, Squire, The Vaporz etc.), their American pop cousins (The Knack, The Plimsouls, The Cars, The Real Kids etc.) and also “pub-rockers-touched-by-punk-rockers” such as Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Joe Jackson.
One mysterious band I found was The Records. Their song “Starry Eyes” really did me in when I first heard it on a comp LP (long forgotten the title now) but I’ve never managed to get their full albums here in Malaysia back then. It was only back in the early 90s that I managed to get their brilliant comp CD; Smashes, Crashes And Near Misses (1988).
Anyway, I stumbled upon a fine collection of various live recordings by The Records earlier today, so those who like their pop sharpened with spiky, stripped-down Byrds-ian guitars, driving catchy beat, teenage love tales and fine harmonies, go download!
Starry Eyes (Live) by The Records
What is “Power-Pop”? Go here