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Pop American Style
0. DISC 1:
1. Summer Days - Shoestrings
2. Hey, Hey, Girl - Rocketship
3. Howard - Cub
4. It's Only Love - Holiday
5. Old Junk For Fashion - Verbena
6. No Way, No Way - Heartworms
7. Bellman - Sissy Bar
8. Sold You an Alibi - Superdrag
9. Didn't You Know? - Allen Clapp & His Orchestra
10. I'd Know You Anywhere - Beanpole
11. Go Kid Go - My Favorite
12. Thrill Fit - Syrup USA
13. Soren Loved Regina - The Receptionists
14. Pelican - Dunebuggy
15. Fresh Coffee - Orange Cake Mix
16. Your Kind - Racecar
17. Everywhere Girl - The Dupont Circles
18. Spectators - Elf Power
19. Marine Parade (For Keith Blueboy) - Aberdeen
20. Memphis - Push Kings
0. DISC 2:
1. Green Light - Salteen
2. Day to Day - Further
3. Starry Night - #poundsign#
4. Every Once & Awhile - Holiday Flyer
5. Mercy - Kleenex Girl Wonder
6. Inanimate Objects - Bunnygrunt
7. O Tedium - Vehicle Flips
8. Lost and Found - The Seashell Sea
9. Who's Gonna Hold the Rope - Godzuki
10. Japanese Couple in Reverse - All About Chad
11. Magic - Motorhome
12. Five Hours - Igloo
13. Piano Lessons For Beauty Queens - Tullycraft
14. New Year's Day - Kickstand
15. Security Blanket - Tizzy
16. Red Roses - Lefties
17. Redo - Red Dye No. 5
18. Turn Key One - Pee
19. Secret Song - The Christines
20. Ageism - Flowchart
21. (Untitled) - (hidden track)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 63024
This two disc compilation documents the American 'indie-pop' scene with 40 bands contributing tracks.
Compilation producer: John "Skippy" McFadden.
March Records released this stellar 40-track double disc set in 1996, setting the benchmark for indie pop and twee pop compilations. Recruiting the rising stars in the genre, March assembled as startlingly diverse a collection as could be expected, offering songs from all over the indie pop map. Starting with the relaxed and peaceful "Summer Days" by Michigan's Shoestrings, California's Rocketship quickly picks up the pace with the organ-fueled "Hey, Hey Girl." The pace continues to rise and fall throughout, from the hushed beauty of Holiday's "It's Only Love" to the quirky "Bellman" by Sissy Bar. Other highlights from the first disc include My Favorite's rousing "Go Kid Go," the bare bones grace of "Soren Loved Regina" by the Receptionists, and Elf Power's spaced-out "Spectators." The first disc ends with the restrained ballad "Memphis" by Push Kings. Just as compelling as the first half, the second 20-song disc is more of the same: charming, graceful indie pop from a slew of bands from across the United States. From the melodic layers of San Francisco's #Poundsign#'s "Starry Night" to the upbeat cuddlecore on "Inanimate Objects" by St. Louis trio Bunnygrunt, Pop American Style retains its freshness throughout and after repeated listens. Vehicle Flips offer up the cerebral "O Tedium," while Michigan's Godzuki appear on the synth/space rock gem "Who's Gonna Hold the Rope." Quite possibly the catchiest track of the group is All About Chad's "Japanese Couple in Reverse," with its wildly giddy harmonies and relentless flare. Seattle's twee pop institution Tullycraft appear on "Piano Lessons for Beauty Queens," while "Secret Song" offers a taste of the impassioned synth pop of the Christines. Pop American Style reaches its end with the hypnotic "Ageism" by Flowchart. The compilation began a trend of independently released pop in the late '90s, resulting in a flourishing underground scene around the globe. ~ Stephen Cramer
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