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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)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 63024

  • Credits

    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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