Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Blow Pops - "Stop!" 7"

The Blow Pops - “Stop!” 7”
Get Hip Records, 1990
Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2007
Price: $1

Power pop from Milwaukee with just the right amount of throwback charm and not overshadowed by the mid-90s college rock vibe that lurks under the surface (in that the guitars sound slightly like REM). Awesome vocal harmonies for the really nice and authentic sounding 60s psych pop vocals. Honestly, the label design is pretty reminiscent of the Capitol labels on Beatles 45s, and kind of perfectly matches the sound coming off of this thing. This is their first single, and while “Stop!” is quite good, the b-side “I Know Nancy” grabs me a little bit more. It's the harmonies, and the kind of mash of sound that SHOULD sound jumbled but just sounds warm and comforting. This is a fun, Nuggets-inspired 7” that, while not terribly original, is still quite enjoyable and done right.

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