The Pop ‎– The Pop

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SA 1.01 The Pop The Pop(LP, Album) Automatic Records (5) SA 1.01 US 1977 Sell This Version
ARTY 170 The Pop The Pop(LP, Album, RE) Arista Records ARTY 170 UK 1979 Sell This Version

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Revup67

Revup67

December 12, 2016
referencing The Pop, LP, Album, RE, ARTY 170

Top notch punk power pop from start to finish. Rarely does one get to hear an entire record from start to finish where you can lift the needle to skip to the next track. Contains all the elements of a great recording, production, harmonies, chords and melodies. I personally bought this in 1977 and its still a gem.
STOOPIDRECORDS

STOOPIDRECORDS

May 12, 2015
referencing The Pop, LP, Album, SA 1.01

Amazing Iggy-punk/ proto punk record! Not power-pop like there other records.
BankofVinyl

BankofVinyl

February 17, 2012
referencing The Pop, LP, Album, SA 1.01

This self-titled debut album is the classic version of the Pop, their raw power certainly showing more Iggy Pop than the Cars sound, which their Arista debut, Go, forced on them. David Robinson of the Cars was actually their drummer after his legendary work with the Modern Lovers (though he's not on either of the full length Pop LPs), and if you want to see how major labels can utterly change a band's persona, play this release produced by Allan Rinde and group vocalists David Swanson and Roger Prescott on the Automatic label against the slickness of the Earle Mankey produced Arista release. "You Oughta Know" opens the disc with blazing power pop, and "Walk in the Rain" doesn't let go of that vibe. "Down on the Boulevard," their original single, written by non-member Jamie Herndon, is an underground classic. Iggy Pop should have guest starred on "Saturday Night Hitch Hiker"; the guitars are stunning, stunning, stunning, and are totally absent from the Arista release which followed, eradicated when producer Earle Mankey turned them into aFixx/Cars hybrid. He should've just let 'em be. Maybe Clive Davis wanted the Cars so badly he felt their drummer's former band should be just that for Arista Records. You'll be hard pressed to find a band in such a short span of time making such an about face. The Kinks' "I Need You" has all the power and glory of the Dead Kennedys meets the Troggs; now that's the hybrid that real rock & roll fans want to groove to, and that this album exists is cause to rejoice. Boston's Nervous Eaters had killer demo tapes in circulation, but when Harry Maislin got ahold of them, there was a transformation that devastated the group's regional fans. The big difference is that the Nervous Eaters album showed a different side of songwriter Steve Cataldo and was still, essentially, true to him. The Pop's makeover on Arista was far more dramatic, a reason why this punky underground guitar driven' album is so important, and so much fun. The successful formula was in these grooves right here, and showed so much promise.

BankofVinyl

BankofVinyl

February 17, 2012
referencing The Pop, LP, Album, RE, ARTY 170
This self-titled debut album is the classic version of the Pop, their raw power certainly showing more Iggy Pop than the Cars sound, which their Arista debut, Go, forced on them. David Robinson of the Cars was actually their drummer after his legendary work with the Modern Lovers (though he's not on either of the full length Pop LPs), and if you want to see how major labels can utterly change a band's persona, play this release produced by Allan Rinde and group vocalists David Swanson and Roger Prescott on the Automatic label against the slickness of the Earle Mankey produced Arista release. "You Oughta Know" opens the disc with blazing power pop, and "Walk in the Rain" doesn't let go of that vibe. "Down on the Boulevard," their original single, written by non-member Jamie Herndon, is an underground classic. Iggy Pop should have guest starred on "Saturday Night Hitch Hiker"; the guitars are stunning, stunning, stunning, and are totally absent from the Arista release which followed, eradicated when producer Earle Mankey turned them into aFixx/Cars hybrid. He should've just let 'em be. Maybe Clive Davis wanted the Cars so badly he felt their drummer's former band should be just that for Arista Records. You'll be hard pressed to find a band in such a short span of time making such an about face. The Kinks' "I Need You" has all the power and glory of the Dead Kennedys meets the Troggs; now that's the hybrid that real rock & roll fans want to groove to, and that this album exists is cause to rejoice. Boston's Nervous Eaters had killer demo tapes in circulation, but when Harry Maislin got ahold of them, there was a transformation that devastated the group's regional fans. The big difference is that the Nervous Eaters album showed a different side of songwriter Steve Cataldo and was still, essentially, true to him. The Pop's makeover on Arista was far more dramatic, a reason why this punky underground guitar driven' album is so important, and so much fun. The successful formula was in these grooves right here, and showed so much promise.