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Re: "Pop" Music -- !!NEW THREAD!!! maybe, if anyone's interested
- Subject: Re: "Pop" Music -- !!NEW THREAD!!! maybe, if anyone's interested
- From: dhouston\!/bio.ri.ccf.org (Dale Houston)
- Date: Wed, 08 May 1996 12:26:54 -0400
> OK, you folks toss around this word "pop" like it's a good thing. I
> thought that "pop" music was whatever is currently appealing to the
> masses, as opposed to being a definable genre of musical style. So
> when you folks say that Sloan or TH or the SFz or whoever have a
> nice "pop" feel, what the \!/%#$ do you mean? Define "pop" as a
> musical style rather than simply anything on the Billboard 100.
> I always equated pop with Top 40 radio, as something to be avoided.
> Why do you indie-rock types suddenly embrace it?
I think of 'pop' as being more of a style (not its original meaning),
and Top 40 radio just being whatever the heck happens to be popular at
When I think of pop I tend to think of: short, catchy songs, vocal
harmonies, jangly guitars, and an emphasis on 'songwriting' as opposed
to 'composing' or 'comsic space jamming' or 'wanky guitar soloing'. I
guess the jangly guitars are really optional, but it's usually
guitar-based music. It doesn't follow a particular formula as closely
as the blues, or reggae, or ska, or metal do.
Bands I think of when I think 'pop': Sloan, the Beatles, Badfinger, Big
Star, Let's Active, the Flamin' Groovies (70's incarnation), Nick Lowe
(not really a band, but youknowwhatImean) and even Husker Du (esp.
around 'Flip Your Wig'). Elvis Costello probably counts, too. Hell,
even the Sex Pistols were really 'poppy'.
> I think the Beatles were extremely overrated in 1964. However, once
> they began to experiment with new styles and develop as a band, they
> did some very creative work. And you can't deny their influence on
> almost every genre of "pop" music since.
I don't think they were overrated even then. "She Loves You" and "I
Wanna Hold Your Hand" are amazing pieces of rock'n'roll and unlike any
sort of rock/pop that preceded it.
As usual, these are just my opinions. If I left out a fave pop band of
yours I'm sorry. If I missed an important part of the style please let