Friday, November 30, 2007
Power Pop: Raspberries
The British invasion is well over by 1972, but the after-effects of The Who's punch, The Small Faces' verve and The Beatles' melodic instinct are still being felt in the USA. The Rapsberries' second album, Fresh, set out the template for power pop: energetic guitars, strong riffs, soaring harmonies and enormous tunes.
These clean-cut boys from Cleveland, Ohio with the whitest teeth and the glossiest hair made the biggest, brightest and richest noise: were it not for the rehabilitation of Big Star in the early 90s, the Raspberries would – deservedly – be getting all the plaudits now and their second album, Fresh, would be recognised as the wonder it is.
I Wanna Be With You is the greatest song from this truly great album. Freak Emporium is having a half-price sale so now might be a good time to get Fresh.
Posted by Fire Escape at 3:47 pm