The term Power Pop covers a lot of ground – from The Beatles, to Cheap Trick, Sweet, and anything on Bomp! Records. Later on bands like Big Star, Material Issue, The Posies and Teenage Fanclub were painted with the Power Pop brush. For me, Power Pop is hard rock with a lot of melody. Looking back on my musical tastes I have always been partial to Power Pop; The Sweet’s – Fox On The Run was the first 45 I bought with my own money.
In the late 80s a band came out of Montreal and proceeded to put out 5 solid Power Pop albums, including one of my go-to records – 1993’s – Crush – which also happened to be their major label debut. The Doughboys were everything I love about Power Pop; they could effortlessly turn up the guitars and rock out over an ear-worm of a chorus. Perhaps it’s because founder, singer, guitarist John Kastner brought some of his punk sensibilities from his stint as vocalist in Montreal punk legends The Asexuals. The Doughboys were an amazing live band and even reformed 14 years after calling it quits to support the Foo Fighters on a few dates in 2011.
Their 1993 single “Shine” is perfect to bring in the weekend.