I had brunch with a friend last weekend. It seems that, at some point, nearly every conversation with him circles back around to classic albums by Guided By Voices, XTC and Martin Newell.
As a result, I’ve been listening a lot to the album Martin Newell recorded with XTC’s Andy Partridge since Saturday. As one would expect from Newell and Partridge, two outspoken fans of Ray Davies, the album sounds a lot like The Kinks. And as one would expect from me, being a huge fan of all things jangly and British, I love the record.
So I open with one of my favorite Newell songs, “She Rings the Changes.” I can’t help but think bands like Sloan and Guided By Voices devoured that song, as it’s all that good and pure about power pop. Enjoy!
- “She Rings the Changes” – Martin Newell (The Greatest Living Englishman/Pipeline/1993)
- “Dolores Haze” – Sister Sonny (Jetset/Lovesongs/1999)
- “Harry Mambourg” – Epo-555 (Mafia/Crunchy Frog/2007)
- “Too Far Gone” – Sixpence None the Richer (The Best of Sixpence None the Richer/Word/2004)