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BP continues to surprise and delight -- quotes from Tom P.! I'm Pynchon myself.*
*not really -- Pynchon is a notoriously elusive character, but he's not masquerading as an occasional BP commenter with a dopey alias.
Great column, Adam, pinpointing a connection I never thought of after decades of appreciating both "genres." This seems like a good place to test-drive a "5 All-Time Best Power Pop Songs" list, which I propose should go something like this:
In no particular order:
September Gurls/Big Star: as great as much of their other material is, this is the head-and-shoulders-above standout.
Couldn't I Just Tell You/Todd Rundgren: Unfortunately close to an anomaly for Todd, but irresistible.
A Million Miles Away/Plimsouls: Even more irresistible.
Baby Blue/Badfinger: Not necessarily their definitive moment, but certainly their most spectacular.
Tonight/Raspberries: I tend to wobble on the fifth slot, but today lean toward this to underscore the need in the genre for songs that put the power into pop.
This is one of my favorite BP features, truly it is, but what in heck is an "eye-gauger"? Do the teams sit around before the game and assess each other's visual acuity? (That would make for an interesting wrestling bout, too.)
Excellent! Worthy of the great Egyptian shortstop Ozzie Mandias
Great, entertaining job of research. If you grew up in Calif. when the Chicken reigned, you probably recall he was originally affiliated with a San Diego radio station and known as the KGB Chicken. He was quite the celebrity at radio conventions in the '70s. Once he started getting nationally known, he and KGB came to a parting of the ways (probably over compensation) and he adopted the San Diego Chicken (and later, the Famous Chicken) moniker and took his act nationwide.
"his pop leaves something to be desired..."? We know Lenny's had his problems, but why kick him when he's down?
Puzzled by the Roy Halladay value figure. If there are no typos, 34.1 minus 13.3 should be 20.8, right, not 24.8?
Regarding Ed Wade's decision tree, it's turned out to be more of a bonsai run, hasn't it?
Is it true that there's an Italian restaurant in the Village that has a special called "pasta diving Jeter"?