Years ago while attending art school Rich spent many hours listening to XTC, The Records, The Heats, Plimsouls and other powerpop bands of that time. Many childrens books, greeting cards and website designs later he finds himself (quite by accident) in the employ of a few powerpop artists. I'm not name dropping but they include, John Wicks, Paul Collins and many more.
Life has come full circle. You can find Rich at www.rossibook.com if your so inclined.
10) Paul Collins - King of Power Pop Energetic and emotive as all get go. Proof that PC still matters. Highlights: C'Mon Let's Go, Many Roads To Follow
9) The Well Wishers - Post Modern Romantic Jeff Shelton (formerly Spinning Jennies) delivers another standout effort. Highlights: Gramareater, Sorry About Your Politics
8) Scott's Garage - Soul Magnet Jangle and a sense of humor. Great stuff! Highlights: The Girl With The Yippy Dog, You Were Such A Tool (I Remember High School)
7) Knit Delicate- Fulton Hill With Tim Buckley (Blow Pops), evidence that the Madison/Milwaukee area has a better powerpop scene than many would think. Standout cuts: Lovely, When I See You
6) Peter Case - Wig! More electric blues than power pop, this LP is no doubt a product of his recent health and money issues. Highlights: Ain't Got No Dough, House Rent Party
5) Lannie Flowers - Circles Handclaps and hooks, turn this one up on your radio (if only they played this kind of thing on the radio today). Highlights: Turn Up Your Radio, Around The World
4) Greg Pope - Blue Ocean Sky Same formula that worked so well on Popmonster and his EP, Pete, but the songs are alittle more focused...his best yet. Highlights: I Tried To Like You, Driving Tricks,
3) Smash Palace - 7 When I saw the "Revolver" style cover I wondered how this disc can possibly live up to the build up. It does and then some. Their best yet. Highlights: How Can You Say, Somebody Up There likes Me
2) Farrah - Farrah ELO fans will love "Swings & Roundabouts". My teenager overheard me playing it and asked "Is that the Beatles?". My kid's question was a testament to how mature these guys sound. Highlights: All of it, but since I have to pick two, Swings & Roundabouts, Heavy Metal
1) Seth Swirsky - Watercolor Day More diverse record than "She's about to cross my mind". McCartney, Bacarach, Wilson... He's chanelled them all. This disc was more fun to listen to than any disc this year. Highlights: Watercolor Day, Distracted