Some alt. rock favourites 1980's to now - garage, pop, punk, indie or whatever.... Back to Startpage

OK, i'm old, i know, but as a child during the 1960's British pop explosion i listened to bands as The Kinks, The Who, Troggs, Hollies,
Manfred Mann and The Beatles. So, it's classic rock-pop that makes me truly happy. After the 1970's Punk, the 1980's New Wave and
1990's indie era re-animation of the genre maybe called alt.pop ? This garage rock pop, punk, indie something - let's call it Power Pop.
(and yes, i know there was a sub genre to american pop/rock called that at the end of the 1970's, Dwight Twilley, The Pop i.a.)
I know there are many out there like me, also young people, maybe derogatory called indie-kids by the mainstream music reviewers,
and this page is for You. Some cool and obscure Youtube music videos and links below can be gone any time just to pop up again

NOTE: Youtube don't seem to allow videos to be shown on homepages anymore, only links are allowed
- and this results in blank spaces below, sorry

 


Elefant - The Indie label

The World's most beautiful record label must be Elefant records based in Madrid, Spain that has released great indie
pop for some quarter of a century now. Not just many fine Spanish bands but also bands from all over the world.
Most often unjustly obscure music due to the mainstream cesspool of garbage music that dominates the media today.
Sometimes beautiful shimmering pieces of pop that guaranteed never ever will be heard on the radio or TV, as ......


Marine Life
: The US-Philippine indie band led by talented singer-songwriter Des De Leon Nicolas

Fool of a Kind

Great Elefant video

In 2014 Elefant records released an EP in their New Adventures in Pop series with a band called Marine Life.
The EP was released in a vinyl limited edition of 500 copies (but also for digital download) and had 4 songs on it,
Fool of a Kind, Big Sur, Boy from B-612 and For the Camera Shy. Elefant has made 2 nice music videos and
pics from the lovely video of Fool of a Kind can be seen above.
It's a shimmering piece of timeless pop with the joys of summer, sad love, happiness and some great brass in it,
and naturally according to the laws of human idiocy it's absolutely obscure, with only 7000 views on Youtube
when writing this. In a better world Fool of a Kind should've been played everywhere.

Listen to the cute Fool of a Kind on Youtube

 


This San Francisco based US - Philippine band has been playing as Julie Plug since the 1990's and consists of
singer/songwriter Mercedes Des De Leon Nicolas, Terry Nicolas - guitar, Marvin Santos - bass, Rob Uytingco -
drums and Rex Padayhag - keyboards and backup vocals. There may even be copies left to buy of this EP, and
Yes i know, she's adorable and the Elefant music video is really cute too

The EP

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Los Pontiaks
: The New Project from Billy King - The Killer Barbies founder, drummer and songwriter

The new group with Billy on drums, André Loud-Rider guitar and Mister Cobra on bass plays Surf Rock Psychobilly
First EP Psycho Sonic Boogie with 1. Gorillas A-Go-Go 2. Sin Combustible 3. Chicas Pendejar rel. May 8th 2015.
If you like this - Please read more about Billy King on my Killer Barbies Fan page

Listen to Los Pontiaks Sin Combustible on their Facebook page (with FasterPussycat Kill! Kill! footage)



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Los Abominables & Elis Paprika : 2 Great findings from the Mexican indierock scene

If you like it - Please read more about these fine/fun enjoyable groups/artists on my Mexican Page

Listen to the Mexican Cult band Los Abominables bionic synth-pop-punk whatever studio live version of Six Million
Dollar Weirdo's (the earlier incarnation of Los Abominables) trash rock anthem Horror Amor

 




Los Abominables - Abulon and Zette


Listen to Elis Paprika's cute power pop gem Tarde o temprano



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Power Pop
- 10 Favourites of mine 1980- punk, pop, garage, indie .... or something

Most of these were/are USA artists so this great type of music do seem to be something of an North American thing
But these songs from Spotify or iTunes or whatever, and the CD albums if they are still available somewhere

1. Urge Overkill - Sister Havana

An underrated, if today not almost unknown, group that released this their Saturation album in 1993 and was featured on the
soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction with a great Neil Diamond cover. I remember hearing this masterpiece of delightful
guitar riffs being played on the normally very shitty Swedish radio, but that was the 1990's, a great decade in time. Those guitars.
This is a truly great video to an almost ORGASMIC song - Listen to it below


 

Urge Overkill - Effigy - Listen to - follow Youtube link

And, finally they're back. After 16 years of silence they released their new album - Rock and Roll Submarine - in 2011, and
they continue in the same vein as when they left us back in 1995. With heavy riffs, gorgeous guitars and plenty of hooks
that makes you smile big like an idiot. Sure, an obscurity nowadays that surely will pass completely unnoticed in the Sea
of Crap that make the music scene nowadays with wailing idiot Idols screaming their ugly lungs out.
Effigy is their 1st single from the album which have some great songs on it, like Mason Dixon and Rock'n Roll Submarine

2. Frank Black - Los Angeles

The Genius Frank Black, the ex-Pixies frontman or the Bach, Mozart, Beethoven of alternative rock music made his first self
titled solo album in 1993 and produced it with ex-Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu and Pixies member Eric Drew Feldman.
The first song on the album is the amazing Los Angeles.
Only Frank Black could make something as heavenly indie gorgeous out of these seemingly simple parts, at first it rocks and
then .... and then comes the break, the melodic hook that gives you goosebumps. Los Angeles in Patagonia, Frank Black, You
Genius You. But, Frank Black, Pixies and Kim Deal's Breeders, i love them all. Listen to Los Angeles below


3. Pixies - No. 13 Baby ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

I have a Pixies page elsewhere on this site (it looks awful though at the moment) and i'm a huge fan. I could've chosen Where is
my Mind from their 1st album or just about any tune from their 2nd classic, the Doolittle album. The latter one with songs as
Monkey Goes to Heaven or Debaser and Debaser gave the name to the in Stockholm, Sweden famous rock club and is also a
tribute to the great Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel film classic. An epic song, but i choose No. 13 Baby as my ultimate favourite
from the Dolittle album. Just like Alec Eiffel from Trompe Le Monde it has got that mindblowing outro to it

4. The LA's - There She Goes ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

One of the most beautiful pop songs ever made, and this whether it's about drugs or not. Liverpool group The La's released this
miracle of a song in 1988 and then for the 2nd time in 1990. It is written by Lee Mavers and the group disbanded in 1992 after re-
leasing only one album in 1990. I remember hearing this song for the first time on the soundtrack to the 1997 film Fever Pitch, a
film after the Nick Hornby novel and i've heard There She Goes in some damned commercial too


5. Lemonheads - If I Could Talk I'd Tell You ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

The Lemonheads fronted by the talented songwriter Evan Dando made some great albums, It's a Shame about Ray in 1992 and Car
Button Cloth a couple of years later. On the latter one bass player Bill Gibson had joined Dando, and he was once a member of great
Aussie bands as The Lime Spiders and Legendary The Eastern Dark (Walkin/Johnny and Dee Dee/Julie is a Junkie).
The beautiful If I could talk i'd tell you is my favourite Lemonheads song and it's from the Car Button Cloth album

6. Gun Club - She's Like Heroin to Me ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

The Most influental unknown album? The 1981 Fire of Love by The Gun Club gave us something new, a mix of garage style punk bluesy
psychobilly with a touch of southern Gris Gris magic to it. Fronted by the troubled soul Jeffrey Lee Pierce they performed some sort of
silence-noice-silence-noice type of rock and their style must've inspired Frank Black and The Pixies.
This album both looks and sounds dangerous. There's the mighty Fire Spirit, there's is the manic Sex Beat and then there's the intense
and scary She's Like Heroin to Me

7. The Eastern Dark - Walking ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

A Legendary Australian group that only existed for a very short time between 1984-1986 before death ended it in a traffic accident, and
before they could've had developed into something on the greatness level of The Pixies. James Darroch ex-Celibate Rifles on guitar and song,
Bill Gibson ex-Lime Spiders pre-Lemonheads on bass and Geoff Milne on drums made only one single and a mindblowing great mini album
before the fatal car crash in 1986, R.I.P. James Darroch. This great mini album was released on Waterfront Records and on another label in
Europe. Yes, those were the days when aussie alternative rock had listeners and record buyers also in Europe and i remember that this album
was recommended to me by one of the members of the great but forgotten Swedish garage band The Pushtwangers.
The album starts with a BANG, the powerful Walking

8. Matthew Sweet - Sick of Myself ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

Matthew Sweet, the maker of almost perfect pop songs and virtually unknown i guess, him too. This lovely tune Sick of Myself has got some
adorable fake endings and amazing guitar work and it was released in 1995 as a CD single on the Zoo Entertainment label. I remember playing
it over and over and over again, aaaah those were the happy indie days long before the attack of the wailing Idol creepozoids

9a. Breeders - Cannonball ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

The Surreal words of Kim Deal combined with some outstanding guitar riffs makes Cannonball one of the Indie icon songs of the 1990's

9b. The Pop! - Down on the Boulevard ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

The Pop! Finally a band that actually was a "real" Power Pop band, that played this type of North American pop that existed in the
1970's and beginning of the 1980's. This California group released 2 forgotten albums, The Pop in 1977 and Go! in 1979.
They were almost unknown then, with the exception of some genre fans, and are still unknown today. This is extinct and forgotten
but beautiful late 1970's pop music. I remember buying their 1st lp and the single Down on the Boulevard.
This shimmering gem of a song has only got a few hits on Youtube - Shame on Us - it's a rotten world

10a. Nada Surf - Popular ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

I remember seeing the music video to Popular on MTV in 1996 and, after a sprint to the record shop, i played this song the whole
summer, over and over again. The video depicts Highschool life á la Hollywood style with all it's given clichés and may be a bit
annoying to some. BUT, when the chorus hits it really hits BIG. Another genius production from Ric Ocasek from The Cars, who
also produced Weezer's Blue Album. Listen to the teacher kids, don't forget the Teenage Guide to Popularity

10b. Weezer - My name is Jonas ...... Listen - follow Youtube link here

Amazing record this was, the blue album by Weezer, their 1994 debut produced by Ric Ocazek. It became an instant world wide
superhit. Fronted by the talented Rivers Cuomo the album's full of smart teenage power pop and Buddy Holly, helped by an
amazing music video, was a HUGE hit everywhere (and very much so also in Sweden, we just loved it). However, my favourite
song of the album is the opening number, the somewhat mysterious and unique My Name is Jonas

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BUT ...... from 1976 and still The Best "POP" Song Ever

Blietzkrieg Bop by the Ramones, Punk or Perfect Pop?

Listen (follow the link) to the great Youtube Video


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Pushy Parents - Secret Secret - Most Underrated Power pop Song of the year 2011

2011 EP on Elefant Records



What's this then ? The Answer: A really obscure Swedish indie pop project released on the fine Spanish Elefant label.
An EP with the very catchy song Secret Secret and 3 more songs. Secret Secret with a sugary sweet twee pop feeling
to it, but also with such perfect classic pop harmonies that it gets stuck in your head. It should've been played every-
where, in a better world that is. The music video is delightfully sugary with kids playing the instruments and the creators
of this sweet indie bliss are Amanda Aldervall, Roger Gunnarsson, Daniel Jansson and Le Prix. Buy it at Elefant Records

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Alert! Power Pop Alert. Alert! Power Pop Alert

Juniper Moon - Beautiful Crystal Clear Power Punk Pop in spanish from an almost unknown group of youngsters

El resto de mi vida

Their Lost and/or Classic 2002 Album. Re-released in 2010 by Barcelona based Elefant Records

Listen to their beautiful Sólo una sunrisa on the Youtube video below

 

These talented youngsters came from the small town of Ponferrada, Léon, near the Portuguese border and the group
existed between 1997-2004. Unique in their style among Spanish indie bands with their energetic, fast, loud and
gorgeous power punk
pop. A lot of fast guitars, a Hammond organ and the fine red haired vocalist Sandra.

El Grupo

This spanish indie rock band won all the critics heart, but not the record buyers, popular and with a cult following in Japan, Peru and Mexico
and somewhat in the UK after being included on a indie collection and radio play. How could they not be popular in Spain - they are almost
unknown in their homeland? Well, besides the Galician bands The Killer Barbies and Aerolineas Federales spanish indierock seems to be, a
bit twee-ish and maybe too cute, often - but not always, there a lot of interesting music in Spain and on Elefant records. Bands as Single,
Le Mans, Linda Guilala and Krautrock inspired electronic duo Svper (ex Pegasvs) are all really great.

The groups core members were Sandra on guitar/vocals, Iván on drums, Eva on keyboards, Dado on guitar and Jaime on bass/vocals.
Eva and Iván has started the new duo-group Linda Guilala with fine melodic electronic pop and getting heavier and more progressive with
their great 2016 album Psiconáutica (released also in a limited vinyl album 500 ex edition) and they're very recommended.
Juniper Moon made a couple of great singles, among them Volverás in 1999 and Sólo una sunrisa (only a smile) with a fine music video in
january 2003. What is Sandra doing today? We are waiting for your return You talented girl ...

Below middle pic, a Japanese compilation album from 2010


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Joy Formidable - The Big Roar - maybe the 2011 alt. indie rock Album of the Year ?

The Joy Formidable - a powerful Welsh trio who plays really loud melodic indie rock with lots and lots of gorgeous hooks
and they could be destined for Super Stardom? But probably not

Great album

Heavy and delightfully melodic indie rockband trio formed in Mold, Wales in 2007 fronted by the dynamic lead
singer and guitarist Ritzy Brien, with her childhood buddy Rhydian Dafydd on bass and Matt Thomas, drums.
They released 2 singles, Austere and Cradle in 2008 and a mini album EP in 2009. The Big Roar was released in
january 2011 to world wide critical acclaim. Very soon they gained a reputation as UK's No.1 Live performance
attraction with their intensity and Ritzy's charisma. They've toured a lot also in the US and could be destined for
Super Hugeness? But, they've this Big Sound to them and there could be a risk of them falling into the Stadium Rock
fold in the future, but let's hope not. When i first wrote this in 2011 the band was completely unknown in Sweden

My first meeting with The Joy Formidable made me levitate. I'm not kidding - they're that good, really

Listen to their performance at Letterman of live favourite Whirring - Follow link to Youtube - Whirring

Date: October 7th 2011 Place: New York, Ed Sullivan Theatre, Late Show with David Letterman

Dave and his house band lead by Paul Shaffer have always had über great bands playing Live. I first saw The Pixies on this show.
Paul once named UO's Sister Havana the greatest rocksong ever. The mighty Warren Zevon always played there, also just before
his death in cancer. So i LOVE Dave and Paul. Dave introduced the band as a trio from Wales and i watched them, a bit blasé honestly,
start their song Whirring. 30 seconds later ...... i was levitating half a metre over my TV sofa.
Then on to the computer and listening to Youtube clips on repeat. Next day, shopping time. Good idea, wasn't it? I visited 2 of my
home-town Stockholm's most renown indie record stores and .... No One had even heard about the group. At the third place (Pet Sounds)
a guy there knew about them and liked them and ordered it for me

Listen to the official video of Whirring, with over 2 million hits, the greatest song of 2011 for many

 


The Great Musician/Songwriter Ritzy Brien - I Love You

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And, then we've a cool Norwegian artist. Is that really possible? Yes, it is. Her name is Ida Maria Sivertsen, that
girl with the gravelly voice.
Listen to the really great Music Video of ......

Ida Maria-Oh My God! - Follow link to Youtube

She had a great Live Power

Her 1st album Fortress Round My Heart 2008 had some great songs and some less great, but was a promising debut. However, this girl
she's the real thing Live (something of a rarity today) and she explodes on stage with furious energy. Therefore Ida was a highly in
demand Live artist and she toured intensely for 2 years in a row in the UK and the US getting rave reviews, before having a Meltdown
in Boston september 2009. Then she took a Time-Out from the business. Get well Ida Maria, she was the coolest Norwegian alive for sure

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Raw 1980's US New Wave
: Wild, Experimental, Scary and Influental. The Missing Link



OK, there were some great Post-Punk New Wave bands in UK as Cure, Joy Division, Monochrome Set etc. but mostly lame synth bands
or minimalistic art student type of groups with maybe a bit too much pretension. But, hey that's me, as i know many of these bands are
indie cult bands today as Marine Girls or Young Marble Giants. But I was missing the energy from the 1970's, so where was it ?
The Missing link between the 1970's punk bands and the re-animated music scene with the indie alt.rock movement ignited by The Pixies
in 1987? This raw power and energy could be found in the US with post-punk hardcore new wave bands as Hüsker Du, Black Flag, Dead
Kennedys, Flipper, Violent Femmes, Cramps, Agent Orange, Sonic Youth, TSOL, Wall of Voodoo and the mighty Gun Club. Where else?

So, here are some favourites of mine ... (note: as this is Youtube the videos can disappear at any time)

Wall of Voodoo

Listen to them - Follow link to Youtube here

A great enigmatic band led by the charismatic Stan Ridgway. Debuted 1980 with an amazing experimental garage synth-rock EP,
including Longarm and a Killer synthetic version of the Johnny Cash classic Ring of Fire. Factory is another great song of theirs and
their only almost a Hit song was the uniquely quirky and funny Mexican Radio.
The above Youtube Live clip is from the absolutely crazy and wild 1981 music film Urgh! A Music War. A very recommended film


Flipper

Pic at right; the 1980-81 Live DVD from US Target Video

An influental (and Yes, Kurt Cobain loved them, too) avantgarde slow-fi hardcore US band that took us on a scary journey into rock
chaos. Fondly remembered for hardcore classics as Ha Ha Ha, Love Canal and Sex Bomb. This is Pure Energy and far, far from lame
british farts as Depeche Mode, Spandau Ballet or Duran Duran etc. Listen to their powerfully minimalistic Ha Ha Ha on Youtube

Listen to them - Follow link to Youtube here


The Cramps

Listen to their fantastic version of Rockabilly desperado Hasil Adkins She Said - Follow the Youtube link here

An even more influential rock group that melted 50's rockabilly and 60's garage into a new music genre - Psychobilly.
I bought everything by them since their 2nd single and 8 years onwards. Finally i saw them Live in 1986 at Göta Lejon, Stockholm.
They may be the first genre band to make tribute to The Big American Treasure of Trash Culture, to great obscure music and to the
Great and much beloved US Grindhouse genre (and to Russ Meyer's Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!) and a loooong time before hipsters
like Quentin Tarantino did. Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, the greatest couple in rock? Lux died in February 2009 - R.I.P.



Los Abandoned
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a great, almost unknown and disbanded spanglish power pop band from Van Nuys, Los Angeles

Mix Tape (2006, Vapor) A Great 2006 Album (review in Swedish below)

Jag upptäckte denna finfina grupp först 2009, och deras enda riktiga album Mix Tape från 2006 har gått varm i min spelare sen dess. Massor av
livsbejakande skön och smart power pop-rock i en lyckad blandning av latino influenser, pop och punk i bästa garagestil. Inte en enda svag
låt på plattan av denna fina LA grupp ledda av begåvade sångerskan låtskriverskan amerikansk-chilenskan Lady P eller Pilar Díaz.
De sjunger på engelska, ibland på spanska och ibland både och, Spanglish. Många bra låtar alltså, Van Nuys, Pantalón, A la mode, Stalk U och

inte minst den avslutande State of Affairs är en favorit - en KANON platta helt enkelt!
Kollade med min favorit skivaffär i Stockholm (S:t Eriksgatan) och ingen hade naturligtvis hört talas om gruppen. Sorgligt på en så fint band.

Pilar's avväpnande och charmigt ironiska kärleksförklaring till genomsunkiga Van Nuys i norra LA är gjord med glimten i ögat i highschool movie
skatepunk stil (kanske en homage till Nada Surf's 90-talsklassiker Popular?). Men en helt bedårande kärlekssång till en av de sunkigaste delarna
av Los Angeles med dess människor är den i alla fall och gulligt taffliga cheerleader tjejerna i bakgrunden är söta också. Fulla av ungdom, energi
och livsglädje är de kanske inte ens medvetna än om att de kommer från FEL sida av staden, vilket livet väl snart kommer att lära dem, SUCK.
Så, gläds med Pilar och resten av bandet ungar och njut av livet så länge det går Kids.

 

Lyssna på Van Nuys (Es Very Nice) - Följ YouTube länken här


Gruppen splittrades 2007 men hann släppa 2 EP, en 7" och så detta album som möttes av strålande kritik från musikpressen i USA.
Sång, låtskrivare och gruppens ledargestalt var Lady P./Pilar Díaz (ukulele och även klaviatur, gitarr etc.) som flyttade från Chile till Van Nuys
i LA när hon var 10 år och hon kör vidare på egen hand (se mer nedan).
Gitarr, låtar - Don Verde (Dave Green) , basgitarr - Vira Lata ( Moises Baquiero) och på trummor Dulce (Anthony Reyes)

Pilar Díaz

Med sin ukulele - tycks vara något av ett modeinstrument nu - i Quiksilver projektet

Pilar har fortsatt med sin musikkarriär efter splittringen 2007 och övergett sin sköna power pop-rock för mer Art-alternative music.
Bl a i Quiksilver site La projektet med ukulele-alternative-latino-Gameboy remix experimenterande. Seriöst? Ganska. Trist? Nej, njaaee, tjaa.
Pilar Díaz nya riktning med art-alternative experimental latino färgad (pop) musik (ev. lite påminnande om mexikanskan Julieta Venegas
tidiga stil) kan kanske intressera fler än de gamla offer som jag som föredrar mer power pop garage. Hoppas att Pilar låter höra av sig igen.

Listen to her pretty cool Friday the 13th (trece) Gameboy Remix on Youtube

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