I Love that Song! #16: “Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio It’s just five or maybe six notes ascending and pounded out to merge into traffic at the start, a way of getting to what amounts to a chorus of a sort, except it’s more a verse, really, and there really isn’t a chorus to speak of in this … Read moreI Love that Song! #16: “Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor

I Love that Song! #15: “Rockin’ My Life Away” by Jerry Lee Lewis

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio It’s one of those records that just sounds right. It’s 1979, and Jerry Lee Lewis, with Bones Howe in the producer’s chair, is working his sweaty way through a Mack Vickery romp, banging mercilessly on the keys, a-thump-thump-thumpin’ until his fingers are sore, singing some perfunctory lyrics and … Read moreI Love that Song! #15: “Rockin’ My Life Away” by Jerry Lee Lewis

I Love that Song! #14: “Mrs. Vandebilt” by Paul McCartney and Wings

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio (Originally posted 12.01.16) So you’re in the jungle, you’re living in a tent, you have zero financial obligations, you have all the time in the world, and you just plain don’t care. Is this a call for celebration? Right off the bat, I’m probably being too literal, trying … Read moreI Love that Song! #14: “Mrs. Vandebilt” by Paul McCartney and Wings

I Love that Song #13: “America,” by Simon and Garfunkel

by Alan Haber One of Paul Simon’s best songs, lyrically astute and honorably charged, “America” is the third track on Simon and Garfunkel’s album Bookends, fading up out of the long goodbye of “Save the Life of My Child.” “Oh my Grace, I’ve got no hiding place,” comes the lyrical cry over a bed of … Read moreI Love that Song #13: “America,” by Simon and Garfunkel

I Love that Song! #12: “She’s My Baby,” by the Traveling Wilburys

Taken from the album Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3, “She’s My Baby” finds the mysterious supergroup with their feet ensconced firmly in audacious rock and roll territory and their tongues planted firmly in cheek. There is enough energy in this song to power every light bulb that blares along the Las Vegas Strip. There is also … Read moreI Love that Song! #12: “She’s My Baby,” by the Traveling Wilburys

I Love that Song! #11: “Where the Bands Are,” by Bruce Springsteen

If power pop fans ever needed a reason to believe in Bruce Springsteen, if only for three minutes and 46 seconds, “Where the Bands Are” is that reason–a balls-to-the-wall power pop number stacked high with electric guitars; punctuating, popping bass; four-and-a-half-to-the-floor drumming, and a catchy chorus with an indelible hook. The split second it kicks … Read moreI Love that Song! #11: “Where the Bands Are,” by Bruce Springsteen

I Love that Song! #10: “Grouch of the Day,” by Squeeze

If life does indeed imitate art, and Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook’s “Grouch of the Day” represents truth, then all in the world who stress themselves over needless worry should start a club, elect a president, and sing this song to open all of their meetings. Listening to “Grouch of the Day,” as catchy a … Read moreI Love that Song! #10: “Grouch of the Day,” by Squeeze

I Love that Song! #9 (Special Valentine’s Day 2015 Edition): “Leanne,” by the Davenports

Regarding the Davenports’ tremendous new power pop number, “Leanne,” now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, the following is mostly speculation. Well, it’s mostly speculation on my part, weighed down by many questions. A wigged-out, sneaky electric guitar riff, followed by a quickly-rendered, handclap-adorned bridge, leads into the first verse of this catchy, sneaky, … Read moreI Love that Song! #9 (Special Valentine’s Day 2015 Edition): “Leanne,” by the Davenports

I Love that Song! #8: “Don’t Be Mad at Me,” by the Davenports

The subtly pounding, lithe piano run which appoints itself at the start of the Davenports’ achingly beautiful new song, “Don’t Be Mad at Me,” now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, is joined by a gregarious, almost romanticized string section pleased to acquaint itself with a very “Martha, My Dear” ambiance in tow, an … Read moreI Love that Song! #8: “Don’t Be Mad at Me,” by the Davenports