Pure Pop Radio’s Hall of Fame Inducts Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway (Atlantic, 1999)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio What Is It? Pure Pop Radio’s Hall of Fame celebrates unparalleled work in the field of melodic pop music. All kinds of melodic pop are eligible for induction, from soft-pop to power-pop and all points in-between. Country-pop, bubblegum, art-pop and the like are welcome. Singles, EPs, and albums … Read morePure Pop Radio’s Hall of Fame Inducts Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway (Atlantic, 1999)

New on Pure Pop Radio 7.21.16

    Spins and Reviews | 7.21.16 | by Alan Haber Cheerful ear worms for a Thursday… Brain Circus | Brain Circus Smashing collection of impossible-to-resist songs performed in grand style by ace songwriter and keyboard wizard Brian Curtis, late of the much-loved band the Oohs. Thirteen numbers in all, Brain Circus, performed entirely by Curtis, provides ample … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio 7.21.16

I Love that Album! #1: Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway (1999)

Fountains of Wayne | Utopia Parkway (Atlantic, 1999) by Alan Haber If Frank Capra had made a movie based on the songs populating Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway album, he might have called it It’s a Mundane Life. For 14 songs, Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood explore the normal, everyday concerns of a population of … Read moreI Love that Album! #1: Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway (1999)

Curry Cuts Path to the ’80s for Retro-riffic British Invasion Compilation

(Win a copy of Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion and a Reign t-shirt by filling in the form below. Be sure to type “Reign” in the Comments section. There is a quick turnaround on this contest: Entries must be received by tomorrow night, December 12, at midnight ET. The winner will … Read moreCurry Cuts Path to the ’80s for Retro-riffic British Invasion Compilation

I Love that Song! #3: “Red Dragon Tattoo” by Fountains of Wayne

Amongst the parade of sad sacks, losers and miscreants that populate the breadth of Fountains of Wayne’s considerable catalog, the guy who gets a gnarly tattoo in an effort to woo and then snag a girl he’s got his eye on is top of the screwy, creepy guy molehill. Never has anyone worked so hard … Read moreI Love that Song! #3: “Red Dragon Tattoo” by Fountains of Wayne