V/A - DIY: come out and play - american power pop i (1975-78)

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Hitting $20 these days. https://www.discogs.com/Various-DIY-Come-Out-And-Play-American-Power-Pop-I-1975-78/release/1086087

"5 stars. Power-pop benefited from the punk explosion, since it had as much to do with the rock & roll mainstream as with the punks. In the wake of the Ramones and Sex Pistols, straightforward, guitar-driven power-pop bands had a greater audience than before, since more listeners were aware of the existence of such music. And if the ringing pop on D.I.Y.: Come Out and Play: American Power Pop I has more to do with the British Invasion than the Damned, it shares the same kinetic energy and vital spirit as punk, especially since many of the bands on this collection were doggedly releasing independent records and touring in the late '70s to a dedicated cult following. There are no hits on Come Out on Play -- Cheap Trick, the one marquee name on the compilation, is represented by the dynamic album track "Southern Girls" -- but that doesn't mean it's a collection of also-rans and mediocrities. Instead, these songs are the foundation of the first wave of power pop, and many of the artists here -- Pezband ("Baby It's Cold Outside"), the Nerves ("Hanging on the Telephone"), Artful Dodger ("Wayside"), Chris Stamey ("Summer Sun"), Tommy Hoehn ("Blow Yourself Up"), the Paley Brothers ("Come Out and Play"), Fotomaker ("Where Have You Been All My Life"), and Chris Bell ("I Am the Cosmos" -- have become legendary in certain circles. As a result, Come Out and Play serves as a terrific introduction to the world of power pop, but it's better seen as a collection of some of the best and catchiest pop singles that slipped through the cracks in the late '70s" - AMG

"5 stars. There are 4 "pop" collections, 2 each for the U.S. and the U.K. The U.S. collections are less stylistically varied but considerably more fun and tuneful, since British pop often goes over my head (see: XTC, for starters, who I am starting to love). This collection covers the "early" years of US power pop, 1975-1978, which means it misses the Raspberries and Big Star but still gets many of the major players. Very highly recommended, snag this while its around!

Best Tracks:
"Shake Some Action" - Stones meets Beatles anthem. One of the Groovies' best and that's saying something, this has a great chorus and some tidy guitar work.
"Wayside" - Big Star acoustics give way to something that's equal parts power pop, hard rock, and pure genius rock and roll.
"Hit The Floor" - More great guitar and a booming mix make this Earth Quake's best original. The most raw and rocking song here, it's a song just waiting to be discovered by bar bands everywhere.
"Can't Wait" - Why are the Piper CD's out of print? Billy Squier's best work was done with this unknown band, and this track is nearly perfect.
"Blow Yourself Up" - Off-kilter drum work and Tommy Hoehn's alternately strong/shaky voice showcase this shoulda-been-a-classic.
"Why Can't It Be" - The Names are one of the totally unknown bands on this compilation and this was a fine single. Wild drumming and very Eric-Carmen vocals, the liner notes slam the production, but it's great for a 70's indie.

"Come Out And Play" - Cheesy? Yes, but this song has such great hooks that it's a worthy power pop song by anyone's standards. Better than today's teen pop by far.: - Amazon Review

1. Shake Some Action - Flamin' Groovies
2. Baby It's Cold Outside - Pezband
3. Hanging On The Telephone - The Nerves
4. Wayside - Artful Dodger
5. Hit The Floor - Earthquake
6. Can't Wait - Piper
7. When You Find Out - The Nerves
8. The Summer Sun - Chris Stamey
9. Blow Yourself Up - Tommy Hoehn
10. My Mind - The Scruffs
11. Why Can't It Be - The Names
12. Southern Girls - Cheap Trick
13. All Kinds Of Girls - The Real Kids
14. Come Out And Play - The Paley Brothers
15. Where Have You Been All My Life - Fotomaker
16. Stop! Wait A Minute - Pezband
17. Christi Girl - The Flash Cubes
18. Tired Of Waking Up Tired - The Diodes

19. I Am The Cosmos - Chris Bell