We will be continuing to add to this playlist throughout 2017 with music videos that represent #THENEWROCKNROLL and #POPPOWER!!! Thus far, we have Hunck, Middle Kids, Julie’s Haircut, Findlay, Chicano Batman, Lakeshore, FKJ, Ninjaspy, Fawns of Love, Secret Space and Fear Control. So FOLLOW FOLLOW FOLLOW!!! … still there’s more Continue Reading
Quite a few music videos and new releases out in the Singapore music scene as we head towards the biggest local music festival of the year this weekend — Baybeats 2016!
Back in the early 90s, when Nirvana were top of the charts, alternative rock became the ‘in-thing’ and suddenly, the so-called ‘corporate rock’ of the 80s was something to be disdained by the grunge generation. Despite being critically reviled, here are seven examples of great rock songs that deserve a revaluation.
A heartbreaking music video for JAWN’s “Chase Away the Dark”. The story is rooted in the fantastical & the real, simultaneously. Seriously, this is a powerful short film in its own right. JAWN’s debut EP is available on streaming on both Spotify and Apple Music, and if you want to support Continue Reading
At a time where there are millions of causes to get behind, some pretentious music-hating moron starts a petition to ‘stop’ Phil Collins from coming out of retirement. Over 2,000 people have signed the petition and of course, the music press gleefully reports about this juicy bit of ‘news’.
One of the best parts of having a new Star Wars movie this year is – apart from the film itself – the creativity demonstrated by hardcore fans. Here’s a heartfelt tribute to the original trilogy set to the score on the latest The Force Awakens trailer by Medley Weaver Continue Reading
It’s always intriguing to have two opposing ideas build up to a contrast in a music video. And this is why the music video for THELIONCITYBOY’s new single “All Night Feat Sezairi, Mr Boo” works despite the inevitable clunky acting. The song itself is quite lightweight pop with local crooner Continue Reading
Re-watched the fabulous Brian Wilson biopic, Love and Mercy recently and of course, I spent most of it with a lump in my throat. Isn’t that what Brian Wilson/The Beach Boys has always been about – the emotions? So I decided to present to you, my faithful PoP visitors, eight Continue Reading
If I wasn’t aware that “Magic Cup” was a new song, I would be at a loss to identify which decade it was made in. The blues riffs, the swampy rhythm section, the distorted vocals and the general shambolic vibe evoke 60s garage rock effortlessly. I would not have been Continue Reading
Regular PoP visitors will be aware that I am a massive Beatles fan. The Fab Four (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo Starr) were the first band I ever obsessed over as a teenager and Abbey Road – the band’s final LP – was the first album I Continue Reading
Although it mainly consists of vocals, guitar, strings and a smattering of piano notes, there is a certain dynamism and power that distinguishes Brett Randell’s new single “Rise”. Randell’s voice isn’t too sugary and in fact is rather nasal at times but it conveys the emotion well on this uplifting Continue Reading
I will be honest (when am I not?) – I first noticed Gayle Nerva in a tour video of I Hate This Place in Japan sometime ago and was struck by her effervescent personality. Then, it was her lovely voice and then her heartfelt ballads that got my firm attention. Continue Reading
Stefan Reyners hails from Wellington, N.Z. and makes the kind of time-honoured smart & quirky pop that recalls the likes of Elvis Costello, Squeeze and Split Enz. Reyners is getting a new EP ready and “Saturday Afternoon” provides a good taster of what to expect. Check it out below. https://www.facebook.com/sareyners
What goes up must come down. In 1979, riding on the popularity of the Saturday Night’s Fever film soundtrack, the Bee Gees‘ Spirits (Having Flown) sold almost 20 million copies. I still remember heading down to the Kwang Sia record store at North Bridge Road where the LP was literally Continue Reading
KAMCO Music will re-issue The Crowd’s Pop album this coming Friday, 10th April. So I was thinking – what could I do to raise awareness about this event? Well, as you all know, a lyric video of one of the songs might do the trick. And so, I put together Continue Reading
Finally! The lyric video for “I Want What I Can’t Have” is online. I want to thank film-maker Michael Lim for putting this together in a very short time. This video release is the first one under KAMCO Music’s distribution deal with Believe Digital and I want to thank Syaheed Continue Reading
I grew up in the 60s and thus Star Trek was a massive influence on my love for science fiction and space opera. Leonard Nimoy in his role as Mr. Spock was instrumental in making Star Trek the iconic series it has become almost 50 years later. Nimoy passed away Continue Reading
Brian Wilson has a new album – No Pier Pressure – coming out soon. The album will be released on Capitol Records on April 7th 2015 and will be produced by Joe Thomas. Main concern – Thomas tends to favour a very professional slick sound which somewhat flattens out any of Continue Reading
Singapore readers! No, this isn’t a political post!! Check out what’s new in the world of music video.
This came out on Christmas Eve but better late than never as Cherie Ko hams it up as forlorn & neglected housewife on this official music video for “Oh, Louie”. The song is suitably retro and thus Power of Pop fans would eat this up ravenously and the video has sufficient Continue Reading
Forget about how small Singapore is or how you need to sing in the native tongue in order to play overseas, singer-songwriter Nicholas Chim has broken all these rules to find acceptance in Germany! Well, don’t just take my word for it, check out his Tour Diaries below. Official Site
So here it is! As impossible as it may sound (and there are probably quite a few deserving bands/artists omitted), we have a Top 25 PoP Hall of Fame list for your consideration, presented as a YouTube playlist. Enjoy … … still there’s more …
Regular PoP visitors will be aware of my affection for Vancouver band JPNSGRLS and that their debut album, Circulation, is one of my faves of 2014. So, was pretty stoked to take a look at their latest MV for the title track, which is really hot! Frontman Charlie Kerr literally Continue Reading
After a 4-year hiatus, The Decembrists have announced that its new album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, will be released on January 20, 2015. From the sounds of the preview track – “Make You Better”, it’s the sort of pleasing alt-folk-pop that the band is returning to, which Continue Reading