SHE’S GOT THE POWER! is the follow-up to our 'Girls Go Power
Pop!' collection of female-fronted bands from the 80s and 90s, and
the sisterly companion to 'Come On Let’s Go!' and 'Rockets Of
Love!', our two volumes of male Power Pop.
The term Power Pop was coined by Pete Townshend in 1967 to
highlight the difference between the Who and competitors such as
Herman’s Hermits. These days, the definition of the term has
become more wide-ranging. Blondie’s ‘Hanging On The Telephone’,
for instance, was regarded as new wave or punk in 1978, but with
the benefit of hindsight it’s more Power Pop than anything else.
This new compilation includes many more examples of the blurring
of lines: the Dollyrots’ pop-punk mash-up of the Crystals and the
Ramones is a rush of adrenalin and sweetness, the Donnas instil
enough pop into metal to lighten its heaviness, Bad Moves add pop
to indie, Lydia Loveless somehow squeezes pop into cow-punk, the
Launderettes pour greasy honey over garage-rock, and the
Courettes add a dash of Spectoresque candy over their tough retro-
rock – but the point is that it’s all pop with power.