This month's theme is Power Pop. These are the kind of songs that should please just about any listener - with enough of a melody for true pop fans mix with sufficient musicianship to please your average Spin Subscriber.
Sparky's Dream - Teenage Fanclub
I have no idea what this song is about, but I love it. So many great bands emerge from the British Isles in the 90s, that some like Teenage Fanclub got lost in the mix and never quite received their due. This is a perfect little piece of power pop heaven - an exquisite interplay of guitar and vocals. Lovely stuff.
Someone Who's Cool - The Odds
Truth be told, I was never a fan of the vast majority of this Vancouver-based band's output, but this song was one of the finest to come out of Canada in the 90s. A perfect blend of guitar riffs with wonderfully turned phrases have made it a permanent resident on my iPod.
Wall Come Tumbling Down - Style Council
Remember this one? If not, you should get to know it. The Council had a wonderful pedigree but were a bit short-lived due to Paul Weller's ever changing muse. The somewhat topical lyrics are thankfully drowned out by the impressive horns and backing vocals. Do not waste another minute - download it now!