Friday, September 19, 2008

The Reemergence Of The Green Monkey



Lately, I just feel like making a mix tape. Is there anyone else who wants to play?

Let's go for Volume 11 of the Green Monkey Music Project!

The theme for this project is going to be POWER POP. If you need a refresher/tutorial/clue, please feel free to peruse this Wikipedia entry to get a basic sense of what constitutes power pop.

I am not looking to be extremely stringent about what falls into the category. For me, it's up-front drums playing a mid-tempo beat, the guitars are loud and cutting, and the melody is catchy, even pretty.

For example, Cheap Trick's "Surrender" is an absolutely perfect power pop song. And that's going to be what kicks off this edition of the GMMP.

How about we have five participants, each allotted eight songs to play with? With me participating, that leaves four other people to sign up!

Please note: There is one minor though important change to this volume of the GMMP. Participants should be prepared to supply every song they submit to this mix (if I don't have the song or am unable to obtain it, I'm going to be asking you for it).

Okay. I feel better now.

LET'S ROCK!!!!!!!!!!


UPDATE:

Alright, alright, since the monkey has been gone for so long, I will let all people that have requested participation into the mix (besides, you can't have too much power pop).

So, here are the participants:

Splotchy
Bubs
Domboy
Allen L.
Tenacious S
Westcoast Walker
Lulu

Just post your selections as a comment on this post, fellow monkeyers. Remember, if I can't find the song, you'll be expected to come up with it.

22 comments:

Bubs said...

PLEASE PICK ME!?! OOH, OOH, PLEASE?

Splotchy said...

Bubs, you have the power and you have the pop. Welcome aboard.

domboy said...

I want this chance more than I've wanted anything.

Allen L. said...

ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME
ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME
Please?

Tenacious S said...

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Mother may I?

Dale said...

I was thinking of the Monkey the other day since selections pop up with the logo on my mp3 player all the time. Can't hardly wait to hear more goodness.

Westcoast Walker said...

d'oh - I think I'm too late!

lulu said...

Me? Please? And if the Monkey is back up for good, just a reminder that I earned my Monkey Master status or whatever it was called and was supposed to be able to pick a theme.

Splotchy said...

Okay, here are my tracks:

01. Surrender - Cheap Trick
02. Twist Top - The Clean
03. Substitute - The Who
04. In A Big Country - Big Country
05. Life on the Line - The Raincoats
06. Go All The Way - The Raspberries
07. Boys Don't Lie - Shoes
08. The Electric Version - The New Pornographers

Allen L. said...

1. Everybody's Girl - Rick Springfield
2. I Wanna Be With You - The Raspberries.
3. My Life Still Sucks (in a Bad Way) - The Andersons
4. I Knew The Bride - Dave Edmunds
5. Starry Eyes - The Records
6. If I Had You Back - The Rubinoos
7. Where Have You Been All My Life? - Fotomaker
8. Your Daddy Don't Know - Toronto
(Bonus Track[s])
Your Daddy Don't Know - The New Pornographers.
I Knew The Bride - The Knack

Bubs said...

I notice that so far no one has taken the obvious choices of My Sharona by the Knack or What I Like About You by the Romantics

My choices:

Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand
Dreaming Blondie
Cruel to be Kind Nick Lowe
Crawling to the USA Elvis Costello
Girls Talk Dave Edmunds
Everybody's Happy Nowadays The Buzzcocks
Ever Fallen in Love The Buzzcocks
Basket Case Green Day

Alternates:

I Melt With You Modern English
What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding Elvis Costello

Allen L. said...

Actually, I'm still tightening. I might change my Rubinoos track to "I wanna Be Your Boyfriend" Haven't decided. Maybe it's a bonus. Ugh....just eight!?!?!?

Splotchy said...

Allen, for now let's stick to eight. I might weaken later, though.

Wasn't that Rubinoos song the one they sued Avril Lavigne over? That alone makes it worthy of inclusion.

Allen L. said...

Yes! I will change to that because.....
I have a great mashup of the two. Avril has no leg to stand on.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Bubs rocks.

Tenacious S said...

Okee Dokee,
Here's my interpretation of power pop:
1. Town Called Malice-The Jam
2. do Anything You Wanna Do-Eddie and the Hot Rods
3.Better Things-The Kinks
4. Cynical Girl-Marshall Crenshaw
5. Suddenly Cool-The Methadones
6.Terror Bends-My Teenage Stride
7. Rubella-Smoking Popes
8. You Made Me Like It-1990s

There were too many to pick from. I wanted to include some newer stuff as well. I may have to edit the list.

dguzman said...

OH MY GOSH! This is so cool! I love you, Splotch! I love that little monkey!

And Bubs totally rocks.

lulu said...

Here we go

1. Friday on My Mind--Easybeats
2. I've Been Waiting--Matthew Sweet
3. There She Goes--The Las
4. Heart--Rockpile
5. Less Than Zero--Elvis Costello
6. Jailbreak--Thin Lizzy
7. Girl of My Dreams--Bram Tchaikovsky
8. Going Down to Liverpool--The Bangles

I think they all fit the Power Pop criteria, don't they?

This is fun, thanks for reviving the Monkey!

Tenacious S said...

Lulu has a problem with my pick of Better Things by the Kinks. If you want to, I'd be cool with substituting Back of My Hand by The Jags. So much to choose from! Great old stuff and new bands churning out the same hummable drummable happy music.

lulu said...

I don't really have a problem, it's just that Better Things always makes me cry, and I associate power pop with happy.

domboy said...

I’ve thought long and hard for this:

“Ca Plane Pour Moi” – Plastic Bertrand
“The Don” - The View
“Crazy Taxi” – Andy Hui
“Mr Brightside” – The Killers
“Get Over You” – The Undertones
“Baby Talk” – Generation X / Billy Idol
“Go Square Go!” – Glasvegas
“We’re All Going To Die” – Malcolm Middleton
“Jet Boy Jet Girl”* – Elton Mortello (*extra special bonus track)

I uploaded the songs just in case:
www.wrongdesign.com/splotchy/powerpop.zip

Distributorcap said...

i gotta get in the next round