Thursday, 30 March 2017

Power Pop Sampler: V.A. - Buttons (From Champaign To Chicago) 2012 in Flac & mp3

Maybe it's something in the water (or in Old Style beer), but Illinois has a rich history as the Midwest's Mecca for power pop; in the 1970s and early ‘80s, the Land of Lincoln was home to hundreds of bands that were serving up soaring melodies, guitar-powered hooks, earnest vocal harmonies, dancefloor-filling rhythms, and as much Beatles-like personality as they could muster. Cheap Trick were the Illinois band who were able to sell updated pop to the masses that filled the arenas, and Shoes proved a band could rise from a basement studio and score a major-label deal and international attention, but the vast majority of Illinois power pop bands played the clubs for a few years, left behind some demo tapes or self-released singles, and then vanished without a trace.
The archivists at the Numero Group pay loving homage to the glory days of Illinois power pop with Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago, a compilation that features 19 lost classics of Midwest pop, most of which are as hopelessly obscure as any record collector could wish. Shoes are represented with one early track, "In My Arms Again," but for the rest of the acts, claims to fame are a bit dubious -- the Names were featured in the memorably clumsy low-budget horror flick Terror on Tour, the Vertebrats' "Left in the Dark" was later covered by the Replacements and Uncle Tupelo (Numero Group, of course, has chosen to feature their lesser-known "Diamonds in the Rough" instead), and the All Night Newsboys were the victims of a notorious practical joke in which their roadie was paid to vanish with their gear the night they were set to open for Heart and John Cougar Mellencamp, with several major-label scouts in attendance. And while most of these bands came of age in the New Wave era, "Be for Me" by the Jets, recorded in 1973, makes it clear that the pop underground was lurking about in Illinois long before skinny ties made their comeback.
The pleasant surprise is how uniformly good these bands are -- while a few tunes mostly get by on their energy and charm, "It's a Miracle" by the Names is a brilliant Cheap Trick rip; "Holiday" by Nines is manna from Farfisa heaven; "So Lifelike" by the Jerks is a sly and catchy variation on the theme of the Who's "Pictures of Lily," and if Band of Jocks had the worst name ever, "At Practice" is pretty brilliant. Anyone who ever had a taste for a cool hook in the pre-Reagan era will fall like a ton of bricks for Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago, and younger pop enthusiasts will be wowed by its strength and variety.(

Hello Folks, i post this collection of very good power pop from the Midwest of the US in both, Flac and mp3. If you pick the mp3 you can take only the music without the artwork because the second link is only the complete artwork.The music is in link 1. But i recommend to take the artwork because it is a giant booklet full of information and photographs. Really nice. The Flac link is limited till 2017-04-14. 

If you are a power popster grab it because here are really great songs in the collection. Contra Band, The Jets, The Shoes, The Names, Paul, The Vertebrats, Nines and a lot other fine stuff will kick you ... .
           SB1   New Flac
             mp3 Link1   You need link1 for the album and link 2 for the (great) artwork!  Link2


  1. Awesome power pop compilation!
    Flac link doesn't work.
    Many thanks for your fantastic work.

    1. The Flac link is fixed.

      Kind regards