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POP Goes The World!

Dec 2018

2018, The Year In Review: “Our Bad”




Despite the rapidly accelerating downward spiral that has been the year of our Lord, 2018 (seriously, all that was missing were the flames), Pop Goes The World is still determined to slap the smiley face emoticon on the end of it like the kick in the ass it deserves.

There were a few things worth salvaging from the dumpster fire that was 2018, and I will play them all for you now!



Caroline Rose “money” from LONER (2018)

Illuminati Hotties “Pressed 2 Death” from Kiss Yr Frenemies (2018)

Lala Lala “I Get Cut” from The Lamb (2018)

Downtown Boys “Fotos y recuerdos” from Fotos y Recuerdos - Single (2018)




Sloan “Spin Our Wheels” from 12 (2018)

The Death Of Pop “700 Spas” from Heads West - EP (2018)

Simon Love “Not If I See You First (Single Version)” from Not If I See You First - Single (2018)

Cornelius “Tonight (feat. Amy Nøhr)” from Tonight (feat. Amy Nøhr) - Single (2018)




Asian Kung-Fu Generation “Re:Re: (2016 Rerecorded)” from Best Hit AKG 2 (2012-2018) (2018)

The Damned “Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow” from Evil Spirits (2018)

Johnny Marr “My Eternal” from Call The Comet (2018)

Shame “concrete” from Songs of Praise (2018)




The Struts “Primadonna Like Me” from Young & Dangerous (2018)

Bad Moves “one thing” from Tell No One (2018)

Mike Krol “An Ambulance” from An Ambulance - Single (2018)

Ty Segall “5 Ft. Tall” from Freedom's Goblin (2018)

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks “Shiggy” from Sparkle Hard (2018)




Ezra Furman “Love You so Bad” from Transangelic Exodus (2018)

Jeff Rosenstock “Usa” from Post (2018)

Barrence Whitfield & the Savages “Caveman” from Ritual of the Savages (2018)




HMLTD “Apple of my eye” from Hate Music Last Time Delete EP (2018)

Frankie and the Witch Fingers “tea” from Drip / Tea - Single (2018)

Hot Snakes “Death Camp Fantasy” from Jericho Sirens (2018)

The Buttertones “Baby C4” from Midnight in a Moonless Dream (2018)

Bass Drum Of Death “Too high” from Just Business (2018)




Magic Shoppe “These Boots Are Made for Dying” from In Parallel (2018)

Lay Llamas “Silver Sun” from Thuban (2018)

The Woolen Men “Brick Horizon” from Post (2018)

Flasher “pressure” from Constant Image (2018)

Peach Kelli Pop “Don't push me” from Gentle Leader (2018)




Fastball “the way” from All the Pain Money Can Buy



Dec 2018

Christmas Wish List



It’s not much, and I’ve been a really good boy!



Tape Deck Mountain “Christmas Time is Here Again” from Christmas Was A Total Bummer (2010)

Minotaurs “don't save it all for christmas day” from Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 4 (2012)

Analog Bell Service “Greedy Kids Can't Sleep” from The Eggnog Experience




Flat Duo Jets “I'll Have a Merry Christmas Without You” from I'll Have a Merry Christmas Without You - Single (1994)

Brendan Hanlon & The Bat Men “Christmas Party” from Christmas Doo Wop & Pop, Vol. 1 (2013)

Rebel Cats “Santa Claus Llego A La Ciudad” from Santa Claus Llego A La Ciudad

Kenny Vance & The Planotones “Mr. Santa” from Mr. Santa (2007)

JD McPherson “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)” from Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights) - Single (2012)




Little Jackie “Mrs.Claus Ain't Got Nothin' On Me” from Mrs.Claus Ain't Got Nothin' On Me

Little Isidore “Party Hard” from Party Hard

Rosie Thomas “Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year?” from A Very Rosie Christmas! (Expanded Edition)

The Boy Least Likely To “Happy Christmas Baby” from Christmas Special (2010)

The Waking Hours “Winter Wonderland” from A Very Waking Hours Christmas




The Crookes “It's Just Christmas Without You” from It's Just Christmas Without You

Hurts “All I Want for Christmas Is New Year's Day” from Happiness (2010)

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers “Abominable Snowman in the Market” from Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers (1976)

The Flaming Lips “Christmas At the Zoo” from Clouds Taste Metallic (1995)

Los Campesinos “Kindle The Flame Of Her Heart” from Kindle The Flame Of Her Heart




The Futureheads “Christmas Was Better In The 80s” from Christmas Was Better In The 80s - Single

The Vandals “Oi to the World!” from Oi To the World (1996)

Me First & the Gimme Gimmes “My Favorite Tings” from My Favorite Tings

Bad Religion “white christmas” from Christmas Songs (2013)

Julian Casablancas “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” from We Love Green 2015 (2015)




Wintersleep “Little drummer boy” from Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 4

The Rescues “Everything's Gonna Be Better Next Year” from Blah Blah Love and War

Glam Chops “Countdown to Christmas” from Festivus (2012)

Pointed Sticks “Power Pop Santa” from Christmas Single - Single (2012)




Fun. “Believe in me” from Believe in me - Single

Voodoo Glow Skulls “Feliz navidad” from Baile de los Locos

The dB's “Holiday Spirit” from Christmas Time Again (2015)

The Ravers “(It's Gonna Be A) Punk Rock Christmas” from Punk Rock Christmas

B-Lines “I'm Watching TV On Christmas Day” from B-Lines EP




The Grip Weeds “Christmas, Bring Us” from Under the Influence of Christmas

Darker My Love “Snow is Falling” from The Christmas Gig: Two Thousand Ten (2010)

The Walkmen “Holiday Road (Lindsey Buckingham Cover)” from Holiday Road (Lindsey Buckingham cover)




Sparks “Do-re-mi” from A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing (1973)

Dec 2018

Are you sure you want to POP?



Manic Street Preachers “Underdogs” from Send Away the Tigers (2007)
Menswear “stardust” from Nuisance (1995)
The Mooney Suzuki “99%” from Have Mercy (2007)
The Hold Steady “Slapped Actress” from Stay Positive (2008)



Los Lobos “Peace (Live At the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1992)” from Just Another Band From East L.A.: A Collection (1993)
Tiny Danza “Beat Fly” from You Could Have It All (2011)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood” from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)
David Bowie “Sound and Vision (2017 Remastered Version)” from Low (2017 Remastered Version) (1977)



David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust (acapella)” from Ziggy Stardust (acapella)
The Cure “Like Cockatoos” from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
Failure “Enjoy the Silence” from For the Masses (1998)
Morrissey “The Last of the Famous International Playboys (2010 Remaster)” from Bona Drag (Remastered) (1990)
The Delaplains “Statues” from Gypsy Blood - Single (2013)



Literature “Apples” from Arab Spring
The Damned “I Just Can't Be Happy Today” from Machine Gun Etiquette (1977)
Sparks “This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us” from Kimono My House (1974)
XTC “This Is Pop?” from White Music (1978)



The Frights “You Are Going to Hate This” from You Are Going To Hate This (2016)
The Riverdales “Outta sight” from Riverdales (1995)
Ramones “I Don't Want to Grow Up” from Adios Amigos (1995)
Baby Bee “High Heel Leather Boots” from The Shaker - EP (2013)



Faith No More “Faster Disco” from Introduce Yourself (1987)
The Go! Team “The Power Is On” from Thunder, Lightning, Strike (2004)
Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) “Japanese War Tuba” from The Great Collapse




Roxy Music “Love is the Drug” from Siren (1975)
Mink Deville “Let Me Dream If I Want To” from Love and Emotion (1981)
The Strypes “You Can't Judge a book By the Cover” from Blue Collar Jane EP
The Rebels of Tijuana “Johnny Marr” from La bourgeoise



Mother's Children “What's Your Problem Now?” from Are You Tough Enough (2011)
The Dialated Pupils “white night” from white night
Five Eight “Karaoke” from Weirdo (1994)
Jay Reatard “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” from Watch Me Fall (Bonus Track Version) (2009)
Hüsker Dü “Makes No Sense at All” from Flip Your Wig (1985)



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Dec 2018

POP The Galaxy




Brendan Benson “The Light of Day” from What Kind of World (2012)

Poole “Loon” from Alaska Days (1995)

Wilco “Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway (Again)” from Summerteeth (1999)

Frank Black “Headache” from Teenager Of The Year (1994)




Material Issue “Kim the Waitress” from Freak City Soundtrack (1994)

Jason Falkner “Evangeline” from All Quiet On the Noise Floor (2009)

Redd Kross “Stay Away from Downtown” from Researching the Blues (2012)

Sloan “Gimme that” from Action Pact (2004)




The Posies “Fall Apart with Me” from Success (1998)

Guided By Voices “Glad Girls” from Isolation Drills (2001)

Ryan Adams “Boys” from Rock N Roll (2003)

The Replacements “Alex Chilton” from Pleased to Meet Me (1987)




Cheap Trick “Hello There” from In Color (1977)

The Breakaways “Walking out on Love” from Walking Out On Love: The Lost Sessions (2009)

Julie Ocean “#1 Song” from Long Gone and Nearly There (2008)

4 Out Of 5 Doctors “Waiting for Roxanne” from Second Opinion (1982)

Sad Lovers & Giants “Colourless Dream” from Epic Garden Music (1981)




Kula Shaker “Ballad of a Thin Man” from Kollected - The Best Of Kula Shaker (2002)

The Twilight Singers “Teenage Wristband” from Blackberry Belle (2003)

Brian Stevens “Every Night She Glows” from Prettier Than You (2004)

Phil Seymour “Looking For The Magic” from Archive Series Volume 1 (1980)




Islands “Hallways” from A Sleep & a Forgetting (Deluxe Edition) (2012)

Hello “Games Up” from The Glam Singles Collection (2001)

Vibeke Saugestad “Tonight” from The World Famous Hat Trick (2008)

Kim Fowley “25 Hours a Day” from Living In the Streets (2005)




The Chuddy Nuddies “Do the Chud” from Unearthed: Liverpool Cult Classics, Vol. 1 (2001)

Inspiral Carpets “Saturn 5” from Devil Hopping (1994)

The Woodentops “love train” from Giant (1986)

The Buttertones “Boat Lingo” from American Brunch (2016)

Radioactive Kids “Love Will Tear Us Apart” from Radioactive Kids (2013)




The Spits “don't shoot” from s/t (2003)

Supernova “Vitamins” from Ages 3 and Up (1995)

Lost Sounds “I Get Nervous” from Lost Sounds (2004)

The #1S “Heartsmash” from The Number Ones (2014)

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