Monday, February 27, 2012

Paul Collins’ Beat “The Kids are the Same”

(Get Hip) It’s appropriate that this power pop classic was released on Get Hip, because if any power pop devotee (or just plain pop fan) has never heard this early 80s gem you need to get hip, quick. I suppose his hairline might not have been as MTV-friendly as it had been the prior decade when he kept time for the Nerves, but Collins sure had the hooks to hit it big in the 80s, and it’s a mystery and shame why these surefire-hits were never bonafide hits. The handsome reissue of a sophomore slump-defying should-be classic makes a good argument for the Beat as the new Beatles, and even if it’s 30 years late, this needs to be loved

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