POWER POP POST XPLOSION!
Milk 'N Cookies are a band from the New York scene of the 70's that played in the shadows of bands like the Ramones and Talking Heads at CBGB's and Max's. Caught somewhere along the lines of proto-punk post-glam pre-twee, Milk 'N Cookies are coated in bubblegum and excess.
I dare you not to like this song.
Check out their sole LP, recorded in '75 but released in '77, HERE!
the exploding hearts!
A power pop/punk band formed in 2001 in Portland. In fact, they are one of the best punk bands I've heard post-original wave. Undeniably retro in approach, they wear their influences (along with their hearts?) on their sleeve(s)... but they manage to sound fresh even while recycling the past. Every song on their album Guitar Romantic is incredibly well-constructed and catchy... it's just begging for you to sing-a-long. Tragically, three out of four members of the band were killed in a van crash on July 19, 2003, after the driver fell asleep at the wheel. A short end to a promising young band, but they left us one album- which you can obtain here .
Here is a memorial video with the track "I'm A Pretender," my personal favorite from the album:
"just won't cry cause my life's goin' by
i'll find someone before the day i die"