Song 12 of 19 in the …One Last Kiss retread, otherwise known as After the Last Kiss…
Jane Pow were the second of two UK acts on …One Last Kiss (White Town being the other). They liked their guitars, but were more of a modish, 60’s influenced band instead of the prevalent, MBV and C-86 vibe throughout most of the comp. Their song Shutdown had a cool off in the distance piano that began the song, and then a big organ sound Richard Starke’s chorus of I-eye-I-eye’s and then a burst of horns near the end. With all this going one you might think the song was all over the place, but it was concise, catchy two minute pop song. And it really that stood out, not because it was a great pop song, they all were, but the style that was employed. It was a little XTC, a little Jam, a little Squeeze. Slumberland’s cd compiling both Jane Pow albums is still in print, here’s the link to buy it.
mp3: Jane Pow – Shutdown
Besides the uncanny resemblance to Jane Pow in their sound, both bands are on the same label. So here we go from one Slumberland band from 1992 to another Slumberland band in 2008. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart , like Jane Pow seem to be influenced by the same mod, garage and power pop scene. Their songs have a Teenage Fanclub or Boo Radleys feel in the way they employ those gripping power chords and the erm, pained, heartfelt vocals. This Brooklyn band are gearing up for the release of their first full album in early 2009. It was produced by Archie Moore who we’ll be hearing more about when we get to the Velocity Girl song on OLK. In the meantime there’s a slew of singles you have to track down from TPOBPAH on Cloudberry, Slumberland, Atomic Beat and their own self released ep. You have your work cut out for you, since some of these are already out of print. Kids these days, apparently still dig vinyl and limited releases.