Courtesy of lavalamp, we find this curious piece of rock and roll history.
Lesley Gore & The Ramones
One of the trickiest issues with this genre, and one which routinely bedevils me, if whether a band is power pop or not--and it's a question I get asked all the time. Usually, when someone asks me to define the genre, I use Cheap Trick as my example, since they're a band most people know and pretty representative of the form. But The Ramones are trickier, because they're not so decisively in this camp. Nevertheless, I'm always happy to claim them, and this is a prety compelling piece of evidence.
Confession, though, and a request for help: I can't seem to find this song on any of my Ramones records, or on any of the several online discographies I checked. Any idea if it came out, maybe under a different name? Googling The Ramones and Lesley Gore only seems to produce this pic and sites on which they're both discussed seperately. So I'm at a loss. Cordell doesn't seem to be associated with The Ramones until Subterranean Jungle in 1983 (but he's the guy behind the Joan Jett cover of Tommy James and the Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now," so there's a certain kind of operative logic here); Ms. Gore's hair certainly says 1983 to me. (Well, that's what my hair looked like in 1983, anyway.) But the song itself seems lost. Any ideas, pop sleuths?