(ed. note – It seems like the new Chris Richards CD is a big hit here at The Rock and Roll Report. Aaron Kuperberg gave it a rave back in April and Scott Homewood seems to enjoy it as well. Two reviews for the price of one! Sounds like a keeper!)
Let me tell you: nothing gets me ready for the summer quite like a great power pop record! I can remember when I was eighteen and driving the first car I had bought myself. I had just graduated high school and was determined to celebrate the hell out of the Summer before going to college in the Fall. The car was a gift I had bought myself as I was sick of bumming rides off friends and just hanging around waiting for someone else to take me somewhere. It was MINE, dammit! Nothing is quite like that feeling when you’re that young, having your own car and being alone on the road without your parents driving with you (or driving you) and being able to go where you want to go when you want to go there – the whole calling your own shots thing. The first thing I used to do after inserting the key into the ignition and starting it up was turn on the radio and try to find some sort of driving rock and roll I could sing (poorly) along to. Cheap Trick, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Greg Kihn (c’mon – you know you love it) – and all the other great catchy new wave of the day just made driving as fast as you could more fun than it should’ve been.