posted at 10/9/2013 4:00 PM EDT
In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
When I hear "pop" I think the fine line between good and cheese.
Then I think of Journey. lol
I readily admit that if I was 18-23 in 1980, I probably would have been going to Journey shows because of the chicks, but also probably liking Journey. teehheehee
In all seriousness, pop music used to be good until the Beatles came around, or Michael Jackson or Madonna and the record companies realized if they copied a formula, they could recreate the success.
But, once in a while, there is that pop song that has the hook and is wrapped up tight in that 3:30 time spot that is quite good. Then, you get sick of it and never listen to it again for a decade. lol
Banger (like the nickname?), your "definition" of pop music is getting in your way. Pop music, like rock or any music, has the terrible and awful, as well as the "perfect" (as in this thread) and sublime.
Additionally, Journey is not a "pop" band. They're a rock band. I don't know, but I'd put them into classic rock, or maybe they straddle the line. Same with Foreiger. NOT groups that are popular in this forum ... I can tell you that. hahahah. I saw a kid in a talent show who said that his music teacher played, "Don't Stop Believin" for his class, and this kid had never even heard of Journey, but fell in love with the song. Cute, huh? Maybe the music is power pop, or some such thing, but the lyrics are often very upbeat, or about topics for coming of age (love, broken hearts, "waiting for a girl ..." ) , so kids are still drawn to it to this day, for better or worse.
Squeeze is just Squeeze. Never thought of them as a pop band in my life, TBH. They sing "pop rock" perhaps, but they're not a pop band. To each their own, but you have no idea what you're missing if you've never heard the Squeeze Singles album all the way through, from start to finish. Not one bad track, and a ton of fun. "Tempted" and "Black Coffee in Bed" are both on it, for starters ...