While its easier to say who in rock and roll influenced power pop, its a lot tougher to pin down who was the “first” power pop artist. Was it The Beatles? The Who? Buddy Holly? Or maybe Badfinger was the first band to gain the label of power pop retroactively?
While the two power pop authors in my last post have a solid set of groups to point to as originators of power pop, they did have a friendly debate about this on Facebook. Carl Cafarelli and Gary Pig Gold talk about the Secret History of Power Pop on Carl’s Blog here.