Paul Collins’ latest album is called ‘King of Power Pop’. Ballsy? Nah. He’s earned the right. The veteran musician who co-founded The Nerves, The Breakaways and The Beat is rightfully credited with helping to create that genre of sweet and snappy pop music and partially responsible for all those music journalism references to ‘hooks’ and such. Collins’ music has always been hook-centric and energetic, and he hasn’t bothered to change speeds minutely after years and years of performing (and he’s nearly sixty!).
King of Power Pop!, released on Alive Records last summer, is classic Collins, and keeping in line with his youthful spirit, Collins is peppering his subsequent tour with young and energetic bands (Eric & The Happy Thoughts, Amoebas, etc.), starting out with a stop in Milwaukee, with locals the Midwest Beat and Indiana’s/Chicago’s Half Rats. Before Collins hits Club Garibaldi’s tonight, he plans to stop by the WMSE studios this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. CST to play a live set. Tune in at 91.7 FM on your radio dial or stream live at WMSE.org. If you missed out on the performance, check it out in the WMSE archives.
“C’mon Let’s Go!”
“Doin’ it For the Ladies”