Sunday, May 5, 2013

V.A. Powerpearls (1979-1982) Volume One

(All cover scans by Roberto)

(A re-up, let me know if you want to see the rest of the series...)

A quick history from one of the Powerpearls creators:
The comps started back in 1998 with #1 and ended 2003 with #10. There was another one planned called "Best of Powerpearls", but was not realized due to less interest of the customers.
You might know the Killed by Death and Bloodstains compilations, which were focused on punk rock in the 90's. We thought it's a good idea to give people an idea of the more poppy part of punk. The idea was to release just one track of every band. There was much interest in punk and power pop record collection end of the 90's. Extremely high prices were paid for the original records. For example the Fingers on PP #4 reached $3000-4000.
It's good to know that there are still a lot people around who love the music. Nowadays it's so easy with mp3, no vinyl to need...


Volume One of Powerpearls is stellar set of mod-punk-power-pop-new-wave ravers that, while predominantly of UK origin, also includes other European nations, some Commonwealthers like Canada and New Zealand and a couple of American bands.

* Everyday, Everyway (Really Thirds, UK, 1981, from only 7")
* One Out All Out (Straight Up, UK 1979, from only 7" [split with Justin Case])
* Feel The Pain (Bureaucrats, Canada, 1980, from only 7")
* Language School (Tours, UK, 1979, from 1.7")
* Modern Time (Gents, Germany, 1980, from 2.7")
* One Last Night (Atlantics, UK, 1979, from only 7"?)
* Nora's Diary (Jimmy Edwards, UK, 1979, from 1.7")
* That Girl (Techtones, New Zealand, 1980, from 1.7")
* Who's Kissing You (Famous Players, UK, 1980, from only 7")
* Fashion (Tweed, France, 1979, from only 7")
* It Doesn't Bother Me (Distractions, UK, 1979, from 2.7")
* Playing With Fire (TV21, UK, 1980, from 1.7")
* The Kids Are Dancing (News, USA, 1978, from only 7")
* It's Your Birthday (Fastbacks, USA, 1981, from 1.7")
* Susan's Day (Rousers, Holland, 1980, from 3.7")
* No Fear (Squares, UK, 1978, from 1.7")
* Liberty (Small World, UK, 1982, from 1.7")
* Blast The Pop! (Local Heroes, UK, 1980, from only 7")

This re-furbished, re-upped series needs to be re-enforced by some reactions (i.e. COMMENTS) from you, dear re-readers!


  1. Time to have your say here in the COMMENTS section, Powerpearls fans!

  2. LOVE this series, and would absolutely vote for a full re-posting, as I've had trouble tracking down some volumes. Great mix of totally obscure, not-so-much, and classic singles from well known bands.

  3. (Vol. 2 has some all-time classics)

  4. I'm all for a whole repost, too !

  5. yes please repost them all, brilliant compilations these, also like to see Billy Bragg stuff reposts too one day, thank you for a super blog.

  6. If anyone is interested but hesitating, don't! Download now and get ready for fun. Even if you know most of the tracks (which would really be saying something) you'll benefit from having them in one nice comp, and I bet you'll also find a few new favorites.

    Like most such series it peter out after awhile, but at least the first few are essential and even the later ones have tracks you won't want to miss.

    I believe I first got this great series here on this fantastic site, so let me also express my thanks. I was playing a bunch of these a few weeks back while simultaneously needing to let out some angst AND to feel some happiness. Just the stuff for that.

    Ace K.

  7. Thanks for posting this up here and yes, repost them all!

  8. Many thanks for this gem and yes please repost all. cheers xo

  9. I picked this up last time you had it posted and I've shared it with everyone I know. Great stuff. Thanks for all you do Jeffers. As the music blog world gets smaller and smaller, it's nice to know you're still standing strong.

  10. Powerpop is such an underrated genre. Love seeing these discs reposted. Keep up the good work.

  11. Powerpop is such an underrated genre. Love seeing these discs reposted. Keep up the good work.

  12. Great stuff - thanks! More please!

  13. Thanks for reposting. Yes I would love to have all the rest as well. I lost everything in a hard drive burnout.

  14. Yeahhh We all need more powerpop pearls !!!

    Thanks fo re-up

  15. I love these. How do I download Volume 1?

  16. keep 'em coming! I need Vol. 6 & 8

  17. Brilliant. Very excited to hear this. If you have the energy to upload the rest of the series I will be your best friend.

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  19. Looking forward to hearing all three of these as I've heard a lot about them, but never actually picked them up.


    Brian Guy

  20. Please keep re-upping these great compilations. The world needs this in it.


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