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Pop! Radio

by Gary Ritchie

Big beat classic power pop with one foot in British Invasion and the other in the NOW! Timeless melodies. You'll be singing before the second verse comes around. Think Badfinger, Raspberries, Pezband, The Records, The Wonders, The Knack, Nick Lowe.. etc
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SUMMER COMES & GOES, BUT POP! RADIO WILL LAST FOREVER!!! GRAB 1... or 5

And WOW! What a great price!!!!

"Power Pop fans who remember "Kyle", and "Who's Cryin' Now" by Chicago's LOOSE LIPS back in the 80's will enjoy GARY RITCHIE's full length cd "POP! RADIO". Vocalist/Drummer Ritchie gets strong support from fellow LOOSE LIP Jeff King. Melodic songs like; "I'll Be There", "Last Night" and "Out of Style" recalls the FUN of the original BRITISH INVASION!!"
-Terrence Flamm, ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER

SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2009
Gary Ritchie "Pop! Radio"
This is a great example of excellent and timeless melodies from Gary Ritchie. Originally from the Chicago band, Loose Lips, Ritchie teamed up with band mate Jeff King to channel his love of those classic jangle bands in Pop! Radio. Fans of Pezband, Fotomaker, The Raspberries, The Rubinoos, and The Spongetones will just love this album. From the opening chord riffs of "I'll Be There" you'll hum along to the beat that has that 70's rock feel. The Beatles-jangle isn't far behind on "You Were Only Using Me" and the hooks just continue to fly by. The excellent rocker "Living On Lies" is a humorous autobiography of a rocker who hasn't gotten "a life" due to his love of rock and roll. Most of the songs are about moments in a relationship and what happened "Last Night" (a great Dwight Twilley reference here) and other odes to the girl of your dreams. The gems here keep coming, and to get into any more tracks here seems superfluous. Not a single scrap of filler here, so if you never heard it do yourself a favor and stop reading. Get a hold of this album. 9 stars!!
-Aaron Kupferberg, POWERPOPAHOLIC

"Talk about classic styled POWER POP from the early/mid 80's, this utterly excellent dose of perfect melodies, hooks and pure power pop is not to be missed. Fans of Pezband, The Rubinoos, Raspberries, The Innocents & early BOMP pop bands have a winner here. Just a quick taste of the soundbites says it all. Ritchie has that classic 70's pop voice and has a way of keeping it from being a nostalgia fest. While firmly footed in a majestic, rich past, it has a modern sound that dates the music comfortably for modern-power pop fans.
EXTREMELY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!"
-Bruce Bodeen, NOT LAME RECORDS

"Hey Pop enthusiasts! This "sleeper" is a wonderful record by GARY RITCHIE entitled ""POP! RADIO". The disc features twelve strummy and jangly tunes, with "Living For Dreams" heading the pack. This primo song combines early REM/Peter Buck jangle and 60's , merseybeat sound. It is definitely in my TOP TEN for the year!!"
-Eric Sorensen, AMPLIFIER MAGAZINE, FUFKIN.COM

"I love it" "POP! RADIO" is in my TOP FIVE for the year."
-Beverly Paterson, AMPLIFIER MAGAZINE

"Heavy air play in Japan for GARY RITCHIE's "POP! RADIO". "I'll Be There" is a winner!!"
-DJ, Kazunobu Higashi

"Gary certainly studied his MERSEYBEAT sounds as a kid". Great Stuff!!!
-Ray Gianchetti, KOOLKATMUSIC

CLASSIC POWER POP!!
"Ritchie sounds like the Raspberries, Pezband and of course The Beatles. Everyone I know who's picked this up has RAVED about it and can't believe it isn't better known by the masses!" HIGHLY RECOMMENDED POWER POP!!
- Jeremy Morris, JAM RECORDS

EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT EAR!

Here is what the fine reviewers on GARAGEBAND.COM compare the sounds of POP! RADIO to; Nick Lowe, Beach Boys, Raspberries, Beatles, Graham Parker, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Traveling Wilburys, Matthew Sweet, Badfinger, The Wonders, Roy Orbison, Rembrandts, Gin Blossoms, Romantics, Peter Noone, Knack, Smithereens, Big Star, Weezer, Velvet Crush, Flamin' Groovies, Teenage Fanclub, Records, Monkees, Brendan Benson, Partridge Family (ouch), Cheap Trick, Byrds, The Thorns, Rockpile, T-Rex meets Help!, Del Amitri, Fountains Of Wayne, Marshall Crenshaw...to be continued.

Like I said, "Everyone's got a different ear".


IN THE BEGINNING...

GARY RITCHIE a lifelong CHICAGOAN (nw side) uh..er.. until recently (more on that later) thought he was going to be the next shortstop for the CHICAGO CUBS, until one night some kids on T.V. were singing YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! Then came the DAVE CLARK 5, The ANIMALS, KINKS, Gerry & the PACEMAKERS, HERMAN's HERMITS, and many more. He was in!

The next thing he knew was that his younger brother got a guitar, formed a band and was playing at the movie theater BETWEEN movies. People applauded and there were um...GIRLS acting friendly! He thought, in the words of JOHN LENNON, "THAT seems like a good job". The next thing he know's is that his brother is asking him to audition for his band THE PARAMODS. Well, he didn't even own a set of drums, but, he could try-out on the other drummers drums! The first thing they ask him to play is WIPEOUT! He couldn't play WIPEOUT. So needless to say, he failed the audition. But, that really got him interested in playing. So during the great SNOWSTORM of '67 his dad drove down to the southside of CHICAGO to get his first set of drums. Oh, by the way, Gary's brother Greg has still never said a word about the failed audition!

Gary went on to play in many bands, toured, recorded and just had a good 'ol time. And he has his younger brother to thank for getting him started. Oh, and of course those four MOPTOP guys too!!

That leads us up to the NOW!

Gary was sitting around one day preparing to record one song from every "BEATLE" album, just for the fun of it. His friend from a former band (LOOSE LIPS) called and asked what he was up to? His buddy JEFF KING, wanted to be part of it. So they went on and recorded "Beat The Meatles". They ended up recording 22 songs for the album. It was so much fun they decided to do it again, this time doing ORIGINAL material. So "POP! RADIO" was born. It was made in the UPBEAT spirit of FUN! FUN! FUN! Oh, by the way. If you ever see a copy of "Beat The Meatles"...GRAB IT!! It's Goooooooood.

Gary & Jeff hope you enjoy "POP! RADIO" as much as they do.

They are already in the studio working on a follow up album. Actually TWO! One for Jeff & one for Gary. Look for them soon.

Gary is now living in AUSTIN, TEXAS as of 11-5-06. He went "kicking & screaming", but is starting to get used to the change.

"POP! RADIO" is also available on apple i-tunes and many other on-line companies for digital download.

Gary would like to thank everyone for purchasing 'POP! RADIO".
Also:
JEREMY MORRIS at jamrecordings.com
BRUCE BODEEN at notlame.com
RAY GIANCHETTI at koolkatmusik.com
For their support.

POP! RADIO MAKES FOR A GREAT GIFT TOO!!

To get a copy of "Beat The Meatles", drop me a line!!

Rest in peace Mr. MIKE SMITH. One of the very best voices in the business!!

And for my PORTUGUESE speaking friends out there!!
Here's a very cool review from POWERPOP STATION:

Da série CLÁSSICOS: "Pop! Radio" - GARY RITCHIE!
Por Daniel Arêas

Pop e rádio. Duas palavras quase indissociáveis, desde os primórdios. Com o passar do tempo, porém, graças à mediocridade e à miopia das rádios (mais precisamente, de quem as controla), o termo “pop” foi adquirindo uma conotação pejorativa. Para as novas gerações, “pop” passou a ser sinônimo de música medíocre, sem qualidade (muito distante, portanto, das características fundamentais do gênero, tal como ele foi forjado pelos seus mestres, nas décadas de 1960 e 1970).

Mas não para o americano de Chicago Gary Ritchie. Conhecedor e admirador profundo do estilo, ele gravou um disco repleto de canções compostas rigorosamente segundo os preceitos fundamentais do (power) pop, e deu-lhe o sugestivo título de Pop! Radio. O porquê de o disco ser o segundo da série Clássicos do PPS, o ouvinte descobrirá assim que ouvi-lo. Sem dúvida, um dos grandes discos de power pop da década.

A história de Pop! Radio começa quando Gary (ex-baterista do Loose Lips, banda de Chicago) resolve fazer um tributo aos seus maiores ídolos: os Beatles. A idéia era fazer um álbum composto apenas por covers de canções dos seus heróis musicais, uma tirada de cada um de seus álbuns. Com a colaboração de Jeff King (companheiro de Gary no Loose Lips), o projeto resultou no disco Beat The Meatles , com 22 canções dos Fab Four. Mas Gary se divertiu tanto com a experiência que resolveu repeti-la, só que dessa vez com composições próprias, recrutando King para novamente se juntar a ele.

Diversão... o que motivou Gary define à perfeição seu disco. Ora, não é disso, afinal, de que se trata, quando o assunto é o pop assumido – diversão, prazer, bem-estar, sentimentos positivos? Ao levar às últimas conseqüências seus propósitos, Gary criou um álbum de estréia com cara de Greatest Hits. Sim, Pop ! Radio é uma “coletânea” de doze potenciais hit-singles – isto é, caso existissem ainda rádios que divulgassem e colocassem nas suas programações normais esse tipo de som.

Estamos no terreno das melodias ganchudas (sempre adornadas pela energia das guitarras), dos refrões explosivos, das harmonias vocais, das palminhas ao ritmo das canções. Não será fácil encontrar outros álbuns contemporâneos com uma sequência tal de canções memoráveis, todas inspiradas no que de melhor se fez no power pop, desde as origens sessentistas até os dias atuais. O ouvinte é “fisgado” já nos primeiros segundos de “I´ll Be There” e só será “libertado” ao término de “’Til The Right One Comes Along” – mas a vontade de repetir a experiência será irresistível...

Evidentemente, os Beatles são influência perene para Pop! Radio (via alguns de seus “discípulos” mais dedicados), mas outras referências podem ser percebidas. “I’ll Be There” torna inevitável o uso do clichê: é daquelas faixas de abertura matadoras, pra prender o ouvinte logo de início. A referência perceptível são os Raspberries e o mesmo vale para a canção seguinte, “You Were Only Using Me”, que mantém o alto nível pop. As excelentes “Living On Lies”, “Out Of Style” e “Because Of You” demonstram que Gary foi um aluno aplicado da escola merseybeat.

“Living For Dreams” e “This Time” mudam a cadência, e a jangly guitar que pontua ambas as canções podem fazer você jurar que Roger McGuinn (Byrds) está presente. O rock clássico americano também é a base pra “Caught”, só que dessa vez a referência mais clara é Tom Petty. “All I Want Is You” irrompe com guitarras envenenadas que remetem ao Cheap Trick. Depois da empolgante “I’d Do It Again”, Gary surpreende e fecha o álbum com a bela balada acústica “’Til The Right One Comes Along”, com um timbre de voz que remotamente lembra Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) – outro gênio pop.

Na capa de Pop! Radio, há um ancestral rádio Zenith – estaria Gary querendo dizer que seu fabuloso disco só teria espaço nas rádios de antigamente? Ou – pensando positivamente – estaria querendo alertar que há um tipo de som ausente das rádios de hoje, mas que poderia perfeitamente conquistar as pessoas e escalar as paradas de sucesso? Pop! Radio não faz nenhum “resgate” de uma estética antiga, simplesmente porque não há nada a ser resgatado. O pop adquiriu novos formatos, mas o que encontramos em Pop! Radio é absolutamente atemporal – com o mesmo potencial de conquistar hoje os corações das pessoas, tal como certamente aconteceria décadas atrás.

As últimas notícias dão conta de que Gary Ritchie trabalha no sucessor de Pop! Radio, a ser lançado até o fim de 2008. Mais um disco recheado de gemas pop que só tocariam nas rádios de antigamente? Não, certamente um disco para ser tocado em qualquer rádio que queira rechear sua programação com boa música – e pop de primeira.

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PowerPopaholic

Highly Recommended!!
Although not new, this is a great example of excellent and timeless melodies from Gary Ritchie. Originally from the Chicago band, Loose Lips, Ritchie teamed up with band mate Jeff King to channel his love of those classic jangle bands in Pop! Radio. Fans of Pezband, Fotomaker, The Raspberries, The Rubinoos, and The Spongetones will just love this album. From the opening chord riffs of “I’ll Be There” you’ll hum along to the beat that has that 70′s rock feel. The Beatles-jangle isn’t far behind on “You Were Only Using Me” and the hooks just continue to fly by. The excellent rocker “Living On Lies” is a humorous autobiography of a rocker who hasn’t gotten “a life” due to his love of rock and roll. Most of the songs are about moments in a relationship and what happened “Last Night” (a great Dwight Twilley reference here) and other odes to the girl of your dreams. The gems here keep coming, and to get into any more tracks here seems superfluous. Not a single scrap of filler here, so if you never heard it do yourself a favor and stop reading. Get a hold of this album.

Sioux G.

Great Pop!!
Wow!! What a cool cd. It was recommended to me by a friend. Then I came here to listen, and.....WOW! Not only is the album great, I received a bonus disc of wonderful tunes. This guy can definitely write a POP song. GET IT, LOVE IT!!

Debbie Hehn

It's the catchiest record I've heard in a long time!
I've had POP RADIO for a little while now and it still gets me on my feet dancing. It's the catchiest record I've heard in a long time. My kids even love it!! This is the way POP music used to sound.

Joe Schwartzenberger

Who is this guy? I love it!
This CD is a breath of fresh air. Big beat and real catchy! I love it.

Marty Olumsted

Voice, Melody, Beat, What more could you ask for in POP music!
Not to often these days a CD totally surprises me. Pop Radio was given to me by a friend. No wonder I call him a friend, this record is happening! WONDERFUL!

Sam Cortese

Pop music that is NOT wimpy. Strong beat, great harmonies!!
I'm a drummer, so I love my POP music with thick melodies and LOUD DRUMS!! And POP RADIO delivers the goods. Bravo!!!

Powerpop Station

Classic!
Pop and radio. Two words almost inseparable from its very beginnings. Over time, however, thanks to the mediocrity and shortsightedness of the radios (more precisely, who controls them), the term "pop" has acquired a pejorative connotation. For new generations, "pop" has become synonymous with music mediocre, quality (too far, therefore, the fundamental characteristics of the genre, as it was forged by their masters, in the 1960 and 1970).

But not for the Chicago American Gary Ritchie. Knowledgeable and profound admirer of the style, he recorded an album full of songs written strictly according to the fundamental precepts of the (power) pop, and gave him the suggestive title of Pop! Radio. The reason the disc is the second of the series Classics of the PPS, the listener will discover soon as I heard it. Without doubt, one of the great power pop albums of the decade.

The Story of Pop! Radio begins when Gary (former drummer of Loose Lips, the band Chicago) decides to make a tribute to his biggest idols: the Beatles. The idea was to make an album consisting only of covers of songs by his musical heroes, one taken from each of their albums. With the help of Jeff King (mate Gary in Loose Lips), the project resulted in the Beat The Meatles disk with 22 songs of the Fab Four. But Gary enjoyed the experience so much that he decided to repeat it, only this time with his own compositions, recruiting King to join him again.

Fun ... which led Gary to perfection defines your disk. It is not that at all, that it is when it comes to pop made - fun, happy, well-being, positive feelings? By taking their purpose to the last consequences, Gary created a debut album Greatest Hits-faced. Yes, Pop! Radio is a "compilation" of twelve potential hit singles - that is, even if there were radios and put to disclose in their regular programming this kind of music.

We are in the field of ganchudas melodies (always adorned by the energy of the guitars), the explosive choruses, vocal harmonies, the rhythm of the songs. It will not be easy to find other contemporary albums with a sequence of such memorable songs, all inspired by the best of what was done in the power pop, from the beginning of the sixties to the present day. The listener is "hooked" since the first seconds of "I'll Be There" and will only be "liberated" at the end of "'Til The Right One Comes Along" - but the will to repeat the experience will be irresistible ...

Of course, the Beatles are enduring influence for Pop! Radio (via some of his 'disciples' most dedicated), but other references can be perceived. "I'll Be There" makes inevitable the use of the cliché: it's those killer opening track, to hold the listener from the start. The reference noticeable are the Raspberries and the same goes for the next song, "You Were Only Using Me," which maintains high pop. The excellent "Living On Lies," "Out Of Style" and "Because Of You" show that Gary was a diligent student of the school Merseybeat.

"Living For Dreams" and "This Time" change the pace, and jangly guitar that punctuates both songs can make you swear that Roger McGuinn (Byrds) is present. American Classic rock is also the basis for "Caught," only this time the reference is clearer Tom Petty. "All I Want Is You" bursts with guitars that recall the poisoned Cheap Trick. After the exciting "I'd Do It Again," Gary surprises and the album closes with the beautiful acoustic ballad "'Til The Right One Comes Along," with a tone of voice that remotely resembles Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) - another pop genius.

On the cover of Pop! Radio, there is an ancient Zenith Radio - Gary was saying that would only have a fabulous album of old space on the radio? Or - thinking positively - would want to warn that there is a kind of sound missing from today's radios, but that could easily win people over and climb the charts? Pop! Radio does not do any "rescue" of an old aesthetic, simply because there is nothing to be rescued. Pop bought new formats, but what we find in Pop! Radio is absolutely timeless - with the same potential to win the hearts of people today, as indeed happened decades ago.

Bruce Bodeen, Not Lame Records

Talk About CLASSIC PowerPop!
Talk about classic styled POWER POP from the early/mid 80's, this utterly excellent dose of perfect melodies, hooks and pure power pop is not to be missed. Fans of Pezband, The Rubinoos, Raspberries, The Innocents & early BOMP pop bands have a winner here. Just a quick taste of the soundbites says it all. Ritchie has that classic 70's pop voice and has a way of keeping it from being a nostalgia fest. While firmly footed in a majestic, rich past, it has a modern sound that dates the music comfortably for modern-power pop fans.
EXTREMELY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!"
-Bruce Bodeen, NOT LAME RECORDS

Oldus Goatus

Pop! Radio for Pop! people!!!!
This is as melodic as it gets, hooks all over! Gary has a great voice and is not afraid to use it. A very nice slice of Pop! Indeed!!!

Frankie J.

Another Gem Found!
Wow! CD BABY never let's me down. POP! RADIO is an absolute GEM! Every tune POP's and ROCK's. "I'll Be There" could be a hit in any era. Melodic, with a very strong beat. 12 string guitars abound, harmonies everywhere. This is a fun, upbeat record if I ever heard one. A GREAT find! It really is a must have for POP lovers.
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