G6E1 – Those different ones like what I like

Include: New Romantic, Doo Wop and many others

G6E1 – Those different ones like what I like.

Welcome pop pickers to an ambitious series of articles covering 6 genres, each with 6 episodes. To give a bit of variation, the next episode of each genre will be published 6 weeks after the previous episode.

This is based on stuff like what I like, there will be various bands and artists to try and cheer you up and kick-start your weekend.  Hopefully for many of you, to bring back some fond memories and get your foot tapping.

This week is that stuff, often a one-off, of singer and groups, that may or may not be highly successful artists, if they are not they should be!  I like happy sounds and anything that makes you tap your toes and even sing-along.

Thank you to Wiki, Britannica, Top of the Pops and the Ed Sullivan Show.

The Tunes:

The featured song is that Meghan Trainer hit All About the Bass by Postmodern Jukebox.  The group were introduced to us by a poster from the very beginning from when the GP site was born. (All hail SB).  The poster was MedJumper and later known as Bungle, so he really deserves a credit for this.

PMJ are a mixed bunch of people who really do seem to enjoy themselves. Postmodern Jukebox originated when Scott Bradlee began shooting videos with friends from college in his basement apartment in Astoria. This group included bassist Chris Anderson, saxophonist Ben Golder-Novick, harpist Brandee Younger, and vocalist Emma Walker.  I often search out there tunes on You-Tube, such a great sound no matter what they are covering.  Here is a couple more:

PMJ first went viral with: Thrift Shop (Vintage “Grandpa Style” Macklemore Cover) feat. Robyn Adele Anderson,

We Can’t Stop – Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox.  This is so awesome, what a voice.

I do like songs from the 60’s, and I found this brilliant cover of A World Without Love (Peter & Gordon Cover) – Postmodern Jukebox ft. Eva Mikhailovna.  I would hazard a guess that for those who remember this from 50 years ago, will still know the words!

New Romance started off in the UK in the late 70’s with some very special groups indeed, include some very weird ones, for me only tolerable on the radio, as looking at them put me off my tea.

Whilst OMD said they were not part of New Romantic movement Not wearing silly clothes) they tend to get grouped in this genre.  I have always liked OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark).   Andy McCluskey on vocals, super voice.  One my favourites is OMD –Maid of Orleans, here at the  night of the proms

Another classis if course OMD – Enola Gay (Live at Hammersmith Apollo 2019)

As I say there were some weirdo’s like Steve Strange of Visage,  A Flock of Seagulls,  and Boy George (of Culture Club).  There will be a couple of tunes from this lot I like, but I cannot be arsed to find them.

Duran Duran, Human league and Spandau Ballet, for me.  Yes, some of their stuff is a bit bubble gum pop, but much of it really is top quality tuneage.

Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short (Top of the Pops 13/11/80)

Human League – Don’t You Want Me (1982)• TopPop

Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf – 12/31/1982 – Palladium (Official), You may disagree, but a bunch of very talented people.

I finish off this opening episode with another from PMJ:

Creep – Vintage Postmodern Jukebox Radiohead Cover ft. Haley Reinhart.  This is so good.

Singalong, enjoy and be happy!

Links to Origins Series:

Genre 1 Episode 1 – Motown – The Beginning Genre 1 Episode 2 – Motown Genre 1 Episode 3 – Motown
Genre 1 Episode 4 – Motown Genre 1 Episode 5 – Motown Genre 1 Episode 6 – Motown
Genre 2 Episode 1 –

Glam Rock – The Beginning


Genre 2 Episode 2 –

Glam Rock

Genre 2 Episode 3 –

Glam Rock

Genre 2 Episode 4 –

Glam Rock

Genre 2 Episode 5 –

Glam Rock

Genre 2 Episode 6 –

Glam Rock

Genre 3 Episode 1 – The Singers


Genre 4 Episode 1 – Northern Soul and Disco – The Beginning


Genre 5 Rock ‘n’ Roll Episode 1 – The Beginning


Genre 6 Episode 1 –



Featured image: “Postmodern Jukebox, March 13th 2015, Cologne #pmjtour” by Musicaloris is licensed under CC BY 2.0 .

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