Songs You May Have Missed #240


Doug Powell: “This Lion’s Lamb” (1996)

From Powell’s debut Ballad of the Tin Men album, his first and last on a major label (due to some weird machinations, he’d actually been with three different majors by the time his debut even got released). Of course, being an appealing melodist with a lyrical quirkiness and a jangle pop sound that leaned toward Jellyfish or Chris Von Sneidern, Powell was a better fit on power pop haven Not Lame Records, where he eventually ended up for a time.

It always amazes me that though there was never much room on the radio for artists and bands who patterned their sound after the Byrds, Beatles, Hollies, etc. it didn’t stop them from making their entire career an homage to those greats of past decades. Placing a track on a medium-profile tribute album to an idol like McCartney or Jeff Lynne might be a career highlight. Clearly the music of artists like this is made for the love of their craft–few guys like this get rich in the biz.

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