hump day soundtrack: bubblegum pop c/o girl germs radio

{Clockwise from left: The Shangri-Las, Vivian Girls, Little Eva, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino}

Pop music gets a bad rap. I’m not just talking about the Britneys and Biebers of the world, either. Whether it’s silly or heartfelt, pop is often overlooked or shrugged off as novelty by people who consider themselves serious music lovers. But the influence of bubblegum, power pop and girl groups can be heard in the heavenly harmonies and jangly guitars of modern genres like shoegaze, psych rock and garage. This mix is a brief tour of some of the classic artists who originally brought us dreamy pop (including The Shangri-Las and founding Os Mutantes member Rita Lee), as well as some of the bands who have been influenced by these sweet sounds (Peach Kelli Pop and Best Coast among them).

If you want to hear even more of these musical gems, come on down to the Red Stag Supperclub Monday, March 14 for TV Party with Girl Germs. We’ll be screening episodes of “The Mary Tyler Moore” show and DJ Travis Ramin, an expert on bubblegum and power pop, will be on hand to spin tunes starting at 9 p.m. And watch our blog for a new podcast to be posted soon!


1. Peach Kelli Pop – “Doo Wah Diddy”
2. The Breeders – “Divine Hammer”
3. The Shangri-Las – “Sophisticated Boom-Boom”
4. Dum Dum Girls – “Heart of Stone” (Raveonettes cover)
5. Vivian Girls – “Can’t Get Over You”
6. Best Coast – “Bratty B”
7. Rita Lee – “Corista de Rock”
8. Little Eva – “The Loco-Motion”
9. The 5678’s – “Dream Boy”
{Check out Girl Germ Radio’s other mixes, made especially for y’all, here and here!}

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