Sweet Apple

Sweet Apple – Photo by Andrew Kesin


Latterday supergroup, Sweet Apple, are busy bastards. Drummer/guitarist J Mascis has his famed alt-rock gods, Dinosaur Jr. chugging along. Singer John Petkovic, while not writing daily for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has been incrementally reviving his amazingly under-appreciated ’80s band, Death Of Samantha, with sporadic live shows and a new album of re-recordings that recently came out. And in his spare time he parachutes into pro sports arenas for the hell of it, or at least that’s what their new video for “Boys In Her Fanclub.” would have us believe.
 

 
Plus, Petkovic and guitarist Tim Parnin have been just as incrementally planning/recording a new Cobra Verde record. So when they can all find the time, they gather at bassist Dave Sweetapple’s (Witch) house and knock out Empire State-tall, riff-happy glam-rock. And if that wasn’t enough all-star alt-rock casting, the band brought in Robert Pollard and Mark Lanegan to guest on their brand new album, The Golden Age Of Glitter (Tee Pee Records).
 

Sweet Apple - The Golden Age Of Glitter

Sweet Apple – The Golden Age Of Glitter


Despite that title, on this second album (they’re already wrapping up the next album), Sweet Apple edges over towards ’70s glitter’s catchy, post-punk little brother, power pop. So we thought we’d ask these record collecting vets to list their favorite 12 (three for each member)’70s power pop songs. Scan the somewhat Brit-centric list below. What, no Nerves or Raspberries?!


 

The Move – Do Ya (1972)

- John Petkovic

 

Badfinger – Baby Blue (1972)

- J Mascis

 

Big Star – In the Street (1972)

- Dave Sweetapple

 

Artful Dodger – Wayside (1975)

- John Petkovic

 

Cheap Trick – He’s A Whore (1977)

- Dave Sweetapple

 

Dwight Twilley Band – Looking For The Magic” (1977)

- Dave Sweetapple

 

Nick Lowe – So It Goes (1978)

- Tim Parnin

 

Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) (1978)

- J Mascis

 

Only Ones – Another Girl Another Planet (1978)

- Tim Parnin

 

Elvis Costello & the Attractions – (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding (1978)

- John Petkovic

 

XTC – Life Begins At The Hop (1979)

- Tim Parnin

 

Soft Boys – Human Music (1979)

- J Mascis