Cheap Trick‘s “Surrender” is the greatest late-’70s pure power pop/new wave song ever. This from someone who also believes it’s possibly the “Secretariat’s 30-length Belmont Stakes victory” relative to any other song in any band’s career. This is a testament to the song’s strength as much as it is my lukewarm appreciation for anything else Cheap Trick has released. But that’s another story. There’s nothing I’d like least than to distract you with my thoughts on Cheap Trick.
Excluding anything by The Rockpile crew (eg, Nick Lowe’s “Cruel to Be Kind,” Dave Edmunds’ “Girls Talk”) what’s the third-best 1979-era pure power pop/new wave song that made a dent in the US charts?
Is it Bram Tchaikovsky‘s “Girl of My Dreams”?
Is it The Beat‘s “Different Kind of Girl”? [Disqualified for not having charted – pince nez courtesy of Townsman Al.]
Is it something I’m forgetting?
I look forward to settling the question of who wins the bronze—once and for all.