In the late ’90s and early ’00s, I went head first down the power-pop rabbit hole. I eventually regretted it for some reason (oh wait, I remember now — the scene turned to complete and utter shit), but at the time it was the only real alternative to nu-metal and the crud that was clogging modern-rock playlists. Looking back, I’m still not sure why some of these songs didn’t find a larger audience. And how sad that we just lost one of these artists a couple weeks ago. Rest in peace, Will Owsley.

David Mead – Mine and Yours from Mine and Yours (2001)
IceCream Hands – Dodgy from Sweeter Than the Radio (1999)
Ween – Even If You Don’t from White Pepper (2000)
Owsley – The Sky Is Falling from Owsley (1999)
The Merrymakers – Superstar from Bubblegun (1999)
Bleu – We’ll Do It All Again from Redhead (2003)
Fluid Ounces – Have Fun from In the New Old Fashioned Way (1999)
Michael Carpenter – Kailee Ann from Hopefulness (2001)
The Shazam – RU Receiving from Godspeed the Shazam (2000)
The Lolas – Radio Dios/The Only People in the World from Silver Dollar Sunday (2001)
The Fantastic Leslie – Turning to Gold from A Tiny Mark (1999)
John Faye Power Trip – A Good Year for the Girls from John Faye Power Trip (1999)
Paul Melancon – Jeff Lynne from Camera Obscura (2002)
Pernice Brothers – She Heightened Everything from The World Won’t End (2001)
Sugarbomb – After All from Bully (2001)

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David Medsker

David Medsker used to be "with it." But then they changed what "it" was. Now what he's "with" isn't "it," and what's "it" seems weird and scary to him. He is available for children's parties.

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