Pop-A-Looza TV

Nancy Sinatra / These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

Nancy Sinatra appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1966, to promote her Reprise Records’ single, These Boots Are Made For Walkin’. From the Lp, Boots, it would become her signature song.


Trini Lopez

Trini Lopez was born on this day in 1937, in Dallas, Texas. Lopez had hits with the songs If I Had A Hammer, Lemon Tree and Sally Was A Good Old Girl, and was signed to Reprise Records by none other than Frank Sinatra.

Green Day / Father Of All…

Green Day

Father Of All… (Reprise)

In 2008, Green Day offered up a serving of 60’s garage rock, recorded under the pseudonym Foxboro Hot Tubs. The record, Stop, Drop & Roll, came and went without much fanfare, though it was found and loved by guitar-pop lovers like me. Father Of All… is the legitimate offspring of The Tubs’ singular release, and it’s been well-worth the wait.

While Green Day’s use of three punk chords hasn’t varied much, here, Billie Joe Armstrong seems to be reinvigorated, wringing out new melodies and vocal moves that feel both fresh and thoughtful. Propelled by Tre’ Cool’s slamming go-go beat and muscular guitars, the title track really gets the ol’ blood pumping.

Armstrong coyly winks his 48-year-old eye at his own legend in I Was A Teenage Teenager, before the band plunges into Hamburg Beatles’ mode with the gritty Stab You In The Heart. It’s cool that at this stage in the game, the band is still looking to stake-out new ground, when they could easily just clone their past success, to lackluster affect. Father Of All… is really solid from top to bottom.