Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Jellyfish – New Mistake


182 – Jellyfish – New Mistake (1993)
Written by Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Andy Sturmer,
Produced by Albhy Galuten, Jack Joseph Puig, Andy Sturmer, Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Label – Charisma

After countless years listening to millions of songs I’ve kind of figured out which genre of music consistently appeals to me most. It’s power pop, and any number of bands from Badfinger, Big Star, The Feelies, Nick Lowe, Teenage Fanclub, Squeeze, XTC and of course the criminally under appreciated Jellyfish. I guess the fundamental influence to all of these bands is The Beatles, probably the original power pop band. One day I’m going to put together a definitive power pop mix tape…and finally stop being depressed about all the shit I have to sift through to find a good tune.

14 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Jellyfish – New Mistake

  1. I’m always a bit bemused that songs like this and Teenage Fanclub’s Sparky’s Dream weren’t huge hits – you get a rocking sound and a pretty tune at the same time. What more do you want?

  2. Jellyfish! I was just chatting elsewhere about good Power pop and specifics mentioned Jellyfish’s Spilt Milk. Quality album.

    Also mentioned where Fountains Of Wayne, Sloan or New Pornographers? All deal in power pop awesomeness!

  3. I can’t even pretend to have heard of these folks but definitely sound like something that might tickle my fancy.

  4. Oh, power pop. The Beatles did it first. But some bands like the Motors, the Money Suzuki, RockPile, did it better.
    And the Fountains of Wayne took it to the peaks of XTC,, Hot Hot Heat, and the truly mighty Squeeze. Jellyfish deserve a place at the top table.
    Thanks Hackskeptic for remembering. Power pop is a lonely place. A few of us go there. Jellyfish are wonderful. Thank you

  5. XTC are one of the GREAT power pop purveyors, and many of their jangly gems are worthy of inclusion here. I’ve chosen a less trodden path to this masterpiece, guitars to 11, manic vocal, stunningly melodic, a band, a pop group, in full flow. Never fails to raise goose bumps, and is timelessly perfectly power pop. Funk Pop a Roll is spine tingling

  6. The Motors were vastly underrated, and Airport ranks as one of their finest, there’s a strong case for Dancing the night away, and I loved owning the blue vinyl 10″ of Love and Loneliness. tinged with melancholy, the Motors played with our emotional response. A classic epic crafted in blighty from the raw materials of Nashville, a justified chart classic. Good choice Hackskeptic

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