BARRY KNOEDL: “Baby Don’t Give Up” b/w “I Just Want to Make You Happy”: 7” single

This is a reissue of Barry Knoedl’s 1977 power pop single. It was originally the second release from Jim Antonucci’s Death Records label, best known for releasing Jimi LaLumia & the Psychotic Frogs’ “Death to Disco (Disco Sucks)” and Cracked Actor’s “Nazi School.” Knoedl’s songs, however, are pure sugary power pop performed by two self-described hardcore Beatles fans, Knoedl and his collaborator Jim Kern. It certainly shows! I’m glad that it’s uncool to like the Beatles, but there’s a reason this single is considered a classic of the genre. It’s a little precious, and I like it. –Lyle (Frodis, frodisrecords.com)