Illustration from an advertisement for Western Electric, 1950
I reviewed the album by Mars Classroom (the collaboration between Big Dipper's Gary Waleik and Guided By Voices' Bob Pollard) when it came out just six months ago. At the time, I think I said that "It Had to Come From Somewhere" was my favorite power-pop moment on the album, but the song I posted with my review was the album's title (it's also a great track). Luckily, I now have an excuse to post this song because it came up on the Jukebox! It highlights all the best things about the Waleik/Pollard combination - Waleik's chiming guitar riffs are a natural palette for Pollard's "creamy" pop melodies. And I love it when Pollard harmonizes with himself, so the layered vocals parts at the end of the song are pretty great, especially when a higher version of the intro riff is added on top.
"It Had to Come From Somewhere" by Mars Classroom