Soufflé Pop was coined during a radio interview on The Time Machine, a daily broadcast on the island of Maui, between host Michael McCartney and singer-songwriter Michael Oliver. In discussing the musical influences and songwriting craft behind the 2011 album "Yin & Yanxiety" by Michael Oliver & The Sacred Band, Oliver mentioned the word soufflé when describing putting a song together. This resulted in McCartney suggesting to create yet another musical niche genre called "Soufflé Pop".

Soufflé Pop would bring a number of influences to the musical table including; Baroque Pop (The Left Banke, The Zombies, The Moody Blues, Sagittarius, The Bee Gees [late sixties/early seventies]), MOR Pop (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Lee Hazelwood, Harry Nilsson, The Carpenters), Power Pop (Raspberries, Badfinger, The Knack, Mike Viola & Candy Butchers), Singer-Songwriter (Laura Nyro, Carole King, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Aimee Mann, Rachael Yamagata, Billy Joel, Rupert Holmes), Bubblegum (Archies, Josie & The Pussycats, Bay City Rollers, Tommy Roe, The Lemon Pipers), Rockabilly (Robert Gordon, Stray Cats, Marshall Crenshaw), Sunshine Pop (The Cowsills, The Association, Small Circle of Friends, Curt Boettcher, Millennium), Classic Sixties & Seventies Pop, "The Three B's" that Richard Carpenter cited as major influences (The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Burt Bacharach) and overall melodic rock and pop that can be a near whisper of raw emotion to a full blown orchestral arrangement or simply the loudest joyful jangle guitar and power chords that deliver the musical goods (The Who, The Kinks). Beatles inspired bands who continued the eclectic sounds of the Fab Four into their own stamp after the Beatles went their separate ways (Electric Light Orchestra, Klaatu, Cheap Trick, Pilot, Supertramp).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Graham Shaw and the Sincere Serenaders (1980)

Founding member of The Stone Poneys and Bryndle, guitarist Kenny Edwards produced this song in Los Angeles at Capitol Records inside Record One studios for Graham Shaw and the Sincere Serenaders. The lead guitarist from the Sincere Serenaders was Daniel Joseph Casavant. Both the album and this single were released in the spring of 1980 and produced several charted radio hit songs on Canadian radio with the biggest one being the 1980 summer classic "Can I Come Near" as well as the singles "Roll All Night", "French Lady", "Just to See You" and "Northern Boy". All these singles were Top 10 and Top 15 in Canada with some regional radio action in America including the AM/FM dial in Hawaii. Worth a listen as well are the band's songs "Jolene" and "I Can't Say No To You" from their second album "Good Manners In The 1980s" also produced by Kenny Edwards. Graham Shaw was awarded a Juno in 1980 as "Most Promising Male Vocalist". He composed this musical treasure. Press play and enjoy "Can I Come Near".

Monday, April 2, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Buddy Fo (1965)

Buddy Fo had been an entertainer most of his life. He started out as a young man by putting together a four-part harmony group called The Invitations. They regularly entertained with such notable artists as Gabby Pahinui, Martin Denny, Andy Williams and Don Ho. They were the first group out of Hawaii to go to Los Angeles and record in a major recording studio. The Invitations recordings are still considered a major achievement in the history of Hawaiian music. Buddy went on to become a headliner/stand-up entertainer in Waikiki for years. During this time frame, the top three entertainers in Waikiki were; Don Ho, Kui Lee and Buddy Fo. Buddy eventually moved to Maui where he once again became a headliner at the Kaanapali Beach hotel for five years and then a Hawaiian cowboy show at the Maui Tropical Plantation for ten years. He was even the top radio personality for fifteen years on Maui radio, known as, "The Maui Bud". Buddy was called out of retirement by Don Ho, who told him that his expertise in music and knowledge of a time gone by should be shared. Buddy joined the Don Ho show and then went on to perform with his wife, Sammi, at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Mai Tai Bar. In 2003, he won a Na Hoku Lifetime Achievement Award and had his final album nominated for a 2006 Na Hoku. Buddy passed away in 2011 and is missed by many music fans around the world. Of the many songs that received a great deal of radio airplay in Hawaii was "Malia My Tita" off of his 1965 album "Kiss Me Love".

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Trickster (1977)

The musical group Trickster released two albums between 1977 and 1981 on Jet Records that have long been a staple on The Time Machine broadcast. Guitarist Phil Bates and pianist Colin Hewinson composed the songs. Drummer Paul Elliot and bassist Mike Sheppard made up the rest of this talented quartet. Mike Sheppard had departed the band before the second album and was replaced by bassist John Fincham. Guitarist Michael Groth rounded out the band when it from being a quartet to a quintet. The song "Miles And Miles Away" is off of their first album.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from the Hawks (1982)

The musical group Hawks released two albums between 1980 and 1982 on Columbia Records that have yet to be released in this digital era. The record label must have dropped the promotional ball somewhere along the line during those two years because this band should have been all over the radio. Keyboardist Dave Hearn, guitarists Dave Steen and Kirk Kaufman, bassist Frank Wiewel and drummer Larry Adams made up the quintet. The song "(If We Just) Stick Together" off of their second album "30 Seconds Over Otho" features the fine saxophone playing of the late Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from John Alagia (2007)

The Maui radio airwaves were introduced to John Alagia's "Honey Come Home" in early 2007. John had featured his song on his MySpace Music profile and The Time Machine Radio Crew immediately started playing it on the air and began to get heavy airplay on a handful of Maui radio stations and has remained one of the most played songs for the last five years on The Time Machine broadcast. The arrangement of the song has been stated by radio hosts Summer Blue, Jenny Leong and Michael McCartney as a tune that would have easily been on "Beatles 65". It has all the love and affection behind it like any Beatles classic which truly makes "Honey Come Home" a timeless song. The music world will have to wait for John Alagia to release an album because he is so busy behind the recording console as a producer and engineer for other artists like Rachael Yamagata, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Lifehouse, Mandy Moore, Madi Diaz, Terra Naomi, Ben Lee, Liz Phair, Katherine McPhee, Vertical Horizon, Mieka Pauley, Brett Dennon, Josh Kelly, Evermore, BoDeans, Shawn Colvin, Ben Folds Five, Lenka and the Dave Matthews Band. The song was featured on the motion picture soundtrack of the 2007 remake of "The Heartbreak Kid" starring Ben Stiller.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Airwaves (1977)

We're not really sure why both albums from A&M Records act Airwaves have never been released on CD. Both "New Day" from 1977 and "Next Stop" from 1979 are well produced albums filled with extremely catchy songs. We get nervous in the studio playing these precious albums on the FM dial worried that they will get scratched and will be hard to replace. The trio was made up of talented guitarist Ray Martinez (from the early 70's band Spring), bassist and keyboardist John David (Love Sculpture, Dave Edmunds - yes...that's John on Dave Edmunds' monster hit "I Hear You Knockin') and drummer Dave Charles. John is considered the third most successful Welsh songwriter ever with his songs being covered by over two hundred artists worldwide. John sings lead on this song while Ray whips his guitar into a frenzy to the pounding skins of Dave's drums. Here for your listening pleasure is "Nobody Is" recorded in Wales and produced by Pat Moran with Dave Charles as assistant engineer.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Rupert Holmes (1980)

The 1980 album "Adventure" from Rupert Holmes featured "I Don't Need You" which touched the same territory of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love" but with a tad bit of humor and little more upbeat than the darkness of 10cc's mega-hit. Melodies and lyrics come naturally to Rupert (at least that's the impression Soufflé Pop gets) and the contradictory word play in "I Don't Need You" makes this tune one of the best of the early eighties. The song was released as a single from the album in 1981.

The Semi Official Website for Rupert Holmes

Friday, March 23, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Utopia (1980)

Kasim Sultan sang lead on Utopia's 1980 single "Set Me Free" off of the "Adventures In Utopia" album. This song sounded so fantastic on the radio dial that year and it's still surprising that it didn't make it to number one on the charts but still easily one of the best singles of 1980.

Click here to listen or download the radio aircheck of an interview with Paul Myers on The Time Machine discussing his book "A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio"

Official Website for Utopia's Kasim Sulton

Official Website for Utopia's Todd Rundgren

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Bleu (2010)

Bleu's incredible album "Four" from 2010 continues with the talented artist working his musical craft as he had done on his previous albums. Never a false moment in a ballad or a rocker like "B.O.S.T.O.N."

Official Website for Bleu

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from The Aliis (1969)

Don Ho's band The Aliis released this 1969 single titled "Gotta Find A Way To Get To San Francisco"

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Dore Alpert (1963)

Dore Alpert was really Herb Alpert releasing a 45 under the name of one of his children. Some disc jockeys assumed that Dore was Herb's brother and often stated so on the radio when "You're Doin' What You Did With Me With Him" was originally released in 1963.

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Rumer (2012)

Rumer has released her cover of John B. Sebastian's number one hit single "Welcome Back" from 1976.

Official Website for Rumer

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Allan Nicholls (1970)

"Let The Music Play" by Allan Nicholls was the flip side to his 1970 single "Coming Apart" produced by Andrew Loog Oldham.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Squeeze (1981)

Squeeze's 1981 album "East Side Story" is a timeless album from the band filled with pop gems like "Is That Love". In a style reminiscent of early Beatles, Glenn Tilbrook handles the lead vocal while John Bentley and Chris Difford supply the back-up vocals.

Official Website for Squeeze

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Les Irrésistibles (1969)

An underrated group of four teenagers from America that attended school in France where they formed their band. Lead singer Jim McMains played keyboards and rhythm guitar while his identical twin brother Steve McMains performed on bass along with lead guitarist Tom Arena and drummer Andy Cornelius. The group released a single in 1968 titled "My Year Is A Day" that was number one for several weeks on the French pop charts. Their album was released shortly thereafter and Soufflé Pop presents this album cut from 1969's "The Story Of Baxter Williams" by Les Irrésistibles which is titled "Gotta Find Another Girl".

Monday, March 19, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Bill Lloyd (2012)

Bill Lloyd's 2012 album "Boy King Of Tokyo" has the multi-talented singer-songwriter taking the recording route that some of rock's finest have tackled early on in their careers like Paul McCartney, Emitt Rhodes and Todd Rundgren by performing every instrument on his record. The lyrical content will most certainly pull you in if you consider yourself a music lover. Rocker Brian Ray sang about "Vinyl" on his debut solo album but Bill goes beyond the soundtrack of our youth and sets focus on that one song that to you was clearly "The Best Record Ever Made".

Click here to listen or download the radio aircheck of an interview with Bill Lloyd on The Time Machine

Official Website for Bill Lloyd

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from The Beach Boys (1967)

The Beach Boys released their album "Wild Honey" just before Christmas of 1967 which meant that the radio and stereos of 1968 enjoyed the sounds of "Darlin'" and "Aren't You Glad". Soufflé Pop serves up this frisky tune from Brian Wilson that clocks in at just one minute and forty-five seconds which by the end of the recorded performance clearly states what the song is all about.

The Beach Boys 50th Reunion Tour

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Dee Long (2012)

Klaatu founding member Dee Long recently collaborated with fellow Canadian songwriter Elizabeth Racz on the brand new single "Negative Muse". The talented artist delivers a musical performance that reminds Soufflé Pop of the mellow moments of 10cc and Supertramp at the peak of their creative success. Hearing this song on Maui radio every three to four hours on a few pop music stations clearly demonstrates that the song belongs on the air on other broadcast outlets across the country. This song would have easily fit on many radio playlists in 1979 when the airwaves still embraced a wide variety of musical styles on one radio station.

"Negative Muse" on iTunes

Official Website for Dee Long

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Soufflé Pop Serves a Pop Soufflé from Klaatu (1980)

From Klaatu's fourth album "Endangered Species" comes this album closer from John Woloschuk's penned "All Good Things".

Video Below: 1979 Music Video for "A Routine Day" from 1978's "Sir Army Suit".

Official Website for Klaatu