If you look up powerpop in the dictionary, it ought to list Van Duren as a synonym. Though the term doesn’t do justice to the breadth of his work, Van Duren pioneered a sound that reverberates to this day. A contemporary and collaborator of Memphis legends Big Star, Van’s earliest records were critically-adored gems of sparkling songcraft and production. He's uniquely gifted at packing a great deal into a small space. A breathtaking melodist, a meticulous writer. An artist and a craftsman.
Listen to Van's Mix on Spotify:
Van Duren's Mix:
1) Neil Finn, "She Will Have Her Way"
2) Sam Phillips, "Strawberry Road"
3) Sting with Mary J. Blige, "Whenever I Say Your Name"
4) Liam Grundy, "One More Night"
5) Sara Bareilles, "King of Anything"
6) David Bowie, "I Can't Give Everything Away"
7) NRBQ, "Tired Of Your Permanent"
8) George Harrison, "What Is Life"
9) Nick Lowe, "Stoplight Roses"
10) Van Duren, "Catcher In the Rain"
11) Aimee Mann, "Amateur"
12) Supertramp, "The Logical Song"
13) The Band, "Tears Of Rage"