Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY 10:14 a.m. EDT July 31, 2014
Paul Collins is a rock ‘n’ roll veteran who has crafted some of the catchiest power-pop tunes of the ’70s and ’80s. Best known for his work with The Nerves and The Beat, Collins has influenced generations of musicians and has been covered by everyone from Blondie to Green Day. (Fun fact: The Nerves wrote and recorded the original version of Blondie’s Hanging on the Telephone.)
In September Collins releases a new album, Feel the Noise, and it proves his songwriting skills have only gotten better with age. Today I’m thrilled to premiere an excellent track from it called I Need My Rock n’ Roll.
As you’ll hear, the song is irresistibly infectious. I’ve had it on repeat for days and still get a chill when those harmonies kick in!