28. Lifesavers: Poplife

(Blonde Vinyl, 1991)
(Blonde Vinyl, 1991)

Well, the thing about Mike Knott is that he really is a chameleon, which he sings about on Life of David. But I’m not talking about that type of chameleon, rather, his uncanny ability to play many generes, and not only do that, but do it well. Poplife was an enjoyable serving of simple-to-a-fault lo-fi surf rock, and I love the feel of this record. It has that beach vibe, that lying on your beach towel too-tired-to-get-up-and-go-in-the-water lazy day feeling.

Jet Plane just so happens to be one of my favorite Knott songs of all time. And It’s a Crazy Thing is another Knott gem, a song that translates well as an acoustic number too. At times the record sounds like the life was drained right out of Knott, who also released This is the Healing the same year. But the vibe works.

For sure, this is not one of Knott’s classics. There are other, better records in his discography. But for some reason this record has always struck my fancy, which means I’ve played it a lot. Like I said, the music itself is simple and laid back, with that too-lazy-to-get-up-off-the-couch-and-turn-the-channel mood you used to get in the days prior to the invention of the remote control. You may like Poplife, but chances are you’ll think it’s nothing special. But, in the true vibe of the record, whatever.


  • I Don’t Know (Sister, Sister)
  • Queen Of The Captive
  • Jet Plane
  • Skate
  • It’s A Crazy Thing
  • Surf With God
  • Comin’ Up Roses
  • Lookin’ For A Suit
  • Surf With God (Reprise)



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