From Ricky Nelson to Ricky Martin, and from Johnny Tillotson to Justin Timberlake, pop music has always spawned its share of teen idols, although perhaps no decade generated more Tiger Beat icons than the 1970s. The two-disc Pin-Ups: The Original Pop Idols is an exhaustive and ultimately exhausting overview of "the Me Decade"'s sappiest and crappiest pop hits, a who's-who of where-are-they-now's, but while the likes of Donny Osmond "("Puppy Love""), the Bay City Rollers ("Give a Little Love"), David Cassidy ("How Can I Be Sure?"), and David Essex ("Gonna Make You a Star") all rest comfortably within the teen idol conceit -- hell, even David Soul's "Don't Give Up on Us" fits the bill -- the disc also takes some truly strange byways. There's no way Jack Jones ("Wives and Lovers") was ever a teen idol anthem, and by the time he released "If You Go Away," the god-like Scott Walker had long since left his teenybopper contingent behind. So what you get is a bunch of unlistenable songs that fit the theme, and a few good ones that don't -- in other words, avoid Pin-Ups as if it had cooties.
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