Marshall Crenshaw's work could be classified Pure Pop for Now People had Nick Lowe not already used it as an album title (though the UK version was called Jesus of Cool).
While folks might recognize he played John Lennon in Beatlemania, more than likely you really only know him from his only top 40 hit "Someday, Someway".
But I've liked Crenshaw's work as an artist and a songwriter, but what was probably considered a throwaway song is my favourite.
I found "Mary Jean" on a $0.99 cassette tape of Warner Bros. B-Sides (the only other song worthy of note from that was Take 6 and k.d. lang's "Ridin' the Rails" - lord, what my memory captures and retains!).
But clearly Crenshaw eventually released the song on a disk, Mary Jean and 9 Others.
There is no true video for "Mary Jean". He wasn't an artist that any company was plugging down money for that kind of investment - which is a shame. Still it's a great song (so says I) and it's on all of my variations of iPods and iPhones.
It's four minutes of pop goodness.