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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: A Tori-fic Finale

It’s time to wrap up this series for a variety of unimportant reasons, but before I go, it’s time to pay a debt. Nearly three years...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Sloan, “Underwhelmed”

There’s a formula for power-pop success that simply isn’t used as often as it should be: Have a killer hook, simple and...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Poe, “Haunted”

The music industry is cruel to … well, pretty much everyone. But it’s especially awful to women who make music-industry men...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Judas, “Heaven on Their Minds”

We’re raising the ante in this month’s installment of What’s THAT Supposed to Mean? — this month’s singer is...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Belly, “Shiny One”

It’s 1993. “Alternative music” is not yet just the genre where we stick anything semi-popular that isn’t R&B or...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Veruca Salt, “Shutterbug”

They did warn you about the Seether. Three years after coming out of nowhere with a powerful series of rock hooks on their debut...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: The Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping”

Creativity is a funny thing. You can work all your life to create something on your own terms, only to find that the quick throwaway thing...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Beastie Boys, “Gratitude”

A killer bass line fed through one of the fuzziest pedals ever invented. A heavy dose of wah-wah on a two-note guitar solo. A powerful...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: XTC, “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead”

In an era full of quirky bands, XTC may have been the quirkiest. Their debut album featured primary singer/songwriter Andy Partridge...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Blondie, “Long Time”

Some people get crankier when they get older. They drift off and sit in front of whatever TV shows best reinforce their stereotypes and...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: “The Green Fields of France”

This month’s entry is being dictated by the times. We’re still marking the 100-year anniversary of the most ghoulish, pointless...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Green Day, “Jesus of Suburbia”

And there’s nothing wrong with me, this how I’m supposed to be, in a land of make-believe that don’t believe in me....

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Silversun Pickups, “Panic Switch”

Are you pistol-whipped? Do you release the glitch? Can you fall asleep with a panic switch? What’s THAT supposed to mean? Quite by...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: The Psychedelic Furs, “Pretty in Pink”

She turns herself round and she smiles and she says, “This is it, that’s the end of the joke.” What’s THAT supposed...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Aimee Mann, “Lost in Space”

But I am the stuff of happy endings / Though mostly bluff, belief suspending / But close enough for just pretending / To care? What’s...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Metric, “Gimme Sympathy”

Who would you rather be? / The Beatles or the Rolling Stones / Oh, seriously / You’re gonna make mistakes, you’re young. What’s THAT...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Rush, “Witch Hunt”

Silent and stern in the sweltering night. The mob moves like demons possessed. What’s THAT supposed to mean? In 1974, Rush replaced...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Stevie Wonder, “Higher Ground”

Lovers keep on lovin’. Believers keep on believin’. Sleepers just stop sleepin’. ‘Cause it won’t be too long. What’s THAT...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Stereolab, “Ping Pong”

Huger slump and greater wars and a shallower recovery? What’s THAT supposed to mean? Stereolab may be the quintessential 90s band,...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: The Sounds, Bill Bruford and Creativity’s Curse

“Standing in the shadows I hear people say, I got confessions to make, listen up! No one sleeps when I’m awake.” What’s THAT...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Tori Amos, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”

Boys on the left, boys on the right, Sister Ernestine, just bring your son? What’s THAT supposed to mean? Tori Amos wasn’t always so...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Airborne Toxic Event, “Sometime Around Midnight”

Your friends say you look like you’ve seen a ghost? What’s that supposed to mean? In this case, unlike the first two songs in...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: R.E.M., “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”

You wore a shirt of violent green and never understood, don’t f— … hey! Whoa! What’s that supposed to mean? Greatness has often...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Live, “Lakini’s Juice”

He shared an evening with the sun, took the water from the toilet and yelled out “Let me ride!” What’s THAT supposed to mean? Welcome...

Current Events

The Ted Zone: What’s the Value of LinkedIn?

The day LinkedIn announced Microsoft was buying the company, I deleted my LinkedIn profile. ...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: What’s So Funny ‘Bout Fist Bumps and Barack Obama?

For four days now, the left side of the electorate has been scratching its collective head and asking itself, “Why don’t...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Paul Melançon’s “Depression, Ayahuasca, Cartoons” and New Music

Power pop secret weapon Paul Melançon preps new music that could have been no music at all....

Film

Could Be Fantastic: Five Documentaries About Lost Films

I’ve long been fascinated by movies that, for one reason or another, were never filmed or released. What would it have been like if...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: Julian Velard, “Don’t Ask Me About Hamilton (Anymore)”

Popdose is pleased to premiere the video for “Don’t Ask Me About Hamilton (Anymore)."...