Author: Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes joined the Popdose writing staff only after enduring a humiliating series of hazing rituals. One day he'll write a tell-all book, and then they'll all pay. Until then, you can also catch him at his regular home, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, or you can follow him on Twitter.

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: Ruth Brown, “5-10-15 Hours”

This week the pre-Beatles spotlight shines on Atlantic's Queen of R&B, the one and only Ruth Brown....

Sinking Ship of Musical Cruises

Music, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: Six Musical Cruises to Make You Wish for a Hurricane

Good tunes, good times, and good people. Three things you won't find on any of these musical package cruises....

The Flamingos (1959)

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes for You”

In the spring of 1959, the Flamingos achieved immortality with one of the most beautiful pop songs ever released....

Milli Vanilli Grammy Award

Music, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: Top Seven Vanishing Acts — Grammy Awards, Best New Artist

Winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist isn't all it's cracked up to be. Just ask these seven acts....

Bobby Vinton - "There! I've Said It Again"

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: Bobby Vinton, “There! I’ve Said It Again”

There was musical life before the Beatles, and Before We Was Fab has the proof....

The Beatles - "Nowhere Man"

Music, Popdose Lists

Bronze on the Charts, Gold in Our Hearts: 10 Great Singles That Peaked at #3

Just because a song gets stuck at #3 on the charts doesn't mean it's not an all-time great....

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (center ring)

Music, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Essential Albums for Starting a Jazz Collection

If you had to pick only 10 albums from the entire history of jazz with which to start a collection, these would be great choices....

Sad Cleveland Browns fans with paper bags on their heads

Football, Sports

Popdose Sports: The Five Stages of Grief for a Tortured Football Fan

It isn't easy being a fan of a lousy football team. But if you can recognize the stages of grief, maybe you can help. Or not....

Music, Popdose Lists

Top 10 Colin Moulding XTC Songs

Let's take a look back at the 10 finest moments from XTC's catalog as written by Colin Moulding....

DisneyWorld Barbershop Quartet

Music, Popdose Lists

5 Musical Genres Overdue for a Comeback

It seems just about every musical style gets recycled whether it deserves it or not. Here are five genres that definitely do....

Led Zeppelin O2 Arena reunion

Music, Popdose Lists

The Top 8 Reunions I’ll Never See Because the World Is Ending

You can't say these eight bands didn't have their chance to do it one last time before the world came to an end....

Newtown school shooting

Current Events

On America and Its Guns

Now is not only not the wrong time to talk about this, it's the only time....

Rush (2012)

Music, Popdose Lists

The 15 Best Rush Songs Since the 1990s

Now that Rush is at long last in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's as good a time as any to look at their best material... from the '90s...

Rush (2012)

Music, Popdose Lists, Year-End Best-Of Lists

Best of 2012: Chris Holmes’s Favorite Albums of the Year

Chris Holmes breaks it down to give you his favorite albums of the year that was 2012....

James Hetfield

Music, Popdose Lists

Top 5 Music Autobiographies That Need to Be Written

There are a lot of great music autobiographies out there, but there are great ones still to be written. Chris Holmes counts down the Top 5....

Jackie Gleason

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Jackie Gleason, “Music for Lovers Only”

Love life in the ruts? Pick up Real Gone Music's reissue of the classic Jackie Gleason album Music for Lovers Only and bring back the...


Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Weekly Mixtape: Some Rays of Sunshine in All This Darkness

It's been a rough summer for a lot of people out there, so let Popdose provide just a small pick-me-up for everyone....

king's x 1992

Music, News

A special video message from King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill

King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill is recovering nicely after a heart attack suffered in February. Here's how you can help him with his medical...

Music, Popdose Flashback '82

Popdose Flashback ’82: Iron Maiden, “The Number of the Beast”

Chris Holmes reflects on one of heavy metal's landmark albums, Iron Maiden's "The Number of the Beast," for this edition of Popdose...

Music, Popdose Flashback '92

Popdose Flashback ’92: King’s X, “King’s X”

Chris Holmes takes a fond look back at the self-titled fourth LP from King's X, released this week in 1992....


Call It a Comeback: Black Sabbath, “Heaven and Hell”

As the '80s began, it seemed metal legends Black Sabbath were ending. But a new singer and a new album changed all that, for a time....

Ram Jam

Beyond the Wonder, Music

Beyond the Wonder: Ram Jam

Ram Jam's "Black Betty" is undoubtedly one of the catchiest rock tunes of the '70s. Too bad it didn't infect the rest of their 1977 debut...

The Popdose Guide to The Beach Boys

Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to the Beach Boys

A look at the songs and the story behind 50 years of the Beach Boys, American's greatest pop band....

Phill Brown, “Are We Still Rolling?”

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Phill Brown, “Are We Still Rolling?”

Engineer and producer Phill Brown reflects on more than four decades in the music business with "Are We Still Rolling?" Chris Holmes weighs...


Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Weekly Mixtape: 2/4/11 — In Love At Last

Chris Holmes offers a selection of songs that helped him fall in love with some of his now-favorite artists, such as Randy Newman, Wilco,...

Beyond the Wonder, Music

Beyond the Wonder: Up

They're too sexy for Milan, New York, and Japan. But is Right Said Fred's "Up" too sexy for this installment of Beyond the Wonder? Chris...


Current Events

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

In light of the recent tragedy in Norway, Chris Holmes wonders what responsibility, if any, Christians bear for Anders Breivik's crimes....


Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Friday Mixtape: 7/22/11 (Shut Up and Play! – My favorite instrumentals)

Don't you just wish you could just enjoy your favorite bands without a singer getting in the way for once? Your wish is this week's Popdose...


Books, Kirkus Reviews, Sports

Popdose at Kirkus Reviews: James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN”

Kirkus Reviews, founded in 1933, is a venerable institution in the media world. For more than 75 years, Kirkus has served as the industry...


Books, Kirkus Reviews

Popdose at Kirkus Reviews: Del Quentin Wilber, “Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan”

We look at a book the recounts the day when one man's obsession with celebrity nearly brought down the President of the United States....