Author: Robert Cass

Robert Cass lives in Chicago. For Popdose he's written under the Sugar Water, Bootleg City, and Box Office Flashback banners, and in 2013 he spearheaded 'Face Time, a collaboration with Jeff Giles and Mike Heyliger.
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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Only the Good Die Young (The Rest Pray for Early Parole)

The incarcerated mayor of Bootleg City was deeply disappointed to hear that HarperCollins has canceled the publication of Billy Joel's...

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: March 28, 1990

Prostitutes! Excessive partying! Jessica Tandy! These are a few of Charlie Sheen's favorite things, and they all make cameos in this week's...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Turn Off the Dark, Push the Panic Button, Rinse, Repeat

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark doesn't officially open until March 15, but it's already been slammed with some of the worst reviews...

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: January 28, 1982

Communists! Nazis! Old people! They all star in this week's Box Office Flashback to January 28, 1982....

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: One Man’s Dystopia Is Another Man’s …

Todd Rundgren's Utopia performed in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 16, 1974, but Bootleg City is where you'll find the document of their...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Say Anything Even Mildly Offensive

When Captain Owen Honors was demoted by the U.S. Navy on January 4 for in-house videos he made almost five years earlier, he learned an...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Have You Had a Skin Orgasm Lately?

Music-derived chills, or "skin orgasms," are experienced by certain personality types, especially during the holidays. Robert Cass goes up...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Louie Louie, “The State I’m In”

Louie Louie's "Sittin' in the Lap of Luxury" was one of the best singles of 1990, but what about the rest of his debut album?...

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Theatre

Theatre Review: “Alien Queen”

A new Chicago stage production combines the first two movies of the "Alien" franchise with the music of Queen....

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: December 10, 1984

Axel Foley, the Terminator, Supergirl, Mozart, and God all make appearances in this week's Box Office Flashback to December 10, 1984....

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Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: October 29, 1996

Robert Cass fills in for Jeff Giles this week and takes readers on a Box Office Flashback to October 29, 1996. (Rated R for vulgar language...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: The (Municipal) Political Shocker of the Decade of the Week!

Mayor Cass tips his hat (and the rest of his wardrobe) to the outgoing mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, and uploads a Nada Surf concert...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Please Stop Burning the Midnight Oil

Songs from Midnight Oil's 1993 acoustic tour are featured this week, while Bootleg City goes "unplugged" to fight light pollution...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Take Me Home

Mayor Cass returns with an end-of-summer recap from prison and features a 1990 bootleg from Phil Collins's Seriously Live! world tour....

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Take It or Leave It

The mayor of Bootleg City sends an update from prison, and the final two volumes of Y100 Sonic Sessions are featured in their...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: We Love to Fly Drunk and It Shows

U.S. airports will soon be selling more alcohol to raise revenue for cash-strapped local governments, while airlines continue to charge...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Who’s Bad?

Yesterday morning I decided to take a leisurely bike ride along Whiskey River, the main waterway that runs through Bootleg City....

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: How Celebrities Can Help End the BP Oil Spill

On Tuesday CNN’s Larry King announced that he’ll end his 25-year-old talk show this fall, having been beaten consistently in...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: It Is Not Matt Wardlaw’s Destiny to Experience the Triumph of Victory

In addition to letting perennial electoral bridesmaid Matt Wardlaw write a chapter of my autobiography in exchange for bailing me out of an...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: I’ll Need to See Some Identification

I’d like to start off by apologizing for my absence last week. After deciding to boycott all things Arizona from Bootleg City, I...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Arizona, It Was Nice Knowin’ Ya

On April 23 Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law the state’s controversial immigration bill, which aims “to identify,...

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Current Events, Sugar Water, Television

Sugar Water: $#*! You’ll Be Hearing on TV Soon

On May 12 the American Civil Liberties Union filed two free-speech lawsuits in Scranton, Pennsylvania, defending citizens who were charged...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Crowded Classrooms

The Bootleg City teacher’s union went on strike this week, delaying the production of this week’s mayoral update. Or is it...

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DVD Reviews, Film

DVD Review: “Pulling John”

In 1987 Cannon Films, the studio that became (in)famous for churning out low-budget genre fare like The Delta Force and Breakin’ 2:...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Earlier this week I took a group of underprivileged kids to see the first big blockbuster of the summer movie season, Iron Man 2. Or at...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Mama Cass (Yo’ Mama Is a Mother From Another City)

Last week I mentioned that my mom took me to see Chicago in West Germany in 1977 with Matt Wardlaw and his older sister— I mean, his...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Catholic Church Announces Farewell Tour

Earlier today I received the following press release in an e-mail attachment. It was also posted on the Vatican’s website before...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Old Days

Old days — good times I remember. Fun days, filled with simple pleasures. Drive-in movies, comic books and blue jeans, Howdy...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Doesn’t Smell Like Team Spirit to Me

As most of you know by now, “The Goon and the Prune” didn’t shoot a single frame of film in Bootleg City. Amnesty...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: The Heroically Tedious Journey of Making a Movie Begins!

Last week I delivered the thrilling news that a movie is going to be shot right here in Bootleg City, and now I’m happy to announce...