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Jesus of Cool: Satanic Messages! (Not)

Last week’s massive international celebration of Vinyl Record Day (wait – you say that big party they showed on TV was about...

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Jesus of Cool: Jon’s Singles File — Franke Goes Dirty Dancing

By now it’s a cliché, though often a useful one, to allow a particular song to remind you of a certain time or place –...

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Jesus of Cool: What’s It 2U?

One of my favorite Popdose experiences to date came in the wake of Part 9 in our colleague Dave Steed’s wonderful “Bottom...

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Jesus of Cool: Boomers See “The Stranger” in Themselves

These days baby boomers, especially women, are in something of a panic. Demographically, professionally, financially and sociologically,...

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Jesus of Cool: “Weeds” Goes to Pot

sit•com n. Informal A situation comedy; a television comedy series involving a group of regular characters in everyday situations,...

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Jesus of Cool: Six Degrees of Bo Donaldson

When I worked at Billboard in the mid-’90s, a stroll past dance editor Larry Flick’s cubicle was a necessity — he sat...

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Jesus of Cool: Gettin’ Down (or Not) to “Swingtown”

Can you feel it? I feel it. You know what I’m talking about – that sudden jolt, that shock that has surged through the...

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Jesus of Cool: In Praise of … Cliff Richard?

Last week in this space, I described a single by the Canadian rock band Prism as “sounding like an early-’80s Cliff Richard...

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Jesus of Cool: Jon’s Singles File, Vol. 34

Actually, it’s only Volume 2, but who’s counting? This is an all-Canadian edition of my occasional series sorting through the...

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Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’00s

The difference between journalism and history is, of course, time and perspective – as I’ve been reminded over the last few...

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Jesus of Cool: Talking Hot 100 Blues, with Geoff Mayfield

Over the past several months I’ve been engaged in a Vision Quest on this tiny slice of the Internet, attempting to locate and...

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Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’90s

Man, I’ve got a headache. Maybe it’s a hangover from the most recent installment in this series, when so many readers joined...

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Jesus of Cool: The Rock Yearbooks, 1981-89

A few weeks ago in this space, I located the origin of my personal anglophilia in the syndicated radio show Rock Over London, which...

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Jesus of Cool: Jon’s Singles File, Vol. 1

Like a lot of music buyers back in the late ’70s and early ’80s – a pre-Compact Disc era when recession, market...

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Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’80s

Something’s come over me as I’ve contemplated this, the fourth edition of what promises to be a six-part series (the invention...

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Jesus of Cool: Rock Over London!

Having spent the last two columns riffing on the careers of Robbie Williams and Texas, two acts that sped my acclimation to the U.K. during...

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Jesus of Cool: Don’t Mess with Texas

Imagine a band with a sultry female singer, an impressive new-wave pedigree, a sound that expertly blends Motown soul with contemporary...

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Jesus of Cool: In Praise of Robbie Williams

“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” —George Bernard Shaw In July 1998 my wife, my...

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Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’70s

It’s time for the third installment in our six-part series (assuming I finish before the end of the decade) documenting the most...

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Jesus of Cool: Rousing the Rabble for the Rock Hall of Fame

Patti Myers wants her favorite band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — and she wants you to help get them there. “If you are...

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Jesus of Cool: Carlene Carter, Back and “Stronger”

As any loyal Popdose reader with a lingering affection for British power pop surely knows, the name of this column is cribbed from Nick...

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Jesus of Cool: “After All” and Al Jarreau’s Crossover Dream

At first glance, the video for Al Jarreau’s 1984 single “After All” seems simple enough. Jarreau sings on a soundstage...

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Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’60s

You’d think that slogging through the detritus of the 1960s would be a more delicate maneuver than slinging the shite of the...

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Jesus of Cool: Rock Wars 1980 – Shooting Star vs. Touch

I would hope that every music geek had a friend growing up like my friend John – a guy who was just as passionate about music as you...

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Jesus of Cool: The Worst #1 Hits of The ’50s

Welcome to the first installment of an occasional series that dares you to wallow in the very worst of the very best — or...

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Jesus of Cool: One Grammy Worth Caring About

Grammy week is upon us, and I couldn’t be less excited. I used to live for the Grammys during the early part of the year, just like I...

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Jesus of Cool: In Praise of Mandy Moore

Here in the etherworldly state of Serious Pop Culture Fandom, Internet division, it’s traditional to set impossibly high quality...

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Jesus of Cool: Pop Goes My Heart — 10 Great Films About the Music Biz

Ladies and gentlemen, the best music-movie moment of 2007: kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/S0A7dtdc-nU" width="425"...

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Jesus of Cool: John Hughes, Sixteen Candles, and a Kiss … of Death

If you were a GenXer coming of age in the 1980s, moviegoing meant heavy doses of Harrison Ford, too much Tom Cruise, an occasional journey...