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Popdose Flashback ’90: Brian Eno and John Cale, “Wrong Way Up”

There was an odd cultural moment about twenty years ago when veterans of the 1970s rock avant-garde started showing up in an unexpected...

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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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Popdose Flashback ’90: An Emotional Fish, “An Emotional Fish”

My seven-years-older brother went through a heavy Jethro Tull phase during his teens. (I know, I know — this is supposed to be a piece...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Traveling Wilburys, “Vol. 3”

The second (and seemingly final) Traveling Wilburys album turns 20 this week — and for Dw. Dunphy, the disappointment still stings a...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Suzanne Vega, “Days of Open Hand”

I like third albums. They’ve got a certain revelatory character about them. They’re not always the best records of an artist’s career...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: George Michael, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1”

Jason Hare reflects on the 20th anniversary of Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 -- the beginning of the end for George Michael's US...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Madonna, “I’m Breathless”

Robin Monica Alexander and Kelly Stitzel revisit I'm Breathless, Madonna's 1990 soundtrack tie-in to Warren Beatty's comic-strip...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: The Vaughan Brothers, “Family Style”

On the 20th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan's death, Michael Fortes revisits the Texas guitar master's swan song: a collaboration with...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Duran Duran, “Liberty”

Duran Duran's "Liberty" turns 20 this year; David Medsker takes a look back at the group's decline....

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Deee-Lite, “World Clique”

Kelly Stitzel brings us back to Christmas 1990 to celebrate the release of Deee-Lite's debut, "World Clique."...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Sonic Youth, “Goo”

Though Sonic Youth are the quintessential indie rock group, they actually spent 18 years on a major label. Michael Fortes looks back at the...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Suicidal Tendencies, “Lights … Camera … Revolution”

Punk? Metal? No matter what you call Suicidal Tendencies, there's no argument that 1990's "Lights...Camera...Revolution" was a peak for the...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Wilson Phillips, “Wilson Phillips”

I blame Mike Love. Yes, it’s so easy to blame the guy for everything wrong in music. I mean, he’s egotistical, gave money to...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Michael McDonald, “Take It to Heart”

I am 16. It’s July, and I’m in Florida, where, to quote my uncle Larry, the air is so fucking wet that you won’t notice if you towel...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Harry Connick Jr., “We Are in Love”

Twenty years ago, Harry Connick shared his recipe for love -- and led a new generation of pop crooners to rediscover some time-tested...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Cheap Trick, “Busted”

In a very personal Flashback '90, Popdose writer Michael Fortes revisits the lows and highs of Cheap Trick's Busted, song by song....

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Mariah Carey, “Mariah Carey”

Sure, a big part of Mariah Carey’s success had to do with cold calculation. If you listen to her 1990 debut album, it’s fairly...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Andrew Ridgeley, “Son of Albert”

Bobby. Art. Dave. Sonny. Ike. J-’Stache. Curt. Paul (Humphreys, that is). Everly (no, not that one, the other one) … Of all the lesser...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Jill Sobule, “Things Here Are Different”

I first became a fan of Jill Sobule’s after hearing her 1997 album, Happy Town. Though I was familiar with her work via her earlier...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Lou Reed/John Cale, “Songs for Drella”

It's been 20 years since Lou Reed and John Cale set aside their differences to pay tribute to their former manager, Andy Warhol. Matthew...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: World Party, “Goodbye Jumbo”

Earth Day 1990 was a very big deal. Held on April 23, a Sunday, it marked the pinnacle of an upswing in green consumerism and a transition...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Fleetwood Mac, “Behind the Mask”

As Popdose’s editor in chief Jeff Giles (y’all) would probably agree, Lindsey Buckingham is still probably one of the most...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, “The New Orleans Album”

The 1980s were not, to put it mildly, a good decade for brass sections. We still heard horns on the Top 40, sure — but more often...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Eddy Grant, “Barefoot Soldier”

Everybody remembers Eddy Grant's early-'80s hit "Electric Avenue," but he came back strong in 1990 with Barefoot Soldier, as Kelly...

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Popdose Flashback: The Lightning Seeds, “Cloudcuckooland”

When the Lightning Seeds sprouted on modern rock radio in the spring of 1990, their songs felt (as much as anything on modern rock radio...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Social Distortion, “Social Distortion”

For some people, Social Distortion is the very definition of a rock and roll band. After all, they have everything the average rock fan...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Digital Underground, “Sex Packets”

We’re only a few months into our Flashback ’90 series, and we’ve already unearthed about as many regrettable hits as we...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Public Enemy, “Fear of a Black Planet”

Twenty years after this Public Enemy classic was released, Mike Heyliger reflects on its legacy -- and laments mainstream hip-hop's turn...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Various Artists, “Pretty Woman”

Rob Smith tells himself he's over the Pretty Woman soundtrack, but is he the king of wishful thinking?...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Peter Murphy, “Deep”

Twenty years after it was released, Ben Wiser says Peter Murphy's Deep still cuts you up....