The Popdose Guide to Chicago

[Jefito’s Note: So it’s come to this. For as long as I’ve been writing Idiot’s Guides (and/or hosting them – I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve actually had to do one of these things myself), the shadow of a Complete Idiot’s ...

The Popdose Guide To… The Melvins

I didn’t pick up on the Melvins right away. In fact, I’m not sure when I started listening to them but when I did, there was no stopping me.  I loved the quirky rhythms, the ever changing styles on their records ...

The Popdose Guide to New Edition

When it comes to listing the most influential artists of our generation, one group that definitely gets short shrift is New Edition. Alternately dismissed as a teen-pop fad or “that group that Bobby Brown came from” (never mind that Brown wasn’t ...

The Popdose Guide to the Beach Boys

To fairly and accurately tell the story of American popular music in the 20th century, you cannot overstate the impact or importance of the Beach Boys. If there was one band that could stand toe-to-toe with the Beatles for pop supremacy ...

The Popdose Guide to Babyface

He hasn’t had a Top 40 hit in a decade, but don’t let that fool you — as a producer, songwriter, performer, and entrepreneur, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is one of the most influential artists of the last 25 years. One of the ...

The Popdose Guide to Madonna: Part 3

For the final installment of the Popdose Guide to Madonna, Robin Monica Alexander and Kelly Stitzel discuss a potpourri of “other” works in Madonna’s catalogue, including soundtrack work, remix albums and greatest hits collections. Robin Monica and Kelly also recap their seven ...

The Popdose Guide to Madonna: Part 2

The Queen of Reinvention, Madonna’s output in the late-90s and first decade of the 21st century proved to be the most diverse of her career. In the span of five albums, she explores electronica, country, rock, disco and hip-hop. She even learned ...

The Popdose Guide to Madonna: Part 1

In the summer of 1958, three of the biggest stars pop music would ever see were born — Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson. All three are, for what it’s worth, enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And in the ...

The Popdose Guide to They Might Be Giants

Before you do anything else, listen to this first.

I was inspired to do this on Dave Steed’s recent “Rock End of the ‘80s,” when “Ana Ng” recently came up, because of the ensuing comments that They Might Be Giants hadn’t recorded ...

The Popdose Guide to Journey

This story of Journey is about three men: Herbie Herbert, the visionary former manager of the band, Steve Perry, the enigmatic lead singer who helped take the band to great heights, and Neal Schon, the guitar virtuoso Herbert built the ...

The Popdose Guide to Papas Fritas

What started out as a carefree hobby for three Tufts University undergraduates in 1992 quickly became a vehicle for creating some of the most memorable, endearing pop music of the decade. Delaware natives Tony Goddess (guitar, piano, and vocals) and Shivika Asthana ...

The Popdose Guide to Duran Duran

There were few, if any, top-tier pop groups from the ’80s as polarizing as Duran Duran. If you were into them, you consumed their every word, thought and movement as if God himself was speaking through them. If you weren’t into them, ...

The Popdose Guide to Megadeth, Part Two

So here we are for part two of the Popdose Guide to Megadeth! (If you missed part one, you can read it here.) In the first decade or so of their existence, Dave Mustaine’s brainchild had compiled a damn impressive discography.  It’s ...

The Popdose Guide to Megadeth, Part One

A long time ago in the comments section of a Popdose post by the legendary Dw. Dunphy, I committed to writing a Popdose Guide to Megadeth.  So here I am, a few years later, to deliver on that promise.

Any metal ...

The Popdose Guide to Raphael Saadiq

The name Raphael Saadiq still probably isn’t familiar to the average casual music fan, but that shouldn’t discount the fact that the Bay Area native has been perhaps the most consistent R&B singer/songwriter/producer of recent times.

Born Charlie Ray Wiggins, Raphael got ...

The Popdose Guide to Be Bop Deluxe

The story of Be Bop Deluxe is essentially the story of Bill Nelson in the 1970s.  Born in Wakefield, England in 1948 and educated at the Wakefield College of Art, Nelson released his first solo album, Northern Dream, in 1971.  It drew ...

The Popdose Guide to Buckethead, Part Four

Just like when I did the Popdose Guide to Prince I’m a little sad to see it come to an end but I certainly won’t need to hear any more Buckethead for a long long time.  With this final part comes the ...

The Popdose Guide to Buckethead, Part Three

We’ve moved on to part 3 of the Popdose Guide to Buckethead. Parts 1 and 2 consisted of his solo works while parts 3 and 4 are going to focus on his groups and collaborations. I’m only including albums here if Buckethead ...

The Popdose Guide to Buckethead, Part Two

In part one we took a gander at the first 13 Buckethead “solo” albums. We’ll close out with the final 15 before moving on to his group projects in Part 3. And if you’re one of the many that said the first ...

The Popdose Guide to Buckethead, Part One

Call me crazy, but I kind of liked the thought of a Popdose guide to Buckethead. Crazy of course because if you told me the guy recorded a new song every day of his life, I might believe you. Brian Carroll, AKA ...

The Popdose Guide to Devo

Ever had a moment where you worried that human civilization might be utterly, irrevocably, and unquestionably fucked? Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale certainly did. Pioneers in the study of mankind’s continual “de-evolution”, the two founders and principal songwriters of Devo have spent ...

The Popdose Guide to Michael Jackson, Part Four

It’s kind of hard to say anything about Michael Jackson’s adult solo career that hasn’t been said a million times before. It is worth noting that even when you strip away the many commercial superlatives awarded to those albums, there’s still an ...

The Popdose Guide to Michael Jackson, Part Three

In 1975, four of the five members of the Jackson 5 signed a contract with Epic Records, leaving the Motown label, which had been their recording home for six years. Only Jermaine, who was married to Motown boss Berry Gordy’s daughter Hazel, ...

The Popdose Guide to Michael Jackson, Part Two

Michael’s family members might have wanted to keep the Jackson 5 a democracy, but Motown Records knew a superstar when they saw one. Furthermore, they noticed what competing label MGM was doing with the Osmonds (whose initial pop success was due to ...

The Popdose Guide to Michael Jackson, Part One

Some folks call him the King of Pop. Others call him Wacko Jacko. However you refer to him, you can’t deny that Michael Jackson was one of a kind. In just under 51 years on Earth, the man rewrote the rules for ...

The Popdose Guide to the Steve Miller Band, Part 1

That’s it. I’ve had it. Or in the immortal words of Frank Costanza, I got a lot of problems with you people.

For months upon months, I’ve watched as Popdose readers have slammed the guy who got me into pop music as ...

The Popdose Guide to Prince, Part Three

Phew! Two posts, 30-some records in, and hundreds of songs later, we’re still only at the year 1999 in the career of Prince, but the nice part about this section is that there’s probably a lot here that most people have either ...