About The Kinks Debut (1964)

The top three bands of the British Invasion are: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and…tied for third, The Who and The Kinks? In articles like these where you are supposed to project a voice of authority, you’re not supposed to speak in ...

Kiss Go Through Hell For “Hotter Than Hell”

It is nearly impossible to imagine a world without Kiss at this point. Whether you are a full-on soldier in the Kiss Army or you can’t stand them at all, you are always made aware that they exist even now. Gene Simmons’ ...

Nachtmusik: 20 Years Of Joe Jackson’s “Night Music”

In October 1994, musical chameleon Joe Jackson would release what was up to that point his strangest album. That’s saying something, considering the full scope of his musical output.

Known for an almost ruthless spirit of musical adventure, Jackson burst on the ...

Popdose Flashback 1963: The Singing Nun, “Dominique”

The Number One hit for the entire month of December 1963 was “Dominique” from The Singing Nun. Just think about that for a moment.

Jeanine Deckers was the singer of the tune about Saint Dominic, a Spanish-born priest and founder of ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: Yes, “90125”

Debuting in November 1983, there probably isn’t anything about Yes’ 90125 that hasn’t already been said. A longtime favorite of the prog rock set, Yes was known for album-side song-suites that showcased a high degree of musical virtuosity (that some ...

Popdose Flashback 1993: “Got Milk?” Debuts

I remember seeing someone leave a movie theater, grousing about what he had just seen, and asking anyone aloud, “Who gave that guy the money to make a __________movie?”

“That guy” was action director Michael Bay, the movie was either ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: The Animated G.I.Joe Debuts

Warfare is not the easiest subject matter to adapt to children’s television. Neither is terrorism, and post 9-11, the concepts seem absurdly unthinkable, and yet here we are. The animated G.I. Joe mini-series debuted in syndication in ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: Huey Lewis and the News, “Sports”

Personal maturity is not necessarily about leaving behind the stuff of youth. It is most often about embracing the stuff of youth and having the confidence and sense-of-self to say, “I don’t really care what you think of my choice ...

Popdose Flashback 1993: The Fugitive

Landing on August 6, 1993, nobody expected much from The Fugitive. It was directed by Andrew Davis (previously director of Steven Seagal action flick Under Siege) and written by David Twohy (later of ...

Popdose Flashback 1973: American Graffiti

There’s a lot of ire thrown in George Lucas’ direction. Star Wars meant a lot to many, many people and a great many felt the franchise was best served when Lucas only had tertiary input into it (otherwise known as the ...

Popdose Flashback 1993: Billy Joel, “River Of Dreams”

Dw Dunphy – Think about this. How bad might it be that, for a whole third of your career, your muse for your creations is permanently tied to them. Those who recognize you for what you’ve done will constantly bring ...

Popdose Flashback 1973: We Love (John) Candy

We don’t often agree on things among the Popdose Staff. Ask us what we feel about “How Much I Feel” by Ambrosia, the solo albums of Ben Folds, whether George Lucas can ever be forgiven for

Popdose Flashback 1993: Korn Again

Dw Dunphy – Chris, in 1993, were you an angry suburban music fan who wanted to ride on the train that was hip hop/rap, but didn’t want to give up down-tuned guitars in trade?

Chris Holmes – Angry? Check.  Suburban? ...

Popdose Flashback 1973: Chicago, “Chicago VI”

Fuzzy memory insists that the first wave of Chicago’s offerings, the batch featuring the unmistakable Terry Kath, was always a beloved golden period and it was only in later years that they were shown disrespect for weak material. ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: Superman III

There were so many classic films released in 1983 that it is almost incomprehensible to rank the awesomeness that abounded that year. So let’s not, and talk about Superman III instead.

Okay, so maybe that setup is unfair. There ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: Iron Maiden, “Piece of Mind”

It’s easy now to take for granted how flawless Iron Maiden was in the 1980s, but even as they issued one classic album after another that decade I spent little time appreciating what a massive legacy the group was building. I ...

Popdose Flashback 1963: Sgt. Fury Debuts

   In the past seven years, who would have suspected the most important character to emerge from the Marvel Comics firmament would be Sgt. Nick Fury of the Howling Commandos (1963)? Nick Fury, later an ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: The Rise Of Nintendo

In the beginning there was Pong. Little more than two digital lines scrolling from the top of a television screen to the bottom, blocking a digital square that may or may not have been a ping pong ball, ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: The Tubes, “Outside/Inside”

The Tubes were a much different band before David Foster met them. They were originally the sex-addled crossbred spiritual offspring of Zappa and The Mothers and the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, a punk/cabaret/performance-art conglomeration that liked ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: Introducing The Compact Disc

1983 marks the year compact discs go on sale for the first time in the United States. They had been first released in Japan the previous October, and their arrival and existence would signal several major changes in ...

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