Here’s the proof: Dylan was good in the ’80s

Maybe it’s because it’s when I first discovered Dylan, but I’ve always had a soft spot for his much-maligned ’80s output. I was still an impressionable college sophomore when a friend gave me a mixtape of Dylan songs in an attempt to ...

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 ...

Top 10 Late-Night TV Talk Show Bombs

The landscape of late-night television talk shows is an ever-shifting one, and seems to have been in a near-constant state of flux since the legendary Johnny Carson retired in 1992. But even before then, the list of failed talk shows over the ...

Top 8 Nickelodeon Shows of the 1980s

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For adults of my age range who had access to basic cable in the 1980s, the most important channel in the universe was — sorry MTV fans — Nickelodeon. From meager beginnings as The Pinwheel Network, ...

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 ...

Top 5 Holy Grail Playset Toys of the 1980s

For most of us who played with any of the mass-produced toy lines of the 1980s, our appetite for bigger and better toys was curbed by two things — limited space and limited (parental) money. Working with those restraints we scooped up ...

Top 15 Brian May Queen Songs

Over the course of Queen’s illustrious recording career, Brian May proved to not only be an outstanding guitarist but an incredibly talented and versatile songwriter. While the late Freddie Mercury was the focal point of the band during the band’s glorious ...

Chart Attack!, Episode 2

And we’re back! The plan was to run this episode in mid-March, but Lifton accidentally downloaded a virus to his computer and so part of this had to be re-recorded. Let that be a lesson to stay off those porn sites, ...

5 of the Most Confounding Atari 2600 Games Ever


I wasn’t around for the great stock market crash of 1929, but I was alive for the North American video game crash of 1983. It was brutal, I tell you. Hundreds of thousands of desperate, haggard-looking gamers hanging around on ...

Popdose Presents: ’80s Sitcom March Madness (Championship)

If there’s one thing we at Popdose love more than 1980s sitcoms it’s March Madness. Actually that’s not true at all, but we do love ’80s sitcoms. Some of them at any rate. But since America seems to love tournaments in bracket ...

Popdose Presents: ’80s Sitcom March Madness (Final Four)

If there’s one thing we at Popdose love more than 1980s sitcoms it’s March Madness. Actually that’s not true at all, but we do love ’80s sitcoms. Some of them at any rate. But since America seems to love tournaments in bracket ...

Popdose Presents: ’80s Sitcom March Madness (Elite Eight)

If there’s one thing we at Popdose love more than 1980s sitcoms it’s March Madness. Actually that’s not true at all, but we do love ’80s sitcoms. Some of them at any rate. But since America seems to love tournaments in bracket ...

Top 10 Roger Dean Album Covers

When us old farts go on and on about how great it was back in the days when vinyl was king, one of the things we pine for was the experience of just staring at an album cover and getting lost in ...

Popdose Presents: ’80s Sitcom March Madness (Sweet Sixteen)

If there’s one thing we at Popdose love more than 1980s sitcoms it’s March Madness. Actually that’s not true at all, but we do love ’80s sitcoms. Some of them at any rate. But since America seems to love tournaments in bracket ...

Popdose Presents: ’80s Sitcom March Madness! (The Rules)

If there’s one thing we at Popdose love more than 1980s sitcoms, it’s March Madness. Actually that’s not true at all, but we do love ’80s sitcoms. Some of them at any rate. But since America seems to love tournaments in bracket ...

Top 10 Ace Frehley Songs (Kiss and Solo)

There are two groups of music fans when it comes to Kiss co-founder and all-around weird guy Ace Frehley — those who love his songs and those who only think they don’t love his songs. I am firmly in the former ...

Top 10 Colin Moulding XTC Songs

Although he may not have been quite as prolific a songwriter as Andy Partridge, XTC’s Colin Moulding penned some of the great songs of the New Wave era and beyond. It would be rather easy, in fact, to put together a few unofficial ...

CD Review: Duncan Sheik, “Covers Eighties Remixed”

On the surface, Duncan Sheik’s Covers Eighties Remixed might fall into the “absolutely inessential” category. After all, as its name implies, this covers compilation is itself a remixed version of his 2011 album (wait for it) Covers Eighties. But dismissing ...

The Popdose Interview: Vicki Peterson of The Bangles


It’s easy to misunderstand the Bangles—or underestimate their talent. After forming in the early ‘80s, the quartet became part of L.A.’s Paisley Underground scene, which was indebted to California’s garage and psych-pop acts of the ‘60s. Early ...

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