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Matt Wardlaw and D.X. Ferris are joined by author Greg Renoff to discuss Van Halen Rising, his popular new book that covers the early years of the legendary group.
Greg Renoff’s “Van Halen Rising” charts the early triumphs, mishaps and wildness of the band that saved heavy metal.
Welcome back to Suburban Metal Dad, Popdose’s resident webcomic. Read a new one every Monday and Friday. Click the pic to enlarge. Right?! Tell us in the comments section!
Welcome back to Suburban Metal Dad, Popdose’s resident webcomic. Read a new one every Monday and Friday. Click the pic to enlarge. Drive safely if you’re driving!
Extreme bassist Pat Badger joins us to discuss his current PledgeMusic campaign, Van Halen and jamming with Roger Daltrey.
A countdown of ten artists who broke away from their old groups and went on to release great music in their own right.
Gimme a bottle of anything… and David Lee Roth’s 15 best solo songs… TO GO!
There are a lot of great music autobiographies out there, but there are great ones still to be written. Chris Holmes counts down the Top 5.
Sing it Dave! Win the new VH cd!
Popdose reviews the big Van Halen/David Lee Roth reunion. Was it worth it?
How does Tattoo stack up against the first singles from Van Halen albums past? Here’s a look
In 1996, after a decade and a half of high but rapidly diminishing record sales and influence, Van Halen was suddenly a hot band again, and it was because of, and this almost never happens, a greatest hits compilation. It’s tough business, and usually involves aggressive, embarrassing levels of PR, to get fans of a popular band to repurchase songs they already own. That’s why greatest hits albums have those requisite, and usually mediocre “two new tracks” added on to the end. These new tracks were what got Van Halen into a lot of trouble and media attention. A brief primer on the Van Halen scandal: David Lee Roth left the band in 1985 for a solo career that only briefly materialized. The band then got Sammy Hagar, a great rock singer, but not quite as edgy or hard as Roth had been at the band’s peak. Van Halen sold more albums with Hagar than they ever did with Roth, but there was always an open nostalgia among fans for Roth. In 1996, Eddie Van …
So VH is hitting the road! Maybe! Unless they deny it! Again!
Your Popdose staff gathers ’round the new Chickenfoot single and can’t help arguing about Van Halen. Again.
He’s gone sailing, ridden like the wind, and been caught between the moon and New York City. Now, Christopher Cross is back with a new album: “Doctor Faith.”
Dave Steed likes Rush! Dave Steed likes Rush! No, this isn’t a typo. He’s finally wised up and listened to his peers for a change.
After a three-month hiatus, Jeff, Jason, and Dave are back to rip apart a Billboard Top 10 from 1985. It’s the Popdose Podcast, Episode 16: CHART ATTACK! Edition!
Popdose runs down reunions, new releases and rumors of new releases for 2011.
A strong, effective piece of songwriting that blended hard rock with some new wave leanings, you hear an unexpected poignancy in “Little Guitars.” That’s right, a Van Halen song that actually has feeling.
If you’re holding your breath for the day MTV starts playing music videos, let it go. It’s never going to happen, not while the dreaded Snooki-beast is running around, trying to mount Eric Cartman. But who needs MTV in the digital age? We’re here, the time’s right, and the videos are waiting for us. So set the way-way-back machine for 1985, strap on your shoulder pads, poof up that hair and layer those jackets. It’s time to rock. Dire Straits – Money For Nothing: The video that introduced the short-lived fad of neon rings used as sweatbands. God bless those poor kids with the jheri curls, for they just didn’t know. They just didn’t know. Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time: This song is unbelievable; just truly, completely unbelievable. All the time? How about some of the time? How about Morris Day still owes me money and until I get paid back, The Time can party on their own dime. Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero: Can’t we just get beyond Thunderdome? …
Rob Smith gets back into the “Dave vs. Sammy” argument in this week’s Death by Power Ballad column on Van Halen’s “Love Walks In,” on on Popdose.com.
This week, Dave Steed sets off a chain reaction, goes crazy from the heat, rocks a tricky rhyme, and bangs on the drum all day with Tom Sawyer.
Does this man look like he needs career advice? Rob Smith’s Uncle Donnie Skwatzenschitz thought so.
Some people are just flat-out smart-asses. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to be at times, mind you, but a good smart-ass pulls it off with a modicum of grace and might give you a chuckle for it. In the music world, there are relatively few of the latter. Instead of a wink and a nod, they just about knock you unconscious and then ask if “you saw that.” You can tell one from the other by their choices in the realm of cover songs. A word of note to anyone who is not a music nerd accidentally finding themselves at this site: a cover song is when an artist records another artist’s song, hence covering it. The term ‘remake’ fits as well. The term ‘smart-ass’, at least relative to this article, refers to those who decide to go all hipster and record something that bears no relevance, charm or wit toward their own sensibility. I’m thinking of Madonna’s cover of “American Pie” or that godawful A Perfect Circle CD where the songs weren’t just …