Top 10 Musically Satisfying Solo Careers

Going it alone is hard, even when you’re incredibly talented. I learned this the hard way every weekend for my entire high school life. But sometimes a musician breaks away from the band and not only doesn’t fall flat on his face, ...

Top 5 Music Autobiographies That Need to Be Written

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley recently admitted that he’s working on his autobiography, making him the last of the original four members to do so. I’m guessing that as far as the ratio of honest insight to revisionist bullshit goes, the Starchild’s ...

Suburban Metal Dad Bonus Mid-Week ReRun: “The 5th of July”

Welcome to Suburban Metal Dad, Popdose’s resident webcomic. It runs every Monday and Friday. But today is a mid-week rerun in honor of July 4th.

Each edition of SMD features Sort-Of Soundtrack, an optional metal song that plays in a new window. 

Van Halen Leadoff Singles, 1978-2012

Van Halen – You Really Got Me
Even without the jaw dropping cadenza that precedes it on the album (“Eruption”), Van Halen’s take on The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” was a no-brainer pick for the single to introduce the band ...

Greatest Un-Hits: Nerf Herder’s “Van Halen” (1996)

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 ...

2012 Outlook: Van Halen’s PR Company Is Sybil

So, today broke the big news of the David Lee Halen 2012 tour; or at least we think it did.

Hard to say anymore what the Van Halen camp is, or isn’t, or may be, or may not be doing. Let ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 44

We finally get to the end of R and I have completed my revisiting of the Rush catalog. Enjoy more songs from the rock charts that failed to cross over into the Billboard Hot 100.

The Romantics
“Rock You ...

The Popdose Podcast: Episode 16

 

Merry Christmas, everybody! Wait a minute…shit, we missed Christmas. We missed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Valentine’s Day, too. What the hell is wrong with us? Don’t we know we have a responsibility to provide you with ...

Basement Songs: Van Halen, “Little Guitars”

Unlike most of my peers in the 8th grade, I didn’t have an older sibling fixated on the guitar wizardry of Eddie Van Halen or the flamboyant showmanship of singer David Lee Roth, front men for the band, Van ...

Friday Night Videos!: The Hits of 1985

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? ...

Unsolicited Career Advice for … David Lee Roth

Unbeknownst to me and many others, Uncle Donnie was an adviser for Van Halen from roughly 1980 through ’85, when David Lee Roth bolted the band. Apparently, he came aboard to be in charge of their concert merchandise line (including the oft-overlooked ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Cover Songs — Why and Why Not

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, ...