DVD REVIEW: Devo, “The Men Who Make The Music”

Do I REALLY need to spell out the importance of Akron, Ohio’s finest, the one and only DEVO?  Forget it; I won’t.  You should know.  And if you don’t, there’s a lot you can learn on your own.  This band ...

10 Most Awesome 80’s New Wave Comebacks Ever

Ready for an excellent adventure? Fire up the Delorean, pad your shoulders, grab a turbo dog and bag of corn nuts, we’re about to bend the polyester fabric of space and time.

Can music sound totally retro and modern at the same ...

Punk: A Braindump

You know the rest of the Twenty-Teens will be a hard slog when even the quality of our rebellion is mediocre. Look at the so-called “rebels” in today’s pop culture and what you really see are an endless stream of media frenemies, ...

Like, Omigod! Digging Through the ’80s Pop Culture Box, Part 1

Welcome to OMG!, our brand-new roundtable series, where a gathering of your favorite Popdose writers (and, um, Jack Feerick) come together to spout ill-considered opinions about our pop-music heritage!

When the long-running Digging For Gold wrapped up, bringing us ...

Thank You for the Music!

Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on all the things we’re thankful for, be it large or small. As such, it occurred to me that we often neglect to properly thank the people in our lives that helped shape our ...

Weeknight ’80s Dance Party: 8/3/11

I don’t have much to say about this week’s mix except that it’s just fun. You’ll probably notice that a lot of the artists come from the bottom of the alphabet and that’s because I started at the end of my ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Tapeheads”

Well, long time, no see! I know it’s been awhile since the last Soundtrack Saturday and for that, I’m sorry. The truth is, I’ve needed to take a break from this column for awhile, partly because I’ve been running out of ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Thrashin'”

It’s no secret how much I love ’80s breakdance movies. I mean, how can you not love them — there are so many and they are all SO FUCKING AMAZING.

Well, I now think I’ve found a new obsession: ’80s skateboarding movies. ...

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 ...

Listmania: Top 20 Albums of 2010

This is it!

Last week the writers of Popdose counted down their favorite — and in some cases least favorite — records and singles of 2010. Thanks to the careful coordination of Michael Fortes, you’ve been able to peek behind the ...

Popdose 2010: Kelly Stitzel’s Top Albums

Last year, I had every intention of compiling a best-of list, but I never got around to it because of, well, life. This year, I have a ton of time on my hands, so I figured I’d give it ...

Popdose 2010: Dw. Dunphy’s Top Albums

2010 was a difficult year for music, despite there being so much of it to choose from. Some high profile albums made no mark on me, while some that crept in under doorway became obsessions. There were albums ...

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 ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Top 15 New-Wave Songs — Ever!

If you’ve been reading this column for the past four years or so, you may remember me calling out certain songs as one of “the top blahblah new-wave songs ever.” I’ve done it a few times, as I recall ...

The Friday Mixtape: 5/15/09

I said I wouldn’t do it. I was called out, however, and if there’s one thing I’m not, that’s a punk. All my neon green hair fell out a long time ago. —Dw.

Lost in the ’80s: Devo, “That’s Good”

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  How can one of Devo’s most famous songs outside of “Whip It” be Lost in the ’80s?  How can a song whose video was in heavy rotation back in the day be considered ...

SXSW ’09: Q and Devo

I’m writing to you from the press center at SXSW. I have just come from a two hour, stirring keynote speech by the great Quincy Jones. Part biography, part music history, part fatherly advice, part creative inspiration, and yes, a bit of ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 24

A few weeks ago I laughed at someone’s musical taste. I feel kind of bad about it. See, a buddy of mine asked me if I had heard the new Staind CD yet, with the qualification that “You might ...

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, ...

The Year in Rock: 1978

Although released in late 1977, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack would be impossible to ignore for much of 1978, with the Bee Gees’ “Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive,” as well as Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You,” all reaching #1. ...

Mix Six: “Up From the Underground”

Hey, Popsters! You’re back for more weekly mixing fun, eh? Good. I’m glad you’re here, and I hope this week’s mix starts to spark some discussion about when a particular genre of music surfaced from the underground and became mainstreamed. You’ll probably ...