5 Musical Genres Overdue for a Comeback

In our lifetimes we’ve already seen ’80s New Wave/dance pop, ’70s garage rock, and ’60s chamber/Baroque pop enjoy a revival of sorts. And surely we all remember the heady days of the Swing Revival of the mid-1990s, yes? Those were some ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 63

For those of you who weren’t around in 1977, you should probably know that there was this fairly popular independent film called Star Wars. Its success led not only to a pair of well-received sequels, but an oddly well-received disco adaptation ...

Jheri Curl Fridays 44: “Someone Like You”

Contrary to popular belief, the beginning of the Eighties didn’t signify the death of disco or most of the artists that personified the genre to the general public. Some (like the late Donna Summer) experimented with different sounds, refusing ...

The Popdose Guide to the Beach Boys

To fairly and accurately tell the story of American popular music in the 20th century, you cannot overstate the impact or importance of the Beach Boys. If there was one band that could stand toe-to-toe with the Beatles for pop supremacy ...

Beyond the Wonder: Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs

Like a prehistoric bug trapped in amber, a truly great one-hit wonder serves as an historical record of its time. Take Carl Douglas’s smash novelty single “Kung Fu Fighting,” for example. From it we know that there was a time when ...

Ticket Stub: The Beach Boys in Uniondale, May ’79

When listening to The Beach Boys, it’s hard to imagine that a group responsible for so much joyfully uplifting music would be something completely different internally.  Behind the curtain, the group’s off-stage history is complicated (to put it mildly), filled with ...

Future Retro: Home of the Quick Serve

Obsessive fans know the sheer agony of waiting years, even decades, for their favorite oldies (ahem, classic) artist to finally release a new album of substandard material on a record label no one has ever heard of. Amazingly, some ...

Future Retro: The Weather Girls

TWO TONS O’ TALENT

San Francisco’s Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes first rose to fame in 1977 as Two Tons O’ Fun, background singers of choice for drag-tastic disco diva and ’70’s icon Sylvester. The plus-size gospel shouters — paired ...