There are some really dark Christmas songs out there, man
Kenny Rogers talks to Popdose about his reunion with Dolly and a planned duet with George Jones that unfortunately didn’t happen.
The next time someone complains that album covers aren’t big enough anymore thanks to CDs and digital music, show them this gallery.
Week 69 brings the most cheesy fun this series has seen so far.
Matt and Jeff talk with Billy Vera about his new big band album.
Still on Disc One of this compilation, and get a load of this line-up! This may, in fact, be the single Mellow Gold-iest article we’ve ever done or will ever do on Popdose. #11 Air Supply, “Lost In Love” (1980) #3 in the Hot 100, #1 Adult Contemporary. Chris Holmes – I was fairly oblivious to the whole Air Supply phenomenon, although I think my mom had one of their cassettes. Something with a hot air balloon on it perhaps? Anyway, I guess this is a great song for someone who heard “I’m Not in Love” and thought, “You know, I really did like that 10cc song but it was just a bit too intense.” Jack Feerick – The opening acoustic guitar briefly threatens something elegant and folky. No such luck. What “Lost In Love” does demonstrate, though, is how much country-and-western is in Air Supply’s musical DNA. That loping rhythm, the pinpoint bass, the occasional overplaying of bored sessionmen, the overload of keyboard fairy-dust — all of it, straight outta Nashville, for better and …
A new series in which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation of culture, or merely the fickle nature of fads. My first memories of pop music are around 1981, 1982, age three or so. That dovetailed with the time my parents’ reached that point that most parents reach—when they stop actively paying attention to and keeping up with current pop music. Thus, American pop music began with “Islands in the Stream” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” for me, and ended with “Islands in the Stream” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” for my parents. Since then it’s been nothing but The Big Chill soundtrack and church music. This conscious shift into ignorance or semi-ignorance of current chart hits has happened to me, too. I’ve got a kid and a job and a novel I’m never going to finish to tackle, so there’s less time for music. Every day for a few hours while I work I take some time to listen …
Rob Smith takes the guilt out of guilty pleasures and proclaims his love for Juice Newton.
That’s a wrap on AM Gold: 1978, friends. That means we have just one more year of Time-Life treasures to explore before our little experiment comes to an end. But as a wise man once said, all mellow things must come to an end. Or something like that.
Good golly, Ms. Dolly, rock our date night right into Preservation Hall. Have a ball.
Kelly Stitzel saw the new Queen Latifah/Dolly Parton movie and she had fun. Really.
In which this washed-up group of ding dongs lures Dolly Parton into the studio for Mellowmas misery
Perfect for your soul-crushing trip to the mall on this Black Friday: A rundown of a classic Top 10 from November 1983. It’s the Popdose Podcast, Episode 22: CHART ATTACK! Edition!
Someone asked for this. We need to find and punish them.
Our look at AM Gold’s 1963 entry tackles five very different tunes – from folk to soul to country.
The relationship a woman has with her best girlfriends is unlike any other. Join Kelly Stitzel as she takes a look at some of her favorite female friendships in film.
Way Out Wednesday returns for a spell with a mixtape of songs commemorating the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
In week three of her look at Best Original Song Oscar nominees from years past, Kelly Stitzel revisits the year the Boss took home the trophy.
Kenny Rogers takes a break from his busy plastic surgery schedule to record yet another Christmas album, and all of us are poorer for it.
It’s awards season, which means it’s time for Kelly Stitzel to pay tribute to some Oscar-approved soundtrack songs. This week: 1981!
With Mellowmas Eve just a few short days away, it’s time for Jason and Jeff to celebrate the return of Dolly Parton — or is that Cesar Romero?
Dave Steed’s got, Steed’s got, Steed’s got what you need — which is, of course, another incredible installment of Bottom Feeders. This week: the letter P!
Howdy, everybody!Â Happy Friday and welcome back to another edition of CHART ATTACK! This week’s mix is relatively eclectic, yet — as was often the case in the early ’80s — completely inoffensive.Â And you’ll find references to John Lennon in four of this week’s singles.Â On with the chart — let’s look at February 14, 1981! 10. Hey Nineteen — Steely Dan Amazon iTunes 9. Givin’ it Up for Your Love — Delbert McClinton Amazon iTunes 8. Keep On Loving You — REO Speedwagon Amazon iTunes 7. (Just Like) Starting Over — John Lennon Amazon iTunes 6. Woman — John Lennon Amazon iTunes 5. Passion — Rod Stewart Amazon iTunes 4. The Tide is High — Blondie Amazon iTunes 3. I Love a Rainy Night — Eddie Rabbitt Amazon iTunes 2. 9 to 5 — Dolly Parton Amazon iTunes 1. Celebration — Kool & the Gang Amazon iTunes 10. Hey Nineteen — Steely Dan (download) I love Steely Dan.Â And I love “Hey Nineteen.”Â And although I’ve never had any misconception about this song’s …
If, upon hearing the news that Steve Martin has a banjo album, you have an image of Martin in overalls and a straw hat displaying a novice’s banjo-picking skills while singing about shit and Shinola, you’re not alone. (Conversely, if you have an image of Martin in a suit with an arrow through his head, playing the banjo and singing about grandma, you’re not alone either.) The joke’s on us, however, because Martin’s appreciation for and mastery of the banjo is deeper than anyone but the most devoted fan might anticipate. Martin originally picked up the banjo to add another talent to his one-man show, and over time added satirical banjo songs. His comedic career took off, but he never set the banjo down. In 2001, he played with Earl Scruggs on the tune “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” for the album Earl Scruggs and Friends, which won him a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance the following year. In 2007 he played his own tune, “The Crow,” with Tony Trischka on Trischka’s album Double Banjo Bluegrass …
I’m always amazed by the crap that people hold onto. I have a lot of enthusiasms — music, comics, film — but I’ve never had the urge to be a completist about any of it. Every year or so, I sort through the stuff I’ve accumulated and put together a big box of books I know I’ll never re-read and DVDs I’m unlikely to re-watch, and off they go to the Salvation Army. And I don’t buy that many books and videos to begin with; I already invested most of my 1990s Fridays in watching The X-Files — why would I want to watch it again on DVD? Which is a roundabout way of saying that I started this project baffled as to how anybody might think that Hee Haw was worth preserving for the ages. But sure enough, the good folks at Time-Life Video have an extensive collection of episodes for sale. Now, admittedly, I’m not the target audience here. I grew up in New England, which was for a long time the one …
Frank Sinatra – From the Heart (2009, Legacy) purchase this album (Amazon) Valentine’s Day – depending on your walk of life, it’s either a splendid day of warm, romantic thoughts and a gimme so far as “gettin’ some tonight,” or it’s a Hallmark sham of an institution to remind us that all our friends are happily married and having kids, but we’re about to dip our Doritos into another vat of guacamole all alone. Since I’m flying solo this year, guess who’s fattening up on avocado? You don’t have to be a heartless cynic to see the strings attached to this high holiday of chocolate-covered, heart-shaped, red crepe emotion. Take, for instance, Sony Legacy’s From The Heart collection. Eight CDs cut and pasted together to capitalize celebrate the spirit of l’amour, all representing a different demographic: Billie Holliday and Miles Davis if you love it jazzy, Babyface if you love it smooth and sensitive, The Isley Brothers if you don’t mind a little rugburn with your affection, Dolly Parton if you like doin’ the nasty …
Last year, on the Fifteenth Day of Mellowmas, we tortured ourselves by listening to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton sing “I Believe in Santa Claus.” So what better way to celebrate the anniversary of that horrible day by listening to another track from the same album? Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton — A Christmas to Remember (download) From Once Upon a Christmas Amazon iTunes Jason: Oh man Jeff: Now THIS is Mellowmas. Jason: I can’t believe we’re dipping in the Kenny and Dolly well again. After last year’s torturous “I Believe in Santa Claus.” Jeff: It’s a deep well, Jason. Jason: Oooh! Opening with the chorus! Nice choice! Jeff: Here come those harmonies! What a Christmas to remember! I wonder what made it so memorable? Let’s find out. Jason: Oh, so synthesized. So very, very synthesized. Jeff: Dolly was fantasizing about a fast-talking lover, but…Kenny made it a Christmas to…oh, God. Jason: I have no idea what happened in the first verse. I wasn’t listening. But apparently whatever happened made it a Christmas to remember. …
Over the next year Terje Fjelde has agreed to listen to nothing but David Foster on his iPod. He’s loaded the thing with over 1,200 songs produced, arranged, composed, and/or played by David Foster. A deal with the devil? He keeps wondering. Are you bored? What can I say? My David Foster experience is a breeze. It’s fun. It’s educational. My posts so far are almost snark-free, I’m turning into a blind-eyed David Foster apologist a la the loyal hordes of Trent Reznor. Is this real, or is it a subliminal reaction to my unsound David Foster exposure? It’s too early to tell for sure, but you can rest assured I’ll be keeping a close eye on my condition, and keep you updated on any sign of mental decay. Dolly Parton – “Here You Come Again,” from Here You Come Again (1977) David Foster collaborated with Dolly Parton on several occasions, but this was probably their most important encounter. You may even say that a little bit of pop music history was made during the …