’80s synth pioneer Howard Jones is our guest this week to talk about touring with Barenaked Ladies and OMD this summer as well as the new music that he’s got in the works. He also shares his memories of late keyboard legend Keith Emerson.
Why is 1973’s Brain Salad Surgery “none more prog”?
20 spooktacular songs to liven up any Halloween party, courtesy of your pals at Popdose.
The next time someone complains that album covers aren’t big enough anymore thanks to CDs and digital music, show them this gallery.
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.
Chris Holmes offers a selection of songs that helped him fall in love with some of his now-favorite artists, such as Randy Newman, Wilco, and Waylon Jennings.
We love to mock prog rock, but Dw. Dunphy has made a list of 50 prog albums that deserve to be in your collection. Here’s the first installment.
For those of you that read my Ticket Stub piece last week regarding Michael Bolton, I should tell you that good portions of that were nothing more than an April Fool’s joke. I think that there are definitely portions of those untruths that could happen. Specifically, I don’t think it’s too late for a meeting of the minds between Clapton and Bolton. Consider this – Clapton and his thirtysomething wife are in bed at the end of the day, and perhaps she suggests that Clapton should do something with Bolton, tagging the suggestion with “I’ve always liked him.” The next thing you know, there’s an album in stores featuring Eric Clapton and Michael Bolton. Together. Ponder that for a moment, and let’s move on….
Happy Fourth of July, everyone! As the mayor of Bootleg City, it’s my responsibility to give you the best aural fireworks display money can buy, but therein lies the problem — Bootleg City has run out of money. You see, Fiscal Year 2008 was kind of a downer in Bootleg City, just as it was for many other cities around the world. Did you hear Gotham City is liquidating its entire police department and putting all further law enforcement in Batman’s hands? And in Erotic City, the Fruit on the Bottom Edible Underwear factory closed earlier this year, putting thousands of citizens out of work and forcing them to wear real underwear for the first time. Mayor P.R. Nelson responded to the crisis by saying, “If we cannot make babies, maybe we can make some time. Thoughts of pretty you and me, Erotic City come alive,” which seems to indicate City Hall is heavily courting the cuckoo-clock industry to set up shop there sometime soon. Here in Bootleg City I was hoping to present you …
We’re going to jump right into the songs this week as we have an extended post in order to finish up the letter E in just two weeks. Enjoy the 26 tracks below as we continue digging through the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Dave Edmunds “Almost Saturday Night” — 1981, #54 (download) “High School Nights” — 1985, #91 (download) I’d love to hear a remastered version of “Almost Saturday Night.” It’s a good song written by John Fogerty, but it would be nice to see how great it would be with better production. “Almost Saturday Night” was off Twangin …, which would be Edmunds’s final album with his group Rockpile. In 1985 Edmunds put together the Porky’s Revenge soundtrack, which included the theme song “High School Nights.” Dennis Edwards “Don’t Look Any Further” — 1984, #72 (download) This is an absolute classic R&B song from Edwards — one the lead singers of the Temptations. This is another one of those ‘80s R&B tracks that I feel has been used in a billion …