Legendary: Chapter 12

The story so far: Brian is in love with two girls: his girlfriend, Kate, and his best friend, Allison. We pick up the story a couple hours before a party where both girls will be attending and Brian will be sweating it ...

The Friday Five: May 31, 2013

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

The Popdose Interview: Peter Beckett of Player

Remember the band Player? Sure you do…and even if you think you don’t, it’ll only take three words to remind you who they are: “Baby Come Back.” That’s not by any means to suggest that there’s no more to the band than ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 36

With Bottom Feeders we take a look at the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 that only got a little love. It’s an A-Z look at songs that charted no higher than #41 in the decade. Take a listen, enjoy ...

Confessions of a Comics Shop Junkie, No. 75

 

First off, yet another apology for taking so long in between columns- job stress and ill health have a way of inhibiting my already passive and relcalcitrant muse. Things are a bit better now, so we’ll se how it ...

Death by Power Ballad: Nazareth, “Love Hurts”

So you’re Nazareth—big-willied purveyors of Seventies cock rock. In your native Scotland and across the UK, you’re a sizeable hard rock presence—your singles and albums skirt just under the radar of mainstream success, but your fan base is loyal, and ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 22

This week we continue on with the letter H as we check out more great tunes from the ’80s that hit the Billboard rock charts but failed to cross over into the Hot 100.

Hawks
“It’s All Right, It’s ...

You Again?: Heart, “Red Velvet Car”

For the kids of my generation, Heart was just another source of power ballads — sort of a slightly more hairsprayed and corseted version of Starship or Chicago — and when their jig was up, right around the time 1994’s Desire ...

Basement Songs: K-Tel’s “High Voltage”

During the summer of 1981, I picked up my first K-Tel album. I’m not sure where I got the money. Either I saved up — and by saving up I mean swiping nickels, dimes and quarters from my father’s

Death by Power Ballad: Heart, “Alone”

Heart’s second coming coincided with the golden era of the power ballad arts. Remember—this is the group that roared out of the Seattle area (by way of Canada) before the Seattle area was known for much more than timber, the Space Needle, ...

Death by Power Ballad: Alias, “More Than Words Can Say”

My wife, God bless her, loves trashy television, particularly if the shows in question have the words Housewives or Kardashian in their titles. I’m afraid the appeal of such programming escapes me, though any show featuring a woman who looks like

CD Review: Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, “Never Say Never”

I’m not much of a believer in band reunions — they seldom result in any output that actually improves the band’s legacy, and often have just the opposite effect. Still, I was thrilled recently when rumors of a Faces reunion ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 39

Last week in my intro I talked about De La Soul dropping their biggest hit song all the way down at track 20 on their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising (1989), and that got the wheels rolling ...