Tag: Rob Smith

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Bad English, “Don’t Walk Away”

Rob Smith talks gibberish, nonsense, and Bad English in the new "Death by Power Ballad," only at Popdose.com....

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Cowboy Junkies, “The Caution Horses”

In the latest installment of Popdose's Flashback '90 series, Rob Smith revisits the heartbreak and loneliness of Cowboy Junkies' album...

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Music, Rob Smith Can't Say No

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: Dolph Chaney

Rob Smith explores the lo-fi universe of singer/songwriter Dolph Chaney in the latest installment of "Rob Smith Can't Say No," only on...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Queen, “Sail Away Sweet Sister”

Rob Smith explores the great Queen ballad "Sail Away Sweet Sister" in the latest installment of Popdose's Death by Power Ballad....

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Music, Rob Smith Can't Say No

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: J-Rock

Popdose's Rob Smith "Can't Say No" to Japanese rock, or J-Rock. This first in an ongoing series of musical explorations based on reader...

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Music, Rob Smith Can't Say No

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: A Call for Reader Submissions

Popdose's Rob Smith wants YOUR input for his new column, "Rob Smith Can't Say No." Send him your musical suggestions -- anything you want...

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Music, Power Ballads

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

Rob Smith ponders the connection between reality TV and Alias' classic power ballad "More than Words Can Say" in this week's Death by Power...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: John Elefante, “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Ex-Kansas vocalist John Elefante offers his cover of "O Come All Ye Faithful," and Popdose's Death by Power Ballad is there to praise it,...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for … Whitney Houston

This recent missive to Clive Davis, major label majordomo and Svengali to the Adult Contemporary set, discusses Uncle Donnie’s ideas...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Journey, “Why Can’t This Night Go On Forever”

You blame it on Facebook. Had you not bowed to the entreaties of your more connected co-workers, you wouldn’t have seen her name,...

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Unsolicited Career Advice for … Steven Tyler

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised about this, but Lev brought over this missive in which Uncle Donnie weighs in on the ongoing...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again”

We’re gathered together today at the Popdose dinner table to fill ourselves with the bounty of goodness from local farms and our...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: AC/DC, “Backtracks”

It’s rather pointless to review an AC/DC box set—you either love the band and have the thing already ordered or on your Christmas...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: ZZ Top, “Rough Boy”

What happens when three hairy Texans get sensitive? "Rough Boy." It may not have lived up to its title in any way, but Rob Smith has a soft...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for … Rush

This is a memo written in 1977 to the Canadian management of Rush. If pictures from this period are any indication, Uncle Donnie had taken...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Bonnie Tyler, “Lovers Again”

Back in her late-70s, “It’s a Heartache” period, gravelly voiced Bonnie Tyler was viewed chiefly as Rod Stewart with a...

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Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Friday Mixtape: Popdose Staff Edition

To paraphrase an old adage: those who can, do, and those who can’t, write. For the last couple of years now, you’ve been good...

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Unsolicited Career Advice for … Rick James

Just because you extol the virtues of super freaky girls...and you're dead...doesn't mean Uncle Donnie can't give you a little advice, does...

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Music, You Again?

You Again?: Michael Bolton, “One World, One Love”

Some albums defy the usual judgments of good or bad—they’re just wrong. I’m thinking of Liz Phair’s major label...

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Music

Overnight America: 10/13/09

As you may recall, Popdose has been lucky enough to secure a weekly segment with Jon Grayson, the host of Overnight America, a wonderfully...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Bon Jovi, “Silent Night”

Had Bon Jovi been killed in a horrific, fiery airplane crash in 1985, we would remember them much differently than we do today. Had they...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for … Courtney Love

Yeah, sure, Courtney Love might seem like she has it all together -- but Rob Smith's Uncle Donnie Skwatzenschitz sees through that...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Built to Spill, “There Is No Enemy”

Built to Spill, There is No Enemy (2009, Warner Bros.) Purchase this album (Amazon) If Doug Martsch sang like Dave Grohl, Rivers Cuomo, or...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Foreigner, “Out of the Blue”

“It’s always that one song that gets to you. You can hide, but the song comes to find you.” — Rob Sheffield (Love...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: David Gray, “Draw the Line”

The popularity of David Gray’s White Ladder nine or so years ago was a fluke, an accident, a total surprise, never should have...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for … Def Leppard

According to Lev, Uncle Donnie served in some capacity in the Def Leppard camp during the recording sessions for Adrenalize, and wound up...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: David Gray

After a four-year layoff, David Gray is back with a new album -- which is just one of the things discussed during Rob Smith's interview...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Boston, “Hollyann”

Sixties nostalgia is a curious thing—make-a one man weep, make another man sing. Tom Scholz—the guitarist/mastermind/evil...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Popdose Picks the Beatles’ Best

It's Beatles Week here at Popdose, and Jon Cummings kicks things off by leading the staff through a list of our personal Fab Four...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for Barry Gibb

Long, flowing hair, a perfectly groomed beard, and millions of records sold doesn't mean you're too good for a little advice, does it?...