The singer-songwriter goes intimate and stripped-down in an age of anxiety and complication.
R&B pioneer Charles Brown released a Christmas classic in 1960
Kate ends her day with Sally Field and Pat Benatar.
Join Popdose for a look back at three decades of Babyface’s wide-ranging influence as a singer, songwriter, and producer.
The latest Weeknight ’80s Dance Party is all about the ladies.
Writer/director, Abe Sylvia, pays homage to the films of John Hughes and countless other teen films from the 1980s with his debut feature, Dirty Girl.
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!
Put on your dancing shoes and strap on your guitar. It’s time to rock a little and dance a little at the Weeknight ’80s Dance Party.
Popdose goes back to 1991 with the debut album from Australia’s Baby Animals.
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Soundtrack Saturday turns two with a very special video retrospective. Join the celebration!
Danger! Scott Malchus has been struck by HIGH VOLTAGE in this week’s Basement Songs column!
Dave Steed’s journey through the Billboard rock charts of the ’80s leads us to minor hits from Pat Benatar, Big Country, Black Sabbath, and more.
Think back to that one time that your friends had tickets to a show that you didn’t know about, that was already sold out. Sure, there have been several shows…
DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Long Live Rock For me, 1981 was a real musical watershed. I was a sophomore in high school, and through a series of events, it…
Tom Werman’s career retrospective reaches the early ’90s this week — a time when trends shifted, metal sales slowed, and change was in the wind.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the rarest of breeds in the music world: the protest remix.
It’s unclear which is more inconceivable today: that a major label would release a stinging protest song aimed at the government of an extremely wealthy country, or that the song would crack the Top 40. But thanks to the overwhelming good will that came from Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in late 1984 and USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” a few months later, benefit fatigue had thankfully not yet kicked in, and “Sun City,” shepherded by Steven Van Zandt, became a surprise hit in late 1985. Now consider some other curiosities about the track:
– Two of the verses feature rappers, a full six months before Run-DMC and Aerosmith would drop their game-changing collaboration.
– The production was by New York big beat maestro Arthur Baker, who was adored by musicians but not exactly known as a hitmaker.
– The majority of the artists who sang on the record hadn’t scored a Top 40 hit of their own in years, if ever.
Indeed, “Sun City” is about as hipster a benefit/protest record as you’re likely to find. Daryl Hall and John Oates, Pat Benatar and Bruce Springsteen are easily the biggest commercial names at the time to appear on the record, while socially conscious artists like Gabriel, Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett and, of course, Bono would find mainstream success in the coming years. The rest of the contributors are a who’s who of New York cool. Joey Ramone, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, Run-DMC, Duke Bootee, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Stiv Bators and Lou Reed all make appearances, as do Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, George Clinton, a pre-comeback Bonnie Raitt, Temptations David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Wolf, and Herbie Hancock. (Jackson Browne contributes as well, though getting him to work on a protest song back then was like shooting fish in a barrel.) Bob Geldof’s name appears on the 12″ single’s back cover, though one wonders if that was the benefit record equivalent to giving Berry Gordy writing credit on a Motown single; whether he contributed to the track or not, you gotta put Bob’s name on it.
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