In The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Disco Demolition Night, which happened 40 years ago today, is the day two genres were marked for death. Disco itself was one of them, of course: Chicago radio DJ Steve Dahl, infuriated that his still-young shock-jock career was derailed when WDAI changed format from rock to disco and shitcanned him in the process, waged war … More »
At first, Korn were a myth to me. When they released their self-titled debut album in 1994, I was 11. I may have glimpsed their spooky dreadlocked scowls in magazines or TV ads, or wherever I found out about new music in that nascent internet era. But for a suburban Christian kid who spent his … More »
Avicii and ABBA are arguably the two biggest musical endeavors to ever come out of the country of Sweden. While we are all familiar with Avicii, the latter penned such hits as ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ which set the 70’s ablaze. Many are not aware that the group actually worked with Avicii five years
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Swedish pop greats ABBA broke up in 1982 after releasing a vast series of world-conquering hits and showing the world just how sharpened and weaponized pop music could become. Since then, the four members of the group have only rarely even been in the same room together — a TV appearance in 1986, a … More »
In summary: bloody hell.
We talk about the ‘80s a lot. Nostalgia for that decade and its pop culture has both seemed to move in cycles and be ever-present for something like the last 15 years. It’s an interesting paradox: We often remember the decade and its pop music in fond, neon hues, the same decade that was shot … More »