The Popblerd crew travels back to the Seventies on their latest podcast.
The name Deke Richards may not strike you immediately if you’re not a Motown fanatic. But if you’ve got any love for the works of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 (and, of course, if you read this site, surely you must), the news of Richards’ passing is indeed a bittersweet note. Richards, born Dennis Lussier, was one-quarter of two of Motown’s most famous songwriting collectives in the post-Holland-Dozier-Holland era. First there was The Clan with Pam Sawyer, Frank Wilson and R. Dean Taylor; together, [...]
If you’re a fan of soul music, we’ve got reviews of two books you must add to your must-read list.
It’s Marvin vs. The Who vs. The Faces vs. The Band in the latest Cover Convo. Will the power of Keith Moon put the British legends on top? Read on to find out!
It’s accepted music lore that Meat Loaf ripped through popular music on the back of a silver black phantom bike like a bat out of hell with his solo debut, appropriately titled Bat Out Of Hell. It was a work of massive, lusty hubris, composed by master songwriter and closet freak Jim Steinman, and it married 1960s adolescent yearning to a Spector-esque wall of sound – complete with horns, resplendent grand pianos, wall-to-wall vocals, and charmingly pretentious spoken-word excerpts – [...]
What the hell is a Gwynhuey? Find that out and more in the latest installment of the Blerd & Gonzo Cover Convo.
The 1960s were filled with tons of incredible (and forgettable) music. Two of my most-loved musical institutions are products of that decade – The Beatles and Motown. So I was taken aback to find this little gem at Missing Link Records in Austin, Texas last summer. Although I was unaware of the album’s existence, it makes a great deal of sense. The Beatles were heavily influenced by American pop and soul, including Motown. Indeed, the Fabs’ early discography includes memorable [...]
Today’s Hump Day Flashback pays tribute to the band Switch, a Motown group that marked the first recorded contributions of the DeBarge family.
I am a child of the Eighties, and as such, I have a soft spot for Phil Collins. I won’t go so far as to say he’s a guilty pleasure, simply because I feel no guilt about my love for the man. He’s a powerhouse drummer, a soulful singer, and he can write a hell of a hook. He’s also one of the more self-aware and funny rock stars of the era. Watch the videos for “Don’t Lose My Number” [...]