Blogs

June 17, 2020
Don Felder of the Eagles

Eagles “Hell Freezes Over” Record Review

The Eagles' first reunion tour was a full-on shock to music fans who never thought they would play together again. After they parted in 1980, Don Henley was categorical all along, stating that the band would get back together "when hell freezes over.” Apparently, everyone was wrong. On Nov. 8, 1994, they released “Hell Freezes Over.”
June 16, 2020
CBGB club in New York

CBGB: Birthplace of the American Punk Movement

In 1973, when the punk rock movement was just barely beginning to coalesce from the garage rock movement into something much more extreme, a man named Hilly Kristal took possession of a restaurant and bar that had been a 19th century saloon, a biker bar and finally a dive bar.
June 16, 2020
Laurel Canyon at Night

Laurel Canyon: A Bird’s Eye View of the Epix Documentary

Every so often, a film or documentary arrives at just the right time to soothe the feelings that the daily stress of life can create. That’s the case with Alison Ellwood’s “Laurel Canyon,” a feature-length documentary about the Los Angeles folk/rock scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s that’s currently airing in two-parts on Epix.
June 8, 2020

Rush: A Teenagers’ First Love Affair

It was the summer of 1981 and little did I know, my favorite band was about to reveal itself to me. You never know when or how this happens. It just does. And in my case, it happened during one of the best summers of my life. That I was 16 was coincidence.
May 21, 2020

John Lennon: We can only imagine

What can I say about the late, great John Lennon that hasn’t already been said numerous times? He was a brilliant musician, an Avant Garde poet, an outspoken, and sometimes, rebellious visionary, and most certainly, an icon. He was a husband, a father, a lover, and an idol. He was a million different things to a million different people.
May 16, 2020

Beatles “Overrated?”

hilarious mix of sports clips, ads and a mélange of pop-culture references from the 1960s-to roughly the mid-1990s,
May 11, 2020

The Troubadour West Hollywood History

When you mention “The Troubadour” (or “The Troub” as many call it), most locals and people in the music industry know you mean West Hollywood’s iconic bar and restaurant since the late 50s. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard, where Beverly Hills and West Hollywood meet;
May 11, 2020

The Police: “Outlandos d’Amour”

For a band that almost didn’t happen, the Police were truly outlaws, instead of “Outlaws of Love” by the end of their somewhat rocky road. Formed in London in 1977,the line-up consisted of primary songwriter Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar), Andy Summers (guitar), and Stewart Copeland (drums).
April 30, 2020

A Short (Really Short) History of Early Cannabis Use

When we typically think of Cannabis usage, we normally go back in time to the 60’s or perhaps a bit earlier, to the Prohibition era, when it was sold quietly in speak easies focused on weed, called “Teapads.” But human culture has been intertwined with Marijuana for far longer.
April 29, 2020

Neil Peart: The Drummer’s Drummer

Ask any drummer for their top 5 favorite drummers, and Neil Peart’s name will pop up on a larger percentage of those lists for a variety of reasons.
April 15, 2020

Temporary Insanity: The Strange Death of Ray Vitte

Inspiration comes from many places, but in this case, I was inspired in the identical fashion of my last offering about the eerie similarities of the suicide scene of the group Boston's Brad Delp and a fictional suicide from the television show Twin Peaks. If you haven't read it, give it a read as it comes highly recommended, if I do say so myself. So once again, I found myself watching Netflix to cope with the boredom of my self-imposed isolation during the Covid-19 crisis.
March 30, 2020

Behind VH1’s “Behind the Music”

On January 1, 1985, MTV’s parent corporation launched a new music video network aimed at building upon what the original music channel had created, but it focused on a slightly older demographic. When VH1 first came into existence, it was all about music videos and music related programming.
March 30, 2020

Death Imitates Art

I’ve always been a bit of a television aficionado. Oh, who am I kidding? That’s a euphemism. I am a TV addict. I (and my parents) certainly know I spent far too many hours watching it in my youth when I should have been engaged in more constructive pursuits,
March 13, 2020

How Madonna Became “The Queen of Pop”

Madonna, the artist often referred to as the “Queen of Pop,” was born Madonna Louise Ciccone (see she came by her stage name legitimately!) on August 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan...
March 13, 2020

Grosse Pointe Blank”: A Musical Score for Generation X

Set in 1996, the movie is the story of an assassin who returns to his 10-year high school reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Cusack stars as Martin Q. Blank, who sets out to win back his high school sweetheart Debi Newberry...
March 6, 2020

REM: The Unheralded Instigator of Grunge

As we moved past the middle-80’s, we saw a shift from the artistic creativity of earlier in the decade, to a what many felt was a blander and formulistic approach to pop, rock, New Wave and dance music...
February 27, 2020

How Edibles Are Made and a Cannabutter Recipe

One question we often hear from fans at Pop Daze is “Whatever happened to XYZ band or artist?” Sometimes seemingly successful bands suddenly disappear or fade quietly away...
February 27, 2020

Where Are They Now?

One question we often hear from fans at Pop Daze is “Whatever happened to XYZ band or artist?” Sometimes seemingly successful bands suddenly disappear or fade quietly away...
February 13, 2020

The Story Behind the Song: “Layla” by Eric Clapton

From the very first driving notes of the intro to the song “Layla,” written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon, you know this tune’s gonna rock. Originally released by their group, Derek and the Dominos, in November 1970, the song initially wasn’t very popular....
February 12, 2020

Breaking the Law: Police Procedurals in the 80s

When we think about the 80s, one of our entertainment favorites are the police procedural shows of that era. Today we fondly remember things like European styling, “teenage” cops, male and female detective pairs, and a crime-solving mystery writer...