• 1960s Counterculture and Cannabis

1960s Counterculture and Cannabis

Mary Jane, reefer, sweet leaf, grass, dope, pot. Cannabis (marijuana) had many names in the ’60s when its use soared among baby boomers. After World War II, the middle class swelled in numbers and there was a rapid birth rate. This generation became known as the Baby Boomers and historically, they are remembered as the [...]

  • American Bandstand

American Bandstand

Legendary dance show highlights 4 decades of music “American Bandstand” began simply as “Bandstand” on WFIL-TV in Philadelphia in 1952 and ran through 1989. Hosted by local radio personality Bob Horn, the show began with New York native Dick Clark playing records for the audience. In 1956, Clark took over as host and it remained [...]

  • Grosse Pointe Blank 90s film creates the musical score for Generation X

Grosse Pointe Blank ’90s film creates the musical score for Generation X

In 1997, John Cusack co-wrote and co-produced the film “Grosse Pointe Blank” with his high school friends Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis. The film grossed more than $31 million worldwide and has an 87 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Plot Set in 1996, the movie is the story of an assassin who returns to [...]

  • Titanic 
40 Things You Didn’t Know about the ’90s Blockbuster

 40 Things You Didn’t Know about the ’90s Blockbuster

The 1997 film “Titanic” was directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized story of what happened on April 14, 1912, the film stars Leonardi DiCaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose, members of different social classes who were passengers on the ship’s disastrous maiden voyage. Nominated for 14 academy awards, the [...]

  • “Purple Rain” – An American Classic

“Purple Rain” – An American Classic

“Purple Rain” is an American rock movie released originally in 1984 and was directed by Albert Magnoli. The movie showcases the acting and music of American legend Prince. With a budget of $7.2 million, the movie grossed $68 million in the United States and $80 million worldwide. It won an Oscar for “Best Original Music [...]

  • How Madonna became “the Queen of Pop”

How Madonna Became “the Queen of Pop”

Madonna, the undisputed Queen of Pop, was born Madonna Louise Ciccone August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. She became an international icon in the ’80s with her hit songs, style trends and controversial music videos. Known for pushing boundaries and reinventing her music and image, she was considered a controversial figure in the ’80s. [...]

  • History of American Disco

History of American Disco

When someone mentions the 1970s, most people think of all things disco – the glitter balls, flashy clothes, dancing, the movie “Saturday Night Fever” and the music. Artists like Donna Summer, Chic, Gloria Gaynor, KC and The Sunshine Band, The Jackson 5 and The Bee Gees were mainstays on the charts with their disco hits [...]

  • Great American Songstress: Roberta Flack

Great American Songstress: Roberta Flack

When people think of famous female singers from the ’70s, most think of Donna Summer and Gloria Gaynor, but there’s another artist who is sometimes forgotten but needs her due. Roberta Flack had three hits songs and was a platinum-selling artist in the ’70s, and her influence is still powerful today. Early Career Roberta Flack [...]

Teen Idols: The 60s – Part 1 of 6

Teen Idols The 60s Part 1 of 6 When you hear the phrase “teen idol,” it depends on both the era and the stage within the era that helps determine who was “popular” at any given point in time. Nor is the timing gender-specific, in many ways, the “rules” for who became a teen idol [...]

  • Story Behind the Song: “Layla”

Story Behind the Song: “Layla”

Eric Clapton is known for one of rock’s most riveting guitar licks from the intro of his song 1972 hit song “Layla.” The song has an impressive pedigree. It was written with by Clapton along with his bandmate Jim Gordon of Derek and The Dominoes. The famous piano solo was written and played by Gordon’s [...]

  • Best Cannabis Ice Cream Recipe

Best Cannabis Ice Cream Recipe

At Pop-Daze, we love a good time. Hanging out with friends, listening to music, and, if it’s legal in your part of the country, enjoying a little puff, puff pass action. But edibles are big business, too. According to Green Entrepreneur, “In 2016, over $180 million was spent on weed-infused food and drinks in California [...]

INXS: From the Beginning

INXS From the Beginning Formed originally as The Farriss Brothers in 1977, coming out of Sydney, Australia,  the rock band INXS demonstrated early on that they were something truly special and unique. However, their journey to stardom was not an easy one and they would have to prove themselves to both fans and critics alike. [...]

  • Summer Hits Part 2

Hits of the Summer Part 2

Each decade has definitive songs that we all love which sing about the hot lazy days of summer. The ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s each gave us iconic songs about heat, fun, romance and lost days of youth that reflect the current events of their time but are still popular today. Summer Songs of the [...]

  • Hits of the Summer Part 1

Hits of the Summer Part 1

Summer songs stick with us because these popular hits remind us of our hot, lazy, sun-filled days when the days are longer and filled with fun activities. Released specifically for the season, these tunes are usually upbeat and designed for listening during summer fun. Summer Songs of the 1960s Songs about sun, surf and cars [...]

Do You Remember? 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 shows. Favorites [...]

Let’s Hear It For The Girls: Women In Rock (Part 3 of 3)

Let's Hear It For The Girls: Women In Rock (Part 3 of 3) The 80s were rad, but let’s dive right back into our Women In Rock series. Time to see what the ladies of the 90s were up to, and how their music evolved. The ladies kept it lively with drama, insanity and a [...]

Let’s Hear It For The Girls: Women In Rock (pt 2 of 3)

Let's Hear It For The Girls: Women In Rock (Part 2 of 3) Move over boys… let’s hear it for the girls. It’s time to dive back into our totally awesome rocker chicks! These women truly helped change music from its formats in the late 60s into the many new genres of modern music in [...]

Let’s Hear It For The Girls: Women In Rock (Pt 1 of 3)

Let’s Hear It For The Girls Women In Rock (Part 1 of 3) Women in Rock. Be it all-girls or female-fronted bands, it doesn’t matter - we love them. They rock our worlds with their music and influence. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these ladies who have made their own way [...]

  • The Best Shows of the 1990s Pt. 2

The Best Shows of the 1990s Pt. 2

Welcome back! In our previous article, we began highlighting our favorite shows of the 1990s. Ranging from the camaraderie of Friends, to the cynicism of Seinfeld and adventures into the unknown with The X-Files, the 1990s saw television creators take familiar concepts and push them into edgier regions not touched upon in previous decades. Join [...]

  • The Best Shows of the 1990s

The Best Shows of the 1990s

We’ve combed through each decade to highlight some of the best television shows of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and now the 1990s! With this installment, we’ll focus on an era of television where producers began employing new and experimental concepts that would change what could be done with the format forever. Buffy the Vampire Slayer [...]

One Hit Wonders: In The USA

One Hit Wonders: In the USA What exactly constitutes a “One-Hit Wonder”? In exploring this topic we find that many songs by a band or an artist that are what we’d consider one-hit wonders in the US are actually hugely popular acts, with several charted hits in other countries. They are also are fan favorites, and/or [...]

90210: The 90s Smash Hit Returns

90210: The 90s Smash Hit Returns 90210: The iconic Beverly Hills zip code. It was the zip code that we all wanted to live in during the 90s, while we hung out with the charming and dramatic characters from the show of the same name. Many of us rabidly watched this show for 10 years [...]

We Got The Beat: Great Drummers in History

We Got The Beat: Great Drummers in History Aside from pop culture, movies and music, one of the things Pop Daze is totally fascinated with is what’s behind each specific genre. Or in today’s case -- drummers. Every song needs a good, driving, solid beat. But the oft-asked question is “who did it best?” It’s [...]

  • Best TV Shows of the 1980s

Best TV Shows of the 1980s – Part Two

Welcome back to part two of the best shows of the 1980s! Join us as we continue to reminisce about the era that jumpstarted the careers of many now-familiar actors. Groundbreaking in their subject matter and style, these are our favorite shows of the 1980s. Cagney & Lacey Although the ’80s was the golden era [...]

  • Best Shows of the 1980s

Best Shows of the 1980s – Part 1

We hope you’ve enjoyed our series looking back on our favorite shows of yesteryear. Beginning with the 1960s, we discussed such classics as The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched and Gilligan’s Island. The 1970s brought us MASH, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days and more. Now we’ll move on to the 1980s, the golden era of the [...]

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