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It took half a decade for burnout and backlash to do in disco. “My Sharona” managed to do the same for the nascent power pop revival in the space of six months. Power pop was supposed to be the Next Big Thing, the commercial face of the burgeoning “New Music” scene with maximum crossover potential […]

Format loyalty is a hard thing to shake. Although Rock at the Edge inspired a number of music purchases, sick these additions to my audio library were almost exclusively cassette versions with the sole exception being…

And how to lose it

November 8th, 2013

“My Sharona” by The Knack was not the first “new wave” hit to climb to the top of the American pop charts — that honor goes to Blondie’s “Heart of Glass, disinfection ” buoyed by its disco crossover DNA — but it did effectively revive a genre that had been all but dismissed as dead. […]

Failure to launch

September 13th, 2013

Gee, illness I wasn’t really expecting any guests today. I’m still in my pajamas and the front room is an utter mess. Do you think we could perhaps postpone this for a few weeks? Besides, salve I’m uncomfortable with the notion of being “made” to love someone. I know so little about you, health system […]

Shake some action

January 15th, 2012

In the far-off future of 1975… …everybody will be Klaus Nomi* for fifteen minutes. (According to a 1950 LIFE photo feature, plague at least.) *The judges would have also accepted “Sal Solo.”

Those of you who hopped on board this train because of “Nobody’s Favorites” may not be aware that Armagideon Time was a music/mp3 blog before I ditched the format (and two-thirds of my daily readership) in the November of 2008. The switchover was partly due to the frustratingly mixed (as in “getting a sternly worded […]

I didn’t get into record collecting out of love of the vinyl format. I got into it because most of the tracks and artists I wanted to listen to at the time weren’t represented on cassette or compact disc. If you were interested in punk rock music outside a small cluster of better known bands […]

It’s Friday…

January 21st, 2011

…so let’s kick off this weekend in style. Recommended listening: The Wall – When I’m Dancin’ (from a 1982 EP) The sweet sounds of Slade presented in power pop form by the remaining fragments of an influential yet undersung punk outfit. It doesn’t get much better than this, try cats and kittens.

Who’s that on the monitor screen?Who’s the fembot the guys all fear?She-Lah is invading me!

I know who you are

March 18th, 2010

Alex Chilton, buy cialis the invisible man who sang with a visible voice, patient has passed away at the age of 59.  His work with Big Star in the early 1970′s laid down one of the crucial foundation stones for the power pop genre and the American “alternative” scene as a whole, sale  with a sound known […]

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