It’s bound to happen. Anytime I have an article that deals with Canada, I’m going to mention the importance of the great Rick Moranis. The star of so many 1980s classics gave up acting years ago, but it’s always a good opportunity to praise his work any time I speak of our lovely neighbors to ..
A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Knox Hamilton are the Next Big Thing, and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It
Video killed the radio star decades ago, and as we often find out, premature buzz can kill a hyped film, television show, and/or band. In the case of emerging indie rockers Knox Hamilton you can, to quote Public Enemy, you can “believe the hype.” Coming off a hit alt-rock single (“Work it Out”), the Little ..
My high school biology teacher was kind of a jerk. All year long, he’d constant compare me with my sister. He had taught her three years prior, and remembered her as an A-plus student. She wasn’t, but it didn’t matter. He would always point how different I was simply because I was sort of the ..
In 1986, Regina released the pop hit “Baby Love,” but while that sound was catchy (so damn catchy), her career quickly went the way of the dodo because she sounded like a carbon copy of Madonna. It happens far too often: a singer sounds so much like another singer that they end up in the ..
In 1985, Annie Lennox/The Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin teamed up for the ultra-cheesy single “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves.” It was meant to be an anthem for all women, and probably was, but look back now, and you’ll laugh. OK, perhaps only if you watch the music video that accompanied it. In any event, ..
Listen to mainstream radio, and you’ll find it difficult to tell one artist from the other. New hooks are old hooks. Recycled is the new original. Sure, that’s not always the case and I can list dozens upon dozens of examples of how those opening sentences are off base, but why spoil a good opening ..
Riding Rollercoasters with Betty White and Some Deep Thoughts with Andrew W.K.: An A-Sides Interview
On the surface, Andrew W.K. has made a career out of being a “professional partier,” but if you peel off some layers to that persona, which is very real by the way, you’d find there’s much more to the man than headbanging, long hair, white tees and pants, and the occasional bloody nose. While he ..
In 2000, I shared a Reuben sandwich with wrestling legend Randy “Macho Man” Savage. That story is very true and spectacular, but it has absolutely nothing to do with this post. (Feel free to message me if you want the full story…Cue the sound of crickets.) Anyway, let’s discuss Australian rock quartet The Rubens, who ..
If summer were a person, I’d pick it up from the ground, dust it off, and cradle it with both of my hands. Then, I’d gently stroke its cheek, and take a page from Rocky V by saying “Get up you son of a bitch ’cause Mickey loves you.” But, summer isn’t a person, I’m ..
Blondfire’s new alt-rock single “Waves” sounds like something Olivia Newton John would be singing in the 1980s, and a song I’d be pumping through my Walkman back in the day at Jones Beach. It’s that retro cool. Putting out dreamy, catchy alt-rock is something we’ve come to expect from the California band. Their previous single ..