Blackstar and the Death of a Legend

On Friday, January 8th, the day of his 69th birthday, David Bowie released Blackstar. I overheard “Lazarus” on the WXPN while heading home and decided to check it out. On Sunday, I listened to Blackstar while making waffles (waffle-making of course being the ideal time to listen to Bowie). There is such a tragic tone to…

Flashback Friday: Guns N’ Roses Just Needs A Little Patience

News recently came out that Guns N’ Roses would be reuniting at Coachella. What better band to lead the new and not remotely improved Flashback Friday with than GnR? “November Rain” is the no brainer, but that’s been done. Instead we’ll slow things down and check out the video for the band’s power ballad, “Patience”….

Flashback Friday: The Fresh Prince Takes on Mike Tyson

I love literal rap videos. Love ‘em! Nobody did literal rap like the family friendliest rapper of all time – the Fresh Prince. Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff taught us all about parents not understanding youth culture and the glories of summertime. They even took on Freddy Krueger one time. Oh how I wish there…

Flashback Friday: Paula Abdul Dances With Cats

At this point, Paula Abdul’s 1989 hit “Opposites Attract” is probably best known for being parodied on Family Guy. You know the bit. Even Peter Griffin changing the lyrics to “and I’m dressed like a cat” doesn’t really scratch the surface of just how bizarre this video is. “Opposites Attract” opens with the real star…

Flashback Friday: Toto Teaches Us About Africa

Toto’s “Africa” is literally about white people not understanding Africa. That fact alone is all kinds of great. That should give you all the context you need to take in the video for Africa properly. “Africa” begins with a man sitting in what I guess is a library. This is the most intense music video…

Flashback Friday: Sammy Hagar Refuses to Drive the Speed Limit

Before his days of ruining Van Halen (at least according to my one uncle who still sports a rat tail), Sammy Hagar tried to be a solo artist. He had limited success, with his main hit being a little song about driving over the speed limit. The video starts without music, a bold choice. We need…

Flashback Friday: Skid Row Does 18 and Life

Ah, Skid Row. Remember them? If you watched VH1 a bunch about 10 years ago then yes, you probably do. Otherwise, who can blame ya? Think of Skid Row as the east coast Guns N Roses, minus all the…um, talent. Bon Jovi’s Jersey buddies actually did make a whole lot of money in the late…

Flashback Friday: Vanilla Ice Rollin' in His 5.0

I was going to tackle some hair metal in today’s edition of Flashback Friday, but then I remembered that Suge Knight’s dear friend Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle was accused of stealing a bunch of stuff from a home. He even went out and claimed that he was just dumpster diving for it. Oh Ice, never…

Flashback Friday: Journey Goes Their Separate Ways

You most likely know Journey from 1:30 A.M. at the bar. People are half asleep and preparing stumble home. But then you hear the familiar opening bars of “Don’t Stop Believin’”, the five time winner of the best bar singalong award according to Alcoholics Anonymous Magazine. However, Journey’s catalog runs deep. The band has recorded countless…

Flashback Friday: The Fat Boys Go to Prison

The lyrics to “Jail House Rap” might be “We in jail because we failed” but I will always think of it as “We in jail because we fat.” That’s the story told in this Fat Boys video from the year of my birth. Yes, the Fat Boys are out of food and need to rob both…