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Dave Dudley: Lonelyville

By Don Jacobson
Where the Nashville Sound met a broken heart and Tom T. Hall.

Posted on January 20, 2010

Badfinger: Ass

A band on the verge puts out a virtually ignored classic - and then takes a bitter, fatal fall.

Posted on April 9, 2009

Bin Dive's Five Favorite Cover Songs

By Scott Buckner
There's something quite remarkable about a Stones song that makes you feel like Charles Manson has shown up to stare at you for two minutes and forty seconds every time you fire it up.

Posted on March 2, 2009

The Cowsills: We Can Fly

By Don Jacobson
This album could have invented the whole concept of the "bin dive" since MGM sensed it was going to flop right away and sent their stock straight to cheapo racks. But I think it's in the same league as Pet Sounds.

Posted on January 19, 2009

The Seeds: A Web of Sound

By Don Jacobson
The Doors ended up getting the Classic Rawk chops that could have belonged to The Seeds.

Posted on November 10, 2008

Rockpile: Seconds of Pleasure

By Don Jacobson
Rockpile's rockabilly madness was all killer, no filler.

Posted on September 8, 2008

The Return of Roger Miller

By Don Jacobson
He ain't got no cigarettes.

Posted on June 9, 2008

Chad Everett: All Strung Out

By Don Jacobson
An early '70s whitebread version of Ike Turner on a Jesus bender.

Posted on March 30, 2008

Wings: Back to the Egg

By Don Jacobson
The Wings of 1979 were the recipients of all the emotional disillusionment of the Baby Boomers' dawning realization that their lives were never going to be as cool as they once were.

Posted on January 29, 2008

Pat Boone: Moody River

By Don Jacobson
Pat Boone's last stab was actually his best and only worthy moment, pulling back the covers to tell the sordid tale of a lover's suicide.

Posted on December 12, 2007

Led Zeppelin: Coda

By Dan Zapruder Phillips
The record that will help you stop worrying and love the Led.

Posted on November 12, 2007

Prince: Chaos and Disorder

By Dan Zapruder Phillips
If U love it, that's because it's made out of super-secret UNDERGROUND jams I pulled from my highly sexy Vault.

Posted on October 5, 2007

Buddy Greco: Buddy's Back In Town

By Don Jacobson
A Rat Pack associate swings at a Rush Street hot spot amidst the mob, the FBI, and Jack Ruby. He makes pop-jazz history.

Posted on August 27, 2007

Jimmy Swaggart: You Don't Need to Understand

By Don Jacobson
Jimmy Swaggart changed the face of gospel music - his honky-tonk style is eerily reminiscent of the seminal rock 'n' roll bashing of his cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Posted on June 25, 2007

Righteous Brothers: Sayin' Somethin'

By Don Jacobson
The same year the Righteous Brothers made this record Frank Zappa put out Absolutely Free. The writing was on the wall.

Posted on May 14, 2007

Mark Lindsay: Arizona

By Don Jacobson
Paul Revere's revolution gives way to Bobby Goldsboro in one fell swoop.

Posted on April 8, 2007

Blue Öyster Cult: Agents of Fortune

By Steve Rhodes
"(Don't Fear) the Reaper" is a weird song to have had such a long, popular life, but the record it is from is even stranger coming from a band with an umlaut in its name.

Posted on March 11, 2007

Sonny & Cher: All I Ever Need Is You

By Don Jacobson
Thanks to the massive exposure they were getting on TV, this album became one of their biggest sellers. But, like Elvis' comeback special, it also showed exactly why everything that was dangerous and exciting about their rock 'n' roll past was completely over.

Posted on February 1, 2007

Labelle: Nightbirds

By Mick Dumke
Lady Marmalade approaches perfection as a 70s single; it's also a sad and fleeting story that has been abused by marketers and pols.

Posted on November 27, 2006

Def Leppard: Pyromania

By Mick Dumke
Plenty of metalish bands have bragged about their ability to rock out. All have presented themselves as bad boys and threats to social stability. Many did these things before Def Leppard. Few, though, have tried so hard to make themselves look cool and communicated such genuine fear and desire.

Posted on October 16, 2006

Jimmy Smith: Mickey Mouse

By Mick Dumke
A Disney dance party in the making - with a special call out to Donald Duck. How great is that?

Posted on September 23, 2006

The Clash: Sandinista!

By Mick Dumke
Sandinista! is, like all Clash records, a political album, but that's not entirely the point here: It's a sprawling, ragged, undisciplined mess, and now, exactly 25 years after its release, it is more fascinating and fun than ever.

Posted on September 18, 2006

Tommy Cash: Six White Horses

By Mick Dumke
When Tommy Cash sings about the Long Black Veil, it doesn't seem as long or as black as when his brother, Johnny, sings about it.

Posted on September 10, 2006

Jerry "Iceman" Butler: Love's on the Menu

By Mick Dumke
Jerry Butler is not only a Cook County Board member and Regular Democratic Party loyalist, but one of the most influential soul artists in history.

Posted on July 23, 2006

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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