The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Billy Squire wrecks his career with ROCK ME TONITE

If you don’t remember Billy the Squire, probably because you weren’t born yet, he was kind of a big deal for a while. A rising star. Then this video came … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

MISSING YOU by John Waite teaches us all about subtext

Here’s a classic song with a video that proves singers should sing, and actors should act. What’s not to love here? John Waite‘s hair is pure ’80s gold, with feathery … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 5 Comments

NOVEMBER RAIN rocks out for an epic nine minutes

These days, Axl Rose is just another rock star who fell off the top. He’s trying to claw his way back up, and yes, taking 5.923 billion years to produce … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

SAFETY DANCE by Men Without Hats is insanely classic

This has every element you could possibly want from an ’80s music video: (1) a thumping synth beat, (2) a lead singer with a vague accent (Montreal!) who looks like … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

I LIKE THE WAY YOU WORK IT is epic, brilliant and classic

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and flipped out? I don’t mean “Yeah, they were playing Swedish death metal on 107.7 and it created a Hulk-like rage … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

THE FOX by Ylvis is pure nutty goodness

When is something so bad that it circles back to good? Well, here’s one example: THE FOX by Norwegian duo Ylvis. The melody sounds like late ’80s emo from Savage … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

A random duet turns out to be awesomesauce

Kristin Chenoweth likes to do something few performers dare: grab somebody random from the audience and perform a duet. This can be funny, or so bad it’s good, like karaoke … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 2 Comments