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Deviant Glam
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Velvet Goldmine and the Erotics of Pop
So here’s what I liked about Velvet Goldmine: there’s a moment when teenaged glam fan Arthur gets home after buying the new ‘Brian Slade’ record. He puts the record on the player and then[…]

Robert Crumb Was Right!
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Various Artists – That’s What I Call Sweet Music
For thirty-odd years now, underground comics legend R.Crumb has been preaching musical theory to a decidedly sceptical audience. Crumb was always faintly anachronistic in the hippie comix s[…]

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Confessions Of A Pop Fan
This isn’t a manifesto, it’s just a vague statement of intent, or maybe belief. Heaven knows it’s difficult, even absurd, to try and crystallise what I feel about music and music criticism, and even more dif[…]


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  1. The changing of the guard chartwise happened around 2016 when there was a streaming-driven explosion of Christmas songs hitting the…

  2. On that last paragraph, I keep thinking about the observation I saw somewhere that the children's choir on "Merry Xmas…

  3. That's going to be a fun narrative to pick out if and when Popular gets there. (I'll say this for…

  4. Ha! One of my cats (I'm into my third generation of cats since Popular began) just messed up the post…

  5. And you, Tom, are now older than I was when I first started following Popular, a few weeks after you…