Erwin Barendregt

Erwin Barendregt, owner of A Pop Life (.nl) blog. Subtitle My life with music show the reason behind blog-subjects. Personal stories and preferences are the main subject for the posts and reviews on this blog. Erwin is a passionate musiclover and can frequently be found in concert venues in Holland, and is a person who lacks the stamina/talent to be a musician himself :-).

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Get the funk up! Prince and Batman: crown time is over?

In 1989 Prince planned to do things a bit more releaxed, until he received a phone call from the producers of a movie. He couldn’t resist. The story behind the hit record Batman!

Maria McKee releases her beautiful debut album

In 1989 Maria McKee released her debut album. After the Lone Justice years finally new music again by the greatest female singer I know. A look back.

The Waterboys introduce ‘the big music’ on A Pagan Place

In 1984 The Waterboys released their second album. It introduced ‘the big music’ to the world. A Pagan Place is a masterpiece by one of the most interesting and consistent bands of all time.

5 years ago I witnessed Prince live for the very last time, in Antwerp

5 years ago I witnessed Prince for the very last time in concert, in Antwerp. Once again, it was an unforgettable night in the presence of the genius hailing from Minneapolis. A look back at a fantastic concert!

The Who’s Tommy: the ultimate childhood sentiment

In 1969 The Who released their rock opera Tommy. It was a major influence in my childhood years and still is a favorite album. A look back.

The release of the best single of all time: When Doves Cry

In 1984 I was introduced to the true genius of Prince. There is a life before and after When Doves Cry. Tribute to the best single of all time!

The Blue Nile – A Walk Across The Rooftops (Tinseltown In The Rain)

Somewhere in 1984 I heard the beautiful Tinseltown In The Rain for the first time. It turned out to be by The Blue Nile. Debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops is equally great!

Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain

In 1984 Echo & The Bunnymen released the classic Ocean Rain. Lush orchestration with beautiful melodies and (incomprehensible) lyrics. A look back at a 1980’s classic.

The best Donna Summer singles

As a tribute to Donna Summer the ten best singles by The Queen Of Disco and The First Lady of Love. Disco sucks? Hell no!

Prince steps back into the limelight: Musicology

After years of obscurity Prince wanted to step back into the limelight. He wrote a hit album, organized a successful tour and 2004 was his come back year. Veni, vidi, vici!

Pixies and the story behind the classic Doolittle

In 1989 the Pixies released their masterpiece Doolittle. A spectacularly good album that influenced future generations to this day. A look back at a great, superb, fantastic album.

Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love

In 2014 Paolo Nutini released his third album, Caustic Love. A beautiful, atmospheric, soulful album with the impressive songs Better Man and Iron Sky. A look back.

Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The story on the 1974 compilation and the greatest song in Gil Scott-Heron’s career: The Revolution Will Not be Televised. The birth of hip-hop? A look back.

Prince – The Chocolate Invasion & The Slaughterhouse: ‘File under P’?

On March 29th, 2004, Prince released two compilation albums, availaible exclusively to members of the NPG Music Club. A look back at two forgotten releases in Prince’s rich body of work.

Prince – The Lotusflow3r three album set

In 2009 Prince released a new album: in normal Prince fashion this was no ordinary release: Lotusflow3r, three albums in one.