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 :-).

Most commented posts

  1. Prince releases the fine album Come (and nobody seems to care) — 48 comments
  2. Lovesexy: Prince’s crowning achievement — 38 comments
  3. 30 years ago, the best show I ever witnessed — 37 comments
  4. Prince is victorious (once again) with Sign O’ The Times — 30 comments
  5. The best Australian songs — 24 comments

Author's posts

Zwan, the story of Mary Star Of The Sea

Zwan - Mary Star Of The Sea (spotify.com)

After disbanding the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan was unsure of his next step. It was Zwan, who released their first and final album in 2003. The story of Zwan and Mary Star Of The Sea.

The world gets to know Kate Bush: the release of Wuthering Heights

Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights (katebushcollectibles.com)

In 1978 Kate Bush made her debut with the beautiful Wuthering Heights: the start of an exciting, innovative and bold career!

Neil Young schocks with the release of Trans

Neil Young - Live 1982 (yahoo.com)

In 1983 Neil Young releases the atypical Trans, an album with synthesizers and vocoders. An electronic album with a warm beating heart.

Christmas With The Rat Pack

Christmas With The Rat Pack (2007) (last.fm)

In 2007 I bought Christmas With The Rat Pack. A compilation of beautiful Christmas songs by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin.

Neil Diamond – Hot August Night

Neil Diamond - Hot August Night (bol.com)

In 1972 Neil Diamond released his best (?) album, the fabulous double live album Hot August Night. A look back!

Lijntje Elisabeth Pel 1943 – 2012

Mama 11/30/2022 Header (apoplife.nl)

Ten years ago my mother passed away. Next to all the hurt and hassle there was music as well. A look back.

Parliament – Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome: the end of the P-Funk trilogy

Parliament - Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome (spotify.com)

In 1977 Parliament released parth three of their P-Funk trilogy: the fantastic Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome. Read the full story!

Andy Allo debuts on NPG Records with Superconductor

Andy Allo - Superconductor (andyallo.com)

The story of Andy Allo, The NPG, Superconductor and Oui Can Luv. Love, music, beautiful shows and passion!

Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols 1976 (udiscovermusic.com)

Late 1977 the Sex Pistols’ debut album was finally released. Yet again coupled with chaos, police and success. The story of the punk classic Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.

Elvis Presley – The Memphis Record: RCA combines the comeback recordings in 1987

Elvis Presley - The Memphis Record (movieposterset.com)

In 1987 RCA released the umpteenth Elvis Presley compilation, but this one was different. A lot of thought went into this one, the songs were chosen with real care: The Memphis Record is a fine compilation!

Stereo MC’s – Connected: irresistable and funky

Stereo MC's - Connected (spotify.com)

In 1992 the Stereo MC’s released their fantastic album Connected. A look back at an unexpected huge hit. The story of an irresistably funky dance and rap album.

The Smiths say goodbye with Strangeways, Here We Come

The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come (spotify.com)

In 1987 The Smiths disbanded. Luckily there was the swan song Strangeways, Here We Come. Is it better than its reputation suggests?

Kate Bush demanded total freedom and releases The Dreaming

Kate Bush - The Dreaming album signing September 1982 (pinterest.com)

In 1982 Kate Bush released her fourth and most controversial album. The story of the fantastic The Dreaming!

The opening of Paisley Park Studios

Paisley Park exterior (boto.com)

In 1987 the Paisley Park Studios complex was opened in Chanhassen, Minneapolis. It would turn into the main home base for Prince and eventually into his home.

In 1992 Sugar debuts with the peerless Copper Blue

Sugar - Copper Blue (pitchfork.com)

In 1992 Bob Mould’s new band Sugar debuted with Copper Blue. They gave an unforgettable first impression. The story of an astonishing debut.