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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Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters

In 1973 Herbie Hancock released a hybrid album. It unified rhythm and blues, jazz and funk. It was an instant mega success. The story behind the phenomenal Head Hunters!

Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See

In 1993 Mazzy Star releases their second album, the beautiful So Tonight That I Might See, uit. David Roback and Hope Sandoval are victorious. A look back.

Outkast – Aquemini

Outkast’s third album Aquemini is 20 years old. At the time, the follow-ups Stankonia and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, had yet to be created. The story of a masterpiece.

Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove

One Nation Under A Groove: the most successful Funkadelic album turns 40 years old. A look back on an essential funk offering.

Kiss solo albums: Ace Frehley

In 1978 Kiss released four solo albums in one day. The album by the underrated guitar player Ace Frehley was the best, by far. A look back at a unique feat.

30 years ago, the most special show I ever witnessed

Today, 30 years ago, I witnessed the most special show in my life. Prince played in Dortmund to a predominantly Dutch crowd. The show was broadcast simultaneously!

Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones

Early 1983 Tom Waits’ caraeer, which was once filled with so much promise, is vitually over. Until he releases Swordfishtrombones!

Aswad – Live And Direct

In 1983 Aswad performed at the Notting Hill Carnival. It was one of the best shows of their entire career and became one the best-known reggae live albums of all time. A look back on a beautiful summer’s day.

Herbie Hancock – Future Shock

In 1983 a strange video was shown. It featured images and sounds from the future. Herbie Hancock’s Rockit and the Future Shock album announced new times.

N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton

30 Years ago gangsta rap came bubbling up from the undergound. N.W.A. released their influential and shocking Straight Outta Compton. Hip-hop would never be the same again.

Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

Smashing Pumpkins delivered on its promise with the release of Siamese Dream. A rich, heavy and at times moving album. The first of three masterpieces in a row.

Anthony Hamilton – Comin’ From Where I’m From

Anthony Hamilton’s second official album Comin’From Where I’m From is very successful in the US. In Europe he and his album go by unnoticed, A tribute to a great soul album.

Singles from my elementary school days

When I was a boy, singles were the indicator for success and a cheap alternative to the (mega) expensive LP. All singles I received as a present or bought myself during my elementary school days.

Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

The second Public Enemy album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back turns 30 years old already! The best hip-hop album of all time? A look back.

Prince – N.E.W.S.

In 2003 Prince released 3 instrumental albums. After Xpectation and the great C-Note, N.E.W.S. was added in June. An impressive piece of work. A look back at an album that is not well-known.