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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New Order – Blue Monday

35 years ago New Order released the 12-inch Blue Monday. A shock to people ‘with good taste’. An impressive, innovative and exciting song to the rest.

Zappa In New York

Frank Zappa played in New York with his otherworldly band. The story on the double live album and classic songs like Titties & Beer, Punky’s Whips, The Illinois Enema Bandit and The Black Page.

Madonna – Ray Of Light

Madonna’s Ray Of Light made sure that Madonna could be taken seriously. Was it that good an album? Yes, it most definitely was!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ 2013 Push The Sky Away album finds Nick Cave still being relevant. He delivers a great album, which contains two all time Nick Cave classics. Impressive!

Van Halen – The best debut album of all time?

40 years ago one of the best debut albums of all time was released: the first album by Van Halen. The savior of hard rock and a new standard for guitar players. A look back.

Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power

By 1972 The Stooges and Iggy Pop were in shambles. As a long time fan, David Bowie helped out. It would result in the ultimate template for punk: Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power!

Prince – Crystal Ball / The Truth / Kamasutra

3 albums. 5 cd’s, 1 release: Prince is self-supporting and we shall know about it as well. Was it the right choice? Did the music suffer from the entrepreneurship? A look back.

Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic

Foxygen released the single San Fransisco 5 years ago. And then the wait for the album began. We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic proved to be a beautiful album. A look back.

Fischer-Z 1979-1981

Fischer-Z 1979-1981: The story on the first incarnation of John Watts’ band. From Word Salad and Going Deaf For A Living to Red Skies Over Paradise.

Parliament – Flash Light

Parliament – Flash Light: One of the most important and influential singles of all time. How Bernie Worrell made history.

Prince – C-Note

C-Note: Within 3 days after Xpectation another new Prince album? European and Japanese soundcheck recordings from the One Nite Alone… Tour 2002!

Prince – Xpectation

All of a sudden, on New Year’s day 2003, a new Prince album was released, exclusively available to members of the NPG Music Club. A jazz album with special guest Vanessa Mae.

Closing of 2017

Closing of 2017. What was good? What wasn’t? What were the main events? What stories were favorite? A look back at 2017.

Elvis’ Christmas Album

Elvis’ Christmas Album was released in 1957. It caused a stir in those days. The second album didn’t, but that did contain Merry Christmas Baby!

Saturday Night Fever

40 years ago today the movie Saturday Night Fever premiered in American cinemas. A story on disco, film, music, lies and an other time.