Eric Allen

Eric Allen

I'm a music journalist, blogger and crate digger. I began writing about music during college and again as a freelancer. Links to my published pieces can be found on my music blog at: popmartzoo.com and/or follow me on Twitter:@popmartzoo

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  • Eric Allen
    Published 12 days ago
    Live Aid: The Day Heard Around the World

    Live Aid: The Day Heard Around the World

    “It's twelve noon in London, seven AM in Philadelphia, and around the world it's time for Live Aid.”
  • Eric Allen
    Published 2 months ago
    Lady Gaga Takes Us on a Journey to 'Chromatica'
  • Eric Allen
    Published 3 months ago
    Donna Summer: 'Encore'

    Donna Summer: 'Encore'

    At long last, a complete career-spanning compilation of Donna Summer’s musical legacy has arrived. Just in time to pay tribute to the diva of disco and more on the 8th anniversary of her untimely passing on May 17, 2012, Donna Summer: Encore is an exquisite and long overdue celebration comprised of 33 CDs, encompassing all of Summer’s albums. From her 1974 debut Lady of The Night, through her final proper offering, 2008’s Crayons, all 17 albums are here, plus an impressive inclusion of 109 additional bonus tracks.
  • Eric Allen
    Published 8 months ago
    Eurythmics: '1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)'

    Eurythmics: '1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)'

    In the summer of 1984, Eurythmics’ David Stewart and Annie Lennox were commissioned by Richard Branson and Virgin Records to compose a musical soundtrack for Michael Radford’s film version of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Eurythmics’ songtrack album was subsequently released one month following the film’s premiere and contained nine songs derived from the instrumental interludes Stewart and Lennox composed for the movie.
  • Eric Allen
    Published 11 months ago
    Re-Experiencing the Beatles’ US Albums

    Re-Experiencing the Beatles’ US Albums

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ landmark Abbey Road album, and as a way to placate my fixated anxiousness for the release of its super deluxe edition and picture disc, I’ve decided to dust off my box set of the Beatles’ The US Albums. I’m rediscovering and revisiting each individual album in chronological sequence as I await to revel within the newly remixed Abbey Road in all its glory on the golden anniversary of the historic release date. In the meantime…
  • Eric Allen
    Published 11 months ago
    10 Songs I Never Want to Hear Again

    10 Songs I Never Want to Hear Again

    First, allow me to preface the following list by stating I don’t intentionally mean to disparage any of these artists or their work. These are merely my honest knee-jerk reactions triggered whenever I hear these songs. I’ve compiled this list primarily for my own entertainment as well as other music aficionados. Music is very subjective, therefore; I realize these are only my opinions, which should be taken with a grain of salt and are not any more or less valid than anyone else’s. After all, I’m sure a lot of people similar feelings about many of my favorite songs and/or artists. With that said, please continue at your own risk.