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 7 days 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 2 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 2 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.
  • Eric Allen
    Published 4 months ago
    Donna Summer ‘Bad Girls’ 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition

    Donna Summer ‘Bad Girls’ 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition

    Back in the summer of 1979, Donna Summer reached the peak of her zenith with her double album, Bad Girls. Considered her career milestone, the masterfully crafted double platter dominated radio airwaves, filled night club dance floors and livened up countless living room parties.
  • Eric Allen
    Published 6 months ago
    Madonna Is…’Madame X’

    Madonna Is…’Madame X’

    First, let me preface this review by stating I’ve long been a Madonna fan since I bought her first 12-inch single “Everybody” in the fall of 1982, which felt like discovering a hidden treasure at the time. So, whether you agree or disagree with my following assessment of Madame X, just know I’m well versed in the subject of Madonna and her iconic catalog.
  • Eric Allen
    Published 7 months ago
    Bananarama: 'In Stereo'

    Bananarama: 'In Stereo'

    “Been a long time, been a, been a long time…”