David Bowie, The Monks, and Steve Reich were buried under one of rock’s biggest years

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

What’s so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

Singers laugh for various reasons, not all of them sincere. Take, for instance, the laugh that closes out Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”—a giggle some people find so fake, they made their own fan edits just to cut it out. There is intentional laughter, layered in to create a wild, maniacal atmosphere (“Thriller,” “…

What’s the strongest 3-song run on an album?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

That bronze David Bowie statue has already been vandalized

A new statue of David Bowie was defaced within 48 hours of its unveiling this week, with Billboard reporting that Andrew Sinclair’s “Earthly Messenger”—which depicts a number of the rock legend’s various personas, all sort of mashed together into a collage of Bowie—has been vandalized at its location in a public…

Even David Bowie's bad movies look good in this gorgeous look back at his acting career 

Outside of his music, casual fans of cultural icon Davie Bowie likely know him from one of the following: Labyrinth’s “Magic Dance”; Fire Walk With Me’s best scene; or his brilliant cameos in both Zoolander and Extras. But Bowie’s film work is, in some circles, as lauded as his music, as the artist’s physical presence…

Late to the party: What pop culture did you come around to long after everyone else?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

A psychic apparently told David Bowie exactly when he would die back in the '70s

Most psychics, specifically the ones who aren’t members of the X-Men, are heartless monsters who live off of the grief and gullibility of others, and they’re so full of themselves that they go out of their way to make people think they’re special by pretending to communicate with their dead friends and loved ones.…

Twin Peaks reaches an electrifying fork in the road

In “The Return, Part 12,” Sarah Palmer warns her young cashier, and us, “Things can happen! Something happened to me.” In “The Return, Part 15,” something is happening, and as entertaining as the show’s winding, ominous roads have been, it’s energizing to see the show reach a crossroads, even if it’s not clear what…

Lemmy covers Bowie in newly unearthed Motörhead track

Although he died in late December of 2015, it’s natural to include Motörhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister in the host of incredibly talented musicians—including, but not limited to, David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen—who died in the memetically lethal year of 2016. Now, we can pay simultaneous tribute to Lemmy …

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Labyrinth’s soundtrack is an essential part of David Bowie’s legacy

A kidnapped baby. A Bog Of Eternal Stench. A Goblin King whose stretchy pants leave very little to the imagination. In 1986, director Jim Henson, producer George Lucas, and screenwriter Terry Jones combined these and other elements to make Labyrinth, a movie that depicts the horrors of being a teenager as a bedtime…

Joan Chen wrote David Lynch a letter in character asking to be in Twin Peaks’ return

When Showtime began announcing who would be starring in its Twin Peaks revival, which just kicked off this past Sunday, the list of actors spanned more than 200 names. There were tons of new faces, including Michael Cera, Ashley Judd, and Amanda Seyfried, but missing among them were series regulars like Michael…