7 Classic Spy Themes Reimagined in the ’90s

The 1990s produced a number of remakes of classic spy themes from the 1960s, including recordings by electronica artists, a jam band, and one half of the world’s biggest rock group.

Fake Band Find: Skunk Barf

Skunk Barf may seem like a one-, maybe two-note joke from the Weird Al biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, but there’s more to the punk group than meets the eye.

Just a Bunch of Fake Boy Bands and Girl Groups

Watch music videos and more from another, better, fictional universe.

From ‘Cantina Band’ to Power Ballads and Pop-Punk: The Evolution of Source Music in the Star Wars Universe

Music in the galaxy far, far away has been sounding less and less alien.

Beyond the Vulcan Harp: Constructing Musical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy

I thought my idea for “Reverse Cantometrics” would transform genre film and television. It turned out to be a bunch of nonsense.

8 Times ’80s Prog Rock Tackled the Cold War

With every new day of the war in Ukraine, the unraveling relationship between Russia and the West looks more like it did at the height of the Cold War in…

Hit It, Max: The Galactic Funk of Star Wars Jizz-Wailer Max Rebo

Look, I get it. Long-running movie and TV series — even Star Wars — occasionally have to kill off established characters to remind audiences what’s at stake. So help me god,…

Rock & Roll 1979, Pt. 2: the Import Bin and ‘As Seen on TV’

More rock & roll icons than any of us realized released new albums in 1979.

Mike & Dean’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll City’: The Curious Story of the Two Surf Music Icons and, Um, Radio Shack

In the early 1980s, the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean singers fully embraced the marriage of rock & roll and the corporate world.

When Beach Boy Mike Love Utterly Failed to Save the World

Instead of feeding the hungry and sprucing up the Statue of Liberty, he left a trail of lawsuits in his wake.