Barry Thompson does pop culture and music journalism. His work has appeared in the Boston Phoenix, Esquire Online, Paste Magazine, and several other online and print publications. He lives under a bridge with a cat in Allston, Massachusetts. Follow him on Twitter @barelytomson.
Articles by Barry
Aug 12, 2016
The Box: How a Forgotten TV Network Changed Music and Predicted the Future
Back in olden times, there was a thing called The Box, and it offered a simple proposition: you called up a 900 number on your landline, punched in a four-digit code corresponding to a music video you wanted to see (ideally something banned from mainstream media for obscenity), and incurred a charge of between $0.99 and $2.99.
Jan 13, 2016
4 Highly Plausible 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey' Theories You Need to Hear
Panned by critics as a bid to ride Back to the Future's coattails, 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure quadrupled its $10 million budget at the box office and inspired kids nationwide to pepper every conversation with non-sequitur air-guitar riffage.
Oct 7, 2015