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Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn

Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn

Editor’s note: This assessment of Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to be Real” reflects the opinion of Jim Barton and not toponehitwonders.com. Some of us here actually like this song…but definitely not Jim. Long before American Idol, there was The Gong Show, where amateur singers, dancers and so forth showcased their talents (or lack thereof) for three celebrities. A huge gong dangled behind the celebrities and if one or more of them didn’t like the act, he … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too

In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too

Few songs make me want to pay an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor to remove my ear drums. But “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too is in serious contention. This novelty song is pure garbage. It’s stupid. It’s silly. It’s dumb enough that to hear it once is more than enough. Remarkably, “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too reached #40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1977 and that’s good enough to land … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman – Whistling Jack Smith

I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman – Whistling Jack Smith

I love everything about “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” by Whistling Jack Smith. Here’s why: none of what you believe about the song is true. First, the guy whistling on the record is not actually Whistling Jack Smith. His name is John O’Neill. Second, John O’Neill didn’t actually appear as Whistling Jack Smith. Whistling Jack Smith was actually performed by a guy named Billy Moeller. Third, Whistling Jack Smith was not actually Kaiser Bill’s Batman. I assume … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Pop

Change – A Lover’s Holiday

Change – A Lover’s Holiday

The last dying breaths of disco are clearly heard in “A Lover’s Holiday” by Change. There is nothing wrong with the song. In fact, it’s a wonderfully produced disco gem that features all the disco trademarks including: Dual-tracked female singers A consistent disco beat Vocal references to roller skates Soaring strings at all the right moments “A Lover’s Holiday” should have been a hit. Instead it only reached number 40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1980. Here’s the problem: the song … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

For much of the the 1970s, Los Angeles was known for softer pop-country-folk-rock hybrids such as the Eagles, The Carpenters, Bread, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and others. But in 1978, a new heavy metal band from nearby Pasadena fired the first warning shot across the bow of LA-area mellow rock; Van Halen’s debut album, featuring Eddie Van Halen’s fiery guitar licks and David Lee Roth’s howls punctuated by a blistering mix by Ted Templeman, quickly turned … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Disco is the greatest form of music in really tiny doses. Or the most disposable. A song like “Movin'” by Brass Construction is exhibit A in that argument. When people first heard this song on the dance floors of disco clubs, they lapped it up like a starving kitten snarfs Meow Mix. Then they let it settle in, percolate a bit, and discovered they liked it. A lot. Movin’ by Brass Construction reached #14 on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop