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About Michael Waterman

I'm an obsessive music collector, cataloger, commenter and trivia nut. Sometimes I'm even a listener. One-hit wonders have always been a guilty pleasure.

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Fireflies – Owl City

Fireflies – Owl City

Editor’s note: Owl City is no longer a one-hit wonder. “Fireflies” was the band’s first hit but “Good Time” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen also charted in the Billboard Top 10 in 2012, which changed Owl City’s status from one-hit wonder to two-hit wonder….and possibly more. Time will tell.” The first time I heard “Fireflies,” I told my friends: “That’s the best song The Postal Service or Death Cab for Cutie never wrote.” In fact, I had to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Pop

A Whole New World – Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

A Whole New World – Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

If you have young kids in the house. If you have young kids in the neighborhood. If you were a young kid in the 1990s, you know this song. That’s because “A Whole New World” is the title track to Disney’s animated 1992 film, Aladdin, that has earned more than $500 million dollars worldwide. That’s half-a-billion dollars for an animated movie. That’s simply astounding. It’s also the kind of broad reach and wide appeal that can transform … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) – The Hillside Singers

I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) – The Hillside Singers

It’s one of the most influential and well-regarded TV commercials ever. A bunch of young, fresh-faced, multi-cultural kids singing “I’d like to buy to world a Coke/and keep it company.” Remember the Coca-Cola ad from 1971? Even if you weren’t alive then, you’ve probably seen the ad or at least heard the song since variations on the theme have popped up in Coke ads in 1971, 1990, 2006, 2007 and 2010. But I’ll bet you an … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Clarence Clemons, Sax Player for Springsteen, Lady Gaga and One-Hit Wonder, Suffers Stroke

Clarence Clemons, Sax Player for Springsteen, Lady Gaga and One-Hit Wonder, Suffers Stroke

Saxophone player Clarence Clemons reportedly suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, June 12. He is in the hospital in serious condition. Clemons has been part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band since its earliest days and “The Big Man” as fans know him is a beloved part of one of America’s most beloved bands. Although the 69-year-old Clemons has recently struggled with health concerns, he contributed saxophone to Lady Gaga’s most recent album, The Edge of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s

Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

“Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbott is a complete mystery to me. It’s a number one hit. It’s soulful. It’s smooth. It evokes the spirit of Marvin Gaye and Al Green, two of my favorite soul singers. In fact, one of my favorite albums is What’s Goin’ On by Marvin Gaye. Yet in the 1980s and today, “Shake You Down” leaves me cold. I’m simply indifferent about the song. I don’t like it. I don’t hate it. I could care less … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe

Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe

“Cruel to be Kind” is one of my favorite songs of the 1970s. It doesn’t have a perfect hook. It’s rarely heard these days. Nic Lowe’s voice doesn’t soar or span multiple octaves or anything particularly spectacular. But “Cruel to be Kind” remains spectacular, more than 30 years after it was released. It lives in the same zip code as late 1970s or early ’80s songs from Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and many other guitar-driven … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop