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Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil

Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil

When the oddly-titled “Beds Are Burning” became a US Top 40 hit in 1988 (peaking at Number 17), it apparently even took at least one member of the very Australian band Midnight Oil by surprise. After all, a song about the plight of the Aboriginal peoples at the hands of the colonists would seem to be an unlikely one to gain a foothold on the US charts, as Midnight Oil’s songs were about the mistreatment … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Three Little Pigs – Green Jelly

Three Little Pigs – Green Jelly

Today we celebrate another novelty song and heavy-metal one-hit wonder with “Three Little Pigs” by Green Jelly. Nursery rhymes and fairy tales have always been fodder for both feature films and animated shorts (how many dozens of old Saturday morning cartoons have spoofed “The Three Bears” or “Little Red Riding Hood”?). It’s the same for the pop chart where numerous songs based on fairy tales have made their mark. For our purposes we’ll concentrate on two stories … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

The Lumberjack – Jackyl

The Lumberjack – Jackyl

Editor’s note: “The Lumberjack” by Jackyl is not a true one-hit wonder. Though if you ask people about the band Jackyl, “The Lumberjack” is often the only song they know. Our resident heavy metal expert Jim Barton pays tribute to this unique song. Just for fun, let’s take a look at a song that was never a Top 40 hit, but I think the novelty angle of a chainsaw being used as a musical instrument … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Love Is on the Way – Saigon Kick

Love Is on the Way – Saigon Kick

Saigon Kick hailed from Florida, a place that for some strange reason spawned the extreme genre known as “death metal,” represented by groups such as Obituary, Morbid Angel, Death and other not-so-pleasantly named bands. I wonder if the cause are those elderly drivers with their turn signals blinking for 20 miles? Or maybe it’s alligators on people’s lawns? Or perhaps all those hurricanes have made people bitter? Saigon Kick from Miami were nowhere near as … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Until Your Love Comes Back Around – RTZ

Until Your Love Comes Back Around – RTZ

If you’re one of very few who even remember this 1992 One-Hit Wonder and thought it sounded like an outtake from a Boston album, there’s good reason: RTZ (Return to Zero) was formed by two ex-members of Boston–guitarist Barry Goudreau and the late lead singer Brad Delp. In this day and age of artists releasing a new album every two to three years (that’s IF you’re lucky!), it might not seem unusual that following their 1976 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Silent Lucidity – Queensryche

Silent Lucidity – Queensryche

Boasting one of the all-time greatest metal vocalists in the multi-octave Geoff Tate (he had studied opera), Queensryche stormed out of the gate in 1983 with a four-song EP titled Queen of the Reich that was re-released a short time later on EMI. Unfortunately, Queensryche’s debut album, The Warning, found the band bunting rather than swinging for the fences (although “Take Hold of the Flame” featured a stunning vocal performance by Geoff Tate and was … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock