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Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith

Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith

Author’s note: Let’s take a break from heavy metal one-hit wonders and take a look at this little ditty, almost forgotten now but when it was a hit, it was one of those songs that embedded itself in your ear like an annoying mosquito, and you just couldn’t get the stupid thing out of your head. The seed for this article was sown during an overnight trip I took recently, and as I pulled out … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep (named for a character in Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations) and Deep Purple are two of the earliest bands to introduce progressive-rock elements to heavy metal. Without these two groups, it would be difficult to imagine the existence of one-hit wonders Rush, Triumph, Queensryche, Metallica, Dream Theater, even Tool. British rockers Uriah Heep were also one of the first groups to incorporate “swords ‘n sorcery” lyrics in their songs and soon, songs about castles, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Bang a Gong (Get It On) – T. Rex

Bang a Gong (Get It On) – T. Rex

T. Rex is another band that had an admittedly flimsy association with heavy metal, but I’m including them in our look at heavy metal one-hit wonders as they were a large part of the UK glam-rock scene of the early ’70s, and as such were highly influential. It’s easy to see where Kiss and Queen, for example, got their ideas. And later, the so-called “hair bands” of the ’80s and ’90s like Poison or Winger were … Read entire article »

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Long Haired Lover from Liverpool – Jimmy Osmond

Long Haired Lover from Liverpool – Jimmy Osmond

This song has always struck me as slightly disturbing for one big reason: the “lover” in this song is played by nine-year-old Jimmy Osmond. I can’t speak for the entire world, but where I live, becoming a lover of anything other than toys, playground basketball and candy when you’re nine-years old is pretty much against the law. Throw in the fact that Jimmy Osmond was a nine-year-old Mormon at the time this song was … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop