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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

Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent

Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent

When Ted Nugent finally put to rest the Amboy Dukes and their psychedelic one-hit wonder, “Journey to the Center of Your Mind,” the “Motor City Madman” became a solo artist on Epic Records. His self-titled debut album was a huge seller and featured one of his most famous songs, the 8-minute-plus “Stranglehold.” His second solo album (my personal favorite), the blistering Free-For-All featured a pre-fame Meat Loaf on some of the songs. Yes, Meat Loaf … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Black Betty by Ram Jam

Black Betty by Ram Jam

Editor’s note: Jim Barton, our resident heavy metal expert, puts his own spin on the classic “Black Betty” by Ram Jam. Although Michael has already written about Ram Jam and Black Betty, I also wanted to include it in this survey of rock one-hit wonders and heavy metal one-hit wonders since Ram Jam’s debut album was on the fringes of metal and their second (and last) LP Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram was … Read entire article »

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Cherry Baby – Starz

Cherry Baby – Starz

Does anybody remember a song called “You Take my Breath Away” by Rex Smith, a Number 10 hit in 1979? The sappy, syrupy ballad (diabetics, get out your insulin!) was from a TV movie called Sooner or Later, which he starred in. I sure remember it: The song was nearing its peak position at the time my parents and I moved to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. At the time, music was still commonplace on … Read entire article »

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Telephone Man – Meri Wilson

Telephone Man – Meri Wilson

Cheese. Pure titillating cheese. That’s how I would describe “Telephone Man” by Meri Wilson. It’s the soul-stirring story of a woman who rents an apartment and is visited by the telephone man who is there to…install her telephone line. At least that’s the arc the story follows. But if you read between the lines, maybe this telephone is really just a euphemism. A little double entendre, if you know what I mean. The opening … Read entire article »

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Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day

Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day

As you dig deep into one-hit wonder history, you discover lots of one-hit wonder artists actually hit the Billboard Top 40 many times as songwriters for other artists. Today’s starring player fits that description perfectly. Alan O’Day has spent five decades in the music business writing hit songs or movie and TV theme songs other people made famous. Here is a quick list of his career highlights: “The Drum” by teen idol Bobby Sherman hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop