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Valley Girl – Frank Zappa

Valley Girl – Frank Zappa

With a sharp sense of humor that skewered everything from politics to TV commercials to Beatles’ album covers and song titles such as “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” “Stevie’s Spanking” and “I Don’t Want to Get Drafted,” Frank Zappa was one of the most unlikely artists to put a song anywhere near, much less in, the hallowed Top 40. But there it was in 1982 when “Valley Girl” made it to Number 32 on the Billboard … Read entire article »

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Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Now for a list of 80s songs that are simultaneously awful and awesome and include a plethora of one-hit wonders (Bob and Doug McKenzie, Bertie Higgins, Taco) along with a gaggle of hits by artists who loaded the Billboard Top 40 with songwriting fodder for years (Paul McCartney, Starship, Olivia Newton John). During the Thanksgiving weekend of 2011, SiriusXM’s 80s on 8 station played their Top 40 “Turkeys” of the 1980s. Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Nina … Read entire article »

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Fantasy – Aldo Nova

Fantasy – Aldo Nova

A quick joke for you… Q: There were 10 copycats sitting on a fence, and one jumped off. How many were left? A: None. They were all copycats. That basic joke leads us to this very marginal entry in our look at heavy metal one-hit wonders, but “Fantasy” by Aldo Nova deserves a quick mention because the first time I heard it in 1982, my jaw dropped to the floor: It was such a blatant ripoff of the … Read entire article »

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VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

I’m a child of the 1980s. I went to high school in the 1980s. I discovered new wave music and punk rock in the early 1980s thanks to early alternative radio stations and MTV. I love ’80s music. Always have, always will. The big hair. The neon outfits and new romantics. The synthpop songs and the hair-band ballads. The disposable pop song mixed with the lasting anthem. Some of it so bad it’s good. Some of it … Read entire article »

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Stone Cold – Rainbow

Stone Cold – Rainbow

Get out your air guitars: Featuring “The Mother of All Riffs,” Deep Purple’s most famous song “Smoke on the Water” was one of those songs that took a while to show up on the Hot 100; in this case more than a year after its parent album Machine Head was released. “Smoke on the Water” shot to Number 4 in 1973 (I was eleven then and thought it was the greatest song ever written; nearly 40 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock