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Love You Like I Never Loved Before – John O’Banion

Love You Like I Never Loved Before – John O’Banion

“Love You Like I Never Loved Before” by John O’Banion comes to us directly from the Hall and Oates, Toto, Queen, Joey Scarbury and Frankee and the Knockouts production early 1980s songbook. The pounding piano is straight from Toto’s first hit, “Hold the Line” with some sly nods to Daryl Hall’s piano pounding on “Kiss on My List.” The soaring vocals have a touch of two-hit wonders Frankee and the Knockout’s vocal stylings on their biggest hit, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

There is a certain charm in novelty songs, those quirky little musical nuggets that capture a moment in time with a popular song based on a pop cultural event. How else can you explain “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia or “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees? They’re silly, stupid, disposable but certainly charming in small doses. Very small doses. “General Hospi-Tale” by The Afternoon Delights is exceedingly stupid, anachronistic and disposable since it manages to name-check key … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Sweet Baby – Stanley Clarke and George Duke

Sweet Baby – Stanley Clarke and George Duke

One of the things we like most about writing about one-hit wonders is hearing long-forgotten songs for the first time in years. “Sweet Baby” by Stanley Clarke and George Duke is a great example of a song that was popular for a short time, then disappeared from the charts. But listening to it today, the song is remarkably fresh. Well, maybe not fresh, but it’s definitely enduring. It’s that kind of early ’80s soul ballad … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

On the Loose Lyrics – Saga

On the Loose Lyrics – Saga

Click to read how “On the Loose” became a one-hit wonder On the Loose Lyrics – Saga One day you feel quite stable The next you’re comin’ off the wall But I think that you should warn me If you start heading for a fall I see the problem start I watch the tension grow I see you keeping it to yourself And then instead of reaching conclusions I see you reaching for something else No one can stop you now Tonight you’re on the loose No one … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

On the Loose – Saga

On the Loose – Saga

Keyboard solo. Check. Guitar solo. Check. Bigger fanbase in Europe vs. North America. Double check. Sounds like a progressive rock one-hit wonder to our ears. And that’s exactly what Saga was when they hit the Billboard Top 40 for their one and only time in February of 1981 with their biggest hit, “On the Loose.” Click here to read the “On the Loose” lyrics Don’t remember Saga? This is another Canadian rock band who, like Rush, hit the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

It’s Now or Never Lyrics – John Schneider

It’s Now or Never Lyrics – John Schneider

Click to read how “It’s Now or Never” became a one-hit wonder It’s Now or Never lyrics It’s now or never; Come hold me tight. Kiss me, my darlin; be mine tonight. Tomorrow will be too late. It’s now or never; My love wont wait. When I first saw you with your smile so tender, My heart was captured; My soul surrendered. I’ve spent a life time waiting for the right time. Now that you’re near the time is here at last. It’s now or … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country