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Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

You may not remember “Forget Me Nots” by Patrice Rushen from 1982. But if your ears were attached to your head and working properly in 1997, you definitely know the melody of “Forget Me Nots.” That’s because “Forget Me Nots” is the basis of “Men in Black” by Will Smith. Simply replace “Sending me forget me nots / I want you to remember” with “Here come the Men in Black / they won’t let you remember” in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

New World Man by Rush

New World Man by Rush

Editors note: Here is Jim Barton’s take on “New World Man” by Rush. You can also read Michael Waterman’s thoughts on the one song that made Rush a one-hit wonder. Featuring three of the most amazing musicians ever to walk the planet, Rush have been a fixture on the album chart and concert stage for more than 35 years, selling millions and millions of albums and tickets. Their specialty is highly intellectual lyrics set to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Goin’ Down – Greg Guidry

Goin’ Down – Greg Guidry

If you confuse “Goin’ Down” by Greg Guidry for The Little River Band, don’t be embarrassed. Just go with it. You could also mistake “Goin’ Down” for something from Ambrosia, Climax Blues Band, Player, the Doobie Brothers or “Steal Away” by two-hit wonder Robbie Dupree. Big harmonies. Smooth, soulful voice. Indistinct vocals. And by indistinct I mean you encounter the problem mentioned above that makes it virtually impossible to determine who is actually singing the song. That’s not … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Hooked on Classics – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Hooked on Classics – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Disco fever had long ago reached its ignominious end when “Hooked on Classics” reached #10 on the Billboard Top 40 back in 1982. This discofied little ditty (and it sounds more like a ditty than a tribute to some of the greatest classical musical themes ever produced) takes symphonic pieces from artists as diverse as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Copeland, Vivaldi and Gershwin and overlays them in a medley with an incessant disco beat in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Come on Eileen Lyrics – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Come on Eileen Lyrics – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Click to learn how Come on Eileen became a one-hit wonder Come on Eileen lyrics Poor old Johnny Ray sounded sad upon the radio He moved a million hearts in mono Our mothers cried, And sang along who’d blame them? You’ve grown, so grown Now I must say more than ever (Come on Eileen) Toora Loora Toora Loo-Rye Aye And we can sing just like our fathers Come on Eileen, I swear (well he means) At this moment, you mean everything You in that dress, my thoughts … Read entire article »

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Hooked on Swing – Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra

Hooked on Swing – Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra

Sometimes one-hit wonders are such brilliant songs, they deserve to rocket to the top of the charts and live a long, fruitful life forever on the charts. Other songs, not so much. In fact, some you listen to nearly 20 years after they charted on the Billboard Top 40 and you wonder aloud “What were people thinking or drinking to push this into the Top 40?” The 1980s were an era of excess (cocaine, big hair, … Read entire article »

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