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My Ever Changing Moods – The Style Council

My Ever Changing Moods – The Style Council

For many British music fans, Paul Weller is a God. Or at least a musical genius. Most Americans have no idea who Paul Weller is and really don’t care. Let me try to convince you that the man is, indeed, a musical genius. He founded The Jam as a young lad (or Mod as they called them at the time). Formed in the late 1970s and existing until Weller shuttered the sound in 1982, The Jam … Read entire article »

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Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

In the world of instrumental one-hit wonders, few songs have as much staying power as “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer. This thing is seriously a monster hit, first appearing in the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop and starring Eddie Murphy at the height of his fame. Axel F is Axel Foley, Murphy’s streetwise cop character who drives Judge Reinhold nuts as they solve crimes and commit hijinks. If you haven’t seen Beverly Hills Cop, stop … Read entire article »

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99 Luftballoons – Nena

99 Luftballoons – Nena

Going international for this German one-hit wonder. Back in 1983, the Western world was largely convinced we were within months, days or even hours from nuclear Armageddon. The Cold War was especially chilly and people were scared for the future. In the midst of all this fear, German artist Nena released her ode to the follies of nuclear war in “99 Luftballoons.” Allegedly, the song’s origins stems from a Rolling Stones concert where Nena’s guitarist … Read entire article »

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Almost Paradise Lyrics – Ann Wilson and Mike Reno

Almost Paradise Lyrics – Ann Wilson and Mike Reno

Click here to read how Almost Paradise became a one-hit wonder Almost Paradise – Love Theme from Footloose I thought that dreams belonged to other men ‘Cuz each time I got close They’d fall apart again I feared my heart would beat in secrecy I faced the nights alone Oh, how could I have known That all my life I only needed you Chorus Whoa-oa ALMOST PARADISE We’re knocking on heaven’s door ALMOST PARADISE How could we ask for more? I swear that I can see forever in your eyes Paradise It … Read entire article »

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Almost Paradise – Ann Wilson and Mike Reno

Almost Paradise – Ann Wilson and Mike Reno

Ah, Footloose. If you grew up in the 1980s, the song and movie are ingrained in your head. Even if you’re not a child of the 80s, Footloose is still one of the most cherished and derided gems from the 1980s. In fact, a remake of Footloose is slated for 2011. It was supposed to star Zac Efron from High School Musical fame. That would have been perfect but Zac dropped out. What a pity … Read entire article »

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Centipede – Rebbie Jackson

Centipede – Rebbie Jackson

The one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death reminded us that his oldest sister is a one-hit wonder artist: Rebbie Jackson. Yes, La Toya and Janet Jackson are not the only famous Jackson girls. Rebbie was the first born and the last to attempt a career in the music biz. Why did she wait so long to release her first album? She married at 18 and became mother first, artist second. You have to respect her … Read entire article »

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