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You Don’t Know – Scarlett and Black

You Don’t Know – Scarlett and Black

Here is another forgotten one-hit wonder. A song that was mildly popular in the late 1980s and completely obscure today. It features Scarlett and Black, two singers whose real names are Robin Hild and Sue West and whose claim to fame prior to “You Don’t Know” hitting the Billboard Top 40 was that West was a backing singer for Doctor and the Medics who are widely considered one-hit wonders for their 1986 cover of “Spirit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Another Lover – Giant Steps

Another Lover – Giant Steps

The 1980s are famous for big hair, big drums, big egos and big keyboard-driven hit songs. Some of these synthpop songs were instant classics and sound just as good today. Songs like “She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby or “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo were bursting with keyboards squeeks and beeps and soaring vocals and still garner airplay more than 25 years after their release. One of my favorites from the era is “Perfect … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Da Butt – E.U. (Experience Unlimited)

Da Butt – E.U. (Experience Unlimited)

A silly little late-1980s hip-hop one-hit wonder for you today. The backside (or booty or rump or whatever else you choose to call it) gets lots of attention in hip hop. Remember, this is the genre that unloaded such hits as “The Thong Song” by Sisqo. You’ve got the classic “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot. And “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx n’ Effects. Serious highbrow stuff, this. Add today’s song to the pantheon of booty hits. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Hip Hop

It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

Most artists work, hope and pray for a number one hit to cement their legend and line their pockets with greenback dollar bills (quoting the late, great Ray Charles there). “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock proves a song doesn’t even have to break the Top 30 to become a legend. Number 36 is good enough. Originally released as a single in 1988, “It Takes Two” started a slow climb up the Billboard … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Featured, Hip Hop

Pump Up the Volume – M/A/R/R/S

Pump Up the Volume – M/A/R/R/S

Another instrumental one-hit wonder for you today. Well, maybe it’s not a “pure” instrumental one-hit wonder because you hear vocals in the mix. But nearly all the vocals are samples from other records. So I’m considering them “instruments” instead of “vocalists.” The people behind the Grammy Awards clearly agreed since they nominated “Pump Up the Volume” by M/A/R/R/S for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. It lost to sax player David Sanborn. Click to hear more Grammy Award … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Hip Hop

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Love it or hate it. That’s the story with this one-hit wonder. Back in 1988, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” became the buzzword du jour. The catchphrase of the day. The song of the moment. That was 1988. Today, people may still say “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” And then they get punched in the gut by someone who does want to worry and has no interest in being happy. Bobby McFerrin grew so tired of the song … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop