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Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang – Silver

Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang – Silver

This gibberish could only have become a hit in the 1970s. Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang? Are you serious? What does Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang possibly mean? Listen to the first verse and it appears Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang means the couple needs to stay together. Or go grocery shopping. Or file their taxes. I’m unsure at this point. Verse two seems to imply things are not as they seem even though “baby has been so good to me” but “please … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

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

Take a Little Rhythm – Ali Thomson

Take a Little Rhythm – Ali Thomson

This song is a great example of why I write about one-hit wonders and the charms of these long-forgotten gems. I haven’t heard “Take a Little Rhythm” since about 1981. It’s a great example of a song that lights up the airwaves for a few weeks or even months. But five years later people vaguely remember it. Twenty-plus years later and it’s merely a musical footnote. That’s a shame, because “Take a Little Rhythm” has … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s