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The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy

The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy

A heavy metal band from Ireland with a black lead singer/bassist (the late Phil Lynott, RIP 1986), Thin Lizzy was truly unique. They are also another one of those artists that radio forgets recorded and played more than one song, in this case, “The Boys are Back in Town.” Other great songs include “Jailbreak” (at least Ariel, my pathetic bar band on Kauai thought “Jailbreak” was great when we were butchering it every night as … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I’m breaking my own rules here today by highlighting a song that many would consider a one-hit wonder, but did not actually reach the Billboard Top 40. The inspiration is a question by one-hit wonders fan, Jane Doe 123 (somehow I think that is not Jane’s name on her birth certificate) where she asks: “What was that one song ( I don’t know the name or artist/band ) where in the music video he is in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Rock

Bang a Gong (Get It On) – T. Rex

Bang a Gong (Get It On) – T. Rex

T. Rex is another band that had an admittedly flimsy association with heavy metal, but I’m including them in our look at heavy metal one-hit wonders as they were a large part of the UK glam-rock scene of the early ’70s, and as such were highly influential. It’s easy to see where Kiss and Queen, for example, got their ideas. And later, the so-called “hair bands” of the ’80s and ’90s like Poison or Winger were … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Everything But the Girl – Missing

Everything But the Girl – Missing

“Missing” by Everything But the Girl is a tremendous pop song. One of the best of the 1990s. In fact, I would place it in the same company as “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals as a nearly perfect pop song. Great chorus Great musical hook. Great vocal performance. If you’ve paid attention to Everything But the Girl since the band’s founding in the early 1980s, you realize “Missing” sounds nothing like their early … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Please Don’t Go – KWS

Please Don’t Go – KWS

There are good cover versions of songs. And there are bad ones. I can’t decide if “Please Don’t Go” by KWS is the best cover version ever because it is so true to the melody and vocal stylings of the original by K.C. and the Sunshine Band. Or it’s possibly the worst ever because it so slavisly apes the original. In other words, it brings very little new or interesting to the equation. What do you … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

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