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Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth

Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth

1982 was a transition year for music. Sure, my friends and I still had all the Hall and Oates, Toto and Journey we could ever ever dream of hearing on the radio. But for kids in the pop cultural hinterlands of Utah where I lived, there was a new player on the scene. Her name was MTV and she was newly available on basic cable. Why was MTV a she? She had to be. How … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith

Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith

Author’s note: Let’s take a break from heavy metal one-hit wonders and take a look at this little ditty, almost forgotten now but when it was a hit, it was one of those songs that embedded itself in your ear like an annoying mosquito, and you just couldn’t get the stupid thing out of your head. The seed for this article was sown during an overnight trip I took recently, and as I pulled out … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

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

I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis

I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis

Some artists suffer from bad timing. Take Donna Lewis and her biggest hit, “I Love You Always Forever.” This song is tied with a few other songs for the longest chart run at the number two position on the Billboard Hot 100. Nine weeks. But it never reached the #1 position because a little cultural phenomenon titled “Macarena” by Los del Rio dominated the charts for more than three months in 1996, keeping Welsh singer Donna … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop