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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

Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe

Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe

“Cruel to be Kind” is one of my favorite songs of the 1970s. It doesn’t have a perfect hook. It’s rarely heard these days. Nic Lowe’s voice doesn’t soar or span multiple octaves or anything particularly spectacular. But “Cruel to be Kind” remains spectacular, more than 30 years after it was released. It lives in the same zip code as late 1970s or early ’80s songs from Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and many other guitar-driven … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, 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

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

Tubthumping – Chumbawamba

Tubthumping – Chumbawamba

Pure subversive silliness, this one. “Tubthumping” has to be one of the most unexpected one-hit wonders ever since it came from British band, Chumbawamba, that prides itself on embracing social disruption, anarchy and anti-authoritarianism with some well-placed commentaries on contemporary society’s addiction to consumerism. In other words, they like to stick it to the man. So the fact that “Tubthumping” (also known as “I Get Knocked Down”) is such a poppy rush of music with a singalong … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s