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Rock On – David Essex

Rock On – David Essex

You know your song has made an impact when a band like R.E.M. song-checks your lyrics and melody in one of their biggest hits, “Drive” from Automatic for the People. Frankly, I’m a little surprised the song has become such an enduring hit. It definitely doesn’t rock in terms of how you would expect a song with a title like “Rock On” to, well, rock. It’s slow. It’s mysterious. It barely features any guitar, instead … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime – The Korgis

Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime – The Korgis

Want lushly orchestrated ballads? Then you need The Korgis, a band of Brits who hit the Billboard Top 40 in 1980 thanks to their one and only American hit, “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime.” Released on the band’s second album, Dumb Waiters, “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” reached #5 in the United Kingdom and #18 on the Billboard Top 40. Remarkably, it hit #1 in France and Spain, #3 in Germany and Netherlands and #18 in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

My Ever Changing Moods – The Style Council

My Ever Changing Moods – The Style Council

For many British music fans, Paul Weller is a God. Or at least a musical genius. Most Americans have no idea who Paul Weller is and really don’t care. Let me try to convince you that the man is, indeed, a musical genius. He founded The Jam as a young lad (or Mod as they called them at the time). Formed in the late 1970s and existing until Weller shuttered the sound in 1982, The Jam … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Just Got Lucky Lyrics – JoBoxers

Just Got Lucky Lyrics – JoBoxers

Click to read how Just Got Lucky Lyrics by JoBoxers became a one-hit wonder Just Got Lucky Lyrics by JoBoxers Your technique it leaves me weak My heart knows it’s the beat I seek And I found it just got lucky – yes I found it just got lucky. I never worry that your love is fake I’m free and easy and I’m feeling jake ’cause I found it just got lucky Oh boy I found it just got lucky ’cause I newver felt this way before Like a dog always beggin’ … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

You don’t see many identical twins in the music business. And you don’t see many songs become a Billboard Top 10 hit six years after its initial release. But that’s exactly what you get with “I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles” by Scottish band The Proclaimers. Charlie and Craig Reid are identical twins. They’re Scottish, and we love ourselves some Scottish bands like The Proclaimers, Simple Minds, Danny Wilson and Teenage Fanclub. And they are one-hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Joy – Apollo 100

Joy – Apollo 100

We love the silly, distinctive instrumental one-hit wonders that break through all the traditional pop music to become an unexpected hit. “Joy” by Apollo 100 definitely fits that description. Who would have guessed that a rock version that is basically a note-for-note remake of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach would ever become a hit that was played on Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 radio show. Then again, in the early 1970s, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Featured