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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

I’m Not Lisa – Jessi Colter

I’m Not Lisa – Jessi Colter

You want a reason to cry in your beer? Listen to “I’m Not Lisa” by Jessi Colter. It’s the sad story of a woman named Julie whose boyfriend, husband, whatever, keeps comparing her to Lisa, his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, ex-whatever who left him years ago. She’s not the girl he remembers and evidently not the girl he wants. So Julie (Jessi Colter) sings about all the ways he loved her. But she leaves him on a winter day … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country

Feelings – Morris Albert

Feelings – Morris Albert

You could start today and write songs the rest of your life and never, ever write anything half as sensitive as “Feelings” by Morris Albert. This song is so weepy, sensitive and in touch with its inner goodness and sadness, it makes me want to hurl. There must have been something in the water in 1975 that inspired songwriters to produce easy listening dreck that captured the sensitive zeitgeist but holds absolutely no relevance today. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone

You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone

Ten weeks. Ten long weeks. That’s how many weeks “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone spent at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100. At the time, that was the longest-lasting #1 hit of all time. Better than Elvis. Better than The Beatles. Better than everyone, in fact, until Boyz II Men landed at #1 for 13 weeks with “End of the Road” in 1991. That’s 70 days. That’s 2.5 months. That’s a really … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

I Still Believe – Brenda K. Starr

I Still Believe – Brenda K. Starr

I’m sharing a two-hit wonder today to connect the dots between two additional one-hit wonders from the 1960s and 1970s. I love me some musical math. Brenda K. Starr’s biggest hit is “I Still Believe” from 1988. This ballad reached #13 on the Billboard Top 40 and was followed up by “What You See Is What You Get” when that tune reached in #24 in 1988. The second song is completely forgettable late-’80s pop. If … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Almost Paradise – Ann Wilson and Mike Reno

Almost Paradise – Ann Wilson and Mike Reno

Ah, Footloose. If you grew up in the 1980s, the song and movie are ingrained in your head. Even if you’re not a child of the 80s, Footloose is still one of the most cherished and derided gems from the 1980s. In fact, a remake of Footloose is slated for 2011. It was supposed to star Zac Efron from High School Musical fame. That would have been perfect but Zac dropped out. What a pity … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop