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One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

Dick Clark died today after suffering a heart attack following a routine outpatient treatment at a Los Angeles hospital. It’s hard to calculate and quantify the number of one-hit wonder bands and artists Dick Clark featured on American Bandstand during its 30-year run between 1957 and 1987. Virtually every American band (and many non-American bands) who found a place on the Billboard Top 40 appeared on American Bandstand. YouTube is filled with American Bandstand videos from one-hit artists … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, 1980s, Pop

VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

I’m a child of the 1980s. I went to high school in the 1980s. I discovered new wave music and punk rock in the early 1980s thanks to early alternative radio stations and MTV. I love ’80s music. Always have, always will. The big hair. The neon outfits and new romantics. The synthpop songs and the hair-band ballads. The disposable pop song mixed with the lasting anthem. Some of it so bad it’s good. Some of it … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Lists, Pop

That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings

That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings

Great pop songs have killer hooks. They might be lyrical (see “Whoomp There It Is” by Tag Team). They might be musical (see “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite). They might be so simple they’re literally a chant (see “Mickey” by Toni Basil). But whatever it is, the song gets in your head and won’t leave. “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings covers all the bases. A killer but basic instrumental hook conjures up … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s

Mickey – Toni Basil

Mickey – Toni Basil

Some songs simply scream out: “I’m a one-hit wonder.” “Mickey” by Toni Basil is one of those songs. I remember the first time I heard “Mickey” back in the 1980s. I was pretty sure it was sung by the University of Southern California’s cheer-leading team. USC’s marching band backed up Fleetwood Mac on “Tusk” in 1979. So it made perfect sense that the cheerleaders wanted to get into the game and “Mickey” was the perfect … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Autobahn – Kraftwerk

Autobahn – Kraftwerk

Synth-rock became huge in the 1980s as artists like Gary Numan (“Cars”), Devo (“Whip It”) and Harold Faltermeyer with “Axel F” placed songs in the Billboard Hot 100. And for many of these bands you can trace the sound (or at least the influence) directly to German band Kraftwerk. “Autobahn” is the first real mechanized synthesized song to hit the American Top 40. And, not surprisingly, it took a German band to break through. In 1974, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Devo – Whip It Lyrics

Devo – Whip It Lyrics

Click to read how “Whip It” became a one-hit wonder Devo Whip It lyrics crack that whip give the past the slip step on a crack break your momma’s back when a problem comes along you must whip it before the cream sits out too long you must whip it when something’s going wrong you must whip it now whip it into shape shape it up get straight go forward move ahead try to detect it it’s not too late to whip it whip it good when a good time turns around you must whip it you will never … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s