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Cherry Baby – Starz

Cherry Baby – Starz

Does anybody remember a song called “You Take my Breath Away” by Rex Smith, a Number 10 hit in 1979? The sappy, syrupy ballad (diabetics, get out your insulin!) was from a TV movie called Sooner or Later, which he starred in. I sure remember it: The song was nearing its peak position at the time my parents and I moved to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. At the time, music was still commonplace on … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Disco is the greatest form of music in really tiny doses. Or the most disposable. A song like “Movin'” by Brass Construction is exhibit A in that argument. When people first heard this song on the dance floors of disco clubs, they lapped it up like a starving kitten snarfs Meow Mix. Then they let it settle in, percolate a bit, and discovered they liked it. A lot. Movin’ by Brass Construction reached #14 on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Livin’ It Up (Friday Night) – Bell and James

Livin’ It Up (Friday Night) – Bell and James

Today’s hit is a completely forgotten one-hit wonder that should be resurrected in a movie soundtrack or remade by Lady Gaga or Black Eyed Peas. “Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)” by Bell and James is a quintessential party song. It’s about nothing more than busting out this Friday night. This song could have been recorded by The SOS Band who gave the world “Take Your Time (Do it Right).” It’s another song with unnecessary … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Tired of Toein’ the Line – Rocky Burnette

Tired of Toein’ the Line – Rocky Burnette

For a brief time in the late 1970s and early 1980s, rockabilly was cool in the United States. The brilliant “Cruel to be Kind” by Nic Lowe hit #12 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1979, making Lowe a one-hit wonder. The Stray Cats had a buncha hits in 1983 that ultimately led to fame and fortune for guitarist and lead singer Brian Setzer who became a one-hit wonder himself when “Jump, Jive and Wail” reached … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

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