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Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills

Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills

Every year, thousands of kids start piano lessons. The first lesson begins with great enthusiasm. Then the teacher throws a little theory, a few sharps and flats the student’s way, and the battles begin. Battles to perfectly master the music if you’re mom happens to be a Tiger Mom or former concert pianist. Battles to convince a parent that “piano is too hard” or “piano is too boring.” Battles to convince a parent that football or … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

“She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby is one of the greatest synthpop one-hit wonders of all time. I’ll proudly place it in the same leagues as “Cars” by Gary Numan from 1979. Or “Pop Muzik” by M from 1979. Or “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles from 1979. Or “Whip It” by Devo from 1980. Or “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell from 1982. Or “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo from 1983. Or “Relax” by Frankie Goes to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Cars Lyrics – Gary Numan

Cars Lyrics – Gary Numan

Click to read how “Cars” became a one-hit wonder Cars Lyrics Here in my car I feel safest of all I can lock all my doors It’s the only way to live In cars Here in my car I can only receive I can listen to you It keeps me stable for days In cars Here in my car Where the image breaks down Will you visit me please? If I open my door In cars Here in my car I know I’ve started to think About leaving tonight Although nothing seems right In cars Listen to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

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

Cars – Gary Numan

Cars – Gary Numan

When “Cars” by Gary Numan was released in 1979, it sounded like nothing else on the pop charts. Cold. Mechanistic. Monotone. With a killer synthesized bass hook and a melody line that gets in your head and will not leave until you force it out by listening to the whistling theme from the Andy Griffith Show or perhaps the them from American Idol. “Cars” was a massive contrast to the over-produced disco of the day … Read entire article »

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One-Hit Wonders of 1980

One-Hit Wonders of 1980

The 1980s begins with Ronald Reagan taking office and Time Magazine naming him “Man of the Year.” Seems Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have anointed Reagan “Man of All-Time.” You may disagree. But let’s focus on the music. When it comes to one-hit wonders, the 1980s are a great era full of fun, silliness and even a few bona fide classic moments. Kind of like Reagan’s tenure as president. 1980 kicks off the decade with 30 one-hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Lists