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I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges

I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges

Alicia Bridges has only a single hit; a single trip to the Billboard Top 40. But what a hit “I Love the Nightlife” was. It’s a party anthem. A disco classic. I always enjoyed listening to Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” in the 1970s and I remember this song slowly inching its way up the survey, finally peaking at No. 5 in December 1978. But that was the only time Alicia Bridges ever saw … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

You may not remember “Forget Me Nots” by Patrice Rushen from 1982. But if your ears were attached to your head and working properly in 1997, you definitely know the melody of “Forget Me Nots.” That’s because “Forget Me Nots” is the basis of “Men in Black” by Will Smith. Simply replace “Sending me forget me nots / I want you to remember” with “Here come the Men in Black / they won’t let you remember” in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies

And now, dear friends, a candidate for worst one-hit wonder ever. “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies is a love-it-or-hate-it ditty by beloved Canadian band, Crash Test Dummies (at least they were beloved in Canada for a few years). Hear more: Canadian one-hit wonders The lyrics focus on kids with abnormalities (white hair, birthmarks and Pentecostal parents). A bold move since the song potentially offends all people with white hair, birthmarks and “lurch and shake” religious … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Morning Dance – Spyro Gyra

Morning Dance – Spyro Gyra

Smooth jazz gets a bad rap. “It’s not real jazz,” people say. “It’s warmed-up elevator music,” others claim. “It’s the music that spawned Kenny G and should be outlawed,” jazz purists will say. If you don’t like the smooth jazz sounds created by artists like Dave Koz, Bob James and one-hit wonder artists like Candy Dulfer (“Lily Was Here”) and Grover Washington Jr (“Just the Two of Us”). If you think jazz should demand your attention and shock … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Closing Time – Semisonic

Closing Time – Semisonic

Last call at a bar is often a place of desperation. It’s particularly obvious if you’re standing on the stage and looking at an audience that is urgently seeking love, or at least a few hours of affection. In the early 1990s I spent lots of time in bars playing guitar in a cover band. Stone cold sober. One of the most interesting, fascinating and horrifying parts of most gigs was watching the animals at … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

A Whole New World – Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

A Whole New World – Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

If you have young kids in the house. If you have young kids in the neighborhood. If you were a young kid in the 1990s, you know this song. That’s because “A Whole New World” is the title track to Disney’s animated 1992 film, Aladdin, that has earned more than $500 million dollars worldwide. That’s half-a-billion dollars for an animated movie. That’s simply astounding. It’s also the kind of broad reach and wide appeal that can transform … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop