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The Ballad of Jayne – L.A. Guns

The Ballad of Jayne – L.A. Guns

Time for a history lesson about L.A. Guns and their place in heavy metal lore. Long before the Los Angeles hair-metal scene, there was the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, a movement that launched the careers of the famous (Def Leppard, Iron Maiden) to the cult favorites (Motorhead, Saxon) to the obscure (Tank, Raven). Then there was Diamond Head, whose songs Metallica lovingly covered in their garage-band days and later made famous by remaking them … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

House of Pain – Faster Pussycat

House of Pain – Faster Pussycat

Today we honor Faster Pussycat and their one-hit wonder “House of Pain.” With songs such as “Cathouse,” “Madam Ruby’s Love Boutique” and the near-novelty “Bathroom Wall,” a heavy metal cousin to “867-5309 (Jenny)” by Tommy Tutone, Faster Pussycat (named for a 1960s movie) was certainly one of the silliest bands to emerge from the Los Angeles “hair metal” scene of the 1980s. “House of Pain,” however, was a serious song: a power ballad about one of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

5 One-Hit Wonders for the Royal Wedding Dance Party

5 One-Hit Wonders for the Royal Wedding Dance Party

A royal wedding is a big deal and William and Kate are now officially married. The day will be filled with hoity toity teas, meets and greets, formal clothing and good manners. But tonight, I like to believe the British Royals and their closest friends (along with most of British society) will let loose in a crazy celebratory dance party. Here are 5 one-hit wonder songs that are guaranteed to get the crowd moving. They’re classics. … Read entire article »

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What It’s Like Lyrics – Everlast

What It’s Like Lyrics – Everlast

Read how “What It’s Like” became a one-hit wonder What It’s Like lyrics We’ve all seen the man at the liquor store beggin’ for your change The hair on his face is dirty, dreadlocked and full of mange He ask the man for what he could spare with shame in his eyes Get a job you fuckin’ slob’s all he replied [CHORUS] God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Hip Hop

What It’s Like – Everlast

What It’s Like – Everlast

There are many things in this world I find more pleasurable than listening to “What It’s Like” by Everlast. Pulling hair from the back of my neck with hot wax Sitting in an non-air conditioned car in July heat in a three-hour Los Angeles traffic jam–without moving Watching a 24-hour video tribute to Vanilla Ice on VH1 Classic Listening to the world’s worst bagpipe/yodeler play Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” non-stop for 12 hours I don’t like “What … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Hip Hop

Harlem Shuffle – Vigon

Harlem Shuffle – Vigon

Editor’s note: “Harlem Shuffle” is not a one-hit wonder. But the opening horn riff is part of a great hip-hop one-hit wonder and sometimes I feel compelled to write about songs that laid the foundation for one-hit wonders. So here it is. I love 60s soul music. I love the horns and the shuffle and the groove and the soulful singing. I love it even more when video exists of long-forgotten songs. Songs like “Harlem … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Rock