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Overture from Tommy – Assembled Multitude

Overture from Tommy – Assembled Multitude

Like most rock music fans, I own Tommy by The Who. Pete Townshend is a brilliant songwriter. Roger Daltrey a talented singer and frontman. Keith Moon, the most reckless drummer ever. And John Entwistle the rock at the low end of the sound. But this version of “Overture from Tommy” has nothing to do with The Who. It’s an instrumental one-hit wonder from 1970 that may actually be a better version than The Who’s “Overture.” Sacrilege? Blasphemy? Listen for … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer

Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer

Another instrumental one-hit wonder coming your way today. This one from 1985 takes you back to one of the most influential TV series of all time. I’m not kidding when I write this. Miami Vice was a big deal visually, musically and stylistically. Its influence is still felt today. While we could rhapsodize about the cars Crockett and Tubbs drove (a black 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4 for Crockett and a 1964 Cadillac Coupe de … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

In the world of instrumental one-hit wonders, few songs have as much staying power as “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer. This thing is seriously a monster hit, first appearing in the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop and starring Eddie Murphy at the height of his fame. Axel F is Axel Foley, Murphy’s streetwise cop character who drives Judge Reinhold nuts as they solve crimes and commit hijinks. If you haven’t seen Beverly Hills Cop, stop … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Lily Was Here – Dave Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer

Lily Was Here – Dave Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer

An early 1990s instrumental one-hit wonder for you today that also qualifies as a Dutch one-hit wonder. So you’re getting twice the fun for none of the cost. Plus, we’re throwing in a bonus connection to a two-hit wonder by connecting Dave Stewart to his ex-wife Siobhan Fahey and her hit “Stay” by Shakespear’s Sister. All these musical connections are simply amazing. “Lily Was Here” is written by Dave Stewart who was the brains, but never … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Start the Commotion – The Wiseguys

Start the Commotion – The Wiseguys

During the 20th century (you remember 1901-2000), virtually all one-hit wonders became hits because the songs were played on the radio. Hit radio stations pounded popular songs into listener’s minds and their ears into submission. The formula was simple: Radio play = sales and sales = more records for the artists. That all started to change in the late 1990s and is dramatically different in the 21st century when video games, TV commercials and even cell … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Hip Hop

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

When I was a little kid, my dad showed up at the house with a record titled A Fifth Of Beethoven by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band. We played this record to death. Disco meets classical music. A sound so good they added it to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I’m going to go out on a limb here and call it sheer brilliance. Today, with sampling and mash-ups on radio formats like … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop