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Pop Goes the Weasel – 3rd Bass

Pop Goes the Weasel – 3rd Bass

Today we celebrate “Pop Goes the Weasel” by 3rd Bass, a song VH1 listed at #70 on the 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. Released in 1991, “Pop Goes the Weasel” was the sixth track of 3rd Bass’s album titled Derelicts of Dialect, one of the greatest alliterative titles of early ’90s hip hop. It’s instantly recognizable thanks to a healthy hook courtesy of “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel. But that’s not it for samples. Listen … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Hip Hop

It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

Most artists work, hope and pray for a number one hit to cement their legend and line their pockets with greenback dollar bills (quoting the late, great Ray Charles there). “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock proves a song doesn’t even have to break the Top 30 to become a legend. Number 36 is good enough. Originally released as a single in 1988, “It Takes Two” started a slow climb up the Billboard … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Featured, Hip Hop

Pump Up the Volume – M/A/R/R/S

Pump Up the Volume – M/A/R/R/S

Another instrumental one-hit wonder for you today. Well, maybe it’s not a “pure” instrumental one-hit wonder because you hear vocals in the mix. But nearly all the vocals are samples from other records. So I’m considering them “instruments” instead of “vocalists.” The people behind the Grammy Awards clearly agreed since they nominated “Pump Up the Volume” by M/A/R/R/S for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. It lost to sax player David Sanborn. Click to hear more Grammy Award … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Hip Hop

Funky Nassau Part 1 – The Beginning of the End

Funky Nassau Part 1 – The Beginning of the End

Three brothers on organ, bass and drums. One buddy on bass. One indelible and funky groove. That’s the formula for “Funky Nassau – Part 1” by The Beginning of the End. This tune by the four boys from Nassau, Bahamas was originally released on a local single that was picked up by Atlantic Records and repackaged and released on the 1971 record titled Funky Nassau. “Funky Nassau Part 1” by The Beginning of the End reached #15 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Groove Is In the Heart – Deee-Lite

Groove Is In the Heart – Deee-Lite

Twenty years ago this week, groove seemed to be in everyone’s heart. That’s because “Groove Is In the Heart” by Dee-Lite hit #4 on the Billboard Top 40. This is a one-hit wonder that is every bit as awesome, amazing and perfect today as it was then. Listen to it. Now. Bootsy Collins on bass (gotta love Bootsy since he was a key part of James Brown and the JBs in 1970 when they released “Get Up … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Use Me – Bill Withers

Use Me – Bill Withers

Editor’s note: Bill Withers is NOT a one-hit wonder. But he is an American original and a great vocalist who deserves greater acclaim. He also helped Grover Washington Jr. become a one-hit wonder for their 1981 smash, “Just the Two of Us.” Another song from my all-time top 10. Bill Withers released “Use Me” in 1972 on his great record titled Still Bill. This is solid, soulful music by a man who should be far more … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s