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Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor

Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor

This is a tremendous song. A tremendous performance. A striking video. This song turned Sinead O’Connor into one of the most iconic artists of the 1990s and beyond. Her later behavior transformed O’Connor from beloved to scorned to hated to misunderstood. All within a few years of the release of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Remarkable. Originally written by Prince for one of his many side projects, The Family, “Nothing Compares 2 U” is vintage … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Key Largo – Bertie Higgins

Key Largo – Bertie Higgins

The 1970s and early 1980s were strange times in America. It was an era where appearing shirtless on your album cover wasn’t just uncommon, it was almost expected. I imagine the discussion with the art director went something like this: “I’ve got this new artist who sings ballads and plays amazing guitar,” says the manager. “How does he look with his shirt off,” says the art director. “Um. Are you serious?” says the manager. “Of course, I do my … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime – The Korgis

Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime – The Korgis

Want lushly orchestrated ballads? Then you need The Korgis, a band of Brits who hit the Billboard Top 40 in 1980 thanks to their one and only American hit, “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime.” Released on the band’s second album, Dumb Waiters, “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” reached #5 in the United Kingdom and #18 on the Billboard Top 40. Remarkably, it hit #1 in France and Spain, #3 in Germany and Netherlands and #18 in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

I Still Believe – Brenda K. Starr

I Still Believe – Brenda K. Starr

I’m sharing a two-hit wonder today to connect the dots between two additional one-hit wonders from the 1960s and 1970s. I love me some musical math. Brenda K. Starr’s biggest hit is “I Still Believe” from 1988. This ballad reached #13 on the Billboard Top 40 and was followed up by “What You See Is What You Get” when that tune reached in #24 in 1988. The second song is completely forgettable late-’80s pop. If … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Sweet Baby – Stanley Clarke and George Duke

Sweet Baby – Stanley Clarke and George Duke

One of the things we like most about writing about one-hit wonders is hearing long-forgotten songs for the first time in years. “Sweet Baby” by Stanley Clarke and George Duke is a great example of a song that was popular for a short time, then disappeared from the charts. But listening to it today, the song is remarkably fresh. Well, maybe not fresh, but it’s definitely enduring. It’s that kind of early ’80s soul ballad … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Almost Paradise – Ann Wilson and Mike Reno

Almost Paradise – Ann Wilson and Mike Reno

Ah, Footloose. If you grew up in the 1980s, the song and movie are ingrained in your head. Even if you’re not a child of the 80s, Footloose is still one of the most cherished and derided gems from the 1980s. In fact, a remake of Footloose is slated for 2011. It was supposed to star Zac Efron from High School Musical fame. That would have been perfect but Zac dropped out. What a pity … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop