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One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

Dick Clark died today after suffering a heart attack following a routine outpatient treatment at a Los Angeles hospital. It’s hard to calculate and quantify the number of one-hit wonder bands and artists Dick Clark featured on American Bandstand during its 30-year run between 1957 and 1987. Virtually every American band (and many non-American bands) who found a place on the Billboard Top 40 appeared on American Bandstand. YouTube is filled with American Bandstand videos from one-hit artists … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, 1980s, Pop

Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Now for a list of 80s songs that are simultaneously awful and awesome and include a plethora of one-hit wonders (Bob and Doug McKenzie, Bertie Higgins, Taco) along with a gaggle of hits by artists who loaded the Billboard Top 40 with songwriting fodder for years (Paul McCartney, Starship, Olivia Newton John). During the Thanksgiving weekend of 2011, SiriusXM’s 80s on 8 station played their Top 40 “Turkeys” of the 1980s. Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Nina … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Lists

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

There is a certain charm in novelty songs, those quirky little musical nuggets that capture a moment in time with a popular song based on a pop cultural event. How else can you explain “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia or “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees? They’re silly, stupid, disposable but certainly charming in small doses. Very small doses. “General Hospi-Tale” by The Afternoon Delights is exceedingly stupid, anachronistic and disposable since it manages to name-check key … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Macarena – Los del Rio (Bayside Boys Mix)

Macarena – Los del Rio (Bayside Boys Mix)

This is it: the biggest, the greatest, the worst, the most annoying and most beloved one-hit wonder of all time. It could only be “Macarena” by Los del Rio (although some might make a strong argument for “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baja Men. The great thing about “Macarena” is that it represents nearly everything that is so compelling about one-hit wonders. It’s a novelty song…just like “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees. It’s a dance craze…just … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin and John – Tom Clay

What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin and John – Tom Clay

Novelty songs are fascinating items. They can be pure fluff like “Pac-Man Fever” or “Disco Duck.” They can be protest songs and anti-protest protest songs like “Eve of Destruction” and “Dawn of Correction.” Sometimes they can even be the most unlikely of hits like “Amazing Grace” by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. They all are unlikely pop songs that become hit songs against all good sense, reason and sometimes, taste. Click to hear more novelty song one-hit wonders. Then … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

The Curly Shuffle – Jump ‘N the Saddle Band

The Curly Shuffle – Jump ‘N the Saddle Band

There are lots of novelty one-hit wonders. Songs like “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia, “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees and non-one-hit wonder “The Streak” by Ray Stevens and “Hocus Pocus” by Focus are just a few examples. You can add “The Curly Shuffle” by Jump ‘N the Saddle Band to that list. It’s a tribute to the Three Stooges. It’s also a tribute to songwriters who are savvy enough to borrow a little interest from … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop