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Brick – Ben Folds Five

Brick – Ben Folds Five

This has to be one of the most depressing one-hit wonders ever. And we defy you to cite a song that name-checks Christmas in a more depressing context. That context? An after-Christmas abortion for two high school kids. Seriously. The first line of the song: “6 am, day after Christmas, I throw some clothes on in the dark.” The couple is headed to the free clinic to abort their unborn child. This, my friends, is the genius and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s

Theme from Love Story – Francis Lai

Theme from Love Story – Francis Lai

Another piano-driven one-hit wonder for you today. Like “Summer of ’42” by Peter Nero, the “Theme from Love Story” by Francis Lai is pure piano perfection–at least in an early 1970s-movie-soundtrack kind-of-way. Not sure what was in the water, but between 1970 and 1972, there were a bunch of piano/string hits for romantic movies. “Theme from Love Story” is arguably the most timeless (really, does anyone out there remember the “Airport Love Theme” even though … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Theme from Summer of ’42 – Peter Nero

Theme from Summer of ’42 – Peter Nero

Another theme from another 1970s movie. Ah, the 1970s were a good time to be a piano-playing guru who could bust out the gentle sounds from the latest movies and rake in the dough. Peter Nero is a terriffic pianist. We have big admiration for the guy. We also like the “Theme from Summer of ’42” quite a bit. It’s gentle. It’s dramatic. It has a killer hook. And it absolutely sounds like it belongs … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

We love summer. Who doesn’t? And we’ve always loved “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. It’s one of many classic summer songs that are breezy, easy and always evoke sunburns, shades, friends, fun, and yes, even one-hit wonders. The original version of “In the Summertime” was released by British band Mungo Jerry in 1970 and became a worldwide smash, reaching #1 in a number of countries and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 here in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

The Captain Of Her Heart – Double

The Captain Of Her Heart – Double

Last week a friend suggested I write a list of “Best Songs for a Trip to the Dentist.” Or “Best 80s Hits You Would Hear in a Dentist’s Office.” A clever suggestion and while you won’t get that list today, you will get his number-one choice for the list: “The Captain of Her Heart” by Swiss band Double. Double. Never heard of them? You’re not alone. But we’re fairly certain you’ve heard “The Captain of Her … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop