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Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe

Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe

“Cruel to be Kind” is one of my favorite songs of the 1970s. It doesn’t have a perfect hook. It’s rarely heard these days. Nic Lowe’s voice doesn’t soar or span multiple octaves or anything particularly spectacular. But “Cruel to be Kind” remains spectacular, more than 30 years after it was released. It lives in the same zip code as late 1970s or early ’80s songs from Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and many other guitar-driven … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Magic – Pilot

Magic – Pilot

This is a tremendous one-hit wonder if you like power pop bands like The Raspberries, Big Star or 1990s rock from Jellyfish or New Radicals. Pilot produces bubblegum rock that is so tasty, you can listen to “Magic” until your teeth crack from an overdose of sugar. There are many things to love about “Magic” by Pilot. Let me rattle off a few. First, the song starts as if it’s really going to rock. No, you … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

You Get What You Give – New Radicals

You Get What You Give – New Radicals

I don’t care what anyone says: “You Get What You Give” is the single greatest pop song of the 1990s. For sure it’s the greatest pop song of 1990. It’s that good. And that timeless. To my ears, it sounds like it was released in 1974 by Todd Rundgren. Or 1980 and “Set Me Free” by Utopia. Or 1984 by World Party, owners of a one-hit wonder in “Ship of Fools.” Or 1998 by New … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Precious to Me Lyrics – Phil Seymour

Precious to Me Lyrics – Phil Seymour

Click to read how “Precious to Me ” became a one-hit wonder Precious to Me lyrics Baby baby don’t you leave me here to make it alone Cos i don’t think that i could take it for a day on my own Why would you wanna hurt me When i love you baby can’t you see CHORUS That your precious to me (i love you so) And i can’t let you go (can’t let you go) Baby one day you will see (girl can’t you see) That you’ll … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop, Rock

Precious to Me – Phil Seymour

Precious to Me – Phil Seymour

Some one-hit wonders are forgotten nearly as soon as they are released. Sometimes that’s a good thing (does the world ever need to hear “Pac Man Fever” on the radio again?). I’ll argue against cruel and unusual punishment. In the case of Phil Seymour’s “Precious to Me,” it’s a shame. Because Phil Seymour was an artist who deserved more popular praise than he ever received before his untimely death from lymphoma in 1993. Seymour first … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Set Me Free – Utopia

Set Me Free – Utopia

“Set Me Free” is one of those songs that sounds like a hundred early ’80s bands. But if you asked 100 people, 99 of them would never guess that the band with the #27 Billboard hit in 1980 is Utopia, the brainchild of wunderkind producer, Todd Rundgren. Rundgren himself is no one-hit wonder. In fact, he’s hit the top 40 five times as a solo artist. The song you likely know is “Hello It’s Me” from … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s