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Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil

Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil

When the oddly-titled “Beds Are Burning” became a US Top 40 hit in 1988 (peaking at Number 17), it apparently even took at least one member of the very Australian band Midnight Oil by surprise. After all, a song about the plight of the Aboriginal peoples at the hands of the colonists would seem to be an unlikely one to gain a foothold on the US charts, as Midnight Oil’s songs were about the mistreatment … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

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

99 Luftballoons – Nena

99 Luftballoons – Nena

Going international for this German one-hit wonder. Back in 1983, the Western world was largely convinced we were within months, days or even hours from nuclear Armageddon. The Cold War was especially chilly and people were scared for the future. In the midst of all this fear, German artist Nena released her ode to the follies of nuclear war in “99 Luftballoons.” Allegedly, the song’s origins stems from a Rolling Stones concert where Nena’s guitarist … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

No Pigeons – Sporty Thievz

No Pigeons – Sporty Thievz

We love a good protest song. And we love a good answer song ever more. Some people call them answer songs. Some people call them response songs. All we really know is that these are the songs that someone writes in response to another song someone has written. Typically they take an opposite point of view and each song finds its fans (one is usually far inferior to the other one as well). “Dawn … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Hip Hop

Eve of Destruction Lyrics – Barry McGuire

Eve of Destruction Lyrics – Barry McGuire

Read how “Eve of Destruction” became a one-hit wonder Eve of Destruction lyrics The eastern world it is explodin’, violence flarin’, bullets loadin’, you’re old enough to kill but not for votin’, you don’t believe in war, what’s that gun you’re totin’, and even the Jordan river has bodies floatin’, but you tell me over and over and over again my friend, ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction. Don’t you understand, what I’m trying to say? Can’t you see the fears … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Pop

Dawn of Correction – The Spokesmen

Dawn of Correction – The Spokesmen

Tonight, the United States House of Representatives passed a landmark health care bill that has both blue and red states angrily defending the pros and cons of the legislation. Lawsuits will inevitably be filed, politicians bounced from office and possibly, hopefully, more uninsured people will one day have access to affordable health care. For now, however, as we await President Obama’s signature tomorrow morning, it’s one more win for the left and curse for … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Pop