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The Lumberjack – Jackyl

The Lumberjack – Jackyl

Editor’s note: “The Lumberjack” by Jackyl is not a true one-hit wonder. Though if you ask people about the band Jackyl, “The Lumberjack” is often the only song they know. Our resident heavy metal expert Jim Barton pays tribute to this unique song. Just for fun, let’s take a look at a song that was never a Top 40 hit, but I think the novelty angle of a chainsaw being used as a musical instrument … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Radioactive – The Firm

Radioactive – The Firm

Author’s note: Though I never owned either of The Firm’s two LPs, I have heard them in their entirety. And like many Led Zeppelin and Bad Company fans, I had salivated at the prospect of Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers teaming up in The Firm! With that kind of talent, surely the music couldn’t be anything less than brilliant, right? Well… Supergroups always seem like a good idea at the time, but most end up being … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

For much of the the 1970s, Los Angeles was known for softer pop-country-folk-rock hybrids such as the Eagles, The Carpenters, Bread, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and others. But in 1978, a new heavy metal band from nearby Pasadena fired the first warning shot across the bow of LA-area mellow rock; Van Halen’s debut album, featuring Eddie Van Halen’s fiery guitar licks and David Lee Roth’s howls punctuated by a blistering mix by Ted Templeman, quickly turned … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

New World Man by Rush

New World Man by Rush

Editors note: Here is Jim Barton’s take on “New World Man” by Rush. You can also read Michael Waterman’s thoughts on the one song that made Rush a one-hit wonder. Featuring three of the most amazing musicians ever to walk the planet, Rush have been a fixture on the album chart and concert stage for more than 35 years, selling millions and millions of albums and tickets. Their specialty is highly intellectual lyrics set to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Fantasy – Aldo Nova

Fantasy – Aldo Nova

A quick joke for you… Q: There were 10 copycats sitting on a fence, and one jumped off. How many were left? A: None. They were all copycats. That basic joke leads us to this very marginal entry in our look at heavy metal one-hit wonders, but “Fantasy” by Aldo Nova deserves a quick mention because the first time I heard it in 1982, my jaw dropped to the floor: It was such a blatant ripoff of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

New York Groove – Ace Frehley

New York Groove – Ace Frehley

Editor’s note: Here is another post from Jim Barton, our resident rock and metal one-hit wonder expert. Because “New York Groove” was a song from a one-off solo project and guitarist Ace Frehley was a still-active member of Kiss when he had this solo hit, I originally wasn’t going to include it, as I personally don’t count such songs as true one-hit wonders. But after some debate, we decided “New York Groove” belongs on Top One-Hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock