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Da Butt – E.U. (Experience Unlimited)

Da Butt – E.U. (Experience Unlimited)

A silly little late-1980s hip-hop one-hit wonder for you today. The backside (or booty or rump or whatever else you choose to call it) gets lots of attention in hip hop. Remember, this is the genre that unloaded such hits as “The Thong Song” by Sisqo. You’ve got the classic “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot. And “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx n’ Effects. Serious highbrow stuff, this. Add today’s song to the pantheon of booty hits. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Hip Hop

Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Mickey Gilley is a country music legend. But he’s a pop music one-hit wonder for his 1980 crossover hit from the Urban Cowboy movie that starred John Travolta. The definitive version of “Stand By Me” is performed by Ben E. King. It’s a classic that features one of the most famous bass lines in all of rock music. Gilley’s version is a bit more sleepy, a bit more somber, a bit more boring. But that didn’t matter … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

In the world of instrumental one-hit wonders, few songs have as much staying power as “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer. This thing is seriously a monster hit, first appearing in the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop and starring Eddie Murphy at the height of his fame. Axel F is Axel Foley, Murphy’s streetwise cop character who drives Judge Reinhold nuts as they solve crimes and commit hijinks. If you haven’t seen Beverly Hills Cop, stop … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Far From Over – Frank Stallone

Far From Over – Frank Stallone

They say in business “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Frank Stallone has to be very happy he was a wombmate with big brother, Sylvester Stallone. That’s because he entered the pop cultural world when he wrote and performed the hit single “Far From Over” from the 1983 film, Staying Alive. Yes, Staying Alive is the follow-up film to Saturday Night Fever. Yes it starred John Travolta. Yes, it’s really, really boring and unmemorable. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

When I was a little kid, my dad showed up at the house with a record titled A Fifth Of Beethoven by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band. We played this record to death. Disco meets classical music. A sound so good they added it to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I’m going to go out on a limb here and call it sheer brilliance. Today, with sampling and mash-ups on radio formats like … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

The Entertainer – Marvin Hamlisch

The Entertainer – Marvin Hamlisch

Editor’s note: Marvin Hamlisch died at the age of 68 on August 7, 2012. In the mid-1970s, virtually any kid who played piano learned Scott Joplin’s ragtime hit, “The Entertainer.” I can’t think of a single kid I grew up with who didn’t learn the song on the piano at some time. Interestingly, it was one of those songs that was huge for a few years, then largely disappeared. I haven’t heard anyone play “The … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s