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Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Now for a list of 80s songs that are simultaneously awful and awesome and include a plethora of one-hit wonders (Bob and Doug McKenzie, Bertie Higgins, Taco) along with a gaggle of hits by artists who loaded the Billboard Top 40 with songwriting fodder for years (Paul McCartney, Starship, Olivia Newton John). During the Thanksgiving weekend of 2011, SiriusXM’s 80s on 8 station played their Top 40 “Turkeys” of the 1980s. Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Nina … Read entire article »

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Kung Fu Fighting Lyrics – Carl Douglas

Kung Fu Fighting Lyrics – Carl Douglas

Click to read how Kung Fu Fighting became a one-hit wonder Kung Fu Fighting lyrics Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting Those kicks were fast as lightning In fact, it was a little bit frightening But they fought with expert timing There where funky China men from funky Chinatown They were chopping them up They were chopping them down It’s an ancient Chinese art And everybody knew their part From a faint into a slip And a kickin’ from the hip Everybody was Kung Fu fighting Those kicks were fast … Read entire article »

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Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

Everyone loves “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas. There’s something deeply satisfying about any song that uses the stereotypical oriental riff. I love it in “Kung Fu Fighting.” I love the same riff in “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors. It’s not politically correct. It’s not brilliant songwriting. But it sets the stage and suddenly an African-American man singing about Kung Fu Fighting makes perfect sense. “Kung Fu Fighting” takes us back to the early 1970s … Read entire article »

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One-Hit Wonders of 1980

One-Hit Wonders of 1980

The 1980s begins with Ronald Reagan taking office and Time Magazine naming him “Man of the Year.” Seems Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have anointed Reagan “Man of All-Time.” You may disagree. But let’s focus on the music. When it comes to one-hit wonders, the 1980s are a great era full of fun, silliness and even a few bona fide classic moments. Kind of like Reagan’s tenure as president. 1980 kicks off the decade with 30 one-hit … Read entire article »

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Turning Japanese – The Vapors

Turning Japanese – The Vapors

You know this one: “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors is a bona-fide new wave classic. It’s one of the all-time great one-hit wonders and one of the most perfect power pop songs ever written. And now that it’s in Rock Band, virtually every person in the world knows how to turn Japanese. Released in 1980, this frantic new wave hit rushed up the charts in England peaking at #3. In the U.S. it hit #36. Does “Turning … Read entire article »

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