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How Do You Talk to an Angel – The Heights

How Do You Talk to an Angel – The Heights

Aaron Spelling is one of the all-time genius TV show producers. You may not love all his programs. You may laugh at their period-piece pop-cultural aesthetics. You may tell your friends you never watched Charlie’s Angels or Melrose Place or Dynasty or Beverly Hills 90210 or The Mod Squad. But the fact is, you probably did. And the rest of America joined you on the sofa as these TV shows became cultural phenomenons and water cooler fodder. But one Aaron … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

There is a certain charm in novelty songs, those quirky little musical nuggets that capture a moment in time with a popular song based on a pop cultural event. How else can you explain “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia or “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees? They’re silly, stupid, disposable but certainly charming in small doses. Very small doses. “General Hospi-Tale” by The Afternoon Delights is exceedingly stupid, anachronistic and disposable since it manages to name-check key … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

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 »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

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 »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Bad Boys – Inner Circle

Bad Boys – Inner Circle

Editor’s note: “Bad Boys” by Inner circle is NOT a one-hit wonder. Inner Circle actually charted two songs on the Billboard Top 40. But sometimes I’m compelled to write about songs, especially when they are stuck in my head. “Bad Boys” is the worst kind of earworm. You don’t like the song today. You didn’t like the song when you first heard it years ago. Yet it continues to play at least once every few … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop