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Fireflies – Owl City

Fireflies – Owl City

Editor’s note: Owl City is no longer a one-hit wonder. “Fireflies” was the band’s first hit but “Good Time” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen also charted in the Billboard Top 10 in 2012, which changed Owl City’s status from one-hit wonder to two-hit wonder….and possibly more. Time will tell.” The first time I heard “Fireflies,” I told my friends: “That’s the best song The Postal Service or Death Cab for Cutie never wrote.” In fact, I had to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Pop

Midnight at the Oasis Lyrics – Maria Muldaur

Midnight at the Oasis Lyrics – Maria Muldaur

Midnight at the Oasis Lyrics Click to read how Midnight at the Oasis became a two-hit wonder Midnight at the oasis Send your camel to bed Shadows paintin’ our faces Traces of romance in our heads Heaven’s holdin’ a half-moon Shinin’ just for us Let’s slip off to a sand dune, real soon And kick up a little dust Come on, Cactus is our friend He’ll point out the way Come on, ’til the evenin’ ends ‘Til the evenin’ ends You don’t have to answer There’s no need to speak I’ll … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Midnight at the Oasis – Maria Muldaur

Midnight at the Oasis – Maria Muldaur

I love when a friend dumps a bunch of old records on me. It has happened for years since I’m one of the few people who has always has at least one turntable with a Shure cartridge and stylus hooked up to the stereo. In my opinion, one of life’s most satisfying visceral experiences is digging through stacks of vinyl in search of one or two gems. My friend gave me at least 150 records and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Lovergirl – Teena Marie

Lovergirl – Teena Marie

Soulful singer Teena Marie died today, December 26, 2010. This woman had great pipes and was often described as a “black voice trapped in a white woman’s body.” Technically, she is a two-hit wonder. Her first top 40 hit on the Billboard charts is “I Need Your Lovin'” from 1981. If you remember that song, you deserve extra credit on the one-hit-ometer. The song people remember from Teena Marie is “Lovergirl” from 1984. This was her … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Summer Girls – LFO

Summer Girls – LFO

LFO singer Rich Cronin died today from leukemia. Remember LFO? Flash back to 1999 and their breezy summer hit “Summer Girls.” That song put LFO, who were also known as Lyte Funky Ones to their fans, on the popular music charts for the first time when the song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although they followed “Summer Girls” with “Girl on TV” soon afterward, the song people remember is “Summer Girls.” So even … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Precious to Me – Phil Seymour

Precious to Me – Phil Seymour

Some one-hit wonders are forgotten nearly as soon as they are released. Sometimes that’s a good thing (does the world ever need to hear “Pac Man Fever” on the radio again?). I’ll argue against cruel and unusual punishment. In the case of Phil Seymour’s “Precious to Me,” it’s a shame. Because Phil Seymour was an artist who deserved more popular praise than he ever received before his untimely death from lymphoma in 1993. Seymour first … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop