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VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

I’m a child of the 1980s. I went to high school in the 1980s. I discovered new wave music and punk rock in the early 1980s thanks to early alternative radio stations and MTV. I love ’80s music. Always have, always will. The big hair. The neon outfits and new romantics. The synthpop songs and the hair-band ballads. The disposable pop song mixed with the lasting anthem. Some of it so bad it’s good. Some of it … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Lists, Pop

Closing Time – Semisonic

Closing Time – Semisonic

Last call at a bar is often a place of desperation. It’s particularly obvious if you’re standing on the stage and looking at an audience that is urgently seeking love, or at least a few hours of affection. In the early 1990s I spent lots of time in bars playing guitar in a cover band. Stone cold sober. One of the most interesting, fascinating and horrifying parts of most gigs was watching the animals at … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Supersonic – J. J. Fad

Supersonic – J. J. Fad

Few songs are more old-school hip-hop awesome than “Supersonic” by J.J. Fad. What else would you expect from a record produced by Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and Arabian Prince? Plus, throw an executive producer credit on there for Eric “Eazy-E.” Wright. This is an N.W.A. record with female vocalists. It doesn’t get much better than that. “Supersonic” blew up in 1988. Listening to it today, it’s amazing how simple the backing tracks are. A drum machine … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Mickey – Toni Basil

Mickey – Toni Basil

Some songs simply scream out: “I’m a one-hit wonder.” “Mickey” by Toni Basil is one of those songs. I remember the first time I heard “Mickey” back in the 1980s. I was pretty sure it was sung by the University of Southern California’s cheer-leading team. USC’s marching band backed up Fleetwood Mac on “Tusk” in 1979. So it made perfect sense that the cheerleaders wanted to get into the game and “Mickey” was the perfect … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop