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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

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep (named for a character in Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations) and Deep Purple are two of the earliest bands to introduce progressive-rock elements to heavy metal. Without these two groups, it would be difficult to imagine the existence of one-hit wonders Rush, Triumph, Queensryche, Metallica, Dream Theater, even Tool. British rockers Uriah Heep were also one of the first groups to incorporate “swords ‘n sorcery” lyrics in their songs and soon, songs about castles, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

“She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby is one of the greatest synthpop one-hit wonders of all time. I’ll proudly place it in the same leagues as “Cars” by Gary Numan from 1979. Or “Pop Muzik” by M from 1979. Or “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles from 1979. Or “Whip It” by Devo from 1980. Or “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell from 1982. Or “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo from 1983. Or “Relax” by Frankie Goes to … Read entire article »

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Paranoima – Art of Noise

Paranoima – Art of Noise

We love a good novelty song. Especially when those novelty hits become one-hit wonders. “Paranoima” by Art of Noise is perhaps the ultimate novelty song. Here’s the formula: Take one part new synthesizer technology (samplers, Synclaviers, etc.) Throw in early computer-generated animation to create the character Max Headroom Lay over a bed of synth-rock created by the kids in Art of Noise Flavor to taste That’s it. Put this combo together and you have a song that is distinctive, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop