Sunday, April 13, 2008

Top 5 One Hit Wonders Of 1982

From as far back as I can remember I was into pop music. When the 80's ended that pretty much stopped though. When the 90's came raging in so did terrible pop music minus a song here and there. I've always been a huge fan of one hit wonders. For some reason certain artists and bands just release one great song and you don't hear from them ever again. In most casess you really don't want to hear from them again either. I was planning on starting with 1980, but I like to do things differently, and 1982 was one of my favorite years for pop music.

1) Tainted Love - Soft Cell (This song is just an incredible song. It's one of those tunes that just has a vibe all it's own with no other song sounding like it. It's catchy as hell and even kinda of dark sounding as well. Marilyn Manson even covered it, and in my opinion did one hell of a good job doing so.)

2) I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses (Patty Donahue didn't have the greatest voice in the world, but for this song her vocals totally work. From the moment I heard this song on the movie The Last American Virgin I loved it. The greatest moment of the song is when Patty says "HaHa Sucker". Just a classic.

3) I Know There's Something Going On - Frida (Again there is just no other song that has the vibe of this song. The pounding drum line that kicks the song off is just awesome. Frida sounds nothing like she did when she was in Abba. You'd never know it was her if someone didn't tell you so.)

4) Mexican Radio - Wall Of Voodoo (I first saw the video for Mexican Radio on HBO's VIDEO JUKEBOX. I just found the song and video so bizarre. Keep in mind that I was only 10 years old in 1982 and videos were a fairly new medium for music. Celtic Frost covered Mexican Radio, and did a fine job with it.)

5) Pac-Man Fever - Buckner & Garcia (A great, but cheezy song. Cheeze was ok and even welcomed in the 80's though. Pac-Man was just huge in the 80's. You couldn't escape Pac-Man fever. It was all around you in the 80's. Pac-Man was stamped on everything from cereal to lunch boxes and there was even a Pac-Man cartoon. Pac-Man was the first truly giant video game franchise. Buckner & Garcia had an album's worth of songs about video games, but none of those songs could touch the greatness that was Pac-Man fever.)


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