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Friday, July 13, 2012

Flashback Fridays - One Hit Wonders of the 80s

Flashback Fridays - One hit wonders of the 80s. You know there are a lot of them and when you hear the song you go "oh, I remember that - I loved that song" but generally you have no idea who the band who sang it is.

I'm playing this game called Songpop and I'll there'll be a clip to one such one hit wonder and it's on the tip of my tongue just who the hell sang it so here ya go - some of my fave one hit wonders of the 80s (I do have albums of some of these bands too and they weren't really one hit wonders but I just think they never got any radio play *

**disclaimer - I can only go by what dates I find so these might not be 100% accurate & there were so many more I could have posted - perhaps another time**


Devo - Whip It (1980)

No a fave of mine to be honest but it has to be one of the most well-known one hit wonders.

Soft Cell - Tainted Love (1981)

It was a remake of a 1965 song and was released again by Marilyn Manson in 2001.
The video for Soft Cell's version is a little strange and had some controversy surrounding it because of the little girl in the video that the lead singer keeps pointing to. It was the 80's, people.

Bob & Doug Mckenzie - Take Off featuring Geddy Lee (1982)

Yeah, I had to do it - couldn't resist. Not sure if anyone but Canadians know who Bob & Doug are (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas from SCTV) and they probably gave other countries the wrong idea about Canadians in some way but they were damn funny. This isn't much of a song but Geddy Lee's voice is awesome as ever and the boys banter is great. So... take off, eh. (PS not really a video)

Glass Tiger - Don't Forget me When I'm Gone (1983)

Finally a Canadian band. Glass Tiger had the boost of having Bryan Adams take an interest in them and play a small part in their this song - though in the video he's played by a rockin' kid. :) They did have other songs on the radio but this was their big one.

Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take it (1984)

They were over-the-top glam and hair and make-up - just everything was over the top.
 But I swear there isn't one person who doesn't know the song or seen the video. 
Lead singer, Dee Snider, is still around and quite successful.

Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Right Round (1985)

Filmed on a shoe-string budget just to get the video out, it's not that bad. 
Pete Burn was a sexy guy who had the whole androgyny thing going before it was cool.

Howard Jones - No One is to Blame (1986)

 Another song I loved and one that even today when I was trying to think of it,
I could hear it in my head but couldn't remember the title or the artist.

Stryper - Honestly (1987)

A Christian rock band that did fairly well in their own right but this was their biggest hit.
I imagine it was the standard song for a lot of weddings that year. Sweet song.

Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning (1987/88)

Since both my 1987 and 1988 pics were a little out of my range, I've giving you Midnight Oil.
Awesome song from this Australian band.

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy (1988)

I little different from all the others I've posted but it's definitely a classic.

Faith No More - Epic (1989)

A mix of rap, pop, rock and metal - this is an awesome song. 
To me it's very Red Hot Chili Peppers-ish and lead singer Mike Patton even looks and has Anthony Kiedis' movements. They were a band that didn't take themselves too seriously but dammit, I can never remember the name of the song.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks K-lee! As always, your song choices bring back lots of memories since most of these were popular when I was in high school and the rest when I was in my twenties. :) Half of them, I know who the artists are, the rest, I love the songs but can never remember who sang them. :D

    Congrats on the great review you received today for Countdown to Daddies on Reviews by Jessewave! :)

    Have a great weekend!