Monday, November 9, 2015
God Bless the One Hit Wonder
The story of Dexy's Midnight Runners believe it or not was the easiest of them all. Their one hit was so huge that the band broke up and spent the next decade in court trying to divvy up the royalties of that one song. That actually makes sense, but other really great songs of that time fell into obscurity, only to be relived as a lost hit every time some DJ finds it in an old cart and plays it. Does anyone remember the band Opus? "Live is Life" is a song that comes up and you don't even remember it existed until it is playing and you remember it fondly. How about a band like "Big Country" whose album "Big Country" produced one hit coincidentally named "Big Country." That always makes me laugh when I'm in the car and makes my wife want to open a vein when I tell her that, every time like I hadn't the last time. When I heard a couple of years ago that the band "Ah Ha" had finally broken up, I was amazed that they could ride "Take on Me" for that long!
My area in the country in particular really likes to bang out 80's one hit wonders, and they all seem to come from the same town too. Somerville Massachusetts which most people only know about for three things. That stupid rotary with the road going straight through it and like 18 red lights making the traffic back up 8 miles when you need to get to Logan Airport, Tracy Chapman (Fast Carr) and Til Tuesday (Voices Carry). Aside from these three things I guess there is the lumber company out there but that isn't very memorable. Boston made so many of them, I would need a separate blog for all of them, Del Fuegos, Extreme, Buster Poindexter, oh the good old days and what little you could expect from an artist.
If you ever want to have a good time just turn on IHeartRadio and put on the One Hit Wonder station and get angry at all of the One Hit Wonders they get wrong! I sit in my office at work and my coworkers check in on me, wondering why I am screaming my fool head off. "MEN AT WORK ALSO DID WHO CAN IT BE NOW!" or "GOD DAMNIT PHIL COLLINS AND BILL BAILEY BOTH HAD HITS WITHOUT EACH OTHER!" Well maybe I take it too seriously, but I want you to think about this a moment, the next time you are sitting in your car and the song "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood comes on, try to change the channel. I dare you, or at the very least don't reach over and turn the volume up. Yeah you know what I am talking about don't you?
This Is Me
I have been bouncing around online for just about 20 years, so I have been there and have done that. It doesn't mean I didn't like it and wouldn't do it again. As most humans, I am a social animal. To be a social animal on the internet it is social media that binds us all together. I prefer Google + and Twitter but have pages on the other ones that I ignore, so you probably should too.
I blog a lot. If you don't like people that blog a lot then I don't know how you got here to begin with. You may want to just move along.
Contrary to popular opinion I hate politics, but have political opinions ..
The easiest way to get under my skin is to apply the "all you talk about is politics" tag. This is a common knee jerk reaction some have when they see something political, and unfortunately I don't hold back sometimes. As a matter of fact, I share more about health, fitness and blogging than politics, which you would know if you weren't busy dismissing me. I actually follow and interact with more people that disagree with me than agree with me politically. The list of "other than politics" seems to be growing everyday and it probably looks a lot like this:
- Blogging (I am a blogger and I blog a lot. Get used to it.)
- Health & Fitness (Avid bodybuilder and diet guru)
- Photography (If I don't know your language now you know why I follow you)
- Android (I love Android, and wouldn't wipe my rear end with an iPhone)
- Humor (If you are funny, I am going to like you)
- Sports (Patriots and Red Sox mostly)
- Music (You'd be surprised how diverse I get here)
- Quotes (I love quotes from historical and hysterical figures)