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Saturday, September 16, 2006

stop throwing that around

/Gary Numan-Cars.mp3

One hit wonders - I see lists all over the place. Itunes, VH1 and compilation CDs. I always just kind of accepted them.I was at my friend Seans house in England around 1999. He had 6 Madness albums. I looked at him and said "but they only had one hit, Our House". He rolled his eyes and asked if I was crazy. Evidently Madness had tons of hits in Europe. I saw he had 5 Simply Red albums... same thing, huge over there. UB40 and so on...I borrowed a few of the best of's and was suprised at how many good songs (Simply Red in particular) were on these discs.
I look down these lists now with suspicion - Murray Head - one night in Bangkok, yep I agree. Safety Dance by Men without hats, No I actually like the Pop goes the world album. I melt with you by Modern English - I probably agree with that one. Falco- Rock me Amadeus, they seem to forget Der Komisar. Vanilla Ice - Definately.
Gary Numan is always on the list. Cars. Gary put out a lot of music. He did some really interesting stuff with the Tubeway Army. Does that count? Here is why Cars is so hard for me to dismiss as a one hit wonder. It keeps popping up! Paticularly the last few years. I am hearing the feel from Cars in other songs. A lot of songs, from different bands. And one band seems to have based thier entire sound on that one song- Ladytron - everything they do sounds like cars to me and I love it.

My question is can you really dismiss this song as a one hit wonder if it had such a huge effect on other peoples music?

ladytron-weekend.mp3

Ladytron-Destroy Everything You Touch.mp3

Beck-Heaven Hammer.mp3This is a remix by Air

Covenant-Dead Stars.mp3This song actually deserves it's own post, it knocked my socks off! It's what would have happened if Front 242 had Gary and Kraftwerk producing. The review of it on Itunes made me furious btw.

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