Saturday, February 02, 2008

Another Blast From The Past

I'd love to tell you how all of today's featured artists helped shape the music scene of their time, and how they put together a long string of hits - influencing music for decades. But I can't.

I can't, because all of these songs were one-hit wonders.

In my generation, the song was a one-hit wonder for Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airman. But this version was from 1960 and sang by a guy named Johnny Bond. This song is dedicated to my friend Mustang, it's called Hot Rod Lincoln:



Edison Lighthouse was the quintessential flash in the pan. They had one hit that got a lot of rotation on stations all summer long in 1970. Here is their only hit that everyone my age will remember. It's called Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes):



In late 1979 and into 1980, an artist by the name of Ian Gomm did this little song. See if you can remember hearing it. It's called Hold On:



Live was a band that had some decent success in the album sales department and had a few songs played on alternative album rock stations, in the 90s. But they only registered one hit. It is a song about disillusionment and it's titled, Selling The Drama:



Enjoy.

8 comments:

Mustang said...

In the late 50’s (depending on where you lived), hot rods were the thing among kids old enough to drive, but still too young to have any common sense. My cousin (and his friends) had “hot rod” pick up trucks in New York’s Catskill region. They never drove anywhere under 60 mph, including through town. Being chased by the local fuzz was “cool.” My cousin became a concern when he was in an accident; losing his left foot was a kind of “wake up call” for him. A year later, he lost his left leg in another accident. Still hot rodding around in souped up pick up trucks three years later, he lost his left arm in another major pile up—and he was charged with manslaughter in the death of a passenger in the other car I think he finally learned his lesson; he was certainly down enough body parts to make the lesson worth learning. I can’t remember what happened to him vis-à-vis the manslaughter charge, or even what he’s doing these days. But he sure had one heck of a time growing up, eh? Dip-stick!

Mark said...

Hehe...that Live song reminds me of school dances. Why did those silly dj's play songs you couldn't dance too? Much like Guns n Roses, "November Rain," it starts slow and you eagerly think it's time to get your nervous hands on a little beauty....you do so...then in thirty seconds the song picks up and you're left standing there with an embarrassed grin wondering where the slow dance went!

Rocket said...

It's called Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes):

I actually kinda liked that song!:-)

Remember this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=did2PTV3UTE

I actually fell in love with a stripper in a seedy Washington DC bar to this next song. I was underage at the time and soon lost my license for a year having doctored it and then getting cornered by the "heat"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9KC7uhMY9s

LASunsett said...

Mustang,

//But he sure had one heck of a time growing up, eh? //

Some people never do. Goes back into his development somewhere, I am sure. But that only holds a little bit of water.

But the thing that presents as most important in this saga (and many others like it) is, the consequences for your cousin weren't enough - at least initially. Risky behavior is a personality trait that is difficult to shed, and change is most certainly impossible, if the person isn't willing to change.

LASunsett said...

Mark,

//it starts slow and you eagerly think it's time to get your nervous hands on a little beauty....you do so...then in thirty seconds the song picks up and you're left standing there with an embarrassed grin wondering where the slow dance went!//

It's that way by design, Mark. It is a subtle psychological government strategy to keep the high school kids from procreating too young.

Dancus Interruptus.

;)

LASunsett said...

//I actually fell in love with a stripper in a seedy Washington DC bar to this next song.//

And then we have Rocket, giving us his risky behavior story. But Rocket learned his lesson.

He stayed out of the seedy DC strip joints until he was of age.

;)

A.C. McCloud said...

you do so...then in thirty seconds the song picks up and you're left standing there with an embarrassed grin wondering where the slow dance went!

Hehe Mark, like some joker putting on Rush or ELP or Jethro Tull. Not like some of us didn't already look enough like jerks to begin with.

LA, Edison Lighthouse brings back memories. Remember that song from the movie "Billy Jack"? Think it was around the same time, along with "Indiana Wants Me".

LASunsett said...

AC,

//Think it was around the same time, along with "Indiana Wants Me".//

That was the time.

I tried to find "Sweet Mary" by Wadsworth Mansion, but to no avail. But with You Tube, you never know - it could be there next week.