Saturday, January 06, 2007

One Hit Wonders....

I got an email message from my friend Phil in Alaska today, asking if I remembered Sausalito Summer Nights by Diesel. Well, I hadn't thought about that one since 1981, when Diesel had their one glimpse of US success. It's now in my iTunes shopping cart, though!

It got me thinking about 1-hit wonders, or at least obscure hits. I came up with 2 really quickly, which are obscure enough to NOT be available on iTunes. Both songs led me to buy the albums back when I didn't have tons of disposable income...

Brian Protheroe - Pinball - I'd be shocked if any of y'all know this one, except I've blogged about it before.... From 1974 or so, it got played on the radio (in Pittsburgh, at least). It took me until 1978 or so to actually find a copy of the album (from a music collecting mail order catalog). But it was recently released on a compilation CD...

Herman Brood & His Wild Romance - Saturday Night - Anyone remember this one??
From spring of 1979 IIRC, my freshman year of college. There's a hits compilation on Amazon.com, but the 30 second snip reveals a remade version slightly different from what I heard on the radio.... Here's a Youtube version:

Oh, and here's another one, I have it on 45 rpm: Kayak - I want you to be mine... IIRC this one's from spring of 1976 or 1977, when I was playing JV Baseball in high school..... This one's not great so great 30 years down the road......

SO: what are your favorite obscure "hits"??

2 comments:

Sherry P said...

i've got 2 on 45's, "psycho", by the swamp rats and
"je t' aime...moi non plus"

by jane berkin and serge gainsboro

this one drove the censorship crowd nuts, got banned from the radio! : )

Ol' Froth said...

How about The Waitresses "I Know What Boys Want?" Alsthough I think I liked that one more for the video, and the the bass player.