It clocks in at bpm, which is just ridiculously fast. It was a surf record made by weirdos from Georgia. For a new generation, however, this song may also forever be immortalized by Peter Griffin's acoustic performance on Family Guy. Just one of many sad songs from a man named Gore. It was their first commercial hit in the U.
More importantly, though, it showed America who would become the most successful band of the genre. Also, while "Personal Jesus" is a better song overall but this one turned the tide for all the doubters. Alternative music was commercially viable and would get more airplay from here on out.
I almost made this number one, but I have trouble giving the title to a one-hit wonder—although it should be noted they had many ska hits in the U. The overalls will be etched in our brains forever. Is it just me or does this song feel like a prequel to Chumbawamba's 'Tubthumping? A surreal foresight into the middle age crisis by the Heads here. Their ability to stretch the boundaries of what a pop song could be is their modus operandi. Where would music be without the immortal phrase, "Same as it ever was?
Rhyming the words 'made of this' with the word 'disagree' might be a bad move for However, for two pop geniuses like Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox, it's all gravy. Though, it's all about melody. The keyboard pulsing beat heats things up but the 'keep your head up, moving on' line is the icing on the cake. I loved this record as a kid and now as an adult I can see why. It's a kids song!
The video, of a European countryside or was it Bilbo's hobbit hole is quickly taken over by the cast of The Wizard of Oz. This is so new wave that you can argue its merits for number one, but let's face it—it gets annoying fast. Some songs get popular in an instant and some, like "Cars" just linger in the underbelly of the psyche until they are repackaged into a TV commercial.
Then we go "Oh, yeah. That's a good song by that pale'faced freak who could barely sing. The radio mostly ignored it. The song that started it all. During the summer of '79, many people believe that this was the first new wave song ever.
It wasn't, but man it shot right to 1 was a global smash and told everyone listening what music would sound like for the next eight years. It even had some staying power, as it stayed on the Hot for six months.
I don't think I'm at all qualified to judge a song like this. A psych professor maybe? There is so much yet, at the same time, so little going on. Thunderclaps and rockabilly via synthesizers and flower pots?
It clocks in at less than 2 minutes and 15 seconds, making it one of the shortest songs of the s. This video is notorious for freaking mothers out as their child watches this new thing called MTV. Urban legend claims that she died on tour, but Gabriele "Nena" Kerner is still alive today and is living probably back in Berlin where the band first started.
Wherever she is, she can always say that she wrote an anti-war song that was a smash hit in pretty much every country in the world. Nena and John Lennon, wow. We first heard and loved it as a German tune called "99 Luftballons".
The English version has always been considered lame, but that's the one everyone seems to know, so. Another great video means another great Family Guy parody, another piece of perfect pop. This time it comes from Oslo, Norway. These guys went for the high note like nobody else. Their follow-up song was called what? This is also mistakenly assumed to be first new wave song ever, which is impossible considering both "Pop Muzik" by M and "My Sharona" by The Knack were both out earlier in ' However, the consolation prize is that it was the first video ever played on MTV.
Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn. The duo both joined the group Yes in '80 and Downes would form Asia in ' Horn become a prolific producer and is widely credited for the career success of soul singer Seal. Erasure also did a crazy cover a few years ago, make sure you check it out. A lot of Smiths fans out there are in on the joke here.
Morrissey would only be happy with the miserably unlucky number In fact, you may remember that SoHo sampled it for "Hippychick. We now bring you ironic moments in pop music: The one song Chrissie Hynde hates is the one song of hers that every woman loves.
So she grits her teeth and plays it. This is also true of her ex-husband Jim Kerr. He hates the most popular song of his career too—"Don't You Forget About Me " was a soundtrack song he didn't write or want to record, but it probably extended the life of his band Simple Minds exponentially. Life is funny like that, sometimes. Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode in in search of more creative freedom.
Also, "Situation" was every dance instructor and aerobics teacher's best friend. Everyone had this record. The mannequins on the cover are classic. If the name of the band didn't clue you in, then maybe it was the line, 'big hands I know you're the one. A song universally respected on merit. It was difficult to mix because of the time signature so nobody bothered. Just play the whole song. The whispering is hilarious. I often think James' song "Laid" was a Femmes song that they forgot to write.
This is a funk-hybrid mixed with New Wave as Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and the gang move even further away from their punk roots. This album, "Combat Rock" killed the band, and everybody knows it. But, damn, it was still worth doing. The sheik and the aardvark in the video were so bizarre and right. Sigh I miss Joe. Does Joe want her or him? The conversational style of the lyrics is so difficult to pull off without the rhymes sounding forced and corny so props, because he certainly pulls it off.
A lot of people seem to think that Elvis Costello sings this song, but no. So, we all played the half the 12" and segued out. It is so completely overplayed now that I can't stand it, but if you're doing an 80s set and you want a sure-fire hit with the ladies, play this.
Now this is an interesting record! When it first dropped, they were a craze. That beat was unrelenting and the lyrics were seemingly about a man trying to delay an orgasm. The perfect video with the fans just mauling the band onstage during a performance. Relax" t-shirts are still selling on eBay, no doubt. There is a also great line in the movie "The Commitments" about the band as well, but I won't spoil it here. Was Pete Burns the jealous evil twin of Boy George?
Was this song better than anything Culture Club ever recorded? The 12" version is a DJ crate necessity because it had the 'I, I, uh-uh-uh-uh, I' part at the beginning. People will still be remixing this song in 50 years. This song should be higher up, in terms of quality of songwriting and execution of vision. However, people in the U. This is a great song! The problem is, not a lot of people know it. This song will probably make a comeback as part of a movie. It's got a cinematic feel to it, too.
Sounds like a cooler version of 'Walking On Sunshine' which is in every movie so they'll get to it. Soundtrack Rebirth Candidate 1. Like "Safety Dance," this is really a kid's song.