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One Hit Wondering
54 minutes | Sep 2, 2014
#007: I Listened To This On Purpose: Chris de Burgh
We have a very special episode for you this month! Not one but TWO guests join me to break down the man, the legend, the mighty force that is Chris de Burgh. He is known here in the States primarily for his ballad The Lady in Red, but to some he is much, much more: part historian, part lover, and perhaps, part observer of the apocalypse! I am joined by two very funny guys. Robin Allender is a multi-instrumentalist who is currently on tour with Yann Tiersen. John Robins is a professional stand-up comedian and XFM radio DJ. We also play a new game called Verses From Hell where one guest will be reading lyrics from an array of bad pop songs and the other will have to figure out which stone cold classic theyre from. Its a show of mythic proportions!
51 minutes | Aug 5, 2014
#006: A Girl on the Beach: Bow Wow Wow and Edwyn Collins
Our new show covers ground from London to Edinburgh, New York and then LA. USA Today pop culture blogger, Whitney Mattheson, joins me to look at two albums from the UK. First up is Bow Wow Wow’s 1982 album, I Want Candy and then the 1994 album by Edwyn Collins, Gorgeous George. Both albums were eclipsed by their hit singles and we cry foul! Exclusive This show includes an interview with Annabella Lwin, the original singer for Bow Wow Wow. She shares stories about starting in the music business so young and what shes been up to since that time. Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy (RCA Victor-1982) Bow Wow Wow were a British band fronted by feisty singer, Annabella Lwin and some former members of Adam and the Ants. Their 1982 album, I Want Candy, was actually assembled especially for the US market and is made up of singles and various other tracks that had already been released in the UK. Though they had several other songs that had varying degrees of success, here in the US most people only remember the sugary sweet title track. Edwyn Collins – Gorgeous George (Setanta Records-1994) It took a long time for the world to notice Edwyn Collins. Prior to his massive single, A Girl Like You, he was making music with his band, Orange Juice for the label he co-founded, Postcard Records. It wasn’t until the release of his third solo album, Gorgeous George, and its Northern Soul-inspired lead single, A Girl Like You, did things begin to change. Thanks largely in part to its inclusion on the Empire Records soundtrack, his career took off on a global level. This is without a doubt a case of the song (and soundtrack) overshadowing the album! This episode sponsored by Save Straw. www.savestraw.com
59 minutes | Jul 1, 2014
#005: Something’s Going On: Frida vs. Agnetha
Come with us back to the early 80s to take a look at 2 of pop historys most iconic female singers: Frida and Agnetha Faltskog. What happened to them after the dissolve of ABBA? Why were their solo careers in the US so short lived? What was going on behind the scenes? Host John Mark Lapham is joined by guest Daniel Latham to comb through their first post-ABBA solo albums to find answers.
60 minutes | Jun 3, 2014
#004: The Politics of Feeling Good: Re-Flex and Divinyls
On this episode of One Hit Wondering, music journalist John Freeman joins me to discuss albums by 80s synth pop band, Re-flex and 90s Aussie rockers, Divinyls. Along the way, we talk Mall-friendly 80s pop, bad stadium rock and pop songs about masturbation. Also, I have an interview with Re-Flex frontman, Baxter, who talks frankly about what went wrong with his bands trajectory and recounts other stories from the 80s. This episode is brought to you by Dream Spectrum Marketing.
22 minutes | Apr 29, 2014
#003: The Many Lives of Kites
A special mini-episode, this time from a UK perspective. Kites was originally a hit in 1967 by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound (who would go on to form legendary prog rock band, Gentle Giant). Nearly 15 years later the song was re-imagined by 39 Lyon St., a spin-off from Scottish new wave band, The Associates. Host John Mark Lapham and music journalist, Martin Aston, revisit these and other versions of the song and find beauty in the many lives of Kites.
40 minutes | Apr 8, 2014
#002: The Tornados and Talk Talk
On this installment we take a look at two of pop historys most enigmatic artists: reclusive studio maverick, Joe Meek with his band, The Tornados, and legendary UK band, Talk Talk. The Tornados - Album: The Original Telstar - The Sounds of the Tornados (London Records, 1962) The UKs answer to the Shadows, The Tornados were basically Joe Meeks goto in-house musicians that he would use to help him conceive his crazy, animated compositions. Everyone knows their big hit, Telstar, but what else was going on? We take a look at the tumultuous life of their ringleader and discuss the merits of their debut album. andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; Talk Talk - Album: Its My Life (EMI, 1984) Much has been written about the now legendary band and their reclusive singer, Mark Hollis. Their rabid fanbase is divided in to two distinct camps: Those who know them for their catchy, early 80s synth pop hits and those who love them for their dark, brooding ambient-folk-free jazz-post rock output. We start with their 1984 album that includes their big hit here in the US and diverge on to subjects like, what happened after the hit and what are the parallels between Talk Talk and Radiohead? andnbsp; andnbsp; Special Guest: Martin Aston is a freelance music journalist who has been writing for UK publications for 30 years including MOJO, Q, The Guardian, The Times, BBC Music OnLine and most recently wrote a book on the history of the legendary record label, 4AD, entitled: Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD. andnbsp; andnbsp;
72 minutes | Mar 27, 2014
#001: Charlene and Tom Tom Club
The year is 1982. The pop charts were changing rapidly. In this installment we visit both ends of the pop music spectrum to take a look at albums that gave birth to an earnest pop ballad and a pioneering electro funk classic. Download Season 1, Episode 1 Charlene – Album: I’ve Never Been to Me (Motown, 1982) Charlene Oliver, aka Charlene, will forever be known as the wisened, world weary traveler who dispensed advice to downtrodden housewives everywhere with her massive hit, I’ve Never Been to Me. We take a listen to her Motown album (including her collaboration with Stevie Wonder) to see what else was going on. SPECIAL! Includes a interview with Charlene herself who will give us some insight in to the making of her album and the hit it gave birth to. The Tom Tom Club – Album: The Tom Tom Club (Island, 1981) The Tom Tom Club at its core are Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, known originally as one half of New York art rockers, The Talking Heads. Their seminal hit Genius of Love was a not only a trailblazing production that has been sampled countless times, but also had a groundbreaking video that accompanied it. According to the US Billboard charts, the band (many would say unfairly) are considered to be a one hit wonder. We listened to their debut album to find out how it measures up as a whole. Special Guest: Scott Heim is the author of the novels We Disappear, In Awe, and Mysterious Skin (which was made into a film by Gregg Araki in 2005). He is also the editor of “The First Time I Heard” series of music-related books. Originally from Kansas, he now makes his home in Boston, and is working on a new novel.
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