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Music Monday – One Hit Wonders

Music Monday – One Hit Wonders

Today is a real treat over at Dolly’s; the theme for Monday’s Music Moves Me is “One Hit Wonders from when you were in High School”.

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I was in high school from the mid-to-late ’80s, and there was no shortage of one-hit wonders during that time. But for me, Hair Metal was king. While I’m taking creative liberties here, I’m not really sure they can be called one-hit wonders. For one thing, these weren’t mainstream hits. The videos were probably only ever seen on Headbanger’s Ball. And these may not be their only “hits” – meaning, the bands may have had more songs, but songs that were mainly popular among Hair Metal fans. And what’s worse is that all my truly favorite Hair Metal one-hit wonders came out in ’89 or later, the year following my high school graduation.

But I managed to find a few from my high school years, and here they are…

Song(s) For Monday:

Autograph – “Turn Up The Radio”

Yngwie J. Malmsteen – “Heaven Tonight”

Lillian Axe – “Dream of a Lifetime”

Manowar – “Blow Your Speakers”

This was harder than I thought! What are some of your favorite one-hit wonders of your high school years?

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

On a trip to the lake earlier this year, I snapped a pic of this pile of firewood and I couldn’t help but notice the striking similarity to Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”. Do you see it? The first large piece in the upper right corner. It even looks to me like it’s got “hands” framing the “face”, though one hand is covering an “ear” and the other is down at his “chin”. Oh, and the log is facing the opposite side.

Still, it’s the first thing I saw when I cropped this photo. Here is a photo of the original for comparison:

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Song For Wednesday – Starset, “Satellite”

Music Monday – For the first time in a long time

Music Monday – For the first time in a long time

It’s been a while since I posted any sort of Music Monday or similar post. It’s actually been quite a while since I actually liked any music. But then this year, a band of brothers (and one friend) from Michigan burst onto the scene and took the music world by storm. They’re very young, have been drawing well-deserved comparisons to the mighty Led Zeppelin, selling out shows across the country as I type this, and have probably single-handedly restored my faith in music.

Did you figure out who I’m talking about yet? It’s Greta Van Fleet!! And if you aren’t listening? You should be. I know that people will balk at the comparisons to Zeppelin, and I get it. If you’re going to compare a band to one of such legendary proportions, they’d better bring it! And I think they do. Only time will tell if they stand the test of time, but I really hope they can because this debut EP is clearly the best thing to happen to music this year. And more importantly, today’s younger generations desperately NEED their own Led Zeppelin. Pop and hip-hop and even metal are pretty well-represented among younger artists, but there isn’t much in the way of straight-up rock and roll.

Their debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, has only four tracks, and every single one of them is worth a listen. I get the Zeppelin vibes, but there are also elements of older Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, and 80s stoner rock in there, too. “Highway Tune” got tons of airplay around here (but you should totally check that one out if you haven’t yet heard anything by them), and their second release, “Safari Song”, looks to follow suit. So I am sharing my personal favorite, “Flower Power”.

Song For Monday – Greta Van Fleet, “Flower Power”

Please let me know what you think! And if you blog, consider heading over to X-Mas Dolly’s to participate in “Monday’s Music Moves Me”.

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