Music Monday: Half-Forgotten Wonders

by Scott Lydon

Some songs you never think about until you're hearing them. Maybe you'll be in a grocery store or a car wash and they'll hit you out of the blue. "Oh, yeah!" you'll say. "How did I forget about THIS one?" And then, ten minutes later, you couldn't remember it to save your life. Those are the hits Scott wants to talk about today, from the one-hit wonders to the solid but forgettable hits that were swept aside. He's picked one from each previous decade just because. Will you know them all? You might! Go ahead and give the first one a shot:

Moody Blues - Go Now (1964)

 

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Most people forget that before they had the angry flute player, the Moody Blues were, well, bluesy. This single did pretty well but if you left it off a greatest hits album, some fans might not even blink. And yet, if you heard it over the in-store, you'd find it easy to hum along. You can't call it forgotten, but it sure isn't always remembered.

Now, we accept you're gonna find it hard to think of songs you don't usually think about. But if you can, or if the songs inside jog your memory, throw your favorite forgotten memory in the comments for everyone to see. Maybe we'll all rediscover some hidden gems together! See you inside…

Raydio - Jack And Jill (1978)

 

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Smooth, isn't it? If you're old enough, you might have heard this on your family's car radio back when Carter was the president and gas was still less than a dollar. The song was written by Ray Parker Jr. (yes, the Ghostbusters guy) and it's just a warm ocean of radio-friendly synth-funk. But it's also sorta forgettable, right? Which is probably why it pops up on in-stores from time to time. It's just cool enough to distract you from calculating the sales tax.

The Hooters - All You Zombies (1982)

 

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The Hooters were never exactly an A-list band, but if you're looking for a shortcut to the sound of 80s rock, they're sure servin' it up here. The echo in the vocals, the tone of the guitar, the drums that just vaguely remind you of a Miami Vice episode, lyrics that seem to mean something but actually don't, it's everything 80s radio ever wanted. Also of note is how the video takes place in some sort of waste management plant, possibly after a nuclear war. It's not awful or anything, but it's easy to see why your brain might choose to overwrite this.

Jesus Jones - International Bright Young Thing (1990)

 

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Poor Jesus Jones. One day they were an up-and-coming pop band, and the next they were hit full in the face with Trent Reznor, Kurt Cobain, and N.W.A. This song was part of that last, hungry gasp from the Second Summer of Love, a kind of Hail Mary pass to America that almost paid off. Today, of course, the band isn't even a footnote in rock history, but if you hear this in a dressing room while buying a pair of jeans? You'll probably grin and shake your head in amusement. You lived long enough to find your niche, Jesus Jones. Sorry it wasn't quite what you probably expected.

Angie Aparo - Spaceship (2000)

 

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The nice thing about Angie Aparo is that he didn't really seem to care about being famous. In fact, Spaceship actually includes the lyrics "this is just a song to pay the rent." But rather than killing himself to stay a pop star, Angie Aparo kept doing his own thing, and wound up with songwriting credits for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. We hear the guy's a great show live, and though he'll probably never go Top 40 again, he seems to be cool enough. Maybe his albums aren't on your desert island picks, but this song'll sure brighten up your day when you hear it playing in the mall.

Agree? Disagree? Never heard any of these songs before today? Hit the comments and tell us what you think, what you'd pick, and whatever else you want to mention. Then join us in our Turntable.fm room for our regular Music Monday fun. Think of it as an in-store you make yourself.