Monday, April 24

Music Monday: RIP So Far

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Unlike last year, Scott hasn't needed a new RIP post every other day. But we've still lost a few notable music legends since January, so we sadly need to say goodbye. Let's get started, shall we?

David Axelrod

 

Without David Axelrod records Dr. Dre would never have built that gangsta sound that changed hip hop forever. That alone could have been enough to make him a music legend. But flip through Axelrod's production credits and you'll see a man who made a lasting contribution to the world of pop, jazz, soul, and beyond. He did enough for one life but I'm still sorry to lose him.

More goodbyes ahead, sadly.

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Monday, April 17

Music Monday: Spring = XTC

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! From Scott's point of view, there aren't many bands that feel as spring-like as XTC. So today, since we're comfortably into Spring, Scott's celebrating with a day of XTC! YOU MUST CELEBRATE TOO!

XTC - King For A Day

 

You can just hear the sunshine in the guitar, can't you? I'm not sure there's a better song for lying in the grass and relaxing. XTC is perfect for doing nothing with. Just sit on your porch, balcony or corner stoop and be.

Got four more, coming right up. And then it's your turn to talk about spring.

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Monday, April 10

Music Monday: Rock Organ

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There's a special sound of the organ in rock music. Even now that we've moved to tiny portable synths, there's still an organ feature on most of them. Today Scott collects some of the songs that best represent the power of the organ. You too can be involved in the comments after the jump.

The Stranglers - Duchess

 

Duchess is one of my favorite Stranglers songs (I've been fortunate enough to see singer Hugh Cornwell perform it live, too!) and placing the video in a church is really fitting. The organ in this song plays up the religious feel of a relationship, and it works wonderfully.

More organ still to come!

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Monday, April 03

Music Monday: RIP Chuck Berry

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! When a ninety year old man dies, it's not really a shock, but it can still be a surprise. Chuck Berry long since earned his rest, but somehow didn't pass away until just a few weeks ago. Today Scott says a good-bye to the man who perhaps most created rock music.

Chuck Berry - Come On

 

When I was young I knew this as a Rolling Stones song. It took a record store employee to correct me. For kids like me who only knew Chuck Berry as "guy on the oldies station" or "brother of Marvin Berry in Back To The Future" it was really shocking to learn how important Chuck Berry was to the generation before. I didn't really understand just how good he was until I heard the non-hits they never played. Like, say, Little Queenie.

How did Scott only pick five Chuck Berry songs? Four more still to come.

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Friday, March 31

Music Madness: The Final Result

by Madness Comissioner

It started right here about a month ago. And now 64 teams have fought their way through the most grueling battle to determine the greatest, most powerful, all-time best one-hit wonder. Today the final vote is tallied. Today we announce the winner and close the brackets forever. Are you ready? ARE YOU READY???

Click here to discover the winner of Music Madness

That's it, everybody! Thanks for playing! Bye!

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Wednesday, March 29

Music Madness: The Championship

by Madness Comissioner

It started right here. It ends right now. You're looking at the final round of Music Madness. On Friday, we'll tell you the answer. Now, however, it's time to vote. One of these two one-hit wonders will take it all. And the other won't. WHICH WILL IT BE?

CHAMPIONSHIP: Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen vs The Proclaimers - 500 Miles

 

 

Go to our Facebook page and start voting.! Remember: the power is in your hands and your hands alone. DON'T SCREW UP AGAIN LIKE WHEN YOU KICKED OUT BIZ MARKIE AND KING HARVEST! SCOTT AND KATHLEEN WERE REALLY MAD WHEN YOU DID THAT!

Let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use. See you here on Friday for the big announcement!

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Monday, March 27

Music Monday: The Last Four

by Scott Lydon

UPDATE: We fixed the poll. Go vote again if you haven't already!!


Happy Music Monday! For those who don't know, each year we do a special March Bracket Event on our site. This year Scott's been forced honored with the keys to the event. We call it... MUSIC MADNESS!!

At the top of March, we posted 64 one-hit wonders. Now it's all down to these four. You might even call them... The Last Four! You could call them something else too but our lawyers advised us not to use another name. When you're done reading the list, head to our Facebook poll and fight between the decades. We'll have the results (and the Championship) on Wednesday and the big wrap-up announcement on Friday! But for now... Let's get hype!

Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400

 

 

After the fall of Gary Glitter, only one band was able to take his place in the world of sporting hype. Zombie Nation is the proof that sometimes, all you've gotta do is be in the right place at the right time. Now everyone knows their song, even if almost no one knows their name. The perfect song to get us excited for the list of LAST FOUR one-hit wonders!

What, you expected us to just post without a crowd warmup? Do you even KNOW how Championships work? Sheesh. You'd think you never watched sports before! Anyway, Last Four coming up after the jump, and then you'll need to go and cast your vote on our Facebook poll.

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Friday, March 24

Music Madness: Announcing The Final Eight

by Madness Comissioner


Eight! Eight teams are left in this four-on-four battle! By next Monday we'll know which one-hit wonder is the champion of each decade! And YOU can play a part! Go vote via our Facebook page to close out the decades and we can turn this thing into a GREATEST OF ALL TIME MATCH!

Of course the brackets sealed a while ago, but you can still enjoy gawking at everyone else's brackets in this thread. Some of those guessers might just win a real trophy at the end of this thing! And in case you're curious, a perfect bracket at this point would look something like this. Maybe with a better font.

So take a look at Scott and Kathleen with our cool bracket wall and see the full list of the remaining eight contestants!

Already know the songs by heart? Go vote across all four decades! But if you wanna see what's left, don't worry. We've got the head-to-head breakdown happening below.

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Wednesday, March 22

Music Madness: Announcing The Solvent Sixteen

by Madness Comissioner


You voted. Your friends voted. Your foes voted. And now we've narrowed our month-long Music Madness event down to just sixteen one-hit wonders. Today you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to knock the Solvent 16 all the way down to the Final 8. Today the votes come from the '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s. It's all in play, and any of them could go away.

Of course the brackets sealed a while ago, but you can still enjoy gawking at everyone else's brackets in this thread. Some of those guessers might just win a real trophy at the end of this thing! And in case you're curious, a perfect bracket would look vaguely like this. Maybe a little prettier. Look, let's not dwell on the past any more, okay?

And now, are you ready to rock Round Three? Take a look at Scott and Kathleen with our cool bracket wall with the remaining contestants! And also the songs they want to win!

Already know the songs by heart? Go vote across all four decades! But if you wanna see what's left, don't worry. We've got the head-to-head breakdown happening below.

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Monday, March 20

Music Monday: Bracket Talk

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! At this point, we're three weeks in to Music Madness so there's no point in recapping the rules. The important facts to know are these: We've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to help determine the winners! We're also giving away real trophies in three categories: Most Right Answers, Least Right Answers, and Prettiest Hand-Made Bracket. And by this point, well, a lot of the brackets look something like this.

That's what Poor Scott's bracket looks like. Today he's going to look at his biggest mistakes and explain what we was thinking. Then you can do the same with YOUR bracket in the comments below. Ready? Let's commiserate together!

70s Bracket: Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around And Fell In Love beat Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood

 

I picked Knock On Wood because it's AMAZING. It's high energy, and a disco classic they still play even today! There's nothing wrong with the Elvin Bishop song, but it's so mellow and neutral. Maybe everyone knew it better from the Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack? Maybe that's why it won? OR MAYBE THEY WERE JUST ALL JUST WRONG!

More whining from Scott coming right up. Hey, let him have this. He's done a lot of work on these brackets.

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