This week we have two indie one hit wonders from 1981. The songs were both in the chart in April of that year. They have little in common but strangely both feature snippets of telephone conversations!
Firstly we have British band Landscape. Strictly, I suppose they weren’t a one hit wonder as their second song “Norman Bates” made number 40 but it is this song they are remembered for. The weird, wacky and irritatingly catchy “Einstein a Go-Go”!
“Einstein a Go-Go” (extended) by Landscape reached number 5
(Uploaded to YouTube by Steve Chase)
Next is British punk/new wave band “Department S” who took their name from the 1969/1970 TV series.
“Is Vic there?” by Department S reached number 22
(Uploaded to YouTube by Adi Karić)
This week we have two massively catchy one hit wonder songs from 1979 which is my favourite year in pop. This was a massively strong year with all the biggest hitters in music active. These two songs burned brightly for their artists who couldn’t match their success again.
“Pop Muzik” by British band M was number 2 for two weeks in May 1979. It would have been a number 1 most other times but 1979 was a strong year. It was held off the top spot by “Bright Eyes” by Art Garfunkel which turned out to be the biggest selling hit that year and that number one was deposed by “Sunday Girl” by Blondie which was the 9th biggest hit that year. “Pop Muzik” was the 14th biggest hit, so not too shabby!
disco version of “Pop Muzik” by M
(Uploaded to YouTube by Clasicos de la Disco)
Next up is “My Sharona” by American rock band The Knack. This song reached number 6 in June 1979 in the UK. It didn’t make the UK 100 songs of the year
but it did top the US BIllboard hot 100 year end song list beating off competition from Donna Summer, Chic, Rod Stewart and many other famous artists. The song is famous for its very distinctive drum and guitar riff.
(Uploaded to YouTube by TheKnackVEVO)