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Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side...


Musical Youth

I know that dutchie is not really supposed to be a euphamism for pot, but it sounds like it, doesn't it? :beatnik:

yes..and no. The song was a cover version of an older reggae tune called ' Pass the Cutchie'. Now, 'cutchie' is 70s Jamaican slang for a spliff, but seeing as how Musical Youth were just kids, their manager didn't think it was a smart idea for them to sing about that kind of thing iif they were going to be succesful, so..the word got changed to 'dutchie', which is a type of big Jamaican cooking pot. Problem solved instantly, no posible offence could be given,.. and a big hit was the result!

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A few one-hit-wonders to me are:

Counting Blue Cars - Dishwalla

And Fools Cry On - Brother Cane

Honest to God - Brad Gillis

I'm a Believer - Giant

Tainted Angel - Southgang

Hole Hearted - Extreme

Burning Heart - Vandenberg

Spirit in the Night - Krokus

Perfectly Good Guitar - John Hiatt

She's a Girl and I'm a Man - LLoyd Cole

Take 5 - Northside

Some obvious choices would include:

Signs- Five Man Electrical Band

Ah! Leah! - Donnie Iris

Lunatic Fringe - Red Ryder

Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum

Go All the Way - Raspberries

Magic - Pilot

Drivers Seat - Sniff and the Tears

The Rapper - The Jaggerz

Wildflower - Skylark

Many, many more.

Not talking about the bands whose musicians changed groups or soloed but what in the world prompted the talent of these one hit gems and wonder how long the money lasted some of these one hit wonders...if they didn't sign away the rights?

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My Name is Norman Bates by Landscape

My name is Norman Bates; I?m just a normal guy.

My name is Norman Bates-s-s-s-s.

My name is Norman Bates; I?m just a normal guy.

My name is Norman Bates-s-s-s-s.

Mother! Oh my God!

[spoken over refrain.]

Did Norman murder the girl in the Bates Motel? Yes, or No?

To understand the case, you have to go back to the time ten years ago,

When the young Norman murdered his mother and her lover.

Matricide: perhaps, the most unbearable crime of all.

Norman refused to come to terms with the horror of his deed.

His mother was still alive. He stole her corpse and preserved it with chemicals.

He kept her alive by wearing her clothes; speaking in her voice; thinking her thoughts.

He became both mother and son.

Norman Bates; normal, healthy young man with regular interests and habits.

And Mrs. Bates; a clinging, posessive woman, and a homicidal maniac.

When Norman encountered the girl at the motel, his sexual instincts were aroused.

He wanted her ? desired her.

This was too much for the other side of Norman?s personality.

In a jealous frenzy, Mother murdered the girl.

When two personalities share the same mind, there is always conflict.

Now, that conflict is over: Mother has taken over Norman?s mind.

Perhaps for all time.

Norman Bates no longer exists.


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Musik, I don't know what happened to Deisel. Space Hog only had the one song that I liked. If you hadn't listed "Counting Blue Cars" I would have. It's like with Don McClean, "Day the music died" is one of my favorite songs. I can't even listen to some of his other stuff, Vincent for example. Did inspiration only strike once? What about a group called David and David? I have one of their CD's and almost every song is good, then nothing new. And the Lloyd Cole you mentioned, my favorite by him is "Downtown", what was the problem? Was he popular in England but not in America, like Cliff Richard? In his case it would have to be airplay that got him in the one hit wonder category, because he has a lot of good songs.

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Indeed he does. I have the Don't Get Weird On Me Babe CD and it's excellent. Besides the very catchy She's a Girl and I'm a Man there's other very catchy songs, especially Tell Your Sister.

I'm amazed that so much talent seemingly goes unnoticed by the vast masses. There's a lot of great new music but sadly not in the main stream as it once was, like in the 70's.

Good music is where one finds it, much like the fisherman that never gives up.

I'm fortunate to have a few local radio stations that aren't afraid of playing what has not yet been heard or approved.

I'll never understand what provokes a great song being the only one on a CD. It's almost like it's an entirely different band. I guess it may be true for some to only hit the groove once.

I heard a new song yesterday and it sounded exactly like Dishwalla. It was excellent but sadly the DJ didn't say who the artist was. Hopefully it was.

As much as I like the band Chevelle I can't help but notice a striking similarity to Dishwalla.

I'm sure you'll agree that The Lightning Seed's Life of Riley was a one-hit-wonder but by no means the only great song they did.

I wonder how in the world I didn't hear them on the regular radio stations and why they didn't become a household word given the exceptional talent displayed on the CD Sense.


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Phil Phillips Sea of Love

The Standells - Dirty Water

Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A.

Mountain - Mississippi Queen

Steam - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

T. Rex - Bang A Gong (Get It On)

Ten Years After - I'd Love to Change the World

Argent - Hold Your Head Up

Skylark - Wildflower

Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun

Rick Derringer - Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo

Vicki Sue Robinson - Turn the Beat Around

Ram Jam - Black Betty

Walter Egan - Magnet and Steel

Patti Smith - Because The Night

Sniff 'n' the Tears - Driver's Seat

Gary Numan Cars

Soft Cell - Tainted Love

Aldo Nova - Fantasy

Shannon - Let the Music Play

The Firm - Radioactive

Charlie Sexton - Beat So Lonely

Kix - Don't Close Your Eyes

4 Non Blondes - What's Up

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