Friday Night Soundtrack – February 8, 2013

I love the genius option in my iTunes. It allows me to hear songs from artists, that I normally wouldn’t check out and it’s become a regular used option, in my musical life. However, every now and then it throws in some of the most random songs that appear to have nothing in common with the playlist. A few days ago I had started a playlist with a Fleetwood Mac song and about half way through “Call Me Maybe” came playing through my speakers, which led to a one hit wonder conversation with my fiance. This conversation quickly led to the creation of a one hit wonder playlist in my iTunes. Needless to say I’ve spent the past week, re-discovering a lot of good music and a lot of bad. It only made sense that this weeks edition would be brought to you by five of my favourite one hit wonders.

1 – The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

It’s super catchy, super fun, and a fan fav. in most sittings. I had the great opportunity of playing in a band over a 4 year period and this one of the songs we would cover and I have to admit that our drummer did an absolute perfect job of taking this track and turning it into an epic dance fest.

2 – A-Ha – Take On Me

Another classic gem from the early eighties, created for your listening pleasure by a few guys from Norway. Much like the last tune, “Take On Me” completely oozes with that 80’s pop synth sound.

3 – Blind Melon – No Rain

A great song from a band who are remembered more for the death of their lead singer than the music which they created. This song always gets busted out when someone has a guitar laying around at a party.

4 – Soft Cell – Tainted Love

Is it just me or were the 80’s dominated by one hit wonders. These English boys had a handful of hits over in their home country but were only ever able to crack the North American market once.

5 – The Divinyls – I Touch Myself

This track gets a big old guilty pleasure stamp next to it. It’s just a sexy, sexy song… it!!

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Jeff is one-fourth of the group that makes up HAFILAX. His usual ramblings can be read right here on the website. If reading isn't your thing, he also hosts the Basement Tapes podcast.