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I love when a number one song isn't premeditated. Seems like no effort was put into making this a hit by the artist, yet it was his only hit and has a pop culture life beyond most songwriters' wildest dreams. I guess now this only happens when a song gets popped into a meme that takes off and people watching the video propel the song to number one, but in that case the song usually feels secondary to the punchline.
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December 7, 2018 on The Number Ones: Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”
Phil, please sub in for Tom and write this column for a week, it would be hilarious.
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December 6, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Come Together”
Type O Negative thought so too... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOAFUbZgSrs
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December 6, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Come Together”
I find it nuts that when Elvis had his "comeback" special, he was only 33! Growing up and learning about rock music, he sounded like he must have been fifty or something at the time, the way they always made it sound like he had been away for so long. He wasn't a teenager at this point, but he is not all that old either, especially when you consider that, say, Drake is 32 right now.
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December 4, 2018 on The Number Ones: Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds”
I always lump this album together mentally with the Schoolhouse Rock Rocks comp, which was full of alt rock covers too. The Blind Melon version of 3 Is a Magic Number is awesome, and Skee-Lo doing The Tale of Mr. Morton slaps too.
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November 30, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Archies: “Sugar, Sugar”
I think I saw this version of Romeo and Juliet in 8th grade English too (why do they always pick 8th grade to study that play?) and my teacher went so far as to make her own edited VHS version of the movie with the nudity removed.
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November 27, 2018 on The Number Ones: Henry Mancini’s “Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet
Childish Gambino's "This Is America" went to number one earlier this year and arguably zeitgeisty protest music in the way you describe. Maybe that goes a little further than you are talking about hear though. Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is The Love?" is a good Bush-era example, though that song gets pretty specific compared to the Rascals too.
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November 9, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Rascals’ “People Got To Be Free”
I haven't listened to much Imogen Heap since maybe over a decade ago, but I loved Frou Frou's "It's Good to Be In Love" circa Garden State and Imogen's "Daylight Robbery" circa the OC finale, when other songs in this list inspired me to go deeper on her discography.
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November 9, 2018 on The 10 Best Imogen Heap Songs
First time I heard "Girl Watcher" it sounded so familiar, but a little off. Did a little digging and it turns out the game show Wheel of Fortune had a jingle based on it called "I'm a Wheel Watcher" back in the 80s and that is exactly why I felt like I had heard it before.
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November 9, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Rascals’ “People Got To Be Free”
Find it odd that Tom dismissed Bacharach as a whole based on this song. No love for the Dusty Springfield, Isaac Hayes and Dionne Warwick versions of his songs?
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November 6, 2018 on The Number Ones: Herb Alpert’s “This Guy’s In Love With You”
Going Places is amazing. Tijuana Taxi and Spanish Flea are guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wOxVkSb2pc
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November 6, 2018 on The Number Ones: Herb Alpert’s “This Guy’s In Love With You”
Gimme some Reina! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5_sH0MYtus
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November 6, 2018 on The Queen Covers: 8 Worthy Tributes To Freddie Mercury & Co.
Meant to ask you on the Otis Redding thread why San Franciscans hate the city being called "Frisco."
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November 2, 2018 on The Number Ones: Archie Bell & The Drells’ “Tighten Up”
Do I want to remember the 1997/1998 that this compilation presents? I can't deny it really. Aside from maybe Radiohead, I made sure to hate every one of these songs at the time. It was my identity to hate the bad songs on this compilaton: the teen pop (okay, at least Hanson played their own instruments and wrote their own songs), the bland one-hit rock wonders (okay, maybe Harvey Danger is kinda fun), the motherfucking swing revival song (Cherry Poppin' Daddies? C'mon now). But looking back, I don't hate this stuff nearly as much as I did at the time. Maybe I wouldn't deliberately listen to it either, but if someone put it on, I might even have a nostalgic memory about how hard I tried to hate these songs. Still can't bring myself to like them, but maybe if I give it another 20 years....
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October 29, 2018 on Now That’s What I Call Music! Turns 20
Young Classic Rocker Ryan Leas coming through again! I was a huge R.E.M. fan growing up, and was an impressionable teenager when Up came out, with a couple of besties that also loved the whole R.E.M. catalog. Up came out and we probably loved it more than we should have, it was the latest release by a band we loved, it didn't really have any hits, radio had soured on them by then, but we kept playing it until the treasures revealed themselves. "At My Most Beautiful" is corny as hell, but man did that song hit me in the gut. "Why Not Smile" and "Hope" also sounded perfect to my moody teenage ears. It was a different time. You listened to albums over and over again until they made sense, because you could only buy or tape so many albums. You sort of forced your way through the difficult patches because you didn't have any options, and tunes stuck on you in a way that they don't much now because if it leaves you confused the first time now you literally have the world of music at your fingertips, and it takes so much willpower to do now what came natural back then. I am glad this is getting any revisiting at all. It is probably a minor album compared to all the obvious R.E.M. classics, but it was an album that came out at the right time for me, and I will always treasure it in that personal way, probably the way the band intended, all told.
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October 29, 2018 on Up Turns 20
Indie rock was a refuge for me from this sort of music 20 years ago, and remains so.
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October 23, 2018 on “…Baby One More Time” Turns 20
That Vic Lundberg song is amazing. "And if you decide to burn your draft card, then burn your birth certificate at the same time. From that moment on, I have no son!" Haha, holy shit! Almost as psychedelic as Incense and Peppermints, totally makes me want to get high, especially when the Battle Hymn of the Republic starts playing in the background. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBU6GkseD1w
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October 23, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Strawberry Alarm Clock’s “Incense And Peppermints”
No worries, would love to see that good stuff playlist!
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October 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Box Tops’ “The Letter”
I got stuck at the whale section my first time too. A couple years later I started over again and it didn't bother me as much. I agree that it is a little gratuitous though.
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October 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Box Tops’ “The Letter”
My favorite recipe song is "La cumbia de mole" by Lila Downs, whose entire bridge is a recipe for Mexican chocolate-based mole sauce (the original version of the song is in Spanish, as it should be). I want to try to make mole according to Lila's recipe one of these days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8xL_VgwIH4
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October 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Box Tops’ “The Letter”
Listening to Big Star now, I have no idea why they didn't have any hits. Only reason I can think of is that they had bad distribution which didn't get their record into stores, so it couldn't be bought. But especially on the first album, they sound like pure 70s rock and roll that would fit right in between, say, Dream Weaver and More Than A Feeling.
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October 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Box Tops’ “The Letter”
I know pop culture makes it seem like everyone was practically a hippie in 1967, but that's like saying the youth of today are going to hate the police in fifty years because Kendrick Lamar is popular. There are only so many people who really take pop culture to heart, and as popular as the Beatles were, they didn't reach everybody. Even many of those that they did reach...how many many really thought that all you needed was love? You think the current president of the US saw this song as anything more than a preamble to making money, hitting on a girl or some other cynical purpose? What a wonderful world it would be if the best protest songs actually spurred deep, long-lasting political and social change...but that takes a bit more heavy lifting than any song can possibly do on its own.
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October 17, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”
Didn't know that Lights was about LA until you said this. Bummer. I know Journey sucks but too many good moments soundtracked by their cheesy guitars and synths to turn back now.
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October 17, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”
If we are not counting the Full House theme song or Jesse and the Rippers' Forever, here is my own San Fran anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXSS9tNL0N4
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October 17, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”
True enough. I wonder who would win if we did a poll about which band sucks worse. I also like the Eagles and would defend them against their haters, but if forced to choose I would say the Doors are better than the Eagles, just on the originality of their sound I think it is open and shut case.
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October 16, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Doors’ “Light My Fire”
Crystal Shit was the best Doors cover band of all time. It's not even close.
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October 16, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Doors’ “Light My Fire”
The Doors are the most divisive classic rock band, some people who love almost everything from the sixties and seventies just flat out loathe the Doors. I mean, I get that Jim Morrison has some pretentiously bad lyrics sometimes, but it still seems weird to me that this band still attracts so much hate from people who otherwise like to rock.
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October 16, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Doors’ “Light My Fire”
Is it some kind of celebration similar to April Fools' Day wherever you are? Are you checking to see if we Stereogum commenters actually read these? Because I do, and this one is fake in such a weird and particular way that I am not sure what to make of it.
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October 15, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Association’s “Windy”
I did this too, also slapped on "When the Music's Over" right afterwards just to monopolize the jukebox for as long as possible.
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September 27, 2018 on “Don’t Worry Be Happy” Revisited: A Little Song Bobby McFerrin Wrote Topped The Charts 30 Years Ago This Week
Thanks right back at you for all these supplementary posts to the number ones, they are greatly appreciated by us chart nerds and lovers of very old music!
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September 20, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There”