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Friday, February 08, 2008

Friday Nite Retro

Welcome to Friday Nite Retro - your home for obscure and mundane artists singing songs that you completely forgot about, and for good reason! Tonight is the another "One Hit Wonders" edition - a selection of catchy tunes that shot up the charts without ever experiencing a follow-up hit:

You will most likely know Suzi Quatro from her role as Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days. Chris Norman was with the band Smokie - remember their tune "Living Next Door to Alice"?

Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman - Stumblin' In

Nick Gilder was the former frontman for the Canadian glam rock band "Sweeney Todd". Gilder has also been successful as a songwriter for artists such as Patty Smyth, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker and Pat Benatar. In 1984, the band Scandal had a number one hit with "The Warrior," which was written by Gilder and Holly Knight, and it earned him a BMI Airplay Award.

Nick Gilder - Hot Child in the City

Diesel was a Dutch pop/rock group that became one of the few Dutch acts to chart in the U.S. when their song "Sausalito Summernight" entered the U.S. Top 40 in 1981.

Diesel - Sausalito Summer Night

Kevin Rowland and Kevin "Al" Archer named their band after Dexedrine, a brand of dextroamphetamine popularly used as a recreational drug among Northern Soul fans at the time. The midnight runners referred to the energy the Dexedrine gave, enabling one to dance all night

Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On, Eileen

Tired of touring and promotional interviews, the New Radicals disbanded in mid-1999 before the release of their second single, "Someday We'll Know". As a result, "Someday We'll Know" received little attention in most countries and the band is widely considered a one-hit wonder.

New Radicals - You Get What You Give

Scottish brothers Charlie and Craig Reid are identical twins. Their song, "I'm Gonna Be", became the theme song for the film Benny & Joon (1993), and for several charity events, such as the Terry Fox Run and Red Nose Day 2007, as well as a Molson Canadian beer commercial.

The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be

That's a wrap on tonight's Friday Nite Retro! Let me know if you'd like to see more "one hit wonders' editions - this was quite fun to compile!

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