* 1955: Rock Around the Clock, Bill Haley & His Comets: My God, Bill was ugly.
*1956: Hound Dog, Elvis Presley: My God, Elvis was handsome
* 1957: Love Letters in the Sand: Pat Boone: My God, Pat was a pussy
* 1958: Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran: the first real summer song in this lot and Cochran, a Prince of rockabilly, got all of it.
* 1959: See You in September, the Tempos: and seal it with a kiss
* 1960: Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini, Brian Hyland: before it was a Yoplait commercial
* 1961: Runaway, Del Shannon: the guitars here would influence a million rock and roll songs.
* 1962: The Loco-Motion, Little Eva: dance sensation
* 1963: Surf City, Jan & Dean: two girls for every boy
* 1965: California Girls, the Beach Boys: Greil Marcus said something like a concept song about american boys in pursuit of teenage girls but only to validate their honor.
* 1966: Summer in the City, the Lovin’ Spoonful: this is why 66 was better then 67
* 1967: Groovin,’ the Rascals: the harmonica saves it
* 1968: Jumpin’ Jack Flash, the Rolling Stones: this was the begining of the 70s
* 1969: Hot Fun in the Summertime, Sly and the Family Stone: I saw him at BB King’s a coupla years ago, so sad, Sly could do anything around this time
* 1970: In the Summertime, Mungo Jerry: one hit wonders but a real smasherino
* 1972: School’s Out, Alice Cooper: they just used this in “I Miss You, Beth Cooper”
* 1973: My Love, Wings: won’t be long till winter’s here
* 1974: Rock the Boat, the Hues Corporation: I got the notion here comes disco
* 1975: One of These Nights, the Eagles: any hint of the integrity the Byrds brought to country-rock is laid to rest, the rest of us were just laid.
* 1976: (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty, KC and the Sunshine Band: the height of disco and KC made a career on its groove.
* 1977: Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett: the sway of a laid back summer, shoes optional, heart break de rigeur, salt shaker still missing.
* 1978: Hot Blooded, Foreigner: I blame Led Zep
* 1979: My Sharona, the Knack: remember when this was sexist?
* 1980: Funkytown, Lipps, Inc.: couldn’t go to bar in 80 without hearing it
* 1981: Jessie’s Girl, Rick Springfield: best use of the word “moot” in a song
* 1982: Jack and Diane, John Cougar Mellencamp: hey, maybe he is the next Springsteen
* 1983: The Safety Dance, Men Without Hats: And people wonder why I hate the 80s.
* 1984: The Reflex, Duran Duran: I once got slung out of a breakfast for Duran Duran for questioning the artistic validity of this song. I was an asshole and it still sucks.
* 1985: The Power of Love, Huey Lewis and the News: hey but “Back To The Future” was a blast.
* 1986: Venus, Bananarama: I once got slung out of a Bananarama interview for calling them overrated groupies. Happy days!!!
* 1987: Here I Go Again, Whitesnake: back in my rock critic days I thought I was just a very negative guy but really, this is plain awful.
* 1988: Pour Some Sugar on Me, Def Leppard: the honest bore of rock and roll
* 1989: Good Thing, Fine Young Cannibals: my fave two hit wonder band though I did prefer the English Beat. Here is their other hit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7jG8EWr63k
* 1990: Vogue, Madonna: this is only the second dance on this list
* 1991: Unbelievable, EMF: this would have reminded me of nights dropping ecstacy at the Hacienda if I had ever dropped ecstacy at the Hacienda.
* 1992: Jump, Kris Kross: Michael Jackson’s favorite rap duo toured with him in Europe that year.
* 1993: Whoomp! There It Is, Tag Team: I prefer Alvin and the Chipmunk’s version: whomp, here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bDYB6qOAWM
* 1994: All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow: I saw Sheryl opening for Dylan at Roseland around this time (this was the begining, since concluded, of Dylan’s ressurrection as a live act) and she was the most boring girl you ever got stuck at a bus stop with. Here is why.
* 1995: Fantastic Voyage, Coolio: oh good, spiritually uplifting rap
* 1996: The Macarena, Los Del Rio: third dance song, it’s like dance music for people who can’t dance.
* 1997: Walking on the Sun, Smash Mouth: hey, maybe the 90s sucked as well
* 1998: Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It, Will Smith: a rap song for people who hate rap
* 1999: Livin’ La Vida Loca, Ricky Martin: salsa for peop
le who hate Latin Americans
* 2000: Who Let the Dogs Out? Baha Men: Mets theme song on their way to losing the World Series to the Yanks. And those are the good old days.
* 2001: Bootylicious, Destiny’s Child: From here on in it is just about all r&B crossover pop.
* 2002: Hot in Herre, Nelly: so take off all your clothes.
* 2003: Crazy in Love, Beyonce: remember when Jay-Z was doing Beyonce a favour?
* 2005: Hollaback Girl, Gwen Stefani: It’s the shit
* 2006: Promiscuous, Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland: A bigger hit than “Crack The Bottle”
* 2007: Umbrella, Rihanna featuring Jay-Z: Ella, ella, ella
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – January 1983 (Volume 14, Number 8)
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