May 26, 2005

The Oneders

This is a cool site: One Hit Wonder Central. Flipping through the 60's, 70's and 80's Songs O' My Youth, I came across all sorts of buried memories, some good ("Hooked On A Feeling" - Oohgashagahoogahoogahooga!) and some bad ("MacArthur Park" - 'nuff said.)

There are one or two questionable entries - Marvin Hamlisch, fer cryin' out loud? And Thomas Dolby ought to get credit for a hit and a half because "Airhead" was moderately popular for a while. But overall, the lists are a lot of fun.

Yips! to Lynn S.

UPDATE: Uh, oh. Just got a call from the Missus reporting in on my five year old's end-of-year class production. One of the activities was that each kid was privately asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. The responses were written down and read out to the class as a whole and the game was that everybody tried to match up each response with the child who'd made it. Here is the gel's, which totally gob-smacked everybody (including both the Missus and me):

When I grow up I want to be a Rock Star because I love to sing. I'll live in McLean somewhere. I'm going to buy my own car, a van, and I'm going to put all my instruments in the back. I'll have a big drum set and ten guitars. The first one is pink, the second one is blue, the third one is brown, the fourth one is white, the fifth one is red, the sixth one is yellow, the seventh one is black the eighth one is green, the ninth one is blue (another blue one) and the tenth one is turqoise. I'm going to make my kids into Rock Star Babies and leave them at home with a baby sitter!

I have absolutely no fargin' idea where any of this came from. We're doomed, I tell you. Doomed.

Posted by Robert at May 26, 2005 11:17 AM

I thought "Hyperactive" by Dolby did reasonably well, also, but it might be that I just liked it.

Posted by: The Colossus at May 26, 2005 11:59 AM

So how long have you been having these...delusions?

Posted by: Robert the LB at May 26, 2005 12:15 PM

You're a lucky man, Robbo. My youngest spawn is getting an MA in Art Criticism. (SAIS)

At least she could have gone to law school. Where did I go wrong?

Posted by: Mr.Kurtz at May 26, 2005 12:23 PM

I don't think your 5 year old is serious, I think she was trying to give a response that would sound the coolest. She was merely playing to the audience. In which case, I have to say, it was a pretty good effort.

Unless, by chance, she's seen "School of Rock" lately on cable. Then all bets are off.

Posted by: The Colossus at May 26, 2005 01:11 PM

Isn't the only singing group to come from the DC area the "Starland Vocal Band".... 'nuff said

Posted by: JFH at May 26, 2005 02:42 PM

Once, when I was putting my GFs 4-year-old daughter to bed, she informed me that she had decided what she was going to do when she grew up. Im going to be a teacher, she told me.

We got talking, and she explained that teachers helped little kids learn the things that they would need to know when they became grown-ups, and she thought that was an important thing to do. I agreed, but I told her that she still had a little time for this decision and she neednt be in a hurry to make up her mind. Then, as I was about to turn out the light, she asked me, What do you want to do when you grow up?

I was a little surprised, but I said, Uh, I am grown up. And I work at the university. You know that, youve been to my office there. Thats my job.

She just snorted and said, I mean a real job. For when you really grow up.

Posted by: utron at May 26, 2005 03:13 PM

I cannot stand the Oohgashaga version of Hooked on a Feeling! The fact that D. Hasselhoff did a cover does it no favors (have you seen that video? look for it, your soul will be crushed).

Personally, I prefer the B.J. Thomas version. It is probably my #1 choice for karaoke. If I choose the song from a song list without an artist description I throw down the microphone and huff off the stage throwing choice curses in the general direction of the DJ and his craptacular song list.

Seriously. It has happened.

Posted by: Misspent at May 26, 2005 06:12 PM

Hey Rob, Follow my trackback.

Posted by: JohnL at May 26, 2005 10:10 PM

I was a little embarrassed to admit it but since Rob led the way, I like Blue Swede's version of Hooked on Feeling too. :-)

Posted by: Lynn S at May 29, 2005 10:10 PM
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