Tag: Greatest Un-Hits

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Greatest Un-Hits: Burden Brothers’ “Beautiful Night” (2003)

Of all of the at least pretty good, moderately successful alt rock bands of the mid-‘90s, the one that everybody in my high school loved...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” (1988)

Carly Simon's song from Working Girl was the first Oscar-winning song in a decade not to be a smash hit, and also it was by the iconic...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Cher with Beavis and Butt-head, “I Got You Babe” (1993)

Beavis and Butt-head had their cultural moment in 1993. All of 1993. Their cartoon was the #1 show on MTV (even after they couldn’t...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Cypress Hill’s “(Rock) Superstar” and “(Rap) Superstar” (2000)

This is one of those songs that wasn’t a hit that I’m surprised wasn’t a hit. Even today, you hear it all the time,...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Porcelain Black’s “This Is What Rock n’ Roll Looks Like” (2011)

Being influenced by and being extremely similar to are two different things, separated by a thin line. The biggest musical success of the...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Richard Carpenter and Dusty Springfield’s “Something In Your Eyes” (1987)

When duos split up, there’s usually only one breakout star who goes on to any semblance of a successful solo career, with the public...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Nerf Herder’s “Van Halen” (1996)

In 1996, after a decade and a half of high but rapidly diminishing record sales and influence, Van Halen was suddenly a hot band again, and...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Peter Bjorn and John’s “Second Chance” (2011)

Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks” is the most indie rock indie rock song of all time. They’ve got all the...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Paul McCartney’s “Young Boy” (1997)

The Beatles are kind of always in the not-distant background, as they are the goddamn Beatles. But every five years or so, there’s a...

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Greatest Un-Hits: The Slits’ “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1979)

The Slits’ cover of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” should have been that one song from the weird, still-breaking...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Happy End’s “Kaze wo Atsumete” (1971)

An unlikely song hit #1 on the U.S. in 1962: “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto. It’s the only song in Japanese to top the charts...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Daft Punk’s “Da Funk” (1997)

Daft Punk is a household name for music nerds now, and all the kids on the playground wear helmets and robot suits and speak French. Their...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Bad Lip Reading’s “Gang Fight”

“Friday” is the Song of the Year for 2011. Over the course of about two weeks, this thing went from pseudo-professional amateur...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Ween’s “Ocean Man” (1997)

Ween is one of those fantastic, cult-beloved quirky bands too interesting to ever be extremely popular that should have been one of those...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Lillix’s “It’s About Time” (2003)

Teen rock acts bridged the teen pop and Avril Lavigne eras. Despite a large corporate push, all-girl Canadian band Lillix failed to catch...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Sean Lennon’s “Dead Meat” (2006)

For the past five years or so, Brooklyn-based rich kids hipsters and indie rockers are two sides of the same coin, or at least that’s...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Put ‘Em on the Glass” (1994)

You can be a T man, or an A man. You can’t be both, Sir Mix-A-Lot....

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Greatest Un-Hits: Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road” (1983)

“Holiday Road” was the theme song of National Lampoon’s Vacation, an insanely popular movie, the kind of ’80s...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “Electricity” (1979)

OMD's dark electronic sounds were right in step with New Order and Depeche Mode, and yet "Electricity" couldn't find an audience on either...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Fred Schneider’s “Monster” (1984/1991)

Fred Schneider of the B-52’s followed up the success of “Love Shack” with a re-release of a 1984 solo album featuring the synth pop...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Toronto’s “Your Daddy Don’t Know” (1982)

The sad tale of one more Canadian rock classic unjustly ignored in America....

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Greatest Un-Hits: Electric Six’s “Danger! High Voltage” (2003)

Certain songs are so well-known that we assume they were hits, but their popularity is actually retroactive. “I Want Candy,” by...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Paula Abdul’s “I’m Just Here for the Music” (2009)

When pop stars turn 40, the palm flower crystal embedded in their hand turns black, indicating its time for them to go away forever. By and...

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Greatest Un-Hits: The Rolling Stones’ “Like a Rolling Stone” (1995)

In 1994, after more than 30 years largely intact and as one of the world’s best, most famous, popular, and hardworking bands, the...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Las Ketchup’s “The Ketchup Song” (2002)

Under its actual, original, Spanish-language title of “Asereje,” “The Ketchup Song” is one of the biggest pop hits...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Meco’s “Theme From Superman” (1978)

Despite the cool, vaguely exotic euro-discoy name, Meco was really a kind of nerdy dude from Pennsylvania (real name: Domenico Monardo). As...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Class of ’99’s “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” (1998)

Grunge rock came out of the punk tradition, sidestepping the decade and a half of corporate rock that came in between punk’s prime of...

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Greatest Un-Hits: The Monkees’ “Every Step of the Way” (1987)

MTV started airing 20-year-old reruns of The Monkees in 1986, a perfect fit for the fledgling network—quick cuts, youth culture, wild and...

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Greatest Un-Hits: The Cockroaches’ “She’s the One” (1987)

In one of the strangest and blandest fads of all time, Aussiemania hit hard in the 1980s. In that super-conservative decade, Australians...

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Greatest Un-Hits: Dave Koz’s “You Make Me Smile” (1993)

In 1992-93, while you were listening to Soundgarden, Spin Doctors, and SWV and wearing your clothes backwards like a damn fool, the guy...