Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Holding On

I want to dedicate this post and create a series of posts to the one hit wonder.

In whatever walk of life it is, the one hit wonder is an amazing phenomenon. Everything aligns for one brief instant in time, making you king or queen of the world which lasts about as long as the blink of an eye. From there you are consigned to trivia immortality and the fodder of VH1 specials.

Which makes the achievements of a Madonna, an Elton, a Kylie, a Sting even that more remarkable. That they were able to stay at the top of the tree for a sustained period of time requires an inordinate amount of talent, dedication and commitment.

But for every Bon Jovi you are going to have five Dexys Midnight Runners, Right Said Fred, Baha Men, Twisted Sister and EMF.

For every Robbie Williams you are going to have five Los Del Rio, Toni Basil, Vanilla Ice, Nena and Sir Mix-a-Lot.

There was no other choice with which to open this subject other than Hold On.

What an amazing song!

With the pedigree of a Beach Boy and a Papa, the trio of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips had the makings of something special and that was fully displayed with their 1990 debut album which featured three number one singles (Hold On, Release Me & Compulsive), selling 10 million copies worldwide and garnering four Grammy nominations.

Shadows and Light which came two years later only sold one million copies and soon after the pin was pulled. All over red rover but not before they were able to leave us the legacy they have left us.

Hold On is a very inspiring song and that combined with a catchy tune made it the hit it was and still is.

Some day somebodys gonna make you want to
Turn around and say goodbye
Until then baby are you going to let them
Hold you down and make you cry
Dont you know?
Dont you know things can change
Things'll go your way
If you hold on for one more day yeah
If you hold on


Blogger Fabián said...

Sorry, I still think the song is crap. The arrangements, the keyboards at the start, everything smells of prefabricated and studio players.

Not very inspired, just the same old adult contemporary thing.

However, I find your idea for a one hit wonder really great!

3:51 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Fabian - Thanks for your comment and I love your picture :) If I would have known about you last week, you would have been my Argentine blogger. Hope the loss to Germany hasn't affected you too much.

3:54 PM  
Blogger kishmech said...

the song is ok......just wish they'd stop shaking their heads. do htey have earwax or something?

5:31 PM  
Blogger kasamba said...

thanks- I hadn't heard it in ages!

6:26 PM  
Blogger Sweatshop Worker said...

I feel like I'm having dejaveau.. not the same without you singing along though.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Kishmech - Possibly.

Kasamba - Glad to have made your day ;)

SW - Lol!

7:46 PM  
Blogger tafka PP said...

I like this new series idea.
Except that Right Said Fred were a *4* Hit-Wonder.

(I'm right this time. Even tho I was wrong-ish about A. Spelling and SBTB- even tho his daughter was in it and he produced the reunion show)

1:03 AM  
Blogger Fabián said...

dot: Germany was a one hit wonder :)

9:58 AM  
Blogger RR said...

Wow, a guy who's willing to admit that he likes Wilson Phillips? I applaud your bravery, sir!!

I love them, too- that song is great.

VH1 often airs their countdown of the greatest one-hit-wonders. Number one was "Macarena"- I think #2 was Soft Cell's "Tainted Love".

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE Wilson Phillips, and English Mother Fucker.

5:39 PM  

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