One hit wonders…Backstreet Boys and Keith Martin

“You say that we’ve got nothing in common
No common ground to start from
And we’re falling apart…

And I said what about “Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
She said, “I think I remember the film,
And as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it.”
And I said, “Well, that’s the one thing we’ve got.

Familiar?…right…It’s from a song …Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something…again it is from Deep Blue Something…Not surprised if the artist does not ring a bell…Deep Blue Something comes from this society…society of One Hit Wonders (nyeeek!)…Believe me, membership is quite simple… release a song, let it be played in the radio over and over until listeners get pissed off..they start calling your song a Big Hit…:), then after a while you’re no longer to be found, either by choice or not (when people realize the lack of talent..or that your song seems to be too old already when it only topped the charts a month ago)….Don’t get me wrong, though…Breakfast at Tiffany’s (not the movie) is a nice song…I love it and Deep Blue Something seems to have talent written all over the faces of the band members…But Lady Luck (shall I say, Unluck) seems to drive the band to the society…

Look into my eyes
Can’t you see they’re open wide

Would I lie to you baby??
Would I lie to you??…oh yeah
Don’t you know it’s true
Girl there’s no-one else but you
Would I lie to you baby??
Would I lie to you??”….


Yeah, that’s it!  another One Hit Wonder…this time from Charles and Eddie (who????)
By the way, Backstreetboys are coming back in Manila before the end of February…wooow Big time!…are they still popular???. I’m sure they are not as big as they used to…but can they still carry a big concert… Knowing our country and it’s allergy to moving on…, I’m sure this concert will still be a blockbuster!

Just an observation…when artists start losing their luster in their hometown… How come they start visiting the Phils. for concerts in unimaginable frequencies???.. If Nora Aunor’s downfall (I heard …come on… we all know that she’s coming back…surgeries and all…) was sealed by her marriage to a lesbian look- a- like, then foreign artists show their demise by coming and coming and coming back to the Phils for performances…See,  Filipinos are indeed lovable!!! Air Supply, Rick Astley, David Pomeranz, Earth Wind and Fire… just to name a few.

If there are one hit wonders and artists who keep coming back to the Phils…there’s one who fits both categories…. “If ever you wonder if you touch my soul..yes, you do….Beacause of you, my life has changed…thank you for the love and the joy you bring….ooops enough, enough”… Do I need to say more about this song..done in every version possible…acoustic, male and female versions, et.al… And whatever happens to the guy…yes, Keith Martin…he practically became a Filipino citizen…how can you beat that!!!


Nu Wave…New Wave

According to Wikipedia, New Wave is a genre of music that emerged in in the mid to late 1970s alongside punk rock. The term at first generally was synonymous with punk rock before being considered a genre in its own right that incorporated aspects of electronic and experimental music, mod subculture, and disco and 1960s pop music, as well as much of the original punk rock sound and ethos, such as an emphasis on short and punchy songs.

For someone who’s born in the 70’s (very late 70’s[for me], hehe) an affair with New wave music is inevitable… I cannot really claim that the 80’s was the era for my generation (it is definitely the 90’s!!!) but New Wave music is New Wave music…I don’t know how much more New Wave these artists can get…

The Cure

Boys don’t Cry, In Between Days, Close to me, Lovesong, Pictures of You…the list is endless. Who else can best represent New Wave??? the hair, the make-up and all…Just the mention of Robert Smith and yes New Wave will pop up from your brain.

Echo and the Bunnymen

No matter how many times I listen to The Killing Moon…the feeling remains the same…It’s a national anthem! They also did Lips Like Sugar and Seven Seas

 

Depeche Mode

The problem when an artist or a band releases a song and that song becomes an instant hit, and then, ten and twenty years later people would realize that said song sucks…the band/artist suffers… Case in point: Depeche Mode… and the Song: Somebody.

wait a minute… that’s not exactly a bad song!

Depeche Mode has released some good songs reminiscent of the 80’s (people are people, blasphemous rumors, etc…) Yeah…”Somebody” sucks

The Smiths

Steven Patrick Morissey…heaven knows I’m miserable now, this charming man, girlfriend in a coma… how soon is now?…The Smiths is a legend in its own right.

New Order

 

 

After the demise of Joy Divison (an iconic band, by the way) due to Ian Curtis’ suicide (the band’s vocalist), New Order came into existence… Hits like Bizarre Love Triangle, Regret, True Faith, Thieves Like Us…were products of the band’s talent…

there are indeed lots of other new wave bands, some were better than the above-mentioned (atleast from another person’s point of view), and my list is so mainstream ( so to speak)

Memories, memories: back in college NU107 dedicated a particular day in a week exclusively for New Wave Music (not sure if they’re still doing it)and yes, I made it a point to request a song or two every week 🙂 …If i’m not mistaken said radio station started in the late 80’s or early 90’s playing what else??? hence the name? (not sure, really)!

Few months ago, there was a screening of John Hughes movies in Shangri-la Mall, we went to watch Pretty in Pink…The soundtrack of the movie, I say… is NEW WAVE! bow.