Every decade has its one-hit wonders. I just happened to be the right age to be aware of those acts who hit the top forty during the eighties, never to climb those lofty, payola-ridden heights again.
Keep in mind that just because an act was a “one hit wonder” doesn’t mean that they were otherwise unsuccessful. Frank Zappa only had one U.S. top forty hit (“Valley Girl”), for example, as did the Grateful Dead (“Touch Of Grey”) and The Psychedelic Furs (“Heartbreak Beat”).
Anyway, be glad I wasn’t born a decade earlier. You’d be listening to the Starland Vocal Band right now.
“Where’s the music?” was the most commonly asked question after my last piece. “Are you really that stupid?” was a close second, followed by “Can you walk and talk without falling down?”
The music was there, be it ever so subtle. Square Pegs was a short-lived show (1982-83) about not fitting in at school; it’s theme song was performed by The Waitresses. I cribbed a line for the piece’s title. (Side note: Lead Waitress Patty Donahue passed away a couple of years ago from lung cancer.)
I’ll grant you that it was a cheap play, but I’ve been trying to slip a Square Pegs reference in for months. However, I understand my responsibilities. If I’m going to make you sit through algebra class with me I better pony up some music, so here’s a playlist of math-related deep cuts for you: