20 of the Greatest 1 Hit Wonders of the 80s


See how many of these you can remember. This is just my opinion, but I’d love to hear yours and any I’ve left off the list!!

1 A-Ha: “Take On Me” (one of my favorite songs of all time. WOW, THAT GUY CAN SING HIGH!!)
2 Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny” (I can’t even imagine the royalties Mr. Tutone is still making on this song! BTW, last year, someone sold this phone number on Ebay for A LOT of money.)
3 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love” (What an amazing song. Marilyn Manson did a remake that didn’t hold up quite as well)
4 Toni Basil: “Mickey” (Toni now teaches dancing to up-and-coming teeny-bopper acts. That song still sounds fresh to my ears)
5 Berlin: “Take My Breath Away” (Top Gun anyone?)
6 Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy” (Not to be confused with Lil’ Bow Wow)
7 Michael Sembello: “Maniac” (Again, one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES. This song still sounds amazing to my ears)
8 Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax” (Frankie sounds like he really liked Depeche Mode and Duran Duran to me)
9 Dexy’s Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen” (Midnight Runners? Weird name for a band for sure. Of course…1000 Generations….)
10 Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science” (I wonder if he’s related to the Dolbys who came up with Dolby Noise Reduction for cassettes? Remember that?)
11 Devo: “Whip It” (Devo actually had a few other songs, but none reached the cult status of this tune. WAY ahead of their time!)
12 Nena: “99 Luft Balloons” (Luft = Air. In case you were wondering. Yep, I took German in college.)
13 Rick Springfield: “Jessie’s Girl” (originally titled “Gary’s Girl.” No joke. I think he chose wisely to re-title it.)
14 Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me” (TobyMac did a remake of this tune that was super cool. Check it out)
15 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (Lipstick, fishnets, and a crowd singing the chorus is all you need. Hmmm…next album?)
16 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am” (What happened to Edie? She married Paul Simon and they are still together!)
17 Extreme: “More Than Words” (AMAZING song. BUT, all the other songs on that album were pretty bad. So much so that it was the #1 returned album in record stores in the 80s)
18 Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F” (The theme song from Beverly Hills Cop. Super cool 80s synthesizer song. Also one of the first songs I learned to play on piano)
19 The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star” (no it really didn’t, but it definitely made MTV pretty successful)
20 Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (though Bobby has done quite well in the jazz arena, this was his only big commercial success. I absolutely LOVE this song)

So, there you have it. My top 20 of the greatest 1 hit wonders of the 80s. In my opinion, the 80s were an awesome time for movies, music, and synthesizer (though admitting, not much of an era for hairstyles). Did I miss anything?

Rocking the 80s,
Steven

Most Awkward Shows

So, you (as an audience member) would hopefully never know it, but we have in fact, had some pretty rough shows. I’ll try and recount a few here for you as I’ve always wondered if other performers (actors, talk show hosts, musicians, etc…) have had similar experiences. These are in no particular order:

1) The One Where Lorin and I Wanted To Kill Each other: we were performing at a college and literally 5 minutes before we went on, Lorin (drummer for 1000 Generations) and I just started going at it. Who knows what it was about, but it was probably the biggest fight that any of us in the band had gotten into. I remember Alain (our bassist) trying to help out, which only made things worse, and the announcers introducing “Please welcome 1000 Generations!!” while we were ready to exchange knuckle-sandwiches. Thankfully, spending time in God’s presence during worship in this particular set really chilled us both out and we hugged afterward.

2) The One Where I Busted My Knee: we had just finished performing a great set (again at a college) and we ran offstage. It was dark and I couldn’t see that the fog machine on stage was leaking “fog juice” all over the floor. While running, I slipped and crashed my knee right into a brick wall. I couldn’t get up and was in so much pain. The audience was chanting “encore! encore!” and I couldn’t move. Amanda, Alain, and Lorin had to go on by themselves while I watched from the sidelines wincing. Thankfully, only 2 people from the audience saw me fall (and they continually like to affectionately remind me of how hilarious it was to see). BTW, I’ve also broken my foot (recently) and completely crashed while trying to hurdle some seats at a show.

3) The One Where Lorin Fell Off the Drum Throne: I’m pretty sure it was during his solo (which makes it funnier because all eyes were totally on him), but he leaned back and totally bit it. He’s a tall guy so his center of gravity isn’t quite as positive as say Amanda’s. I was amazed at how fast he recovered though and totally pulled it off like a pro. Maybe it’s because this wasn’t the first time this has happened to him…. 🙂

4) The Time Where I Was Stuck In the Bathroom: enough said.

5) The Time When the Union Workers Messed With Our Sound: Long story short, we were playing in front of our biggest crowd at the time (about 5,000) and the night before we had set up and spent a long time getting our sound just right. In the middle of the night, some employees of the venue messed with the sound controls on the board which made for an interesting show. We literally couldn’t hear anything, which was especially awful because Alain couldn’t make this show, so we had tracked the bass parts. We couldn’t hear him, so we had NO idea where we were! We probably looked like deer in headlights.

6) When Lorin Did a Drum Solo In a Bathroom: During one of our songs, “Skeletons Dance,” sometimes Lorin goes into the crowd to play on various objects. We were playing a larger venue with video cameras, so one of the cameramen was following Lorin around. He thought it would be funny to play a solo on one of the sinks in the men’s restroom. The cameraman followed until it became quite obvious that someone was in fact using the restroom at that exact moment. Lorin has also broken lighting fixtures and fallen off chairs himself while attempting to play various objects.

7) The Time When Half the Audience Thought They Were About To Hear the Band “Thousand Foot Crutch,” not “Thousand Generations”: totally different style of music. Tough crowd to win over.

8) And Finally…The Time When Amanda’s Top Fell Off: I don’t know if anyone saw it or not, but Amanda was running around with her guitar and her dress couldn’t quite keep up. That dress is now retired from live performances.

I’m sure there are many others, but nothing else comes to mind right now (or at least that I want to admit publicly). If you’d be willing, we’d love to hear some of your most embarrassing moments in life. All that to say, come out to a show sometime! Our heart and desire is truly to worship God and create an atmosphere where you can connect with Him, and also witness Lorin falling off his drum throne or something…

With love,
Steven

Your Thoughts?

“In matters that are so obscure and far beyond our vision,” Augustine wrote, “we find in Holy Scripture passages which can be interpreted in very different ways without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such cases, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search for truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it.”

I’m curious…what do you think?

Steven

That’s My King!

In the mid 1900s, an incredibly fiery Baptist preacher named Shadrach Meshach Lockridge lead a prominent African-American congregation located in San Diego, CA. Word quickly spread of his passionate messages and more recently, Igniter Media synced one of his sermons to a video montage that I found incredibly powerful and moving. Though the audio from this video was taken some 40 years ago, the late S.M. Lockridge’s words about Jesus are still inspiring. Be encouraged…