Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B is for "Barely Breathing"

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

I was  first year high school English teacher in 1996, and pop music was swaying towards bubblegum pop again. Boy bands were emerging, and Britney and Christina were on the verge of hitting the music scene. Then Duncan Sheik's "Barely Breathing" hit the airwaves, and his song became a nice "breath" of fresh air.

His only big hit sat on the charts for an incredible 55 weeks! "Barely Breathing" was even nominated for a Grammy.

After that, we didn't hear much from Duncan at all. It's a shame, because I have come across several of his other songs, and they're pretty good. Melancholy, but good. After a string of album releases in the 2000s that not many people knew about, he's been composing music the musical adaptation of "American Psycho" and "Because of Winn Dixie."


22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember that song. I take it he was nominated but didn't win?

Tony Laplume said...

It's another good song. How long will I be able to keep saying that? Stay tuned!

Jay Noel said...

Alex: That's right. You go to any coffee shop and hang out long enough, you'll hear this song being played from the speakers!

Tony: Lol. Not too long. I did pick some "not so good songs." Some one hit wonders are one hit wonders for a reason!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I remember liking this one a lot. Really enjoying this theme, Jay!

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
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The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

Alex Hurst said...

Wow.... I did not expect him to look like that! And strange that he was only a one-hit wonder. I guess he was a half decade too early.

Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan. "B is for Books" is my current post.

Robin said...

I remember this song. Yep. It is good. I am always surprised by the artists that are one-hit wonders. He is really good. Before his time? Missed his time? I don't know... The great thing is that he is still working. He might make it out of One Hit Wonder status yet!

Kyra Lennon said...

I have genuinely never heard this song before!

Jay Noel said...

Madeline: I still love this song too. Have it on my iPod!

Alex: He was ahead of his time...that's exactly what I say!

Robin: I have another of his songs on my iPod, and it's really good. Just gotta be in a certain mood to listen to his music

Kyra: Cool! Hope you liked it.

farawayeyes said...

I vaguely remember this one and you are right, it's too bad he didn't make it bigger. Nice sound.

jaybird said...

Oh my gosh I used to love this song! I remember playing it over and over again. Sad he was a one hit wonder I really like his voice and lyrics.

mooderino said...

Don't know this one but it sounds 100% like a 90s tune. Ah, what a decade... didn't even have a mobile phone.

mood
Moody Writing

Melanie Stanford said...

I remember loving this song when I was in high school. What a flash back!

Jay Noel said...

faraway: It sounds way more 2014 than 1996

jaybird: I agree. The guy is talented

Moody: I associate the 90s with the grunge and then towards the end, bubblegum pop. So for me, it's more adult contemporary - as in today. Lol

Melanie: He was that first wave of singers to come in after the death of grunge.

Laura Marcella said...

Hi, Jay. I was a young teen during those bubblegum pop days! When I hear a song from the late '90s, I still remember all the words, Lol. :)

Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Melanie Schulz said...

I never knew that was a one hit wonder.

Dragon Tails and Scales said...

sorry not familiar with this one hit wonder. there are quite a few one hits though. what a fun discovery.
Enjoy the A to Z Challenge
Bridging Sorrow

M Pax said...

That takes me back. Great choice, Jay.

S. L. Hennessy said...

That's a terrific song. Love it. Happy A to Z.

Rusty Carl said...

I've never heard that song before. But it sounds pretty okay to me. I'm glad the guy had a hit, that's one more than I ever had.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

He did have one hit at least.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I don't recognise the song title, but then I'm terrible with such things and my headphones aren't working so I can't check *pout* I shall have to bookmark and comeback once I have managed to reboot my machine. (The USB seems to have gone caplooey). Lovely post.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings

Sarah Foster said...

I know I'm almost two weeks late on this one, but I just found your site through the A to Z challenge (love your theme!), and I'm a HUGE Duncan Sheik fan so I just had to comment. I'm surprised you didn't mention Spring Awakening--he won two Tonys and a Grammy for it. So don't feel too bad for him. :)

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