Friday, April 11, 2014

J is for "Jump, Jive an' Wail"

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!

It's interesting how some songs become popular when used for TV advertising. The Brian Seltzer Orchestra's "Jump, Jive n' Wail" is a prime example how a commercial can thrust a song up the charts.

Back in 1998, The Gap featured the song in a commercial that featured people swing dancing in khakis. People clamored to find out who sang this fun, lively, throw-back song. The Brian Seltzer Orchestra (BSO) was founded by former Stray Cats lead singer, Brian Seltzer, so "Jump, Jive an' Wail" isn't his only hit (he scored a hit with the Stray Cats back in 1981 with "Stray Cats Strut."

"Jump, Jive, an' Wail" went up to #23 on America's Billboard Charts, and it rose similarly in the U.K. in 1998.

But BSO would not have another big hit. Not a big deal, as the song revived the interest in swing dancing. I remember people signing up for swing dance lessons, and I'm sure many ladies suffered concussions thereafter. And the 20-member band is still together!


Miranda Hardy said...

I love that song.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

One of the few times a commercial worked in a band's favor.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Not only do I remember the song, I also remember the commercial. :)

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

20 members? That's a big band.

Pat Dilloway said...

It didn't make me a fan of swing music that's for sure. That Mighty Mighty Bosstones song was better a few years earlier.

Jenna Howard said...

I remember this song, video and commercial! I even remember playing this in the bars and no one having a friggin' clue what to do but hey we were drunk so it was all good.

And a DeLuise in the video.

Robin said...

I love this kind of music. I really liked Stray Cats when they were around and I really BSO, too. I didn't know that they were still together and touring, but I am not really surprised. Many 80s groups still tour and do well in concert. For instance, I have seen Hall & Oates and Huey Lewis and the News. Both were great concerts.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I remember it on the Gap commercial. I was happy to hear it cause the song always made me smile.

River Fairchild said...

Swing music is like nails on a chalkboard to me! *shudder*

Tony Laplume said...

Definitely good stuff!

Laurel Garver said...

My parents were teens in the swing era, so I grew up with Glen Miller when the rest of the world was listening to disco and new wave. LOL. The revival in the 90s had a weird nostalgia for me, and the hubs and I had a few clumsy attempts at learning how to jitterbug.

farawayeyes said...

I remember this one (the commercial too) and I liked this one a lot. Really a fun genre.

Mr. Shife said...

I remember this one.

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