Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Lovefool

* So I was out of town on business from Sunday through Friday, and it was exhausting. But I guess I'm a glutton for punishment, as I'm out of town again from today until Wednesday. I hope to have some energy to try to catch up with everybody this week despite all that.

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!

What's up with Swedes writing creating pop songs that bore into our brains? In 1996, "Lovefool" by the Swedish band, The Cardigans, played on American airwaves every single hour, it seems. The song flew up to number one, and it also hit the charts all over Europe.

"Lovefool" was a single on The Cardigans' third album, First Band on the Moon, and having the song featured in the weird yet entertaining movie Romeo+Juliet. The song is an infectious mix of pop and a little disco in there. But the song's lyrics seem to be about a girl who's upset that some guy doesn't love her anymore. She's the "Lovefool" for still wanting him.

I say move on!

Unfortunately, The Cardigans did move on, but without another hit here in the States. They were huge internationally, however, and sold 15 million albums worldwide. They have gone on hiatus here and there, but still are together and are pretty popular in Asia.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Didn't remember it until I hit play.
Ironic most one hit wonders are pop bands. Probably because metal bands don't worry about hits - they just want to sell albums.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow... I loved The Cardigans, especially "My Favourite Game". "Lovefool" was more of a pop track, andbutso it was one of my 'guilty pleasure' songs. Will never forget how blue Nina's eyes were in this video. They also had a very interesting cover of 'Iron Man" that horrified my friends, lol.

Alex Hurst said...

I'm like other Alex (more important Alex!)... I remembered from the first note. I have phases of not being able to stand this song, and enjoying it... And I can see why it's popular in Asia. At least in Japan, if a song repeats the same English word over and over, it will be popular. :P

Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.

Julie Flanders said...

I used to love this song so much. Had totally forgotten about it but now I'll be singing it again. Your theme is so fun.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I didn't recognize the title at all, then when I heard the first few notes…I cringed. This was not one of my favorites.

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
Minion, Capt. Alex's Ninja Minion Army
The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

Pat Dilloway said...

I didn't really like that song when it came out. At this point I can tolerate it. Are you going to put some Ace of Bass on here? Maybe S for The Sign? Although in a way I suppose they were a one album wonder.

Robin said...

I like their later stuff better. You're The Storm is one of my favorites... and it has a very cool video. And Then He Kissed Me is also a favorite, though I don't think it ever charted anywhere. But, it was popular enough that they wrote and recorded a follow-up... And Then He Kissed Me II.

Nick Wilford said...

I too like more of their later stuff better, shame this was their only hit in the States. Still a great summer tune. I also like the song Nina duetted on with the Manic Street Preachers, Your Love Alone Is Not Enough.

farawayeyes said...

I know this one, and like it a lot, but then I'm a big fan if Baz. I never realized that it was the only US hit by The Cardigans. Too bad.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Yeah, and my A-Z is focusing on pop music. Mainstream stuff.

Chris: What's up with her freaky Children of the Corn eyes? She's gorgeous, but man, those blue eyes kinda freaked me out.

Alex: That's how they learn Engrish!

Julie: Oh-oh. I've placed yet another earworm in your head!

Madeline: Lots 'o cringing even for me doing these posts.

Pat: Ace of Base would fall under "Two Hit Wonders," and man...that's a lot of those too. Maybe next year! Ace of Base had two big hits: "The Sign" and "All That She Wants." My little sister played their CD all day long.

Robin: I have never heard any of their later stuff. Might have to see just for fun.

Nick: I'll look that one up!

faraway: Baz loves to fuse music and movies together (Moulon Rouge, The Great Gatsby, etc)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I remember this song! It's really infused our culture and pops up in the oddest places.

Jenna Howard said...

I've never been a fan of this song. I couldn't have said why I didn't like in '96 but now I can say it's because, well, move on girl! Hellooooo stalker.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I wondered what happened to the Cardigans! Asia loves old American bands.

mooderino said...

I remember them having a number of hits (over her in the UK anyway).

Moody Writing

Christine Rains said...

Love this song! I have a review for you up on my blog today too. :)

Tony Laplume said...

I knew I knew the song, but it's one of those that has a name that doesn't quite seem to match your memory. But I have no idea what else you'd call it. "Say That You Need Me"?

@Ruby_Barnes said...

Another great one. I was a lovefool for her, I have to say. Still am!

Anonymous said...

Check out this new cover of “Lovefool” by PMJ feat. Haley Reinhart:

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