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 10 years old back in 1982, and I was home, in bed, and sick with something. A radio at my bedside played Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie" at least 20 times that day, and all 20 times, my 10 year old brain tried to decipher the damn lyrics.
Even if I had known the lyrics, it wouldn't have helped.
Regardless, the reggae hit sold 5 MILLION copies. Not bad for a group of young, poor kids from the UK (with parents from Jamaica). The song is cover of "Pass the Koutchie," which was most definitely about smoking weed. And I remember even as a kid, the discussion of "What is that song about?" was a topic we argued about on the bus ride home from school.
But the word "dutchie" refers to a different kind of pot. A pot for cooking. And the song itself was a statement about living in poverty. The song was an international hit, peaking at #10 here in the States and hitting #1 in the UK and all over the world.
Musical Youth got to work with Donna Summer and even got a Grammy nomination for their work. But within three years, their work got mostly ignored by the music industry. The band dissolved in 1985. Wow, talk about burning out quickly. One of the members died suddenly at the age of 24. He had been in and out of juvenile jail for most of his teen years, but he collapsed due to a hereditary heart condition.
Two members of Musical Youth reunited in 2001, and they did perform somewhere in Europe in 2005 as a duo. "Pass the Dutchie" is still a fun song, and once in a great while, I'll hear it on some tiny radio station while traveling through the middle of nowhere America.