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!
Okay, I had to include this song on my list even though I cannot STAND it.
Frank Zappa is known as an avant garde musician, and his career in the music industry lasted 30 years. But in 1982, he released a weird song with his 14 year old daughter to poke fun of the "Valley Girls" who had their own language down in Southern California.
The song went as high as #32 on U.S. Billboard, and it remained Zappa's only real hit before his death in 1993. Even though I find the song very annoying, and I really cannot listen to the whole thing without my ears bleeding, Zappa brought to light the "Valley Girl" stereotype that really affects the rest of the country.
When I heard many of my peers talking, I often hear words such as "awesome" or "dude." Both of those now-ordinary terms came from the surfer/skater/Valley Girl "Valleyspeak" dialect. Even with younger people saying "like" a million times as a filler while talking, the Valleyspeak language is very much alive today.
There was an actual movie called Valley Girls that came out. And then Clueless in 1995 really put Valleyspeak on the map. Valleyspeak that I still here today include:
Bitchin', Whatever, Duh, As If, Chill, and I even heard someone use "Psyched" the other day.