December 9, 2007
The Annual One Hit Wonders Mix, v. 2007
I did this last year and 2007 proved equally fruitful. This is a list of artists who created one song I liked. That does not mean these artists are really "one hit wonders" who don't have futures or that the CDs were not good... I just latched onto one track. Note that none of these made my "essential" mix, but many came reallllllly close.
The red link should take you to a video. Onward...
Damian Leith Night of My Life
Aussie Idol winner's gorgeous first single. Album totally bland.
Boy George Time Machine
Amanda Ghost coaxes a solid vocal out of troubled George on a class pop tune
Pleasure Out Of Love
Bertine Zetlitz's producer Fred Ball creates the sweetest pop song
Against my good judgment. As Neil Sedaka would say, ear delicious.
Katharine McPhee Everywhere I Go
Kat summons the ghosts of Toni Braxton and Babyface. Thanx D'luv.
WinterKids Who Am I Kidding?
Almost good Britpop group, with lil sis singing the best song.
Klaxons Golden Skans
One of my first faves of the year, I was obsessed and now it bores me!
Bloc Party I Still Remember
Perfect lyric for a should've-been-#1
Not a show-er, but a grower.
Pink Martini Hey Eugene
Album nothing like the single. That's why they stayed indie.
Huski Easy Life
Lovely electropop midtempo from some British people, natch.
Groove Armada Paris
Beautiful collab with Candi Staton. Love the synth string intro. Thanks Phil.
Vivek Shraya Chemistry FREE MP3!
He's a greedy motherfucker. Catchy and original.
The Beatles meets Ben Folds. That is not how I spell my name though! Fine lyric.
Bebel Gilberto Momento
Bebel's lush collab with Guy Sigsworth, so it sounds like Frou Frou gone to Rio.
Chester French She Loves Everybody
The next big thing? What happened to these college kids?
Vanessa Carlton Nolita Fairytale
Could not deal with the CD, but this is a nice song. Sorry LM!
Jessica Folcker Desperately
Some Eurochick girl the PJ'ers got too excited for, wanting her to be the Next Goddess.
Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
I am a longtime hater on Billy Corgan, but I like this subtle down tempo.
Ari Gold Transport Me
Empowerment tune. This is pretty, bar the overwrought spoken bits.
Kanye West The Good Life
Fantastic, pumped up pop/rap tune. I have nothing bad to say about Kanye, he had a rough year.
Turin Brakes For The Fire
From a truly lackluster album. I expect this band to return big in a year or 2.
De Souza and Shena Guilty
One of the great club trax this year, wrapped in a Streisand-sampling ribbon.
Anouk Good God
There may be some other good songs, but this one leaps out. Feirce. Horrid video. Thanks Arjan.
Jennifer Lopez Stay Together
Sorta dollar-store sounding, but a fun, phat poptrack from the smug Mrs. Ghoul Antony.