My Favorite One-Hit Wonders of the 80s: Sausalito Summernight (#4)
By Four Walls
June 27, 2016 7:31pm CST
And the countdown rolls on (as Casey Kasem used to say). Scott (@teamfreak16 ) and I are looking at the great one-hit wonder songs of the 80s. We almost had a match today, thanks to his post of the great Tom Tom Club song "Genius of Love," but, after much hemming and hawing on my part, I removed that song from the top ten. Here's the incredibly obscure song that I picked instead. #4: Sausalito Summernight - Diesel Man oh man, what isn't to love about this song? Great guitar riff, cheesy Beach Boys-type harmonies, and quite humorous lyrics made this a sure-fire hit. Well....maybe that was just me. The song only made it to #25 on the Billboard pop charts, and the Dutch band Diesel never charted again in the US. But dang this is a fun song! The misadventure of a couple who drive from L.A. to San Francisco in a mechanic's dream -- a Rambler that guzzles gasoline like a man in the desert drinks water. "Another mile or two to Frisco, 200 gallons from L.A.," they sing, adding, "The engine's thumping like a disco, we ought to dump her in the bay." Anyone who's ever had a car like that (and we all probably did, especially in our youth when we couldn't really afford anything new and/or in good condition) can sympathize. And everyone can sing along. Sausalito Summernight Written by Mark Boon and Rob Venderink Recorded by Diesel From Watts in a Tank, 1981 And this could go on our summer song list! Hot summer night in Sausalito!
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