Favorite 80's One-Hit Wonders #1 - "So Alive"

@teamfreak16 (36611)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
June 30, 2016 8:32am CST
As I mentioned yesterday, I had to flip a coin to determine the order of the top three songs of my Favorite 80's One-Hit Wonders series, and this was the victor, so for #1, lets head back to England, home of Love and Rockets. Vocalist/guitarist/saxophonist Daniel Ash, vocalist/bassist David J, and J's brother Kevin Haskins (drums/synthesizers,) were 3/4 of legendary goth pioneers Bauhaus. After reforming in 1985 as Love and Rockets, the trio moved away from their goth roots, establishing a more listener-friendly, alternative rock sound. Thanks to MTV, the group found success with hits on the alternative/modern rock charts, but mainstream success eluded them. They never hit the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. That changed with their sexy 1989 single, "So Alive," which peaked at #3 on the Hot 100. The first time I heard "So Alive," a friend and I were listening to it, with two girls we'd met, on Armed Forces Radio, at the 1989 Reading Festival in Reading, England. We were both a little surprised to learn that "So Alive" was in the Top 5 in the States (the girls didn't really care, but did like the song. ) It's something no Bauhaus-related act had ever done (nor achieved since. ) Which is pretty cool. (I'm using the rules from Wayne Jancik's book The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders: An act can only have appeared on the Top 40 of the Hot 100 once. Any sub-charts don't count, and neither do countries other than the States.)
So alive - Love and Rockets
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@crossbones27 (15111)
• Redlands, California
30 Jun 16
I like these. It keeps me motivated. I am just going by random on mine. I never could put a value sign on great music.
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@teamfreak16 (36611)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Jun 16
It's not easy to do, trust me.
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@teamfreak16 (36611)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Jun 16
@crossbones27 - I pretty much go by which song do I listen to more.
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• Redlands, California
30 Jun 16
@teamfreak16 I think I am doing that also, but sure does give ones bias away. That is cool though. It is not like we are saying one thing and doing another.
@FourWalls (10029)
• United States
30 Jun 16
You were absolutely correct yesterday. I would never have guessed Love and Rockets only had one charted hit. Excellent series!
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@teamfreak16 (36611)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Jun 16
Thank you. If you're still doing a seventies, I've already got my #1!
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@FourWalls (10029)
• United States
30 Jun 16
@teamfreak16 -- got my list ready.
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@teamfreak16 (36611)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Jun 16
@FourWalls - I just have my #1. I'd better get busy.
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@JohnRoberts (41105)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Jun 16
I will dare to say it: another 80s classic! Still played today.
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@teamfreak16 (36611)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Jun 16
A Top 50 80's Classic's wouldn't even make a dent.
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@JohnRoberts (41105)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Jun 16
@teamfreak16 All these songs we have been tossing up illustrates one thing: today's music sucks and how I long to be back in the 80s!
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@teamfreak16 (36611)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Jun 16
@JohnRoberts - I hear ya, brother. (60's people are rolling their eyes. )
@RonElFran (901)
• Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
30 Jun 16
Funny how we get caught in our own musical time warps. By the eighties was no longer listening to contemporary popular music. It just didn't interest me.
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@teamfreak16 (36611)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Jun 16
Believe me, I understand. Our musical tastes change. There was a time I didn't like jazz. Now I love it.
@amadeo (48012)
• United States
30 Jun 16
thank you John.It is playing while I am talking to you.
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@teamfreak16 (36611)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Jun 16
Good. I hope you like it.
• Slovenia
1 Jul 16
chesney hawkes - the one and only :)
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