Favorite 70's One Hit Wonders #1 - "Pop Muzik"

@teamfreak16 (41175)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
July 12, 2016 1:45pm CST
If you're going to be a one hit wonder, you've hopefully done a memorable song to heighten your status. And in the case of M's 1979 hit, "Pop Muzik," as the Trouser Press Record Guide put it, "oh, what a hit!" It's #1 in my Favorite 70's One Hit Wonders series. M is essentially Robin Scott, working with various sidemen over the years (David Bowie even provided hand claps on M's debut.) In 1979, M cleaned up with "Pop Muzik," a tune that rode the burgeoning late-70's new wave movement all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was M's only foray into the Top 40 (and, the only tune in this series to chart at the top.) And why not? It's fun, it's catchy, like disco with a new wave attitude. (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.)
Pop Muzik was one of the first new wave singles to top the charts. The singles popularity was bolstered by this catchy video that featured Scott as a DJ sing...
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@JohnRoberts (60971)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Jul 16
A great song! Bouncy. It was played for years on alternative radio. Someone needs to start a classic new wave radio station like all those classic hard rock stations. Just music from late 70s to early 90s and Pop Muzik would be an anthem. I mean real radio not online stations.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Jul 16
Yeah, more than just an" 80's" weekend station. I'd listen to it.
@norcal (3214)
• Nevada City, California
12 Jul 16
I remember it.. vaguely. It is fun, but I mostly missed the disco thing, and the new wave.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Jul 16
Oh, yeah, you probably wouldn't have heard this that much, then.
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@norcal (3214)
• Nevada City, California
12 Jul 16
@teamfreak16 I was into Outlaw Country back then.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Jul 16
@norcal -Nothing at all wrong with that.
@rebelann (42425)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Jul 16
It was a catchy song, that's a fact.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Jul 16
Very catchy lyrics.
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 16
A really great song and an instant welcome ear worm number
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Jul 16
Instantly recognizable.
@koopharper (6641)
• Canada
12 Jul 16
Remember this one well. It's been awhile but it was very popular in its day.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Jul 16
It was. I used to hear it at least twice a night on the radio.
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@amadeo (70464)
• United States
12 Jul 16
I do remember the new wave very much.Did I like it?mixed thanks for the video
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