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August 2009

One Hit Wonder: Dancing with the Stars Edition

The upcoming season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars features two official one-hit wonders and one wannabe.


Scabby Witches from Glasgow: Strawberry Switchblade

For some acts, even the title of “One Hit Wonder” is too extravagant an honor. For self-proclaimed “scabby witches from Glasgow”, Strawberry Switchblade, OHW status


What Made the Wedding Present Great (1985-1991)

The genius of the early Wedding Present was the tense interplay between David Gedge's heartfelt yet quotidian lyrics of love and loss and Pete Solowka's mad, banjo-like strumming.


New CDs This Week: Richard Thompson, Joe Henry, Terence Blanchard…

Richard Thompson - Walking on a Wire: Richard Thompson (1968-2009) The best box set of the past few months has nothing to do with Woodstock.


Verse-Chorus-Verse: Nina Simone

Pop Heroism, One Song at a Time


One Hit Wonder: Alison Moyet

The story of a golden-voiced one-hit wonder who always felt invisible.


“These Are My Twisted Words”: Yet Another New Radiohead Track?

Let it not be said that the members of Radiohead don’t know how to employ the element of surprise. Just a few short days


Rashanim: Healing Music for Unrighteous Times

Rashanim's work is quite clearly grounded in tradition (both religious and musical), but their invocation of other places and times are very rooted in a modern sensibility: it’s definitely jazz and it is certainly imbued with a distinctively Jewish sensibility. Above all, it rocks.


Verse-Chorus-Verse: Gary Numan - “Cars”

Pop Heroism, One Song at a Time


One Hit Wonder: Sinead O’Connor

The one-hit wonder that destroyed her career live on national television.


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