What’s that? It’s the sound of One Hit Wonder day

Today, dear friends, is National One Hit Wonder Day, a fact that I would have completely missed had it not been for our local news bringing it up.  For those who don’t know, a One Hit Wonder is a musical artist who manages to hit the top 40 once and only once. Of course this varies by country, but the US uses BIllboard as the starting point. A TRUE One Hit Wonder is someone who hits BIllboard’s Hot 100 only once, although of late that has been amended to strictly top 40 by many people.

Here’s Spotify’s channel devoted to those greats who come hard, burn brightly, and go too fast – and some of them still may return one day soon.  Let’s all have some fun today, shall we?  Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite One Hit Wonder is!

TKR PRESENTS 40BEST: HANSON

It’s time for the launch of my newest TKR series, XXBest! And a shout out from TKR to our peeps on our music and bookstores blog Planet BiblioMusica too!

We’ll kick off this new, hopefully weekly TKR series, with one of the finest and sometimes most unfairly maligned bands around – my boys from Tulsa, Hanson!

For those living in a time warp and who think Hanson has never made it past “Mmm Bop” (and it’s alarming how many poor saps there are like that!), you are about to see what you’ve been missing – some of the best indie rock of the past two decades! Sit back, listen to my 40 favorites, and learn a few tidbits of trivia along the way…

I have been a fan of the brothers since their major label debut, have seen them numerous times in concert, been a card carrying member of their fan club for more than a decade now (I think, might be just less than that), and have been rewarded greatly with incredible tunes the likes of which put to shame much of the crap on the radio today. So sit back and check it out! And don’t forget – LIKE! SHARE! SUBSCRIBE! TWEET! FACEBOOK! And all those assorted things! And please become a patron at http://patreon.com/PNRNetworks !

 

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Forever” by Alekseev, Belarus

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Belarus, “Forever” by Alekseev, written by Kyrylo Pavlov and Evhen Matyushenko . The song is performed in English. 24-year-old Alekseev is Ukranian by birth, and yet another of this year’s EuroVision performers who found his first taste of fame on a televised talent contest – he shot to stardom by claiming fourth place on “The Voice of Ukraine” in 2014. The song will be performed 8th in the first semi-final on May 8. One of this year’s most popular entries among fans of EuroVision, this should be an interesting finish for the song

Ok, where to start with this one. First off, I love the song – the beautiful, heartfelt declaration of undying love in the lyrics make it a standout, and the song is going to be a favorite in the future for weddings and proms and such. So why did the powers that be choose to undercut the vast potential of the song by making possibly the most disturbing, honestly CREEPY video ever to be released for a EuroVision song? Geez Louise, this video is just psychotic from beginning to end – it starts off with Alekseev mutilating himself with a fountain pen, and watching as blood drips on the lyric sheets, as we see a burning cigarette on a table with the word “love” written on it. Then we get about eighty seven shots of the artist flicking his Bic (don’t worry, Bic fans, it returns later in the video), then he stares at the camera with an almost-dead look from various poses, one or two sipping from a coffee cup. We get shots of him kicking around a soccer ball (????!!!), and then he’s seemingly doing the IceBucket Challenge and shaking his head, making water go everywhere. And don’t forget the all important record selection scene and the spastic…um…dancing? And the shaving scene, particularly the last shot – yikes. I’m sorry, if this boy was in love with you….RUN! RUN TO THE HILLS! He’s a fucking stalker or serial killer or something….HOLY MAIRD did this video go completely off the rails or WHAT?  It’s sad, too, because he’s quite the heartthrob in the looks department, and he has a truly glorious voice that i’ve fallen head over heels in love with. But I can’t get past some of the stuff in the video…it’s just icky….especially the shot of a newspaper headline halfway into the song proclaiming “Another Horror Murder in Mythos; body count now up to four“…with the gigantic word “FEAR” just to the left and blood stains all over the newspaper itself…seriously, WHAT. THE. FUCK?????  The video changes the entire meaning of the song – it makes me think of those kind of people who are of the “if I can’t have you…NO ONE WILL!” psychopath variety… In all fairness, the song could be a hit on the US Charts if they manage to find a release here – Alekseev’s voice is glorious, and the song has a great sentiment. But a suggestion – if you DO bring it over to the states…please, FOR THE SAKE OF ALL THAT’S DECENT, CHANGE THE DAMN VIDEO!!!

Belarus debuted in the EuroVision contest in 2004, making it one of the more recent participants; they have participated fourteen times thus far. Their best finish to date was sixth place, with “Work Your Magic” by Dimitry Koldun in 2007. They have qualified for the final only four times since the semi-final round was introduced in 2004.

Here’s the official music video  – I would LOVE to know your opinion of it, given my strong opinions above…do you agree with me about how totally messed up this video is?

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…

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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

CountDown To EuroVision ’18: The Past Two Years

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Today, TC has prepared playlists of his favorite songs from the two most recent contests, the only two aired thus far in the US!

Here’s the five songs from the 2016 contest that TC loved!

And the playlist of his favorites from the 2017 contest as well!

You may notice that the winner of each year is NOT among my choices…I’m sorry, neither of them did anything for me…my top pick for the winner for each year is the first video in the groups…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM next week!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

Countdown to EuroVision ’18: Sneak Peek

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BibiloMusica begin their daily coverage of Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with a preview of most of the 43 songs that will be a part of this year’s contest!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Check out the two official videos from EuroVision below: each one highlights which songs and countries will be included in which semi-final vying for a spot in the Grand Final on May 12.

The first Semi-Final happens on May 8th, and will include the following selections:

The second semi-final happens on May 10 and will include the following selections:

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!