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The Bridge: Queens Bey, Rih and Robyn Reign Different Kingdoms

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

27:02 min | 10 months ago

The Bridge: Queens Bey, Rih and Robyn Reign Different Kingdoms

"How do you study an animal? So elusive it's known as the ghost of the mountain for researchers at the Snow Leopard. Trust the answer is artificial official intelligence by using Microsoft Ai to analyze thousands of remote camera images for Snow Leopards. A task that used to take days is now done in minutes so researchers have more time to save this threatened species. See how Microsoft a I helps US protect our environment at Microsoft dot com slash. Ai The hey everybody this is Chris meloni host of hip parade slates podcast of Pop Chart History. Welcome to the bridge. That's water under the bridge by Adele from her blockbuster. Twenty fifteen album. twenty-five twenty five Adele was one of the decade's top artists and this was one of her dozen hot one hundred hits in the twenty tens it was a decade of major need your shifts in hit music from Edm to dance pop to hip hop but Adele commanded the charts regardless of prevailing trends in water under the bridge which reached number twenty. Six in two thousand seventeen is a dell's most recent top forty hit though surely not her locks. Doc and these mini episodes bridge are full length. Monthly episodes give us a chance is to catch up with listeners and enjoy some hit parade Trivia and this episode some Trivia about hit parade including some corrections to the record. Stay tuned for that this month. I'm pleased to welcome back to the MIC. My regular producer for these mini episodes. Offcial Saluda. Hacia Hey Chris the happy end of the decade happy end of the decade. So we're just coming out of my hits of the twenty tens episode. I got a lot of interesting feedback on the episode but there is one question that I got more than any other by far. What happened to be on say This question came in on facebook. It came in on twitter. You know the Beige blindfold me and throw me into the back of a moving van. So Yeah So I survived it. Nobody was nasty about it but several people asked ah few even said because of course you know the payoff at the end of the episode. Is I basically call Riana the artist who navigated the decade better than any pop star. And I stand by that but folks were asking. I don't think I said the word beyond say once in that entire episode. So what's up with that Chris. Yeah so you know personally. I am a pretty serious S. beyond say fan and her self titled Two Thousand Thirteen Album and lemonade are two of my favorite albums of the decade. But that's the thing I keep saying the word album beyond say this decade okay. Basically transformed herself from a hit single generator to a cutting edge album artist beyond say was also almost single handedly responsible for something. We now take for granted which just the surprise album drop which is something we've seen routinely in the last five to seven years but when she did it in two thousand thirteen with her self titled Album that is something that had never been done before changed changed the game with that digital drop as she said it herself no you was without digital MELA female and make no difference the Oh wow kinda young by the way. Few people remember this you know. In a decade that eventually became dominated by the Stream That was exclusively available as an I tunes download with music videos. That was the only way that you could acquire for the first couple of weeks. The self titled Beyond Sale Them. There's no question that beyond say was an enormous Norma's influential artists. The difference however between beyond say in let's say the two thousand and beyond saying the two thousand ten was that she was not a chart topper on the hot one one hundred In fact the only number one single she had the entire decade was as a featured performer on the edge share. A number one hit perfect in late. Twenty Seventeen Favorites which wasn't even her record of his his record. She did a brilliant job of course because she's beyond Down as I said in the song number one series at the time when I wrote about perfect it was her first number one hit in eight years since single ladies topped the hot one hundred in late eight earlier and I think that's we'll matic of how beyonce a pivoted her career. She basically is an activist cultural conversation starter and a cutting the edge album artists lemonade and beyond say the album were consumed as a total piece. Yes there were very memorable singles light formation drunken love undressing and several of these were hits on the hot one hundred they just weren't enormous. Hits drunken love. Did the best. It peaked at number two largely because of digital downloads. To rabid fans it was a medium sized radio hit. Wasn't the sort of song you would likely to hear on top forty radio in the middle of the day and that was true of a lot of her hits they were important videos cultural conversation rotation starters but not necessarily sort of radio omnipresent wallpaper like we had from everybody from Taylor Swift Katy Perry to drake to Adele so true and I would even say and I think beyond say has sort of intimated that this was almost by design. She made her music kind of hard to access and she included themes. That weren't gonNA play on like you said on radio in the middle of the day. Her songs where Raunchy they were activists themed so she sort of just took herself away from the top forty environment and said this is what I want to be making truly became. Ano- tour alters. Actually exactly the right word. That's how beyond say transformed transformed herself this decade. So Chris the fans all want to know what were your favorite singles of the twenty tens. There were some in this episode. I snuck in a couple of singles in this episode. That we're not number one hits but that I love for example when I was doing the Bieber verse and talking about all of Justin Bieber's many singles I played not only number one hits like sorry by the way not so secretly. I really loved sorry but also where are you now which was merely a top ten hit but a very important one. That bieber did with the Producers Squirrel expert. The needle couldn't zoo Ernie will and it's a very innovative single by the wave. You've ever listened to it in wonder with a high trilling sound is that is actually Bieber's voice manipulated by selects diplo and made into kind of this dolphin like sound. They have often joked that you could rename that song. My life in the bieber ghosts because it sounds like David Byrne Slash Bryant. You know sort of experiment with Bieber's voice. It was an amazing record to here on top forty radio in the middle of the BECA because it was but it wasn't about the base drop. It certainly wasn't about dancing it was this heart rending. Very affecting single that Kinda changed changed the game both on the radio and Justin Bieber's career. Yeah I'm a huge kind of ashamed diplo fan so that's just part of me another song that didn't hit number one snuck into the episode as well. was that Riana. Connie West and Paul McCartney single for five seconds along three definitely finally one of my favorite songs of all time. Talk to me about how you got that one in there. I mean I got in there because it was a a an easy excuse to sort of draw comparison between Riana China and a former Beatles since she is slowly quietly creeping up on a record of the Beatles she has fourteen number one hits they have twenty so it's entirely possible possible that you know. Someday if she keeps according to keep scoring number one hits she'll creep up on their total and also because like you. I really just love the record. It is such a wonderfully strange record. It's it's a very Konya Ganja record although it comes at an interesting moment for Connie it's probably the most straightforward and accessible song Kanye West worked on this decade and then in the middle. There's this great bridge. That Ron Sings da Eh. During that sounds like winged in from the world of Indie Rock. Because it did it was basically written by Dave Longstreth of dirty projectors almost atonal compared to the rest of the single but it totally works. It's really amazing. Could not agree more. I love that bridge. So did you have avenue favorites. That didn't hit the billboard charts. Well this is almost a trivia point. But I'll bring it up. A lot of end of decade lists are coming out right now and one song. That's it's appearing on a lot of them deservedly because it's amazing is dancing on my own Bhairab. I'm not sure people realize that Robin didn't really score any big hot. One hundred hits this decade including dancing on my own that'd bubbled under the hot one hundred but this is also the decade and it really started in the two thousands but accelerated in the twenty times where Robin turned herself into an indie artist. which is a little crazy? Because I did talk about Robin in my Britney Spears episode because of course she was first produced by Max Martin She Swedish. He comes out of that late. Ninety School of mega-pop But then she transformed herself into sort of the coolest. Catchy EST Indie pop star of her era and dancing on my own is such an amazing song. It's the best deservedly making the very top spot on some end of decade lists. I totally agree one favorite of mine. That didn't necessarily hit the number one spot though did have some billboard chart action in this decade was Ciza Sousa. Yeah her debut full length album control. I did have some chart love. I think the Song Love Galore with Travis Scott who That it reached I number thirty two it was a big record. R&B Radio where it reached the top five yet. I think she had a top ten. Hit with Kendrick Lamar. All the stars. They yes but my favorite and most streamed and according to the data powers that be track of the decade was garden. I'm uh-huh which is just this beautiful meandering melody. It's a funny comparison comparison but CIZA almost reminds me of Joni Mitchell where she has the vocal power to produce a pop hit but she's usually choosing to go and such like a mysterious direction with their melodies. olding open now that it. It doesn't hit like a pop song. That's a wonderful analogy. I couldn't think of a better one because Joni Mitchell was exactly that kind of artists like I'm capable of writing the hit song but that's not what undoing right now and all over that says album. She's being both accessible and adventurous. And that's what I loved about that. Now it's the time in hit parade the bridge where we do some Trivia and joining me on the line from Monterey California is Alec Are you there Alec. I'm here Chris. Thank you so much for joining joining us today. How're you doing really well? Thanks for having me on so Alec Tell us how you discovered our podcast. Yes I kind of go through different phases with musicians. I I just have to listen to their entire discography in order and then learn everything I can about them. And I was in the middle of a Donna summer face when I came across the Queen of Disco addition on on hit parade. And I've been a fan of podcasts. Percents Well that just warms my heart that Donna summer episode is often. The one eyesight is one of the ones. That's closest to me because I grew up Patana summer and just really love music so much. Can I also ask. I believe you're a slate plus members that right I am. I'm asleep plus baby. I've been a member for about three months. Fantastic stick well. While this bridge episode is available to all hip raid subscribers. We only open our trivia rounds to sleep plus members so if you are a member and would like to be a trivia contestant visit slate dot com slash hit parade sign up. That's slate dot com slash hit parade. SIGN UP SO ALEC. I think you know how this works. We're going to do three trivia questions. The first is a callback to the most recent full length episode of Hit parade and the next to our preview of our forthcoming full length episode. And then and at the end you get to turn the tables and ask me a trivia question are you ready for some trivia. I think I'm ready all right here. We go question one last month. I I offered my decades of pop theory about musical trends that shift in the middle of a decade and the so-called pivot records that topped the charts and shift us into into that new sound. What Twenty fifteen number one hit spent fourteen weeks at number one on the hot one hundred and was in essence the pivot that record for the two thousand ten a Taylor swift blank space? Be Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars uptown funk see wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie booth see you again or D.. FEDDIE WOP Trap Queen One of my favorites from the decade and it's the uptown town and that is correct. The correct answer is B. Uptown funk do not believe Majeste wa it spent fourteen weeks atop the hot one hundred and signaled that the charts were pivoting from female lead dance pop to male driven R&B and Tipoff in the other choices all spent fewer weeks at number one and trap queen peaked at number two. All right excellent one for one here. We go with the preview questions are. Are you ready for question to. I'm ready. What was the most recent Christmas song to hit number one on billboard's hot one hundred a the chipmunks monks with David Seville the Chipmunk Song be the eagles? Please come home for Christmas. See Wam last Christmas or or D. Mariah Carey. All I want for Christmas is you. I believe the answer is a chipmunks Christmas song and you are correct again. The chipmunk song a is the correct answer I it hit number one. During the holiday season of nineteen fifty eight the year billboard launched the hot one hundred of the other three choices the eagles reached number eighteen in one thousand nine hundred seventy the eight with their holiday hit and Mariah reach number three just last year as for Williams holiday perennial it was never issued as a single in America work in one thousand nine hundred right. You are running the table here. Are you ready for question. Three Klett have it all right question. Three speaking of Mariah Carey. She holds the record for the most. US number one hits by a solo artist and she is is in second place among all hit acts. Exactly how many hot one hundred chart toppers has Kerry amassed a fourteen b seventeen see eighteen or d twenty five. Chris I am a lamb so I know the answer to this question. At nudist C eighteen eighteen run the table that is exactly right. Eighteen number one hits Mariah Carey from vision of Love in Nineteen Ninety through touch my body in two thousand eight by the way the artist with fourteen number ones is real and Elvis Presley has seventeen including his pre hot one hundred hits as four Mariah one more number number one would put her one song away from the Beatles who with twenty number one hits still hold the all time record well you just dispatch those questions like they were nothing nothing well done Alec. Congratulations thank you Chris. So I understand you have a question for me Do you WanNa ask me a trivia question I do. Are you ready Chris. Ready as all ever be okay okay. Here's the question which rock group had Christmas Song on the billboard hot one hundred in two thousand sits peaking at number fifty four is a coldplay. Be The killers see Google's or deeds link wanted to okay I have to ZAP myself back to two thousand six who is likely to have a number fifty four Christmas hit in that year. The two likeliest. It seems to me thinking about two thousand six or either the killers others are coldplay and between the two. I'm GONNA take a flyer and say coldplay and sorry. The answer is b the killers. They've released eleven Christmas songs over the years. But only there two thousand six Christmas Jam a great big sled blurred. Hot One hundred shaping up to be an aid button. Cold had number twenty five fit with Christmas lights or years later in two. He doesn't blink when he Christmas Song. I won't be home for Christmas. Never made the billboard hot one hundred but it's their only number one. Today's Canada fascinating. I did not know that. What about blink? One Eighty two. I remembered that coldplay had some kind of Christmas record by just couldn't remember when they did it. Which is why I guess? Them and that's a heartbreaker. I came so close so once again. I have been trounced by my own contestant and proudly In this case so congratulations to you. Alec I hope you are holding your head up high this holiday season. Thank you so much Chris and thanks for having me on so as my last two trivia questions indicate our next episode of Hip Parade is going to be about Christmas hits on the billboard charts and about Mariah Carey. Christmas songs are to put it simply billboard anomalies over the years. Many of these songs either have not charted at all all or they have been subject to arcane chart rules that have kept them off of the hot one hundred and other billboard charts but thanks to an odd confluence of factors. Here's all I want for Christmas. Is You by Mariah. Carey may be about to go all the way. In fact this episode could be a cliffhanger not unlike our December twenty when he eighteen episode which covered the UK. Christmas number one competition. We may be in for another nail biter folks because once again as I indicated in one of those Trivia Questions Mariah Carey got all the way to number three last year with all. I want for Christmas is you. And this is the twenty-fifth anniversary of that song. It is entirely possible that Mariah will score her amazing easing nineteenth number. One hit before the twenty tens are over so stay tuned for that coming to your podcast feed in less than two weeks. You know. I'll show I always feel better when I get the Trivia question wrong but I at least get it down to a fifty fifty. And it's heartbreaking to go you know to screw up on a fifty fifty shot. Yeah I really wanted you to get it right but part of me also really didn't Chris. Yeah I I know that's how this works and speaking of things that I haven't gotten right. We're going to do something we haven't done in quite some time on hit parade. I'm going round up a few corrections from previous episodes pursuit of hip parade because throughout this year. Twenty nine thousand nine hundred. We've made no fatal errors but a few small errors along the way that I would like to get right it. Yeah let's do it all right so in our genesis episode. which was the May episode of Hip Parade? I have two corrections. First of all a song from the Genesis Salvador. The lamb lies down on Broadway called the carpet crawlers. We accidentally played not the original Nineteen seventy-four version of that song Covered Dome but on one thousand nine hundred ninety nine re recording by the reunited Genesis. It's easy to confuse these two but a couple of very sharp eared listeners. Who are genesis fans? Let me know that we had the wrong recording in that episode and also so in that episode a little later in the seventies when Genesis scored their first hot one hundred. Hit Your own special way in my script implied that that Song was written by Phil Collins. It was not. It was actually written by guitarist. Mike Rutherford interesting that their first pop hit of any kind in America was not actually written by Phil but by Mike then in or Woodstock episode which was our August episode. I want to correct the record about Shahnawaz who were one of the performers at Woodstock in whom I counted down in our countdown of acts. That benefited from woodstock the singer. Zinger Bowser Jon. Bauman was not a member of Shana until nineteen seventy the year after woodstock so while I was correct. That bowser was a front man for the group. He did not factor into the group in Woodstock one small sidebar. While we're talking about the Woodstock episode. I believe I said the word Word Coachella correctly in that episode. Can You keep me honest on that Austria. Yeah I think he did say it. Right in the Woodstock Episode Woodstock though hardly the first of its kind codified. The idea of the music festival and quite literally set the stage for Multi Act concerts in decades to to come from the US festival to live aid to Lollapalooza to Coachella. But did I say it right all year long. Now now there may have been some episodes where you set it a little more like coed Chela Festival business has gotten so big with Alexa Coachella. which you know I take some responsibility for because I believe I was actually the producer on one of those episodes? Yeah apparently I have said Coachella both as Coachella and Coachella and All I can say is that if I said Coachella I feel like an asshole anyway. Moving onto our post punk episode are October episode which covered the cure depeche mode the smiths new order. I just like to point out that the song blue Monday was not anew orders album power corruption and lies which my script strongly implied. It's a bit confusing because of the US. S. addition of power corruption and lies added Blue Monday to the C. D. version in one thousand nine hundred eighty six. So it's an easy mistake to make but I just want to clarify the record on that. Finally I'm going to move back to June and our Broadway episode. I have to be corrections on this one. First of all I apologize to through the Jennifer Holliday Fan community because I claimed that her legendary hit. And I am telling you I'm not going was not a top forty pop hit it. It absolutely was if peaked at number twenty two on the hot one hundred in nineteen eighty two so while it underperformed on the pop chart compared to the RB chart where it was a number one. Hit that song from the Broadway. Musical dreamgirls was in fact a top forty hit. My script was incorrect. I read it incorrectly and I truly regret the error but there is no error in two thousand nineteen that I regret more than my other mistake in the Broadway episode which is well. Why don't you just play it? Asha or a meek rat and a wart hog living in the pride lands of Africa. Problem Free Gene. So yeah the word Meek rat is not an actual thing for the record tim him on the character from the lion. King is a mere cat I know would a mere cat is. I know that there is no animal in the animal. Kingdom called a micro. This reminds me a little bit of the movie. Anchorman I feel like I had a Ron Burgundy moment where any word that's put in my teleprompter is exactly what I say. Channel Four News team. I'm Veronica Cornerstone and I'm Ron Burgundy. Go Yourself San Diego. It was misspelled in my script. My producer looser didn't catch it. Nobody at slate caught it. I certainly didn't catch it and now my stepchildren are mercilessly making fun of me week. After week for saying Meek Crat even worse than that. This episode came out the week before my wedding and there were guests at our wedding. who were asking me? What exactly a meek rat was the answer is it's a word I made up? I truly regret calling to Moan from the Lion King. Amy Grant you know in some ways. This is the worst mistake that you made in two thousand nineteen but in some ways it was the absolute best because I definitely got a huge laugh out of it. I'm sure that others out there did to my thanks. Thanks to Oshawa Saluda for not only joining me but also producing this episode of Hip Parade. The bridge thanks to you. Chris for slate podcasts. I'm ashes to Legia and I'm Kristie lanphier. Keep on marching on.

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The Bridge: Genre v. Generation, 80s to 10s

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

27:28 min | 11 months ago

The Bridge: Genre v. Generation, 80s to 10s

"How do you study an animal? So elusive it's known as the ghost of the mountain for researchers at the Snow Leopard. Trust the answer is artificial official intelligence by using Microsoft Ai to analyze thousands of remote camera images for Snow Leopards. A task that used to take days is now done in minutes so researchers have more time to save this threatened species. See how Microsoft a I helps US protect our environment at Microsoft dot com slash. Ai Hey everybody this. Is Chris Plante host of hip Slates podcast of pop chart history. Welcome to the British. That's lament by the cure. A deep cut on the UK. Goth rock band's nineteen eighty-three album Japanese whispers and e. p. cold from that. LP was the curious first album to chart in America. This song is just one of the many dark foreboding tracks the cure your were recording in this period in the song cure singer and songwriter. Robert Smith Sings mournfully about a tragedy. He witnessed underneath. You need a break. And these mini mini episodes bridge are full length. Monthly episodes give us a chance to catch up with listeners. And enjoy some hit parade trivia. This month I'm thrilled and honored honored to welcome a guest who's not only longtime friend. But an estimable writer and critic I I encountered ned ragged when he was a freelancer Sir on all music where he has written literally hundreds of reviews including much of the UK post-punk. I cover in the latest full length. Hit Parade episode episode. Ned writes for numerous places including the quietest band camp and K. Q. E. D. Arts Ned. Welcome to the bridge all. Hey great to be here. Thanks very much for having me. Thank you You know we had a funny conversation. I can't remember if it was September October when you were saying hey. Is Anybody going to do something about the fact that thirty years ago right about now all of these. UK Post Punk and Goth rock acts were scoring hits on the charts. Maybe somebody should do something about about that and I pinged you privately. I said Sh don't tell anybody I'm totally doing something with that So where do I begin. Where did your Phantom for this music? Come from well. That's an interesting question because even though I have I claim no great authority that even even though I still to this day for instance of told me that a while you're on music review of the joy division albums. Got Me into the band and I'm like Oh thank you is that I was hardly hardly an early fan of them or new order or any of the other bands really discussed and it really wasn't until eighty nine that it fully sunk in in with me and I had only encountered beforehand because they started scoring pop hits The curious just like heaven. Good example the first time I ever heard them on the radio was that's on when he got some airplay love and rockets. It's no new tale to tell TV. airplay top forty airplay and was backtracking from there in eighty nine especially the first part of eighty nine and this was after a gone to college a Ucla. Then I really started to get a sense of. Oh okay. There's some history here and here are some bands that I missed. I was too young or just you WANNA wear at the time China and I started backtracking from there. Yeah you know one of the reasons. I was so excited to have you on this episode. Besides the fact that I knew that you have fandom in now quite deep knowledge about these bands is that your journey was very similar to mine in the episode. As you heard the full length episode that I just put out. I really tried to take listeners including British listeners who've tweeted at me and commented on the show about the journey that American listeners went on with these bands because yes they had to a break on the British charts back in the late seventies slash early eighties but it really took the entirety of a decade for these bands to become hit makers in America. Oh Yeah I mean. Here's here's a good example in terms of let's say pop culture at work and where some of these bands already had cachet in the show. The young ones the famed early eighties British felony. Yeah I guess we all have memories of your of that age. I'm picturing Vivian. Meal and Mike Right now. Yeah the the show which ended up rebroadcast over here on of course. MTV later in the eighties There's a joke at one point one of the characters makes and one of the episodes when they're under the weather and says oh I hope so and so comes back with the cure and the response from the other characters. There's only the cure is going to be next week. It's you know. I think it was madness that week. So the idea that in a Middle East more colty but still br BBC comedy show. You could just just throw a casual reference to the fire in this episode was from eighty four and have it be generally understood by the younger audience watching that right there is kind of a sign about the CACHET ED at certain bands already had in in play right whereas you could have mentioned the cure on a television program in Nineteen eighty-four in America and it would have just prompted shrugs I mean it would. It wouldn't have happened and bottom line so of course one thing I struggled with that you heard openly in the first like ten minutes of the episode was what to call this music. Because there's a little bit of okay You Know Supreme Court on Pornography. I know it when I see it that you know And no pun on the word pornography right now because of that of course is a cure album But you know I know that these bans all go together admittedly some of our British friends who commenting the episode. Mostly saying very nice things said you know I consider new order to be way. Lean more dancey than the cure and I'm not sure I consider the smiths to be of a piece with depeche mode because you're literally talking about one band depeche mode the place virtually all synthesizers in one band and literally issued synthesizers avoided synthesizers. So yet I think especially to American ears these bands all go together. What would you call haul them? And did you feel at the time that they were all of a piece with each other. I don't know if I knew of the terms at the time and in turn what we call them now he he can't girl on Goth to it's limiting its to broader term. I suppose I mean or maybe delimiting germ ironically. It's one one of those things that it's sort of because there's an emphasis on melancholy. Or you know you sort of look through those lens but again musically. There's very a little connection. There is very little connection in terms of where they're from in the country. Manchester is not the suburbs of London which are which is where the cure comes from and and similarly Northampton which were comes from completely different intern. So you've got this reductive effects And it's not that far removed moved really from. You could see the original British invasion or the second British invasion of the early eighties. where all these bands from? All these different get lumped together. They just happened to be successful at at the same time but there was never an easy catch all term for them. All and it's it's hard to say it's more generational marking point. That people will come up with the terms as they do. I know you and I exchanged terms like the holy trinity or the Holy Quartet because of the certain key bands seem to be you know the above all else but it's it's really hard to get a beat on in many different ways. I like your analogy of the first British invasion in the sixties. Literally if you boil it down to the two main bands. The Beatles and the Stones Beatles or provincial band from Liverpool the stones are basically centered around London. Like they don't have much in common except the moment when they came up. So yeah. That's a really great point where it's it's generational more than it. Is You know strictly musical. Even though there is clear sonic hallmarks across these bands. so that that's a terrific analogy So the killer of this episode for me was knowing what to include in what to leave out and so I guess what were the roads not taken in this episode. So did could I have included more Susan. The band. She's I frankly felt like I could have given them a little more play Did we have too much Morrissey. We should probably talk about where Morrissey has been in the last twenty five to thirty years. Some people are canceling Morrissey. So what did you feel. where the holes or gaps in this story? Well I mean you know part of it certainly can be retrospective if but to give some people their credit. You and I have a personal friends who pretty much. Even more see started making statements particularly in the late eighties musically and otherwise was like. That's I said I'm out so You know there are people who are already pulling the ripcord and Famously the first time ever heard of the band corner shop great man was when they appeared in the SUSIC press in Nineteen ninety-two burning a Morrissey poster in front of EMS headquarters. Think you're was or something like that. Because of a couple of his then recent solo songs that they they took understandable exception to. So you know you could say he's always been cancelled by somebody. SORTA reached a tipping point. E Kinda have to include the band onto because of the the marker they laid down I mean I think for a lot of people at the preferred member of the band at this point is easily. Johnny Marr is Sort of come into his zone. In recent years he has been touring and Performing Smith songs along with a his own solo tracks and it turns out wonderful singing voice. The Guy So it was a lot of people said it's a great enjoy. The Old Smith songs and not have to think about the guy originally sang them. That's a look at it so you can't leave. You can't leave him out. So and the impact was so huge. You almost have to kind of acknowledge it as for Susie. Yes and no because the great thing about Susie is is that In this is something I told her. After I interviewed her once under solo came out. We wrapped up the interview. And I said thanks for the Navy really great and by the way I just WanNa WanNa let you know. I wanted to make sure I did this. Entire interview without once mentioning the Word Goth and her response was this deep. Thank you you know. She's she's kind of sick of the association. I think all all this time. That's amazing I you know you make a very good point that in a way. It's almost the audience that applies a term like Goth. And you know either in the moment comet or even retroactively and you know the stories are legion bans. That don't want to be tagged with the exact thing they're attacked with whether it's you know grunge or mo in the two thousands the minute somebody comes up with a catch all term. The artists are trying to scurry away from it. Almost a meteorite. I've not at all surprised that Susie does not want to be overly associated with Goth per se even though like bands like the cure like bowel house at the time she embodied that aesthetic to whatever extent it's the people who draw on them and created the subculture after that sort of creates the subculture. They were just sort of like you know suzy essentially as a fantastic art pop slash ashort rock performer. That's what she is And then things get applied to the past here. We are in the late twenty tens the very end of the two thousand ten secure are still Taurean off and on Morsi still out there being his obnoxious itself What's what's the legacy of these bands? And as long as I've got us. Speculating a little bit Do you think this is the year depeche mode gets into the rock and Roll Hall of fame. Since they're on the ballot again. I would love it. Do I certainly voted for them. I think it's inevitable. I think that we're we're within in Just you know no more than another couple of years that there's finally a tipping point. I think it's generational change. I think enough people are going in there going. Look come on. And they're they've just just been too big a band and in terms of yeah where it goes from there. I mean both passionately cure. Who have along had a very strong mutual appreciation society going pretty much almost from the get-go I think it's telling that those two are you could say the great survivors? The ones who could play the big venues have the special events and tours things like that Very notably and Even the new order is sort of you know permanently fractured now. That Peter Hulk looks like he's never ever gonNA come back. They maintain their own audiences. Well it's one of those things things that as time has gone on younger generations I think very understandably find their own locus points. A really good example can be the fact that speaking of reunions the my chemical romance reunion was announced and you had a whole generation of people younger than us just losing their minds. They were thrilled. Dan You all you have to do is look especially at you know. Mid-2000s thousands of MC are Winter still had the hair fully willfully teased like that. Yeah Robert Smith come on and he'll cop to it I mean you know he's He owns up to You know his His influences So yeah no I as I said at the end of the episode. I really think you can you can see the legacy both visually and melodic musically in a lot of these bands and I like you. I'm certainly hoping that This is depeche mode zero. I'll be voting for them. You know I was pleasantly gently surprised. Maybe I shouldn't have been that the cure got in on this. I believe it was their second time on the ballot this year and just so delighted that they got in. So you know maybe Our generation generation is reaching a point. Where you know we have the the legacy and the influence that abound like depeche mode could get into the rock and roll hall the number there or the impulses there and I think they're just simply how can I put this? I think there are less people now. Who Basically look at someone like division go like synthesizers? That's not real music and you know if you're out there and you're listening to that and you still think that way bless your heart. That's all this episode. And the following message are sponsored by Mac Weldon Mac. Walden is a premium. Men's essentials brand that believes in smart design and premium fabrics. Their mission is simple to make sure all your basics are smartly designed and shopping for them is easy and convenient Mac Weldon believes in smart design premium fabrics and simple shopping. It'll be see the most comfortable underwear socks shirts. UNDERSHIRTS hoodies sweatpants. And more that you will ever wear. They have a line of silver underwear and Dan shirts. That are naturally anti microbial which means they eliminate odor all of their fabrics are engineered in house from scratch and their design. The process is so meticulous. You can count on the fit being the same each time. They want you to be comfortable. So if you don't like your first pair of underwear you can keep it and they will still refund you. No questions asked great for working out going to work and just everyday life for twenty eighty percent off your first order visit Mac Weldon Dot Com and enter Promo code hit parade. That's MAC WELDON DOT COM Promo Code hit parade trade. Now it's time in hit parade the bridge where we do some Trivia and joining us on the line from the DC. Area is Amanda. Amanda are you there I am. Hi Chris you've also got my guest this month gentleman named Ned ragged on the line. Ned can you hear us as well can. How do you do Amanda how are you? I'm great. I'm really they happy to talk to you today. Now I understand that you discovered hit parade in a very specific way. When you were at work I was? I I work in politics and Last year I was working on a congressional campaign in New Jersey and had about an hour. Long Commute in both directions Each day and I discovered hit parade. Basically right at the beginning of that endeavor and sort of binged all of the episodes Every morning and every evening it kept me alert and awake on that hour-long Commute after very long days on a on a campaign. Well I'm touched to hear that kept you awake. I've definitely gotten the odd comment from people who said Oh. It's so lulling and soothing. It helps me go to sleep so the fact that it was keeping you awake I take as a compliment. Thank you it. It was nice to indulge in some music history rather than All of the politics that is engaging in all day long oh I can can imagine let me also ask and I think I know the answer to this question but are you asleep plus member I honestly plus member. About how long have you been asleep. Plus remember I think it's about two years now fantastic well of course. This is the moment when I remind folks that while. This bridge episode is available to all hit parade subscribers. We only open trivia rounds to slate plus members so if you are a member and would like to be a trivia contestant visits sleet dot com slash hit parade raid sign up. That's slate dot com slash hit parade. Sign up so Amanda. I'm pretty sure you know how this works but briefly I'm going to ask you. Three Trivia questions is the first will be a callback to the most recent episode of Hit parade and the next two will be a preview of the next full length episode of Hip Parade. And then at the end. You'RE GONNA get a chance to turn the tables and ask me trivia question. Are you ready for some Trivia. I am I'm a little nervous. My Man Cunene. Father will disown me if I got this. I the holy cow. Okay well here we go. Let's let's see how this turns out question one last month I discussed the slow emergence of UK post punk bands as US hit makers the cure in particular took about a decade to score their first top forty hit on billboard's hot one hundred. What cure song barely qualified by peaking at number forty A? Let's go to bed be inbetween days. See just like heaven or D Love Song I believe it is see just like heaven and that is correct. Correct answer is C.. Just like heaven he the second single from kiss me kiss me. Kiss me scraped the top forty the first week of January one thousand nine hundred eighty eight. For the record. Let's go to bed bubbled under the hot one hundred at number one own nine in one thousand nine hundred three inbetween days spent a single week on the chart at number ninety nine in early eighty six and of course love song was a number two MM smash in one thousand nine hundred eighty nine fantastic One for one and now. We're going to do our preview questions. Are you ready for the next. Yes I am all right here. We go question two. We are less than two months away from the end of the two thousand nine tenths from January of twenty ten through October Uber of two thousand nineteen which of these recording artists including their featured performances has scored the most number one hits on Billboard's hot one one hundred a Bruno Mars be Riana. See Katy Perry or D drake. I'm GONNA go With and that is also correct. The correct answer is really she has had nine number one hits this decade including feature performances on to eminem singles for the record. Katy Perry has generated eight number ones this decade Bruno. Mars has seven and drake six. I'll throw in quickly at this point. my at my firm belief that Rana tying in the theme the earlier episodes discussion is very much a goth artist of the twenty tens in many ways You can't call exactly exactly caller or music off but in terms of inspiration aesthetic how she presents herself. There's a definite through line that emphasise the darker side and That I think is this has been to her benefit both musically and both and with her Makeup and fashion lines. Do that is a great point. Thank you for tying together the twenty tens and the GOP hugely appreciate that that All right so to to. Let's try and make a three for three. Here we go. Let's do it question three famously. Old Town road by little Nasdaq's was ex- spent nineteen weeks at number one this year beating a twenty three year old record for most weeks at number one. But what other song. This decade almost almost beat that record and is tied for the second most weeks on top a mark Ronson with Bruno Mars uptown funk be the chain chain smokers featuring halsey closer. See Ed Sheeran shape of you or D. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin bieber her despacito just purely based on the fact that I think it played or truly forever. I'm going to go with desktops Ito. And you have run the table. That is absolutely correct. d'esposito doth protest the Iraqi when it spent sixteen th week at Number One Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's bilingual hit with Justin Bieber. uh-huh tied the record set in Nineteen ninety-six by Mariah Carey and Boyz to men's one. Sweet Day that record was broken this year by little nauseous for the record uptown funk spent fourteen weeks on top and closer and shape of you twelve a piece that was spectacular. My Gosh three for three well done Amanda. You must be very proud I am. I think the fact that I was in college for a good chunk of that period of time of those songs playing is probably helpful. Now now wait on repeat at a college party as well so that doesn't hurt a little firsthand experience as net and I will say about the nineteen eighties Certainly goes on the way. The Trivia Question I understand that you have a trivia question for me. Is that right I do Chris okay. Are you ready. Radio Oliver. Drake was the artists who spent more weeks at number one on the billboard. Hot One hundred than any other artist in the two thousand ten's which of his songs he's held that spot for the longest a God's plan B. in my feelings see one dance or d nice for what all right I can eliminate nice for what straight away because I'm pretty sure that it cycled in and out pretty quickly The if my memory is correct I think improbably it was none of the two thousand eighteen number one hits and he was actually twenty sixty number one hit which was one dance. So I'm GonNa go with that. That is incorrect answer. The answer is a God's plan at eleven weeks at number one taught own a tougher as they wish in my feelings. One dance are tied for second at ten weeks. My Oh my goodness how the mighty have fallen. Well you You ran the table on my trivia questions. I blew a trivia question. I absolutely should have gotten and you have stump the band so nice job. Amanda well done thank you very much. I feel very accomplished now as well. You should. I would like to thank you very much for joining us on hip raid the bridge. Thank you so much Chris. So so as our last two questions of the Trivia Round indicated the next episode of Hip raid will be about the decade of the tens decade. That is about to end as I record this episode in early November two thousand nineteen. It should be an interesting bird's eye view of a decade that we probably didn't think too much about until it was almost over and now we may have enough perspective. Have to figure out what the twenty was about musically and where it fits in with the last fifty to sixty years of pop rock and are in being hip hop history. My thanks to ned ragged for joining me for this episode of the bridge. Ned Tell us where folks can find you online and it's not just the usual social media sites. You're kind of all over on just do a few things here and there will Just to say where to find me. Probably the easiest thing Is Twitter It can be found at my name. Ned racket that spilled A. R. A. G. G. E. T. T. I also do have a Patriot on that every started This is to Can continue some various writing projects revive some other ones and Things like that on a variety of subjects. A lot of them have been oddly. Enough sort of Gothi UK related lately lately but not solely that trust me Anyway That can be found at patriotair dot com slash. Ned ragged again. My name But the final thing just to throw out there. If you'd like to know what else also get up to is my own podcast. which is not a musical podcast with my friends oriented swint and jared petkovsek? We have a podcast on the mega phonic dot. FM Network called called by the by water. And it's all about Jarrow tolkien everything to do with middle earth and beyond We record monthly. We just recorded earliest episode yesterday and it should be out around the time this episodes out so if you have an interest in that please do give a listen really appreciate it fantastic. Thanks so much ned this episode hip. Hooray the bridge was produced by Chalupa. And I'm Chris Milan fee keep on marching on the one

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"This episode of Hit Parade is brought to you by progressive. What would you do with an extra eight hundred dollars? Buy a plane ticket. Pay Down Your student loan. Treat yourself to those shoes. You've been eyeing with progressive. You could find out drivers who switch and save save an average of seven hundred ninety six dollars on car insurance get your quote online at Progressive Dot Com and see how much you could be saving national average annual car insurance savings by new customers surveyed. Who saved with progressive in twenty one thousand nine? Hey hit parade listeners. This is Chris Milan fee. This month's episode was recorded from my Home Office in Brooklyn New York which explains the slightly different audio quality with the corona virus pandemic and social distancing in full force. Creating this episode was a special challenge for my team but we offer it to you in the hopes that it provides a brief respite. From the extraordinary circumstances. We are all facing. Music is a bomb to me in tough times as I'm sure it is for many of you. So let's put pandemics in their place and please enjoy this month's episode of Hip Parade. Welcome to hit parade a podcast pop chart history from slate magazine about the kits from coast to coast. I'm Chris Milan Pie. Chart analysts hop critic and writer of Slates Wise. The Song Number One series on today's show. Maybe it seems like forever ago now but if you watched the half time show at this year's Super Bowl just eight weeks ago. You caught a rather culturally historic event. The first ever halftime devoted exclusively to music by Latin American performance led off by Colombian superstar Shaquille era and headline by Puerto Rican American singer dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez the spectacle was a proud celebration of Latin heritage at one point the woman who is now mainly known as J. Lo even wave of Puerto Rican flag of course. The halftime performance was packed with hits. The two superstars had a wealth to draw upon including former number ones by Shakira and Vijay low. And even some songs that were not hits for either Lopez or Shakira the ladies were representing for an entire Pam Latin culture. That's a heavy responsibility to carry for. A frothy televised spectacle but Lopez and Shakira. Both remember how two decades ago it's still seemed novel for performers of their heritage to be crossing over on the anglophone American charts at all. Of course it's not like Latin crossover was invented. Twenty years ago Spanish language hits have been making remarkable appearances on the American charts since the dawn of rock and but as late as the mid nineties Spanish language hits were basically treated as novelties. Fun for parties or dancing but not much more. What's arguably changed? This perception and led to a boom in Latin pop. Crossover on the hot one hundred km twenty one years ago at the nineteen ninety nine Grammy Warts. That's when a dynamic hip swiveling performance who got his start in a Puerto Rican boy band but had to that date never scored a top forty pop hit delivered. One of the most career defining awards show performances of all time today on hit parade. We'll talk about the boomlet. In Latin pop crossover brought about by this dynamic young man born and Rica. Martine Morales. It was a cultural watershed. Not just for Ricky Martin but for an entire generation of musicians of Puerto Rican Mexican Cuban Dominican and Colombian Heritage Ricky's star is born moment was galvanizing but arguably it took most of the next two decades for core Latin music to move to the center of American pop without compromising its sound or even its language before we get there. We'll look back fondly at the moment when the American charts were shaking their Bon bon to a Latin beat delivered in fluent spangler. And that's where your hit parade marches today. The week ending may eighth nineteen ninety nine when Ricky. Martin scored his first number one on the billboard. Hot One hundred with living La Vida loca less than three months after his winning Grammy Showcase Ricky kicked off what would come to be known as Latin UNITA version. One Point Oh. On the American charts music elevates every experience even believe it or not the bathroom. I'm Chris Lancy and my podcast. Hip Parade tells all kinds of improbable stories about the inspiration for hit songs and the history of hit. Music is well a wash in stories of great songs recorded in or even about the bathroom from that Classic Song About Bathroom Windows to drum tracks recorded and remixed with so-called bathroom reverb to a debut single. I just talked about recently recorded by an accordion player in his university bathroom Koehler. Wants your bathroom experience to be a smash hit two with the colour intelligent toilet and its range of smart features to help you feel your cleanest and most comfortable remote APP control. Which lets you personalize your colour. Intelligent toilet adjustable temperature pressure and spray of the Warm Water. Cleansing select double seat temperature and customizable. Warm Air Dryer soothing. Ambient light for nighttime way finding and automatic air freshening a colour intelligent toilet offers everything you need for the ultimate pampering relaxed -sation and cleanliness. It's a hit every time. Discover what you've been missing at Kohler Dot com slash intelligent toilets in the three year. History of this podcast hit parade has covered a wide array of musical genres but Latin. Music is more than a genre. It's an entire universe of sounds styles and rhythms developed over centuries and across generations of Afro Caribbean and Iberian Descendants. Even if we limited our focus to just the music beloved by Spanish speaking Americans in the last fifty to one hundred years. We couldn't hope to cover it. All a proper survey of latin-american hit music would include such best selling styles as salsa knitting. And it's cousin. Chata Mexican Ranchera from the Portuguese speaking world of Brazil. Bossa Nova Plaza. Zanu Kabale Jim Wilson. And somebody will and from my own. Cuban heritage such styles as the sewn back on all of these Latin genres have sold millions and form a kind of parallel hit parade hidden in plain sight. And of course on the other side the sounds of Latin music have also helped shape mainstream English language pop whether it's the brass of a Mariachi group earnings or in dance music the irresistible rhythm of a piano Kavi derived from Latin jazz and Salsa. All of this we take for granted in mainstream popular music on hit parade. We tend to focus on all genre charts like the hot one hundred songs chart or the billboard. Two hundred album chart and on these surveys. The success of Spanish language music has been far more limited songs that are legendary in the world of Latin music. Have not even appeared on the US. Flagship shorts in this episode. However we will identify the exceptions the Latin songs that broke through this overwhelming anglophone tendency in US pop this is its own interesting story one of assimilation adaptation and pop inspiration and it started near the dawn of rock and roll. We talked about Ritchie valances. La Bamba in our posthumous hits episode live in Seattle last year born Ricardo Valenzuela to Mexican parents in California's San Fernando Valley. Valentine's will of course always be associated with the so-called Dave. The music dive having perished in a plane crash with buddy holly and the big bopper but Valentine's also holds the distinction of scoring the first major Spanish language. Crossover hit of the Rock era. It reached number twenty two on the hot one hundred in early. Nineteen fifty nine low. Valentine's earned songwriting credit for his rock. Adaptation La Bamba was in fact an old folk song in essence an instructional. Dance Song from the Mexican state of clues. It dated back to at least the early twentieth century and was played commonly at Mexican weddings and other celebrations. In a way this hit by Ritchie. Valens set a template for Latin Crossover for the early rock era for the next dozen years a handful of indelible songs adapted by modern performers took on the status of Latin standards and they would recur for decades to come for example. One Amanda was an anthem in Cuba. As far back as the nineteen twenties with lyrics by Cuban poet and political figure Jose Marti in the fifties and sixties one Amanda was revived by American fogies. Like Pete Seger and in Nineteen Sixty six American easy listening vocal group. The sandpipers took the song complete with Spanish lyrics to number nine on the hot one hundred or from Brazil. The GAFF Bernie on Tonio Carlos. Shebeen wrote a song about a beautiful seventeen year old girl. Living in the seaside town of eappen emas eventually recorded by American jazz saxophonist. Stan Getz and Bossa Nova Pioneer Joao. Gilberto with Portuguese Sung by Zhao and English lyrics sung by his wife. I screwed Gilberto. The girl from EPA Nima was a global smash and a number five hit on the hot one hundred in nineteen sixty four or from. New York's Puerto Rican or New Your Rican community though it was only a regional hit and did not make the hot one hundred. I like it like that. Became legendary in salsa music circles in nineteen sixty seven. That's when Pete Rhode Grievous and his Latin jazz band recorded the brassy piano vamping track for the storied Bronx based Latin Jazz label a leg notably in English. I like it like that. Was a radio smash in Rodriguez hometown of New York place in heavy rotation by disc jockey and Salsa Booster Symphony. Sid and while we're on the topic of songs written by New Your Ricans. There's this cross cultural classic written by Dito pointing the Puerto Rican American in Bali King Gomo Vaa was transformed into an electric rock jam. By Mexican American Tourist Carlos Santana in nineteen seventy Santana's version reached number thirteen on the hot one hundred in one thousand. Nine hundred seventy one. All five of these salts La Bamba one thought. Amanda the girl from Nima I like it like that and only Komo entered the Latin crossover songs that even Americans with no Latin heritage would recognize that made them touchstones to future generations of performers songs that offered both cultural credibility and instant familiarity. Keep these songs in mind. Because several of them will come back later in our story moving into the seventies and eighties. Latin music would infused the American hit parade from time to time but there was always an x factor. Something that made songs crossover to anglophone audiences especially if a song was sung in Spanish there would have to be a Meta narrative a backstory spurring that song up the charts for example the Spanish group most this represented for their home country in the nineteen seventy-three edition of Eurovision the annual international song competition. They're single edis to very nearly one eurovision for Spain coming in a very close second that year although the song's title translates in Spanish as its you the band tried issuing it as an English language version with the unrelated title. Touch the wind yet. American radio deejays preferred at a stew in its original form and the song reached number nine on the hot one hundred in March of nineteen seventy four one year later a Mexican American singer pulled off a similarly fluky crossover. Pb bring few. I wish the Kahana singer Freddy Fender had been skirting the borders of country music for more than a decade when he recorded a song before the next teardrop falls that had been covered by more than twenty prior country stars including Charley Pride. No one had ever scored a big hit with the twenty weeper but fender cleverly heard a certain Tex Mex flavor in the song recorded with both English and Spanish lyrics before the next teardrop falls was a number one pop and country smash for Freddy Fender in the spring of nineteen seventy five. He scored a couple more pop. Hits and more than a dozen country hits including several number ones many with his distinctive Hanno flavor. Freddy Fender might have been an unlikely ambassador of Latin music on the country charts but there was an even more unlikely country pop visitor a swamp heartthrob who had quietly amassed one of the biggest audiences in the world singing mostly Ns Spaniard. Julio Iglesias remains one of the biggest selling global musicians of all time. Like most of this he hails from Spain and even represented his homeland one year at Eurovision during the seventies the debonair Iglesias rose to fame singing in a variety of languages including Italian French German Portuguese. And of course several dialects of Spanish by nineteen eighty one. He scored a number one. British hit with a disco fide. Mostly Spanish cover of the Cole Porter. Classic begins all of this was a warm up for. Julio Iglesias Most Unlikely Crossover of all a pop and Country Smash Duet with a native Texan and Nashville legend to all. The girls I've loved before is still treated as a punchline to an implied joke who are the two least likely singers ever to duet on a single let alone a song about their collective romantic prowess that would be Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson who in one thousand nine hundred eighty four where each at the zenith of their respective fame and improbable as it may seem to all the girls I've loved before was a smash a number one country number five pop hit in May nineteen eighty-four it powered Iglesias. I mostly English album. Eleven hundred Bel Air Place to sales of four million in the US alone. It would be the only time. Julio Iglesias would break into the pop top ten but not the last time the name Iglesias would appear. They're having succeeded with this unlikely. Crossover the music business spent the rest of the nineteen eighties. Seeing how far Latin music could go on the American pop charts for example. Rca tried to break Latin. America's biggest boy base newdow was arguably the eighties. Latin equivalent of a k pop band with an ever shifting roster of members. Menudo even included a young ricky. Martin hold me released during the Ricky period? Was One of their few English language. Singles and manute does only single to reach the hot one hundred peaking at a lowly number sixty two on the other hand. A Cuban American Mega Combo from Miami tried. Their hand at English and did far better known should do that. You can't control yourself any longer do that. You can't control yourself any num- the Miami sound machine led by singer Gloria Estefan and her bandleader husband. Nelia were the ultimate eighties. Latin party band comprising more than a dozen members including a full brass section. After a half dozen Spanish language albums dating back to the late Seventies. Gloria began singing in English in Nineteen eighty-four and by the time of nine thousand nine hundred and five's Kouanga. They found a remarkably authentic crossover sound that began to generate hits on top forty radio but once the Miami sound machine crossed to pop radio the Stefan's determined their future lay in showcasing glorious vocals and moving toward adult contemporary balladry though they would continue to include UPTEMPO Latin cuts on future albums. The Stefan's eventually replaced all of the original machine members and their albums and singles began to feature glorious name alone still at the same time. That the Stefan's were pivoting toward middle of the road. Balladry a Mexican American band from East. La was scoring. What remains the only all-spanish number one hit in hot one hundred history? Los Lobos recorded a cover of Mabamba for the soundtrack to the Richie valluns bio pic of the same name in the summer of nineteen eighty seven. It not only spent three weeks at number one in all three of those weeks it was the most played song at US Radio. That was a big deal. Given American top forty stations aversion to playing non English tracks and La Bamba contains no English lyrics at all lobos cover even went a step further into cultural authenticity than balances original version. Did they closed the song playing Mariachi style traditional acoustic guitars. This chart topping success was fueled by a hit summer movie. The critically acclaimed Los Lobos never scored a top ten hit again. But with hindsight La Bamba. Success may have widened. The Lane for Latin Crossover in a couple of ways on the album chart more artists felt brave about issuing more traditional Latin music later that same year the chart topping and previously all English vocalist Linda. Ronstadt got in touch with her Mexican. American heritage on the album counts. Yoenis daime padre a quiet steady seller. Ron Stats consciouness. Eventually went double platinum becoming the biggest selling non English language album in American record history by the Early Ninety S. Gloria Estefan was getting back to her own routes on the all Spanish. Cuban heritage album meet Yadda and as with Ron Stott. Esteban's all-spanish album went platinum and became one of her top sellers. Even vote its tracks. Did Not Cross over at top forty radio by the late ninety s the quest for Latin authenticity had even drawn in Guitarist Reich cooter who traveled to Havana to record a combo of elderly sewn players that he dubbed the Buena Vista Social Book. Meanwhile on top forty radio and the pop charts after La Bamba. It became more plausible to mix lyrics in Spanish or Portuguese into a mainstream pop record though it was only a modest hit in America at the turn of the nineties. The dance and song known as Lomb Badeah recorded by French Brazilian group. Ko became a global phenomenon. Base Mood Sung entirely in Portuguese and fuelled by a so-called forbidden dance that was like a youtube gas craze before youtube. Lombarda topped charts in more than a dozen countries and was a sizable. Us Club. Hit keep that melody in mind too because like so many Latin crossovers in this episode. It will return closer to home in America. As hip hop began. Taking over the charts. In the early nineties Latin music began fusing with rap with varying degrees of street. Credit Havana. Born rapper mellow man. Ace broke through with the bilingual mentor. Saw a number fourteen hit in one thousand nine hundred. Ninety that flipped back and forth between English and Cuban accented Spanish just by a straight they tell me by all one year later an Ecuadorian. American rapper decided to take the Latin Lothar. Oh Persona further into comic territory saw laugh all you want at the hair suit. Gerardo with his Bandana long hair and bare chest under a leather jacket. But Rico Suave was a huge hit peaking at number seven on the hot one hundred in April nineteen ninety-one life mellow man. Ace GERARDO CRAWFORD. Spangler wrap with tongue firmly planted in cheek as west coast hip hop rose to prominence La A. Rappers Cypress Hill dropped their debut album in nineteen ninety-one and became the first Latin American. Rappers go platinum their self titled Debut Not only included straight up gangsta tracks. Like how I could just kill a man. But on the single Latin Lingo rappers send dog and be real traded off funky bilingual brines the most remarkable Latin crossovers of the nineties however came not on the street corner but in the club. The I was a sleeper hit from a one off gang of all stars. The second was one of the biggest pop hits of the decade the blackout all stars were a supergroup formed to record just one song a cover of the aforementioned nineteen sixty seven salsa classic. I like it like that. The phrase all stars was no exaggeration in the Latin Music Universe. The members were indeed legends including lead singer. Tito nervous Tito Puente Ray at by Keith. Rivera Dave Valentine Grover Washington Junior and Sheila Escobedo Aka Sheila recorded for the soundtrack to the nineteen ninety four movie I like it like that the blackout all stars. I like it took nearly three years to break a push by New York. Dance Music Station W. Kt you coupled with an appearance in one thousand nine hundred ninety six burger king commercial finally crossed the song over when it reached number twenty five on the hot one hundred in March. Nineteen ninety seven. Pete Rodriguez new. Eureka Standard was finally an actual pop hit but then there was that other clubs single that crossed into the Anglo pop war home and Mauka rain written and recorded by a pair of forty something Spaniards. From just outside of Seville an who called themselves. Rose del Rio was a global phenomenon. Especially after a pair of Miami deejays who were dubbed the Bayside boys remixed the song adding email English vocals and a similar to. I like it like that. The remix of Los del Rio's mock arena took to try to become a hit breaking I with Miami Radio Listeners and then in New York before going national it helped that by the summer of Nineteen Ninety six. The song had spawned dance. Come on you know how it's done with the hands and the hips. That dance made appearances at the nine thousand nine hundred ninety six Olympics and even the Democratic National Convention by August of Ninety six the bayside boys remix of mock arena was on top of the hot one hundred and stayed there for fourteen weeks. Top hit of the year. Come out the winner. All of this crossover. By Spanish language pop was in theory softening the ground for a full on breakthrough by Latin pop stars but here was the problem in most cases whether it was Gerardo the blackout all stars or Los Del Rio. The hits were regarded as flukes. That's what made the premature passing of a towering figure in Mexican American music such a loss some even called her that Hanno Hanno Madonna Selena Canea beddis known to her fans simply as Selena is the ultimate. What if in Latin Crossover history years? Before Ricky Martin Jennifer Lopez or Shakira. Selena was marked for greatness by the recording industry. She had been signed in nineteen eighty nine to. Em is Latin division with a long term plan to break her in the Anglo market in the meantime through the late eighties and early nineties. Selena became known as the Queen of Hamas Selena's last all Spanish album nineteen ninety four's amore pro hido featured a wide array of genres including not only to Hano but also are in B and hip hop influences by Nineteen ninety-five. The plan was for emi to break selena as multi-lingual multi genre of crossover artists and she began recording her first partial. English album dreaming view. The album was mostly finished in March. Nineteen Ninety five when tragedy struck Selena age twenty three was shot and killed by her fan club. President Yolanda Saldivar Selena became not only Latin music smarter. But it's near Miss Dreaming of you became the first predominantly Spanish language album to debut at number one on the billboard two hundred album chart the label issued a half dozen singles from the album and it was ultimately certified triple platinum. It would fall to a new wave of stars to give Latin Music. The enduring permanent breakthrough that had eluded through the Mid Nineteen Ninety S and twenty two years before the twenty twenty super bowl. It would take a different global sports championship to bring about that cultural panelists when we come back. Ricky offers America the Cup of life. Hey y'all I'm best and I'm better and where to experience with wildly different music tastes. Were the hosts of Rodman. A podcast bringing music from the Latino artists that we love. Whether you're looking for a nuanced take on the latest bad. Bunny album or historic dive into underrated. John was like Dominican Denver. Oh you can check out our show bilingual journey through the Latin next music. That's the soundtrack drives and maybe yours to find US wherever you listen to podcasts. That's Radio Emmy Nea. Contrary to some Americans belief Ricky Martin did not spring fully formed on Grammy Night. Nineteen ninety nine as I noted earlier for five years in the late eighties. He was a member of Menudo. The ever changing Puerto Rico based boy a native Puerto Rican himself born and raised in San von Martin emerged as a heart throb and breakout star in the pop group. He signed to Sony Music. Latin divisions Sony Discos at the start of the nineties while acting sitcoms Telenovelas and for about a year. Abc's daytime Soap Opera General Hospital. Ricky began turning out Spanish language pop or the Latin market on the Latin charts. Ricky Martin was a fairly consistent chart presence through the first half of the ninety s largely with Florida ballots but Martin began pushing against his labels advice to let him record. Uptempo material powered by more forceful Latin. Percussion arguing that it would broaden his audience. Ricky's instincts proved spot on nineteen ninety. Six's Maria was not only Martin's first global smash going top ten or even to number one in more than a half dozen countries. It even made the lower rungs of America's flagship pop chart peaking at number eighty eight on the hot one hundred. Despite being entirely in Spanish a Spangler remix with just a few verse lyrics in English followed in one thousand nine hundred ninety seven but even us listeners preferred. The original. The goto breakthrough of Maria changed the trajectory of Ricky Martin's career it led to his highest profile showcase to date an invitation by Fiba the International Governing Federation of football or soccer to record the official theme song of the Nineteen Ninety Eight World Cup Martin who was recording his follow up album. Vuelta jumped at the offer. Expanding on the relentlessly UPTEMPO proudly Latin sound of Maria and bringing his game to the task. La Copa de la Vida or the cup of life was performed by Ricky Martin. In France's National Stadium at the World Cup final on July Twelfth Nineteen Ninety eight seen by more than a billion viewers globally in America. The song did well enough at Spanish language. Radio stations to peak at number two on billboard's hot Latin tracks chart but Sony music knew that the track and Martin himself had greater potential later in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight when Martin's Album Huelva earned a grammy nomination in the Latin pop. Category Sony lobbied the Grammy Producers to give Martin a performing slot. On the telecast. The following February rookie was hardly the most hyped performer. On that year's grammys superstars with multiple nominations including Madonna Celine Dion and Lauryn Hill were all slated to perform. But good as they were. None of them was the most talked about performer of the night in just four minutes at the shrine auditorium in Los Angeles joined by an Army of dancers backup. Singers drummers and circus performers Ricky Martin swiveling. His hips in leather pants changed the trajectory of both his own career and Latin music. Itself the key. Now would be capitalizing on this breakthrough what both Maria and the Cup of life had revealed was that Martin could translate Latin rhythms for a mainstream global pop audience traveling seamlessly between Spanish and English. The Cup of life in particular had been co written by two industry veterans with Latin heritage of their own robby Rosa who had been Martin's bandmate in Menudo. That's robbi singing. Lead on. Hold me by the way and Desmond. Child the Cuban American pop rock mastermind who had written hits for Kiss Bon Jovi Joan. Jett and share Rosa and child were asked by team ricky to come up with another hybrid hit that leaned more toward the English side of spangled fish and the song they devised was a monster. Livin La Vida Loca. The blend of languages was built right into the title was one of the fastest breaking hits of one thousand nine hundred ninety nine. Remember to this point Ricky Martin had never come close to the top forty on the hot one hundred but that changed quickly in just four weeks. Livin La Vida. Loca shot from number fifty four to number thirty two to number eight to number one and stayed there for more than a month. Sending the song was an encyclopedia of Latin music. In just four minutes desmond child later boasted that he and his arrangers through in the kitchen sink including in Bali piano stylings Afro Cuban and Brazilian Rhythms Forms. And gongs and Rock Guitar Line. That would allow ricky to Strut. Child said like a Latin Elvis he even modeled the melody after Frank. Sinatra's rat pack the Latin. Cultural Explosion was on the flood gates were opened. Most pop fans remember nineteen ninety nine as the year of teen pop and trl as we discussed in our Britney Spears episode of Hip Parade to be sure Britney and the backstreet boys had an amazing year but on the hot one hundred the more consistently high charting performers were all Latin Stars and after Martin. The first to benefit had like ricky an actor singer and dancer been trying a bit of everything for the last decade growing up in the Bronx a young Jennifer Lopez would dabble in anything that might one day make her famous acting. Dancing even gymnastics and track during the early nineties. Lopez was a choreographer and a backup dancer for such acts as new kids on the block and Janet Jackson. She danced on TV as a so called fly. Girl on the WAYANS brothers sketch comedy series in living color. Oh Yeah and Lopez also sang but it was her least pursued talent prior to her mid twenties. What finally convinced Jennifer Lopez to seriously consider a full-time singing career was actually an acting gig. One that had special prominence within the Latin community do things in the nineteen ninety-seven Biotech Selena. The late Latin superstar was played by Jennifer Lopez as an actress of Puerto Rican descent. Lopez has earned scorn in certain corners of the Mexican American community for playing Tano Music's most famous singer but Lopez won acclaim for the performance though. She did not sing in the film. The warm reception for Selena convinced several in the music business particularly Sony Music Executive Tommy Mottola the man who discovered Mariah Carey that the future J. Lo could pursue a full on pop career in short Jennifer Lopez. Would at last become a singer after she had tried and succeeded at everything else. If you had my love was the first single from on the six Jennifer Lopez's debut album. It dropped the same month. Ricky Martin was scaling the charts with Livin. La Vida Loca. Unlike Martin Lopez had no prior Latin pop career to fall back on no need to transition out of Spanish language material her ticket would-be English language. Pop with a nebulous. Lee Latin flavor that nebulous nece was especially true of if you have my love produced and Co written by Aren be hitmaker Rodney Jerkins. The song could just as easily have been recorded by the other artists. Jerkins was producing at the time. Such as Brandy Monica. Or destiny's child as with those hit makers however if you had my love was a smash rising to number one on the hot one hundred in just five weeks. Actually KNOCKING OUT MARTIN'S LIVING LA VIDA. Loca thanks to Lopez's profile in the Latin community. The song also made an appearance on the Latin tracks chart it only reached number twenty seven there but Spanish language stations were playing. Lopez's success indicated that the Latin boomlet of ninety nine was cultural as much as musical having established herself. Lopez did issue somewhat more Latin flavored singles for the rest of the year including the Latin House. Track waiting for tonight. A number eight pop number one club hit the one. Two Punch of Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez was like a siren song to the Latin pop world. If as I said earlier this was a universe of stars hiding in plain sight by the second half of one thousand nine hundred ninety nine. They wouldn't be hiding from mainstream audiences anymore for the rest of the year. The charts were awash in stars from the Latin world. Who'd been working Spanish language radio for years but now saw an opportunity to break on pop. Radio at least one of these stars came equipped with both catchy songs and a famous last name Enrica Iglesias son of polio. Iglesias had launched a musical career in the nineties. Totally independent of his Megastar. Father Henryk as three three Spanish language albums for the phone. No-visa label had sold fourteen million copies. Wow He'd been considering a move into English language pop for some time the breakthrough of Martin and Lopez accelerated and wreak as plans. He signed a new deal with interscope records in June. Nineteen thousand nine hundred ninety nine. When the Latin Crossover explosion was in full force and it took him just a couple of months to score his first number. One hit by llamas was like Martin's Livin La Vida loca and intentionally bilingual hit. The title was the only Spanish in it and it was written by a pair of Englishman. Paul Barry and Mark Taylor Barry would later admit that the emphasis in the title is is on the wrong syllable. Iglesias things by La Moss. Not by lamas because Barry did not speak fluent Spanish as with Ricky and J. Lo however the width of Latin Flavor. More than any rigorous. Authenticity was all. It took to send Iglesias's English language breakthrough to number one on the hot one hundred. By then. Another Latin veteran had dropped his English language. Debut Mark Anthony was a serious star in the world of salsa a potent singer who had broken via free style and houses and then transformed himself into the air to salsa legends. Light Hector Leveaux and Willie Cologne released in August of one thousand. Nine hundred ninety nine I need to know was like a vintage mark. Anthony hit with subtitles all the rhythm and brass of salsa jam with English lyrics. I need to know reached number three in the fall of nineteen ninety nine and it was followed in early two thousand by Florid Latin flavored valid. You sang to me. Which peaked at number two by the way for those who are curious though they both broke through on the hot one hundred in one thousand nine hundred ninety nine future paramore's Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Were not dating that year. They would marry five years later. The ninety nine Latin boom was even boosting veteran. Latin singer Songwriters who were able to write for other artists. John Cicada a Cuban American pop singer who was discovered by and Gloria Estefan had scored a top five Latin flavored. Hit In nineteen ninety two called just another day. Sakata hadn't had a major pop hit in more than five years but in nineteen ninety nine. He Co wrote a ballad for Ricky Martin's English language album. She's all I ever had the official follow up single to live in La Vida loca reached number two in September. One thousand nine hundred ninety nine but possibly the biggest most improbable chart topping. Success of ninety nine came from a fifty two year old Mexican American musical legend. Who'd already been inducted into the rock and Roll Hall of fame? We talked about Carlos Santana extensively in our woodstock episode of Hit parade including his nineteen ninety nine smash smooth the Song Co written and Sung By matchbox twenty singer. Rob Thomas was the lead single to supernatural Santana's star-packed debut for for aristotle records the album overseen by Ariston Mogul Clive. Davis was in the works months before the Latin pop explosion of ninety. Nine but the breakthrough of Ricky Martin Jennifer Lopez and Enrico Iglesias only gave this song with its cha-cha beat and prominent horns greater commercial prospects. Smooth topped the hot one hundred in October. One Thousand Nine hundred ninety nine thirty years after his woodstock debut Carlos Santana had his first number one hit and it stayed there a dozen weeks into two thousand six weeks after it completed. Its number one run smooth won record and song of the year at the Grammy Awards and supernatural one album of the year. Six weeks after that Santana was back on top of the hot one hundred with a second number one hit the even more Latin Flavored Maria. Maria Maria. Maria spent ten more weeks at number one would Santana have scored two chart topping blockbuster hits on the hot one hundred and a fifteen times platinum album without the ninety nine Latin explosion coming I. It's impossible to say but it couldn't have hurt by two thousand Latin Bumi version one point. Oh was starting to show some strain. The number of hits. These artists generated was stunning and most had unmistakable Latin rhythms instrumentation and flavor. But every last one of them was in English many had been written or produced by non Latin collaborators who were deliberately aiming for Anglophone Crossover critics and many longtime fans of Latin pop called the wave in authentic and watered down and it was only starting to seem more so in the summer of two thousand and Rica. Iglesias scored a second number one. Hit Be with you that was certainly danceable but four little relationship to Latin music. At all. Ricky Martin moved quickly in two thousand to generate a second English language. Lp sound loaded sold well going double platinum but it's singles. Were already starting to seem like retreads most especially its lead off track. She bags which missed the top. Ten peaking at number twelve. I will spare you all the version of she. Bangs Sung three years later by American idol. Hopeful William Hung throughout this multi. Year wave of crossover hits by Ricky Jennifer and Enrica one major Latin superstar. Also recognizable by a single name was waiting on the sidelines. Kira how to following in Latin music circles arguably more impassioned than anyone like the late Selena the Colombian born Shakira Isabel. Nevada revolt was the queen of a well-defined Latin sub-genre in her case. A blend of rock crossed with modern pop. That echoed the sound of such Anglo Stars. As Alanis Morissette you might say Shakira was built for Crossover in an ironic footnote. Shakira's first big break back in one thousand nine hundred ninety three came at a Chilean music festival. Where one of the judges was none other than then twenty year. Old Former menudo member Ricky Martin. Ricky picked the sixteen year old Shakira to win the competition. She came in third by the late ninety s Shakira signed to Sony's Colombian Division had sold more than ten million. Lp's across Latin America including her mega smashes. Bs Puzzles. And don't they estan loosely rawness. Sony felt strongly enough about her crossover potential that they won her a nineteen ninety nine appearance on. Mtv's blockbuster acoustic showcase unplugged. The televised performance introduced thousands of MTV viewers to Shakira's magnetic sensual hip. Swiveling live presence. An album of this performance Shakira MTV unplugged sold more than a quarter million copies in America. In two thousand softening the ground for her long jesting. Crossover Shakira's I primarily English album. Laundry service was finally issued in the fall of two thousand one. More than two and a half years after the Ricky Martin breakthrough even more than the other Latin crossovers. Shakira's was carefully calibrated not to eviscerate her heritage. Its lead off single. Whenever wherever co written by veteran superstar Gloria estefan combined mainstream hop friendly hooks with the distinct league Colombian sounds of Andean flutes and guitar lines played on a shutter angle. Long careful setup for Shapiro's Anglo breakthrough worked laundry service debuted at number three on the billboard. Two hundred in December two thousand one and spent more than a year on the album chart going triple platinum by two thousand two Shakira managed to split the difference between more overtly Latin flavored tracks. Like the new wave and tango hybrid. Objection Tango and straight up. Pop balladry like the number nine. Hit underneath your clothes with hindsight Shakira's breakthrough marked the unofficial of Latin Boom Mita version. One point of the artists who became hot one hundred stars from one thousand nine hundred ninety nine to two thousand one continued to spin off hits but many veered further and further away from anything resembling Latin music from the Bouncy pop of Enrica Iglesias to the hip hop adjacent anthems of the re-christened Jane. Ironically the artists who retreated from Anglo pop as the first wave ended was the man who had kicked it off Ricky Martin in two thousand three Martin issued another all Spanish album his first in five years and he was warmly welcomed back on the Spanish language charts topping hot Latin tracks instantly. With at the time Martin spoke about wanting to quote go back to my center to the beginning unquote. Unspoken was the fact that the glare of the mainstream pop spotlight had been more intense on ricky than for any other Latin crossover stars save perhaps Jennifer Lopez Martin was still more than half a decade away from coming out as gay for the rest of the two thousand and twenty tens. Ricky Martin scored more than a dozen Latin chart top ten hits but he never returned to the pop top forty in a way regardless of his personal motivations. Ricky's return to musical. Roots was well timed because in the twenty first century. Latin pop even the songs that crossed over to Anglo audiences was about to go in a more authentic sounding Spanish first direction and though Martin had nothing to do with it the backbone of this new trend came from his homeland of Portland task. It is rare that musical artist both invents the name of genre and becomes the leader of that. But that is precisely what Ramon Luiz. Yala Rodriguez Aka Daddy Yankee achieved in the two thousands Daddy Yankee coined the term reggae tone for the blend of Jamaican dancehall Spanish Language Street tails and American hip hop that was exploding in Puerto Rico in the late nineties. The core element of the genre was the dumbo rhythm. Taken from reggae. All mentored by a rap derived snare and Kick Drum Daddy. Yankee added the Latin suffix tone to reggae to give reggae tone its name and having coined the term he went on to dominate the genre scoring what is arguably still its definitive. Hit just a couple of years into his recording career. Wise Two thousand four single gasoline not only went top ten or top twenty in more than a dozen countries worldwide. It also amazing cracked. Us Top forty peaking at number thirty two despite featuring a word of English. It was the first fully Spanish song to crack the US. Top forty since LOS LOBOS CHART-TOPPING LA Bamba in nineteen eighty seven practically simultaneously with the rise of Gaza. Lena came another smash. Riggott on single by a rising. Cuban American. Rapper and singer are Christiaan beddis. Who CALLED HIMSELF? Pit Bull was pit bulls owed to ample posterior featuring rap punctuation from Atlanta cronk King Lil. Jon It tied Daddy. Yankee's Gasol Nina by peaking at number thirty two on the hot one hundred in two thousand four. The Year of Reagan's mainstream breakthrough rappers. Were not the only artists drawn to the reggae tone rhythm the following year Shakira was planning the next move in her global chart conquest and once again she wanted to play on both sides of the street in a bold move previously attempted by the likes of guns and roses and Bruce Springsteen Shakira's plan for two thousand five was to come back with a pair of simultaneously conceived Alberto's unlike those rockstars however she would issue the two albums roughly six months apart and most ambitiously one would be in Spanish. The other in English both albums would be called oral. Fixation and volume. One would be the Spanish album. The how soon. Als- looming ticket. The lead single of the first album was called Lotto tutor duet about romantic torture featuring Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz and a thumping reggae tone. Beat in a chart run that lasted all summer. Lot Thought Duda reached an impressive number. Twenty three on the hot one hundred and the fee. Hacien- dow album went gold and eventually platinum. The reason the Spanish language album had been issued. I was that team Shakira. Had more modest crossover commercial expectations for it. The second two thousand five album aural fixation volume two would be Shakira's official English language successor to laundry service and it was widely expected to be the greater blockbuster. But that's not how things work out. Don't bother the lead single from oral fixation volume two missed the top forty peaking at number forty two by Christmas. Two thousand five Shakira's second. English album was shaping up as a flop with the potential to not even go gold. But that's when Shakira and Sony Music pulled out of their sleeps Shakira's biggest baby talk. Why clip off formerly of rap troop the Fujii's had recorded a song called dance like this for the little seen. Two Thousand Four Film Dirty Dancing Havana Nights. John felt the song had never lived up to its potential and when in early two thousand six Shakira's label epic records approached him to see if he could help revive Shakira's latest album he proposed remaking dance like this as hips. Don't lock giving secures own y dancing style you might say. The reboot was perfectly on brand. Reinvented with a hybrid. Salsa reggae song ribbons with sampled. Latin trumpets that wycliffe replicated from the prior rap hit deja Vu uptown baby. The new hips don't lie was globally minded hip hop friendly anthem. Epic Rush released the single in the spring of two thousand six and even we issued the oral fixation volume two CD to include hips. Don't lie by April. The single was in the top forty saving the album which left back into the top ten and went platinum by boom hips. Don't lie was a number one. On the hot one hundred giving Shakira her only American pop chart topper for the rest of her career. Secure out would continue to straddle. Sonic BORDERS. She would occasionally try her hand at mainstream. Anglo pop like two thousand nine disco fueled hit. She will but Shaquir US biggest selling global single ultimately came when she like Ricky Martin a dozen years earlier was tapped to record a world cup anthem. The two thousand ten track WOCKA WOCKA this time. For Africa celebrated the first soccer final held in South Africa it team Shakira with South African group freshly ground while the song only scraped the top forty in America it topped charts in more than a dozen countries and ultimately sold fifteen million copies this time for Africa Jennifer Lopez for her part was also becoming more globally minded at the turn of the tents her smash hit on the floor sampled cameras nineteen ninety. Dance Smash Lombardo remember that Infectious Melody. It also included rap support from Pitt Bull. The song reached number three on the hot one hundred in the summer of two thousand eleven and number one on the dance club chart for his part pit bull had transformed himself from a reggae tone rapper to an all purpose club pop star even when his singles featured a few words in Spanish they're rhythms now had more to do with dance floors than street corners. He scored with two thousand nine number two hot one hundred hit. I know you want me Cayenne. Ocho won't serve and twenty eleven's give me everything a summer number one smash featuring singers neo and neighor and Dutch. Dj Africa Chuck but while Shakira J. Lo and pitbull all attempting to keep one toe on the dance floor and one eye on the hot one hundred on Spanish language. Stations reggae tone was hybrid. Izing with every Rica Iglesias had continued pursuing. Pop Hits as late as twenty ten with Solid Success. But by the mid tens. He had refocused his energies. On the Spanish language radio dial and he began scoring some of the biggest hits of his career and wreak as twenty fourteen smash by Landau not to be confused with his nineteen ninety nine. Mostly English hit by lamas fused a reggae tone beat with Spanish. Flamenco BY LANDAU. Spent twenty four weeks. On top of billboard's Latin pop airplay chart then a record and even reached number twelve on the hot one hundred fueled by both digital sales and airplay on mainstream top forty radio stations indeed. The sound of Spanish language music in the twenty s was a hybrid a combination of traditional balladry from artists like Buckshot. The singer Romeo Santos St- and of course reggae tone from rising stars like the Colombian singer Jose Alvarado or Saudi. Oh belvin known to the world as J valves need these twin forces Latin balladry and reggae toned finally fused late in the decade producing the biggest Latin crossover single of all time. Luis Fonsi from San Juan. Puerto Rico was a lot in pop veteran and a sizeable star on Spanish language radio indeed by the mid twenty s an entire generation of Hispanic. Americans probably couldn't remember a time. He wasn't somewhere on the airwaves. Never especially hip. Fonzie had been a reliable hitmaker since his career launched in the late. Nineteen Ninety s by the mid two. Thousands Folksy was largely focused on guitar based love songs. Such as his Latin tracks chart topper not a espadas simply or nothing is forever had some time around twenty fifteen phone see got a brainstorm. What if he could fuse his guitar? Balladry with the thump of Latin dance music. He and fellow songwriter. Erika Ender at. I thought that their experimental track could be a Colombian style coup Mbia but eventually they landed upon the idea of pairing their melody with the beat of reggae tone after all fellow. Puerto Rican artist Daddy. Yankee was still scoring. Latin Chart Toppers as late as Twenty Sixteen John. Taking in the fall of Twenty Sixteen Fossey and his producers invited Daddy Yankee into the studio to record the Duet Fonsi had conceived under the Spanish word for slowly as in taking one's time both in love and on the dance floor. The word was d'esposito. Be to where he got those. But I released at the start of twenty seventeen. D'esposito was an immediate smash with Latin audiences. It topped charts in about a dozen Latin American countries and it was on top of billboard's hot Latin songs chart by mid February at this point d'esposito could have wound up a hit on the order of Enrica. Iglesias Landau a blockbuster in the Latin World. But that's when the story took its most unexpected turn come and move thankful such a. Besson dot spring while on tour in Bogota Colombia Canadian pop. Megastar Justin Bieber heard d'esposito and was captain who contacted fancies management and asked if he could jump on areement. The only kaneohe hats. You never hear the words baby tickets also. Interestingly for the rest of the track bieber sings in phonetic Spanish despite having no Latin heritage whatsoever while the opening English verse is in Congress and slightly hokey on the Spanish Chorus. Bieber's buttery vocals turned out to be ideal for Latin pop harmonized. Seamlessly with false seed does not. This is when d'esposito exploded in the anglophone pop world the week the Bieber remix dropped d'esposito shock from number forty eight to number nine on the hot one hundred within three weeks. It was number one. The first primarily Spanish number one hit on the chart since mock arena. Twenty one years earlier we all come true. It took the presence of an anglophone Popstar to make d'esposito nationwide American hit but here was the difference from mock arena and all of Latin crossover hits from two decades earlier. D'esposito remained an overwhelmingly Spanish language song with a sound that made little compromise with American pop. Radio this was not living La Vida loca or by Lamas Louise Fonsi and Daddy. Yankee had fused there's different corners of very authentic Latin music but they did virtually nothing to reshape the songs for Justin Bieber indeed. It was Bieber who had to learn a bit of Spanish and adapt to the sound of the song. D'esposito was a watershed in Latin. Crossover pop as we told you in our twenty tens episode of Hip Parade. D'esposito was a record setter. It spent sixteen weeks on top of the hot one. Hundred tying a twenty one year old record held by Mariah Carey and boys to men more important for this episode d'esposito kicked off what might be called Latin Boom. Mita version two point zero and this time the Latin stars are compromising far less than ricky and reggae or Jalen later in twenty seventeen j thousand scored his first major crossover hit with the Willy William Duet Me Hinton already a top forty hit by September the release of a remix featuring no less than beyond say hurdled. The song to number three on the hot one hundred odds when Belvin reached this new peak. It was just two spots below the number one song. Bodak yellow by Cardi B. A RAPPER. Who was herself of? Dominican and Trinidadian descent. Cardi made good on that heritage the following summer in July of Twenty Eighteen Cardi B. returned to the number one on the hot one hundred with I like it. A reboot of Pete Rodriguez Perennial Salsa Classic. I like it like that as with d'esposito and this hit showed how far the idea of Latin crossover had come along and banker bag Latino because Hardee's version of this. Formerly all English song was now half in Spanish that non English content came. Courtesy of J. Bows and a twenty four year old up and coming singer and rapper from Puerto Rico born Benito Antonio Venus Oh Cossio but known to the world as bad. I'm on the success of bad bunny in just. The last three years has been remarkable leader in twenty eighteen. He got rapper drake to collaborate with him in Spanish. No less on the number five top one hundred hit me. And in February of this year when Shakira and Jennifer Lopez took the stage at the Super Bowl Halftime. Show also joining them. Onstage were J Galvin and bad bunny to Latin megastars who were crossing over in America without singing much English or compromising their sound ban in a way it was a passing of the torch to women from Latin Boom. Eat of version one point. Oh showcasing two men who were at the forefront of. We'll meet the two point and forbade bunny. The impact was NASA one month after the Super Bowl. Bad bunnies new album debuted on the billboard two hundred album chart all the way up at number two billboard reported that it was instantly the highest charting all Spanish album in American chart history by the way on this track see veil to Mama. Bad Bunny is interpolated. The melody of the boss of Classic. The girl from EPA Nima yet again one more emerging Latin Megastar is calling back to a standard from decades ago six decades after Ritchie Valens and Joao Gilberto and two decades after the breakthrough of Ricky Martin. Bad Bunny is crossing over but he is not compromising. Where will the newest Latin boom go from here? Perhaps the answer lies in the name of bad bunnies new album which is still in the top three on the billboard. Two hundred as I speak the album sports a rather cryptic titles. It's just eight letters. Y H L Q MD L. Which stands for the Spanish phrase? Your ago looking mayday Lagaan and that sentence translates to do whatever I want my live up to. I hope you enjoy this episode of Hip rain. This show was written edited and narrated by Anthony. That's meet my producer is Justin de right and we also had helped this episode from Rosemary. Belsen and June. Thomas is the senior managing producer. And Gabriel Roth. The editorial director of sleep podcasts check out their roster of shows at slate dot com slash podcast. You can subscribe to her aid wherever you get your podcasts. In addition to finding it in the slate culture feet if you're subscribing on Apple podcasts. Please rate and review US while you're there it helps other listeners. Find the show. Thanks for listening and I look forward to leading the hit Parade Back Your Way Austin. Don't says Ballantyne East Soy Chris Milan.

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The Bridge: Ladies of the Canyon and the Rhythm Nation

"This episode of Hit Parade is sponsored by Hyatt ever found yourself in a new city wishing you could tap into the local music scene but didn't know where to start well. Hyatt centric hotels and so far sounds are doing just that together. They're bringing guests. It's to the center of the action with intimate live shows that highlight local musicians and a little later in the show we'll hear from one one of them a blues and soul singer and songwriter from Boston. 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That's welcome back by John Sebastian a number one hit from nineteen seventy six wchs as we told you in last month's hit parade Sebastian the former lead singer of the loving spoonful wasn't even supposed to play the Woodstock Festival in nineteen sixty nine for Sebastian Woodstock was an accidental bridge between his career with eleven spoonful full and his career as a solo artist which eventually produced this chart topping hit and these mini episodes bridge edge are full length monthly episodes. Give us a chance to catch up with listeners and enjoy some hit parade trivia this month. I'm pleased to introduce as my co host minute producer for these mini episodes Oshawa Salute. This is her first time behind the MIC on hit parade the bridge so Oshawa welcome to the bridge. Thanks so much Chris. It's an honor to be here doing the bridge with you while it's an honor to have you so you have been producing the show for us since last month. August was your first bridge episode but I think you've been listening to the show for a while. That is true. I'm a huge fan and in fact I have a favorite episode that I wanNa tell you about. Oh fantastic. The first episode that I had a total galaxy brain experience listening into was the Madonna episode the Veronica Electronica edition because it bridged pun intended together to parts of my personal music history in a way that was really unexpected for me growing up my mom was the musical educator of the house she had really good and broad taste and she taught me a a lot of what I know but my dad only liked one artist and that was Madonna wow he's Madonna superfan exactly he move of to the US in the eighty s and his brain sort of just imprinted on her and he didn't like any other music so obviously I had a lot of curiosity the about her growing up and eventually once I started listening to music I came to really respect her as a pop star and icon and when I saw that there was a Madonna episode of Hip Parade. I was like Oh cool I'm going to learn something about the eighties and the time that my dad moved here to the US but you blew my mind because instead we talked about Madonna in the ninety s and ninety s Electronica so I'm for Miami Florida. Florida and I totally dabbled in their rave culture. That was happening there. I went to Your Ultra Music Festival a few times in high school breath and the artists that you mentioned in that episode like the prodigy the chemical brothers and moby those artists were far past their prime but they were still headlining festivals that I went to I was in high school which as you pointed out Madonna was indirect dialogue without seen and that just really blew my mind because you took me from something that I thought Oughta as like an artist. My Dad liked to the ELECTRONICA that I- imprinted on as a teenager and thought was so cool of course the topic of our most recent full length parade. If I may segue is in the past for both you and me I mean the Woodstock Festival predates my birth. I am certainly a middle aged man but I am not that old and I do not remember what stock not because I was there. and you know sampled the brown acid but because I was not born yet when woodstock happened so the Woodstock episode researching this episode was a lot of fun work for me but you know there were pieces of it that I already knew. There were parts of it that I had to get educated on yeah. I thought the framing of like where each artist was before and after woodstock was really important and and also really interesting because when we think about about festivals now it's so rare for a festival to put an artist on the map. It happens more or the other way around right well yeah. I mean think about that poster that comes out every year when they announced the Coachella lineup. Everybody's looking at you know not only who are the headliners right. Whether it's a a beyond say or a Kanye store pick your favorite rock band Tame Impala. Let's say yeah but also where the other bands all fall in the you know hierarchy bands and there was absolutely a hierarchy of Dan's at Woodstock doc as I point out in the episode you can even if you WanNa Google it folks you can even find out how much everybody woodstock was paid. I allude to it briefly in the episode but everything from from what new acts like Sean on our paid versus you know what a headliner like the WHO or blood sweat and tears were paid so happy you know no in New People like Santana who I left at number one for the very end of the episode you know Santana were the big discovery of the festival and they were paid less less than a thousand dollars Carlos Santana a few hundred dollars for the Gig but he also earned himself a lifetime of renown by wowing the festival and he picked the best possible moment to release his first album so an artist that would stock maybe could have put on the map but didn't in quite is a favorite of Mine Joni Mitchell. Oh sure and I love that anecdote from episode about how she didn't go because of her manager recommending adding that she not yeah well and I didn't even go into all the detail I could have because I kind of Shoe Horn Joni Mitchell who's a favorite of mine too into the discussion of crosby stills Nash and young because of her connection to those guys she was dating Graham Nash at the time she wrote the Song Woodstock wound up on the first crosby stills Nash and young album album we but the irony of Woodstock pointed out in the episode is Joni Mitchell did not go to woodstock and you know if you want to go a little further down the rabbit hole. I find this interesting specifically the reason she was told not to go to woodstock stock that weekend in August nineteen sixty-nine by her manager and purportedly the person who told her not to go with David Geffen so not just any manager but like kind of the Uber Manager of if you know rock and roll at the turn of the sixties and seventies she was told not to go because she had a date to be on the Dick cab show and so once again you however the taping of the Dick Cavaco didn't happen until I believe the Monday after the Woodstock Festival. Basically word had gotten around that the Woodstock Festival was so clogged with traffic that we can. They were afraid that if Joni Mitchell went to upstate New York she wouldn't make it back and the only tragedy of this this is that if you watch the footage of this Dick Cabinet interview in August of Nineteen sixty-nine. If you just tuned in to cabin we're sitting there on the stage with Joni Mitchell there are several performers who did go to woodstock and they made it back to New York City and time to tape cabinet. We have to Jefferson airplane's. Should you be so foolish as to have just joined this Jason Joni Mitchell and we have to people who just happened to be passing through the studio looking for a payphone that works in New York and they are Stephen Stills sales and David Crosby of crosby stills Nash and young so yes the traffic was terrible and you know everything was a mess in Bethel New York that we can but they did make it back in time for Cabot so it was really a missed opportunity for Joni Mitchell. It was fairly early in her career. It's not a guarantee that she would have made it onto the stage that night but if she had that could have been a a real breakthrough moment for her because by you know summer of sixty nine she's only got a couple of albums in her catalog thus far and she really hasn't had that big breakout hit songs sounds like big yellow taxi or help me those are coming in the seventies. There are songs by her like both sides now which had been hit for Judy Collins in nineteen sixty eight joanie is an artist had really not had her breakthrough so she really is kind of the missed opportunity of woodstock she she very well could have had a breakthrough it what stock that said. She did a really good job with having not gone that song that she wrote Woodstock is very convincing. It's chilling and super beautiful we saw we and I felt a little betrayed to learn that she hadn't been and just sort of got the details from her boyfriend but got to go back to that. Dick Cavite appearance based on the performers who showed up on TV and talked about their experience at Woodstock seems like everyone was aware player. Even in the moment how sort of shining and golden and rare the experience they just had was consider that as a city yeah well. I mean France like about two nights ago that place up there was the second biggest city in New York and had no violence yeah and I think many of the happy be memories of Woodstock are about just how improbable it was. It was a truly utopian experience or to use the subtitle they gave the concert. It was an aquarium career. Experience Hendrix is asleep asleep so before we leave the topic of Woodstock. I thought that this might be a good time to do some listener mail because this one letter that fan wrote back in February in response to the creedence clearwater revival show feels really applicable to the Woodstock episode as well and so. I just wanted to share it dear Chris. I haven't ever written a fan Dan letter to a podcast her but there's a first time for everything. AB- sixty five grew up in the bay area credence was definitely the soundtrack from my high school years and your show brought all of that flooding back. The airplane track also brought back particular party and a particular girl. I remember having big arguments with the neighbor kid about whether credence or the who were a better band in my defense he was an actual musician and and at the time only happy Jack was getting airplay didn't compare to proud very anyway. Thanks for all your deep dives. Sincerely John Wren proud slate plus member fantastic. Thanks John I am enormously flattered by that letter and by the direct reminiscences of somebody who is there in nineteen sixty nine. I'm glad somebody caught the Easter egg that through into the creedence clearwater revival episode back in February of a song from surrealistic pillow the smash album by the Jefferson airplane in the summer of sixty seven particularly the song that we played in that creedence clearwater revival episode an airplane Song called she has fun 'cause is just this wonderful example of the kind of psychedelic academic rock that was starting to come out of the bay area and the West Coast in general. I knew that it would be meaningful to a certain segment of listeners. I'm actually a pretty big fan of that. Jefferson percent airplane album myself so thank you so much John. Thank you for your reminiscences and your compliments for the show. I'm so glad that you're enjoying it. Julie Roads is a blues news and soul singer and songwriter from Boston. When you come to Boston the history just sort of like seeps in everywhere you look around and you see see all of the old architecture and the streets the really cool thing about the Boston music scene. Is that everybody sort of in it together. There's so many people who are such incredible talented musicians and you just feel like you're a part of something special I discovered the local music scene and that that sort of what sparked my interest in roots music and Blues Music and things like that high it really wants to its guests to the heart of the action so tight centric hotels. How's teamed up with so far sounds at a so far show? It's nothing like a regular show. It's always something different earlier this year. Julia played played a so far sound show at Hyatt centric faneuil. Hall you get to the area downtown Boston. It's like about as city like as you can get and when you got inside the lobby there's carpet pillows and lights and just sort of like Bohemian feel little room within the hotel lobby. I think there's something to be said about creating an intimate unique experience you know normally we're kind of in a rowdy bar you know so it's nice to sort of strip trip down a little bit and you look at everyone's faces and you can tell that they're like really digging into the music. Everyone sort of just experiencing something together. Learn learn more about how hype centric hotels are hosting so far shows around the world at high centric. Dot Com now comes the time in hit parade the bridge where we do some. Trivia and joining us on the line is Steve From Fort Lauderdale Steve or you. They're fantastic. Thanks so much for joining us. I understand banned from Russia that you are an eighties pop expert. Is that rights. Oh expert is is such a detailed word. It's it's definitely my the might go to decade. You know it was the first half of the eighties were high school the Second Half College so so that's that's the home base for me. I totally understand I am myself a person who came of age musically in the eighties also if I may ask are are you a sleep plus member. I am indeed asleep plus member inside I. I'm pretty sure I was a member before. You started doing hit parade fantastic well as I. I'd like to remind folks at this point in the Trivia. While this bridge episode is available to all hit parade subscribers we only open our trivia rounds to slate plus members so oh if you are a member and would like to be a trivia contestant visit slate dot com slash hit parade sign up. That's sleet dot com slash hit parade. They'd sign up so Steve. I know you know how this works but briefly. We're going to ask you three Trivia questions. The first is going to be a callback to our most recent full length episode of Hip Parade and the next two are going to be a preview of the next hit parade episode and then at the end. This is always the fun part. You get to turn the tables on me and ask me me a trivia question. So are you ready for some trivia and indeed all right fantastic here. We go question one last month. We told you about woodstock performers who did not have the best time at the festival. Some of them even asked to be taken out of the Woodstock Film and Soundtrack which which of these performers who were on stage in August nineteen sixty nine did not appear in either the woodstock film or Soundtrack a Janice Joplin be the WHO see crosby stills Nash and young or D. Shana well GonNa guess a just because of all those artists Janice Joplin seems like the most woodstock and I'm guessing that that there'd be some irony at the question. You guessed absolutely correct. The correct answer is age. Janice Joplin unhappy with her rather inebriated performance in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Joplin asked to be removed from the woodstock film and Soundtrack. LP while Neil young by the way also refused to be filmed his bandmates crosby stills and Nash did appear in the film and several songs of C. S. US and wise did make the album alright. You're one for one rock on so are you ready for question to sure all right here we go question chew all of these albums generated a record seven top ten hits on Billboard's hot one hundred but which one actually did better than the rest by producing seven top five hits a Michael Jackson thriller. Be Bruce Springsteen born in the USA see Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation Eighteen fourteen or D Drake Scorpion. Wow and I don't know anything about drink so I'm not going to touch that one of those three. I'm just just GonNa Guess Michael Jackson. When all else fails? The answer is usually thriller I'm sorry the correct answer was see his sister Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation Janet's brother Michael did set the record in one thousand nine hundred four when thriller thriller produced its seventh top ten hit that feet has been matched by Bruce Jan and drake but Janet's seven top ten hits reached the highest position of any set of hits. They were all top five hits all right. You're one for two. We've got one more question that light question. Too is a preview of next month's episode. Are you ready for question. Three sure all right here we go question three of the seven top tens on Janet Jackson's rhythm nation. Four of them were number one hits including three of the following which of these was not a hot one hundred number one hit a miss. You much coach be rhythm nation. See escapade or de la will never do without you. I'm GonNa Guess Rhythm Nation because that's probably the most challenging of those four songs and you would be correct. The right answer is B. Rhythm nation the second single from the album after after the number one issue much the album's title track peaked at number two. It's follow up the third single escapade took Janet back to number one and by the way the only only number one. I didn't offer as a choice in this question was the album's sixth single which was black cat fantastic two or three that is awesome Steve. I hope you are feeling rather rather proud of your trivia prowess and the day with Nisshin track is my favorite that album so it's really an excellent song and it even got a small woodstock connection because woodstock performer sly and the family stone were sampled on rhythm nation their song. Thank you for letting me be myself. Again is sampled on that song. Yeah go back and listen to it. It's it's fun. It's kind of buried in the mix but you can definitely wants you hear it. You can't hear it. It's it's an interesting tidbit. Now I understand on that. You have a trivia question for me. Steve's that right. I do right lay it on me. Okay despite selling more copies than any other album that year rhythm nation eighteen fourteen was not nominated in any major category at the grammys in nineteen ninety however it did earn Jin four nominations in minor categories one of which she won which of the following grammys to Janet Jackson Win in Nineteen Ninety and your choices are a producer of the year non-classical be best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist see best music video long form or D. Best Female R vocal performance. That's a really good question all right. I am going to guess that it's either a OR D. I don't know why but I have a good feeling based on what I know of. Rhythm nation that it got one of those and I think I think Janet on it may have been a CO producer rhythm nation so I'm going to guess a producer of the year non-classical. You have guessed incorrectly darn it. The correct answer is c best music video long-form. Janet was nominated all of the categories mentioned but that's the only award sh actually one however. She broke a record with her nomination for producer of the year. It was the first time ever that a woman was nominated in that category to this day. No woman has ever won a grammy for producer of the year which is a travesty but the one small consolation for me is that I did remember there was something unusual about that nomination that year and I just forgot that she didn't actually win it so I at least had an inkling of what was going on there but I did get it wrong. You stumped me. so so congratulations on your fantastic trivia record here today. Steve Because you got two out of three of your questions right and you stumped me so nice job. I Really WanNa thank you for being a part of hip parade the bridge this was a real treat it literally hit. Parade is my favorite podcasts. It's I look forward to it every months. Well that means the world to me. Thank you so much. Steve that house a tough one. Hawk Chris. You kind of knew the answer you know. I I took the L. on that one and it was fair and square and good for Steve. It sounded like he was actually really familiar here with each track on rhythm nation and even though he didn't know where that second half of the Trivia round was going to go. He jumped right in and kind of understood what we were talking about so with that. I'm really excited to hear that. We're GONNA be talking about Janet Jackson next month. Can you tell us what we have to look forward to. We are indeed going to be talking about Janet. Because September is the thirtieth anniversary of the rhythm nation album came out in September nineteen eighty-nine. Yes folks. It's that old and it's. Ah a legitimately great albums a seminal album not just for Janet but you know artists and critics site it's blend of Pop aren be and even hip hop hip hip hop production styles as really innovative for its time and so many artists everyone from beyond say. TLC cited it as a predecessor an influence fluence on their work. It has a chart legacy as well which is strong and possibly under rated because by some measures as I indicated in one of those trivia questions it's the biggest hit generating in writing album of all time it scored seven top ten hits and they were all top five hits which no other album has equalled and there's even even as we'll talk about in the full length episode the possibility that there could have been in eighth single which would have given Janet an all time record alter herself just have to tune in at the end of the month and here are full length episodes to hear the story of Rhythm Nation and the story of Janet Jackson's amazing career well. Asha I hope you and all of our listeners enjoy that episode which we coming in just a couple of weeks and I want to thank you for producing hip raid the bridge and joining me for this episode. It was great having you in front of the Mike Thanks Chris. It was so much fun and an absolute honor and by the way before we sign off one last reminder if you're listening to this bridge episode on Friday September Thirteenth and you happen to be in New York City today. Please join me tonight at six thirty PM at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of their met Fridays series and their acclaimed exhibition play it loud instruments of rock which by the way I've seen and it's amazing. I'll be talking about this woodstock episode of Hip read that we just put out and they're even showing a restored imprint of the woodstock film and it's all free with museum admission so that's tonight at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Fair Hip period the bridge I am Asha Saluda operations variations manager of slate podcasts and I'm Chris Maget lampy keep on marching on PESCA here host of the gist next week my podcast the gist will be taken over by STANDUPS Improv Improv Writers Gagman Manala Gist Biologists talk about five key aspects of comedy movies Improv late night podcast podcast and standup. I lied about the biologist. 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The White and Nerdy Edition

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

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The White and Nerdy Edition

"Welcome to hip hop podcast of pop chart history from slate magazine about the hits from coast to coast. I'm Chris Landfill Chart Analyst pop critic and writer of slates wise. The Song Number One series on today's show last month in our December Twenty nineteen episode of Hip Parade. I talked about the improbable smash that was sitting on top of billboard's hot one hundred Mariah Carey's holiday classic all. I want for Christmas. Is You the first Christmas Song to top. Billboard's hot one hundred in sixty one years is that compelled us to play you the prior Christmas song to hit number one which reached the top all the way back in nineteen fifty eight As I noted David Saville's the chipmunk Song is less a Christmas song then then a novelty record it was still on the hot one hundred for weeks into nineteen fifty-nine long after the holidays were over and hand in a way. This wasn't surprising because in the early rock era novelty records were chart dominators. ooh This was the golden era for goofy hits a time when comical records would not only make the hot one hundred regularly really but quite frequently top chart jungle limbs off a tree in a time when live comics and veteran standups won grammys sold piles of albums and even got on the radio radio. Hello Hello Fata. And while the so-called golden age of novelty songs was the nineteen fifties is and sixties right through the seventies novelty and comedy songs did serious chart business the thing about novelty records though what distinguishes them from Christmas songs is they are a hard hard way to sustain a career sure. Some novelty hits our holiday related. which does make them? perennials graveyards but most novelty hits by their very nature are flashes in the Pan meant went to capture a specific cultural moment. That's what makes the one major ager novelty artist who broke in the nineteen eighties. The one whose name now leaps immediately to most Americans minds when they hear the phrase the Novelty Song so exceptional. He pulled it off. He built a decades long career out of being a goofball so before we talk about the man who actually called all himself weird I will explain how the charts both helped him and made his job so challenging thus making his this chart topping success that much more amazing you might say the magic ingredient was Hokka Pie and as we enter the twenty twenties. We'll even talk about how this accordion in playing national treasure could come back and command the hit parade again more than four decades after he started. And that's where your hit parade marches today. The week ending October October. Twenty first two thousand six. When Weird Al Yankovic White and nerdy reached number nine on billboard's hot one hundred? It was AL's first top ten hit in a multi decade career and the start of a new age for novelty songs on the charts the forty outside before we get there. Let's talk about the time. Be a before al.. The golden age of the novelty over breakfast sandwich as with my sleep day. This is often the moment in hit parade episode where I offer provisos and definitions and for this this episode. We have a real head scratcher. What exactly is a novelty record? Who Decides the recording artist? Just the music industry the public in a way they all do because novelty is in the eye ear and funny bone one of the beholder for example consider this classic by R. and B. Group. The coasters Yucky. Yeah yeah a number one hit in nineteen fifty eight written and produced by Jerry. Lieber and Mike Stolen both that legendary. Songwriting duo and the coasters are in the rock and Roll Hall of fame and the Song is hilarious. A series of drill sergeant commands by a comically pissed off parent hereon at a surly fifties teenager. Okay but is Yacky Yak a novelty record Joel. Whitbourne Whitbourne the authoritative chart statistician who publishes Books Tracking Billboard Hits Tag these socially satirical Jaki Yak Anomaly saw however whip burned does claim that the coasters follow-up hit also written by Lieber installer was a novelty record the the Equality Funny Charlie Brown a number two hit in nineteen fifty nine. Is this song a novelty because it name checks a comic strip character. Music scholar Steve. We've often in his book. The golden age of novelty songs includes both Jaki Yak and Charlie Brown in his study of the Genre congre which he says has a proud tradition. and that's another thing. Is it even insulting to call record a novelty because is both Jaki Yak and Charlie Brown are pretty great. propulsed live witty clever. How we could do this all day in this episode talk about the mysterious distinctions between novelty and normal hits? Is this number. One hit from the eighties by Austrian singer Falco a novelty or a sly mash up of of the classical figure. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the then new musical idiom of rap speaking of rap. What about vis nine thousand nine hundred ninety two number one smash by Sir Mix a lot? Oh my God becky. We devoted a large chunk of our nineties rap episode of Hip Parade to baby. Got Back. Because it's an important song long for the emergence of hip hop on the charts in that decade but it starts with a spoken word comedy bid and the whole song is a laugh riot and yet few tag baby got back a novelty one. More comparison powers in the sixties this song by Australian Rolf Harris Timea Kangaroo down sport a number three. US Hit in one thousand. Nine hundred sixty three was regarded as culturally. Specific novelty. Hit a borderline offensive ditty that trafficked in Australian stereotypes stereotypes for Non Australians amusement. The NAB downs time down but and twenty years later this nineteen eighty three men at work number one hit trafficked in many of the same snarky Australian troops but down under was regarded as a Whimsical pop song and a new wave. Classic while Rolf Harris's Alcee satirizing hit is called a novelty men at work's is not about. My point is not to come up with a definitive answer sir to what a novelty record is rather. I want to emphasize that the border between so-called serious hits and novelties is thin indeed indeed novelty may be like pornography to paraphrase a supreme court justice. You know it when you hear it. Several artists we will discuss have walked that line throughout their careers. In fact dating back to the days of Tin Pan Alley Novelty songs were such a fixture on the hit parade that some of the most celebrated singers found them irresistible vehicles for getting on the radio. Much is that Again the window though. That's traditional pop vocalist Patti page with the nineteen fifty. Three number one hit. How much is that Doggie in the window? Window page recorded all sorts of songs and scored hits with everything from the classic Tennessee Waltz to Allegheny Moon but Doggie in the window. Complete with barking. Sounds one of her biggest hit is whimsical. If not exactly the funny. But it was part of a long tradition of comical or quirky records that were hits for everyone from Al Jolson to Tex Williams. It was somewhat rarer for a recording artists to focus exclusively on comedy records but Spike Jones the nineteen forties and fifties performer not to be confused with the Modern Day. Film director was a pioneer of the novelty form. Build up all day for the race. Food town is favored today assaulted in their dog. Biscuit is Rita one safety has been unscratched. Spike Jones was not only a bandleader and host of a TV variety show he was a creator and altar of comical recordings. His songs could be heard as a satire of the big band era replacing musical notes with obnoxious clatter in Jones's hands a piece of music as grand as Rossini's William Tell overture would turn utterly madcap instruments is competing with noisemakers Spike Jones and his city slickers even scored a holiday holiday perennial and novelty standard with his nineteen forty nine number. One hit all I want for. Christmas is my two front teeth for Christmas. With his exposure boh-sia in a range of Media Spike Jones would serve as an inspiration to generations of novelty recording artists including weird Al Yankovic Mlkadic but Spike Jones hits were largely confined to the pre rock era. Of course rock and roll had its own Manic Energy Ritchie that lent itself to laughs and it is remarkable. How many early rock and roll hits can be read? As basically comical the big boppers chantilly lace this is tagged by Joel whipper and other rock historians as a novelty record even as he is also regarded as a rockabilly pioneer. The same goes for multi. Genre singer Bobby Darin who broke as a rock and roller with the KITSCHY. Catchy splish splash it and later in the decade Rock Pioneer Bo Diddley scored believe it or not his only top forty pop hit with same man. A single that is essentially mostly dialogue as is to shit talking friends. Rank on each other over a beat black rock and roll was also the Meta text for another form of parody. Hit the so-called break in record invented by producer Dickie Goodman his nineteen fifty-six hit with partner. Bill Buchanan the flying saucer. Reinvented Orson Jason Wells. War of the worlds as a spoken word news broadcast punctuated by snippets of then current rock and roll hits Goodman failed to get permission. For any of the song samples it was arguably the rock. Era's first mix tape mash offramp. I Ju- In general comedy records were a Ripe Forum for experimentation as we discussed in last month's hit parade eventual chipmunks monks creator David Seville helped refine the art of sped up recording with his nineteen fifty eight number. One hit the witch doctor. The doctor with doctor he totally what he says and weeks later the high pitched recording trick was replicated by another chart topper shove willies. The purple people eater. There's two purple. Only maybe address you. Your sound was novelty. Records were so omnipresent in nineteen fifty eight that Willie's hit even included a reference to another comical smash Willie's backup singers snuck in reference to short shorts a song going by the royal teens. That had peaked at number three just weeks earlier. These novelty records were in dialogue with each other. Sometimes openly Joe South south a young singer who a decade later would win the song of the year. Grammy for Games. People play scored his first chart hit in the summer of nineteen fifty eight with the mash up record. The Purple People Eater meets the witch doctor. I got real strange. Found people eater and my practice. I saw the witch doctor Seton by his side world witchdoctor in the start of the sixties novelty records. Were topping the hot one hundred on the regular nineteen sixty alone. had three chart topping topping novelty hits and sonically. They were all over the map. Whether it was Brian Hyland's Chirpy owed to a tiny bathing suit very very risque by nineteen sixty standards or four a lurching party record about a caveman named alleyoop recorded by a fictional one off Los Angeles band who call themselves the Hollywood Hollywood argyle's or the half spoken word. Mister custer her a photo lament by a soldier in eighteen seventy six pleading with his general not to send him into the battle of the little bighorn. The track doc was fronted by a man named Larry Verne. Who'd never sung in his life but had a memorable southern drawl of these artists? Only Brian Hyland of itsy-bitsy teeny weeny in Yellow Polka dot. Bikini fame went on to further recording success and that was his last novelty hit. However the producer of the Hollywood argyle's Gary Paxton would produce an even bigger novelty smash two years later Bobby Pickett's Halloween perennial slash instructional dance record? The Monster Mash a number one in October. One thousand nine hundred sixty two graveyards on slow. It's generally novelty alty. Records were a producer's medium and the artists were incidental. The one thousand nine hundred sixty one number. One mother-in-law A CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS R&B and hilarious plant about a meddling maternal figure was the first big hit for legendary writer and producer Alan to song as for the lead artist of mother-in-law New Orleans singer Ernie Quedo it was his only top forty. Hit in me on top of all of these musical novelties. The early sixties was a boom time for straight up comedy recordings by stand up and nightclub performers performers like Bob Bob Newhart yes that Bob Newhart. The Future TV legend was I kid you not a comedy. LP selling Titan in the early sixties new hearts nineteen sixty album the button down mind of Bob newhart topped the billboard album chart for fourteen weeks and one thousand nine hundred sixty one grammy for album of the year offense where you're going with Mr Adams junk for my car. Seven seventy five. And where was that your driveway. Two years later that same grammy was won by another spoken word comedy. LP The first. I family a blockbuster album by comedian and John F. Kennedy impersonator meter that you didn't touch phthalate either routine tonight or at dinner last night would you tell us. Please let me say this about that now. Number one in my opinion the fault does not lie as much with the salad as she does with the addressing being used had a time in the early sixties when the long playing thirty three and a third. RPM album was only beginning going to overtake the forty five RPM single live comedy in front of an audience proved a durable seller of LP records and if a live comedian could tell jokes while singing all the better Harvey CPAP he works for Ib am he went to. Mit God is hd former TV producer. Allan Sherman made a bigger name for himself in writing comic parodies of well known public domain songs with goofy lyrics not unlike Spike Jones a decade earlier Sherman scored three number one. LP's filled with Borscht belt style parody songs in nineteen sixty two and sixty three back. Toback toback he even scored a number two single in the summer of sixty three with his dance of the hours parody about a boy riding home from summer. Camp Hello Mudehwe hello fodder hello fodder here. I am at Camp Granada very entertaining. And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining in a more area Vein Piano playing college professor. Tom Lehrer satirized. The fears and foibles of Cold War Era Society -ociety with Jaunty Cole. Porter like melodies visit American city. You will find it very pretty just two things which you must be aware. Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air but after a half decade of performing his original ditties in front of audiences both in clubs and on television laborers nineteen sixty five album. That was the year that was cracked the billboard the top twenty and eventually went gold by the late sixty S. After the British invasion and Hippie rock began to take over the charts the line between novelty records and rock hits became blurry some novelty hits still read as pure comedy singer Songwriter. Jerry Samuels while under the influence of psychedelics. wrote a perverse song about going mad complete with chipmunk like like sped up vocals released under the moniker Napoleon the fourteenth. They're coming to take me away. Ha Ha reached number three in the summer of one thousand nine hundred. Sixty six coming to take me away. Ha The coming to take me away Ho to the funny farm where life is is beautiful all the time and be happy to say those nice young men in their. Interestingly several listeners noticed in in one thousand nine hundred sixty six that the Napoleon the fourteenth zone featured the same marching drumbeat. As a very recent Bob Dylan stoner anthem. Rainy Day women number twelve thirty five live had reached number two on the charts just weeks earlier in the spring of sixty six. Of course this being Dylan. no-one considered hit a novelty. There was a similarly thin line between novelty and rock credibility on snoopy versus the Red Baron and the breakthrough hit for Florida banned the Royal Guardsmen there whimsical. Oh my gosh to Charles Schulz's comic strip. Canine reached number are two in early. Nineteen sixty seven by the way the second number two hit named for a peanuts character after the coasters one thousand nine hundred fifty nine hit curly brown challenge. They got a if that little rock breakdown sounded familiar. It's because the royal guardsman's snoopy included an intentionally obvious he s allusion to the McCoy's nineteen sixty five number. One hit hang on snoopy indeed throughout the PSYCHEDELIC era. The novelty status of hit records was debatable. especially when sixties pop took on the sounds of Music Hall and Vaudeville Novelty Song Scholar. Steve Often USC. It claims that the two number one hits by Herman's hermits both juvenile revivals of Music Hall. DITTIES are in essence novelty realty records. Mrs Brown you've got a lovely daughter uh-huh and I'm entry. Excuse me Henry. The Eighth I am saves the bust a year later British novelty act the new Vaudeville band scored their only chart topping hit winchester cathedral with an old timey megaphone like the again. None of these trippy. Hits was tagged a novelty by the music business but was the difference between these singles and the more outlandish knowingly tweeden novelty hit tiptoe through the tulips with me by nineteen eighteen sixty eight ukulele playing falsetto singing. Tiny tim the with tiny Tim. Aw was such a pop culture sensation in one thousand nine hundred sixty eight and sixty nine his televised marriage to Miss Vicki on the tonight show drew tens Hinz of millions of viewers that his single hit the top twenty and his album reached the top ten and rode the charts for more than half a year on the countryside of the radio. Dial Johnny cash new the power of a novelty song. He recorded a stem winding story story song written by cartoonist and Songwriter Shel Silverstein called a boy named sue and he took it to number two on the hot one hundred in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine his biggest ever pop hit a cash never took himself too seriously deep into the seventies. He scored his biggest country number one of the decade gate and his last pop. Top forty hit with tall tale one piece at a time a novelty record about a GM plant worker building his his own Cadillac by smuggling home auto parts from his job. On time. You lets it and in the early seventies another rock. Pioneer Chuck Berry scored. His is only number one with the lewd novelty. My Dingley recorded live in front of a British audience who lustily sang by the seventy s novelty records were a big enough genre to inspire their own. Radio program created by a man born Barry Hansen Johnson. Who redubbed himself doctor? demento doctor Demento where on the radio line up your Radio Westwood. One presents the Dr Phil Show to launched at a Pasadena radio station and eventually syndicated at dozens of stations nationwide. The doctor Demento show would play the kind kind of crazy ephemera too weird for the top forty. The doctor Demento show would prove a formative influence on a generation of novelty performance. In later years Hansen would would claim that he launched the show because novelty records. were starting to disappear from the radio. Airwaves after rock turned more serious. In in the late sixties airplay was indeed often the limiting factor with funny or novelty records. The amusement would become less amusing amid the repetition of top forty radio rotation but truth be told novelty records could still become hits in the seventies seventies. One musician even spent the decade successfully walking the line between serious and silly ray. Stevens was the irrepressible energizer. Bunny of novelty hit makers risky had been knocking around the music industry. Since the early sixties he'd even scored a couple of top forty novelty hits early in the decade like a half the Arab but Stevens stepped up his game toward the end of the sixties guitar and Ode to a Loincloth. Clad rock and roller was his first gold. Single in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine during the sixties Stevens had on occasion tried his hand at singles scoring minor hits with tracks like Sunday morning coming down which was later a country hit for Johnny cash. But it wasn't until the seventies that Ray Stevens his career took an unexpectedly ernest turn back on the nineteen seventy number. One hit everything is beautiful. Ray Stevens turned kitsch in to cancel. The single was received as a straight faced inspirational song. Complete with a children's chorus an anthem of tolerance. That was even played in churches. Virtuous everything is beautiful. One grammys in both the pop and inspirational categories in nineteen seventy one and it was played on easy listening and even country stations. But Stevens couldn't stay in in this lane by the mid Seventies. He put his tongue firmly back in his cheek. In nineteen seventy four Stevens jumped on a fad sweeping the nation. And the World Streak Ed Eh. From sporting events to universities and even the Academy Awards Pranksters were sprinting naked in public like never before never never one to pass up a whimsical trend. Ray Stevens wrote and recorded the streak which topped both the US and UK charts in the Sprang of seventy four. It even reached number three on the American country chart pointing the direction. That Stevens career was headed on the north by the end of the decade Stevenson's brand of humor has been most warmly embraced by country audiences and he began aiming his novelty tracks. Like the nineteen eighty-one hit shriner's convention directly at country. Radio Stevens is politics also turned more conservative. Later decades would find him scoring country. Hits with the likes of Osama Yo Mama and Caribou Barbie however nineteen nineteen seventy four is the streak remains Ray Stevens his biggest ever hit but Ray Stevens remained the exception a mostly novelty avalon. hitmaker with more than one hit to doctor demento point but the seventies novelty singles were largely one offs C. See W McCall. Another country pop. Crossover artist who likes. Stevens tried to build a career out of novelty hits managed one on chart topping smash in the winter of one thousand nine hundred seventy six that capitalized on the growing fad of citizens band or CB radio radio the trucker anthem convoy CW. McCall and Iowa singer who invented his truck driver persona for an advertising campaign and wound ended up assuming it for decades never reached the top forty again. The seventies were a kitschy decade in general and like Ray a Stevens a song about streaking or C. W McCall Song about. CB radio's no cultural trend. Escaped novelty hit status Addis Dickie Goodman who in the fifties had invented these so-called breaking record scored another such smash in nineteen seventy five breath with the number four hit Mr Jaws a combination spoken word and pop song satire of Steven Spielberg's Blockbuster Shark Doc. Movie we are here on the beach where a giant shark has just eaten a girl swimmer. Well Mr Jaws how was it and what what did you say when you grabbed her. No Shock Sir. Stupid and in one thousand nine hundred seventy six radio. Dj Rick Dees. He's took a break from his day job to satirize disco music with Disco Duck. A number one hit that would make a cameo appearance in the movie Saturday night fever a year later speaking of media personalities Moonlighting from their jobs. I would be remiss if I left the seventies without talking about the recording success success of. TV's Saturday night live SNL's also. I five years are renowned for several reasons including reinventing TV sketch comedy for a new generation and introducing a new wave of comic performers like Chevy Chase Gilda radner and Bill Murray but one underrated aspect of Saturday. Night live launch was its impact on the music business of course each episode featured a musical performer. which by itself helped break various artists lists but the SNL cast members the so-called not ready for primetime players were also music Dabbler who's dabbling dowling's a lot of records? The Blues Brothers were an invention of SNL CAST members. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd originally finally devised as a warm up act for SNL's Studio Audience Belushi and Aykroyd performances as Jake and elwood blues. Complete with kitschy fifties style suits and Fidora's eventually made the live. TV show itself. Then with the help. Hope of future David Letterman bandleader Paul. Shaffer Belushi and Aykroyd assembled an actual blues brothers band with legendary aside men from booker t and the M Jeez and their album briefcase full of blues was a no kidding number one LP on the billboard album chart it even spun off top forty hits like they're straight faced cover of Salmon Dave's soul man and their novelty novelty hit rubber biscuit on and what's more in January January one thousand nine hundred seventy nine. The week briefcase full of blues broke into the album charts top three. It was sitting next to another LP by by a Saturday night live regular. Old Steve Martin was never an official. SNL CAST member but he was the show's most frequent guest and his repeat appearances. Princes made him a comedy Megastar Martin's Lp a wild and crazy guy was mostly a standup album recorded. Live live in front of crowds in San Francisco and Denver but it closed with a novelty track. Martin wrote for and first performed on Saturday night live King Tut celebrated and satirized Egyptian Pharaoh. Tutankhamun whose remains toward American museums. In one thousand nine hundred seventy eight and were a cultural blockbuster. Released as a single in seventy eight Steve Martin's King Tut made the hot one hundred's top twenty and it pushed Martin's a wild and crazy guy. LP to number two on the charts and double platinum entering the nineteen eighties. Then novelty records were not exactly scarce and some were even hits but they were a tough way to build a sustained career career. Tightening radio formats meant that most stations would not play comical records in regular all day rotation especially after after the launch of FM radios so called morning. Zoo programs these madcap morning shows offered a venue for novelty singles but they might be the only time. Such songs would be played so while established performers like Frank. ZAPPA could score one off. Novelty hits like nineteen eighty-two Valley girl a number thirty to hit recorded with his daughter Moon Unit or pop superstar Rick Springfield could crack the top thirty with the song. Long Bruce a novelty hit about how Mr Springfields fans confused him with Mr Springsteen. It was understood that these songs were never going to receive heavy radio rotation and for performer. Who specialized in novelty hits like? Chicago's jump in the Saddle Apple. Curly the time in the spotlight was brief. Jump in the saddle smash the curly shuffle sold well enough to reach number fifteen gene in early one thousand nine hundred eighty four but again. It's radio spins were largely confined to morning and drive time. Hours and jump in the saddle title never cracked the hot one hundred again. Doctor DEMENTO had a point novelty hits even when they found an audience. We're now no longer anger. Radio hits it was around this time that a young protege of Doctor Demento 's broke on the charts a novelty recording artists. Who would go on to build the most enduring career in comical Nicole musically when we come back how AL became weird in the summer of Nineteen nineteen seventy-nine nineteen year old? Alford Yankovic a student at California Polytechnic State. University in San Luis Obispo California. Nia noticed that there was this punchy song dominating the radio it was my Sharona. The atop hit of one thousand nine hundred seventy nine recorded by new wave rock band the knack and one thing owl knew right away this would be a funny any song to parody. How Yankovic had already spent years listening to the doctor Demento show and home recording his own comical the songs played on accordion? Al Had even passed a tape of some of his songs to Demento when the radio host visited Al's high school all in one thousand. Nine hundred seventy six DEMENTO played a couple of AL songs on the show now at CAL poly Yankovic took his accordion into into a bathroom across from the college radio station and recorded his own version of the tax hit Hungary. One hungry one. I had with him my Bologna Ano- marsh to lunch. Meat would not only launch Al Yank vicks recording career. It typified several royal trends for him for one thing. It was a smash on the doctor. DEMENTO show demento claimed my below was his most requested song of Nineteen Nineteen seventy-nine for another thing als- parody charmed the artist behind the original song. Doug Feiger lead singer of of the neck found out about my Bolognia expressed his appreciation for the flattering Omar and helped. I'll get it released on the next own label people capitol records and it was on that forty five actual label that Al formerly debuted his full performing me. Weird Weird Al Yankovic. A moniker given to him by fellow CAL poly students a couple of years earlier by nineteen eighty. Allie was a star on the doctor Demento show and when he appeared as a guest on the program late that year he came ready to record a follow follow up to my Bologna and had even selected his next hit song parody and another one. The Queen's another one bites the dust was rising to number one on the hot one hundred in the fall of nineteen eighty just cost as al appeared on the Demento show accompanied only by his accordion and the pounding of self styled drummer. Jon Bermuda Mute Schwartz on Al's accordion case Yankovic recorded another one rides. The bus live in Doctor Demento studio media it released on former disco label. Tk records another one rides. The bus became weird Al's first billboard hit reaching a number one hundred and four on the magazine's bubbling under the hot one hundred chart in March of nineteen eighty one. The song was popular enough enough. That al was invited by late night TV host. Tom Snyder to perform another one. Rides the bus on his NBC program the the Tomorrow Show Weird. Al Yankovic I became known for his parodies of Popular Rock Tunes in one thousand. Nine hundred seventy nine with parody song done by the next which was called Misha Aroma and weird. Al Knew how to present himself off on television with his shaggy hair and Frank Zappa like mustache and his rabid rock and roll attack on the Accordion on rock instrument and here was a performer. who had seemingly learned from every novelty act that had come to four from Spike Jones and Allan Sherman? The wit of of combining a familiar melody with unexpected lyrics from Shel Silverstein. How to build a whimsical song like a story from Tom? Lehrer are how to make parody song lyrics not only funny but sharply phrased all of these skills including the visual would come in handy very very soon. It should be noted that weird. AL's initial breakthrough via the DEMENTO show predated the nineteen eighty-one launch of MTV. But once that video channel took off and popularized the music video in America the kinds of new wave songs that became hits lent themselves yourselves to parody and Allie Yankovic had a great year for hit songs with both comic and visual potential. Joan Jett and the black hearts cover of the Arrows I love rock and roll was a number one smash in the spring of one thousand nine hundred eighty two and it lent itself to another weird Al Food Related Parity already I love rocky road helped get out a permanent signing to a label Scotti brothers records and it spawned one of his earliest music videos in which rich a leather clad al trying to look as bad as as Joan Jett herself makes a grand entrance in an ice cream parlor and demands his favorite flavor later in nineteen eighty-two another new wave chart topper would inspire another TV friendly parody. Mickey was a hit largely fuelled by MTV ATV a song that singer choreographer and video artist Toni. Basil routes specifically to accompany her clip of a drill team of cheerleaders. You leaders it reached number one on the hot one hundred in late. Nineteen eighty two and in weird. AL's hands off. Aw I knew blow. It became an Omarosa Komo. TV's I love Lucy with future simpsons voice actress Tress McNeil playing the part of Lucille Ball and weird al.. Oh doing his best Ricky Ricardo. The video shot mostly in black and white presented a madcap but letter perfect parody of the Lucy show and went into regular rotation on MTV. This exposure finally got out onto the hot one hundred itself. Not just the bubbling under Chart Ricky reached number sixty three in the spring of Nineteen eighty-three less than six months after Toni Basil's original Mickey had topped the chart. A follow up single release of I love rocky road also charted in billboard but missed the hot one hundred bubbling under at number one. Oh six this mixed chart. Performance reflected the specific challenge facing weird Al in the early eighties. AL's skill was parodying being songs that were very recent hits trading on their familiarity and adding not only comical lyrics but hilarious. MTV friendly videos news but even following up hits as big as Joan. Jett's and Toni Basil's in an era of regimented. Top Forty Radio Radio playlists a weird AL parody would have to be truly enormous to make the upper reaches of the hot one hundred remember. You're also that in the seventies what got songs like the streak and convoy to number one was latching onto a major trend or fat in short our would have to parody a positively massive cultural phenomenon to break into the top forty and as one thousand nine hundred eighty three turned to eighty four. That's exactly what he did. Yeah well don't general. That are starting up Pan Weird Al targeted the biggest pop sensation on the planet with eat it a parody of Michael Jackson's beat read it a number one hit in the spring of nineteen eighty-three taken from Jackson's all time bestselling album thriller eat. It was recorded and released. When Jackson Mania was at its absolute apex? It should also be noted that as per his usual policy our reached Out to Jackson himself to secure his approval parodies are protected in US law as fair use but AL insists on receiving leaving the original acts blessing to ensure there are no misunderstandings and to ease the process of apportioning royalties on songs. Owl did not originally right like Doug Feiger of the neck. Most artists are flattered by a weird AL parody but Michael Jackson's seal of approval in one thousand nine hundred. Eighty four proved invaluable. That's because weird Al Not only parodied the song for the first time he parodied and original songs. Video shot for shot shot the edict clip recreated Jackson's iconic beat it video including its warring west side story like gangs and avenue included some dancers from Jackson's original video on MTV it was a smash and on the radio. A weird Al hit was finally too big to ignore Edith reached number twelve on the hot one hundred and went gold because the hot one hundred averages both both sales and airplay those gold record sales helped overcome the handicap novelty songs have on the radio but even on the airwaves wave's eat it received considerable rotations at the height of Jackson Mania. Thank Edith was the lead single on the album weird Al Yankovic in Three D. AL's first LP appea- to crack the top forty like the single. It was certified gold the week in April nineteen eighty-four that it reached its peak of number seventeen seventeen on the album chart in Three D.. Was One position higher than the police's blockbuster nineteen eighty three album. Synchronicity which was ironic because als next single was a parody of the police hit from that album king of pain transformed by owl into the sales. Pitch of a proprietor of cowhide king of Suede reached number sixty two in May of eighty four and it was immediately followed by another three d hit that like als earlier single. Ricky doubled as a throwback to the early television era. I'll turn the greg hin bands. Nineteen eighty-three number two hit jeopardy into I lost on jeopardy Pity and to the TV game show notably our recorded the song after the original NBC version of jeopardy hosted by Art Fleming. Fleming was on a long hiatus. Al Got The show's original announcer don. Pardo who also served as the announcer for Saturday night. Live to record a hilarious spoken word. Interlude calling al a complete loser and let me tell you what you didn't win a twenty volumes of the encyclopedia tonight. Okay so turtle wax your supply of the San Francisco drink. But that's not all Don Pardo also appeared in the I lost on jeopardy music video which featured additional cameos from Art Fleming Doctor Demento and even original songwriter. Greg Kent The clip was a smash on MTV and other televised video shows but the song only made it into number eighty one on the hot one hundred in the summer of Nineteen eighty-four the single's release preceded the return of the game show in a new new syndicated forum hosted by Alex Trebek's by just a couple of months in short just months after the success of eat it L. L. was back to peaking in the lower half of the hot one hundred. In fact eat it would be AL's last top forty hit of the nineteen eighties in part. Of course the radio bias against novelty songs was to blame but also weird Al was benefiting in different ways increasingly increasingly. His fan base was springing for his albums not his singles so even when he served up a parody of dominant song like his one. Thousand nine hundred five reboot of Madonna's chart topper like virgin gave. The album did better than the single like a surgeon. Just missed the top forty peaking at number forty seven but it's album dare to be stupid was gold. Within six months Al fans were coming to appreciate not only his parodies of big hit hit singles but his deep cuts these included his so-called style parodies like als devaux Maggi dare to be stupid a track. That doesn't evoke any specific devo song as well as his albums Polka medleys in which Al Ingeniously Ingeniously mashes up. Accordion covers of more than a dozen hit songs in three to five minutes with beer. Garden worthy arrangements generally as long as a weird album contained at least one parody of a chart topping song the disk could be relied upon to go gold in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight one year after Michael Jackson returned with the song. Bad Al once again. parodied both the song and the video with fat. The single only reached number ninety nine but als. LP even worse hit the top thirty and went gold. Weird Al's mixed chart success in the late eighties had to be considered against the backdrop of of novelty recording in general very few novelty singles. Besides als were hits at all at least the one's labeled as such coach the eighties rise of a new genre hip hop lent itself perfectly to parody. In fact to digress for a moment the history wrap from Rapper's delight to baby got back is littered with songs that skirt the line of novelty many wraps formative tracks the built as de facto comedy records including Doug e fresh and slick Rick's seminal show. They don't they never right. That's not come on Biz. Marquees top ten hit just a friend and the deliberately wacky eighty instructional dance single the Humpty dance by digital underground a group that by the way would later spawn the Solo career of to picture core. None of these rap classics was officially tagged as a novelty track. Joel Whitbourne only tags. The show as a novelty and that status is debatable. dateable any actual rapper. Trying to get over would avoid being perceived as a joke. Meanwhile numerous comedians tried to record deliberate rap parodies and none was a major chart. Success from Rodney Dangerfield go to Eddie Murphy who issued a low charting rap parody before switching to straight faced. I pop music but but me to a John Wayne imitator who called himself the rapin Duke. His self titled Minor Hit in one thousand. Nine hundred five live was legendary enough on hip hop radio to later. Be Name checked by the notorious B. I G so you think your bed with your raffle. I'll tell ya pilgrim. I started to cry when you were in diapers and wedding the sheets. I was at the on Rosa wrapping to the DA. The the rise of hair metal and hard rock in the late eighties and early nineties would also seem ripe for parody. Legitimate hits by the likes of poison poison and Motley. crue flirted with comedy but again the need for these rockers to appear hardcore kept them from producing out and out novelty holte singles. Only one hard rock act really attempted pure novelty single. The metal grunge hybrid band Green Jelly with therre thrashing fairy Tale Three Little Pigs. A top twenty single in early nineteen ninety-three that got little radio airplay but sold a half half a million copies by the early nineties. Weird owl was himself trying to regroup and hard rock would be the ticket to his comeback. At the end of the eighties. He'd made a detour are into Hollywood. That proved momentarily fatal to his career. His nineteen eighty nine film. You H F written by and starring. Al All was hyped by Orion pictures as a potential summer blockbuster but it flopped at the box office in a movie season dominated by smashes like like Batman and Indiana Jones. So it had been nearly four years since weird Al had issued a regular studio album and the UHF UHF's soundtrack had underperformed on the charts. I'll briefly considered again. Parodying Michael Jackson who was back with a nineteen ninety ninety one album but he didn't want to deepen his reputation as primarily a Jackson Paradis but Jackson's new album was competing on the charts with a completely different kind of act and it gave weird Al a truly inspired Super Meta idea the breakthrough uh of Nevada on the charts was a seminal moment in nineties rock. But what weird AL keyed in on in their breakthrough hit. Smells like Teen Spirit. Was Kurt Cobain's elliptical at times indecipherable lyrics. So after getting permission from a very flattered cobaine AL proceeded to do a Nirvana parody about Nirvana released in the spring of one thousand nine hundred ninety two just weeks after smells like Teen Spirit had peaked. The hot one hundred smells like Nirvana returned. Weird out to the top forty for the first time since eat it in one thousand nine hundred eighty four in fat what. All's Nirvana parody climbed the charts so fast when it peaked at number thirty five it left chew spots over. Come as you are Nirvana's vonnas own follow up. Hit smells like Nirvana gave weird Al a new lease on chart life and another wave of young fans. Chance the decade of GRUNGE and Gangsta rap would be creatively fruitful for al who got a lot of mileage poking fun at the self. Oh F- seriousness of these Rhonda's whether he was puncturing a new generation of glowering rockets on his alternative Polka it or re-booting Coolio Smash Gangster's Paradise Paradise as Amish Paradise been milking cow. Even things that my mind is gone. I'm a man in a tale that could only be told in. The nineties. coolio was so protective of his reputation. That AL had trouble getting the rappers. Permission to remake. The song coolio sounded genuinely pissed. At ow for deflating his street cred. Ah I didn't I didn't give it any sanction. You know I think it was too serious to any like. It was beating a contrite weird. AL apologized to COOLIO AL recorded. Amish Paradise Thinking Kuo's management had signed off and they had at squashed the beef by nineteen ninety six by the end of the nineties. Weird Al's albums were selling as well as ever. Nineteen ninety. Nine's running with scissors went gold and eventually platinum fueled by owls star Wars Omar set to the tune of Don McLean's American Pie. It was called the saga begins. We've done this homerun but once again al found himself out of favour on the song charts. The saga begins didn't even appear on the hot one hundred entering the twenty first century between his sellout live shows and his strong album sales weird al contented himself with what was already one of the longest lasting and strongest selling careers in novelty music history but as we explained in our holiday episode hit parade chronicling the technological changes that eventually gave Christmas songs a bigger profile on the charts the digital evolution of the music business. This was about to give a major boost to weird al and all novelty musicians all of this music with all of these rights you you can buy for ninety nine cents per song with no subscription the new office launch of both legal commercial social music downloading by apple and video-sharing by Youtube would change the possibilities for hit making download. Sales were routed to the hot one hundred in two thousand five making it possible for album cuts holiday songs and other Ephemera to score single sales and and chart like they never had before and the launch of Youtube that same year even though it did not count for the charts back then changed the possibilities for music promotion and the first big beneficiary was a novelty song twinkle in the late afternoon just to see how he's doing. What's what Saturday Saturday night live? CAST member Andy Sambuc who was also part of a comedy music troupe. Called the lonely island made a name for himself. In his very very first season with a rap parody called Lazy Sunday. The video audio recorded with fellow cast mate. Chris Parnell was not only a buzz worthy hit on a December episode of SNL. It happened to land just weeks after the launch of Youtube Lazy Sunday became Youtube. First major hit reinforcing that the combination of music and comedy was potent viral content. Andy Sandberg unwitting proof of concept for Youtube was well timed for weird Out who was preparing to return with a new album and even more than on his ninety s coolio parody always going to go hard after after hip hop get me Ryden. Heiden was a number one hit in the spring of two thousand six for Houston Rapper. The track told a tale of urban policing as has the rapper. Bemoaned over zealous state troopers pulling over his car looking to catch him ride in dirty or finding illegal substances if it sounds like your hit. Parade host is over explaining a street rap cut and taking the edge out of it in a rather Caucasian manner. Well Weird Al Yankovic went much further than weird. AL turned camilion airs ride in dirty into white and nerdy a different it. Kind of St Tale of Geek. Who wants to hang with the gangsters but unfortunately is to white and nerd the Meta Brilliance of the assigned was that Weird Al wrapped it with legitimately dazzling flow matching millionare's triple time beat for beat and packing literally dozens of jokes in rapid fire succession website code? Do they call them all. Even all in the white and nerdy video was also a tour de force like edit the video recreated the look and feel of the original clip type with Geeky al standing in for the original star. But here was the difference between this single and every other video and song release in Weird Al's history white and nerdy could be shared on Youtube and the song could be purchased digitally again youtube. It did not yet count for the charts but it didn't matter fans who were enthralled by the video piled into the I tunes music store to buy the song for ninety nine cents the result white and nerdy exploded onto onto the hot one hundred when it debuted in mid October. Two Thousand Six at number twenty eight. It instantly became weird. Al Yankovic highest charting hit Since eat it in one thousand nine hundred four one week later white and nerdy pole vaulted to number nine becoming house. I ever top ten hit hit as had been true since the eighties radio. airplay of the song was limited but it's sales more than made up this deficit. White Eight and Nerdy was eventually certified by the Recording Industry Association of America as Weird. AL's I ever platinum single. Had these technologies oh jeez existed in earlier decades alll might well have racked up multiple top. Ten hits we'll never know but digital music. Changed the the possibilities for comedy singles over at Saturday night live videos by Andy Sandberg and the Lonely Island became the show's most viral content including the Justin timberlake collaboration. Dick in a box look inside is my Fox and the hip hop parody. I'm on a boat which featured t pain. The lonely island made the track available as an itunes download and it cracked the hot one. Hundred two as full weird al.. The Calculus for his career had changed fundamentally youtube and I tunes would allow him to release one off tracks whenever he felt inspired and while video had always helped his singles now it was more essential than ever weird weird. AL began issuing tracks for his next album years before it was even complete his two thousand six album straight OUTTA Lynwood had been his first ever our top ten hit driven by the video for white and Nerdy when Al finally issued his follow up Album Alpaca Lips in twenty eleven he commissioned videos for every track including his lady Gaga Parody. Perform this way. The result Al Pacalypse debuted at number nine on the charts a a bit higher than straight Outta Lynwood. Weird AL's multi single multi video strategy had worked and video play still didn't count for the charts arts but that was about to change too as we discussed in prior episodes of hip parade in two thousand thirteen billboard rebooted the hot one hundred again to include in Youtube views for the first time Brooklyn. Dj Bowers Electronic Dance Track Harlem shake instantly debuted at number one fueled by a viral fad. That felt a lot like a novelty trend before two thousand thirteen was out. An actual novelty song would benefit from in this new Chart Mountain Bard and V guard ilva soccer a pair of brothers from Norway and a comedy duo the call themselves Elvis us for short recorded a parody of Edm for their Norwegian TV talk. Show the oddly legitimate sounding dance pop song was it's called the Fox parentheses. What does the Fox say and they accompanied it with a hilarious video of the brothers in Fox costumes cavorting avoiding in a forest never intended for the US market the Fox became a viral sensation? Anyway with both adult pop fans and kids especially the video and under billboards new hot one hundred rules. The Fox became an actual top ten. Hit peaking at number six observing. All of these changes weird Al Yankovic decided to go all out for his twenty fourteen album. Mandatory Fun and as with Al Pacalypse he would produce multiple music videos. Except this time he would deploy all of the videos in a single week turning his album. Deployment into an event some of the videos like his parody of Pharrell Williams smash happy called Tacky aped the look of the original clip others were animated or more conceptual. Al Did not attempt to pick a lead single. He let the marketplace decide eventually really the most shared video his parody of Robin Thicke hit blurred lines turned into a grammarians lament. Called word. Crimes became became the most shared video. And it brought weird Al Back to the top forty word. Crimes hit number thirty nine in August of two thousand fourteen but the best the billboard news of all for Weird Al Yankovic was on the album chart that week of youtube blanketing videos spurred the best week of sales of his career more than one hundred thousand copies of mandatory funds sold in. Its first week. The collection debuted on the billboard. Two hundred hundred album chart at number one. The magazine reported that it was not only the first number one album in his three decade career. Weird al a chart topping debutante at age fifty four mandatory fund was also the first comedy album of any kind to top the chart in fifty fifty. One years since Allan Sherman's LP my son. The nut hit number one in nineteen sixty three disregard this land six years after Weird Al Chart Triumph Mandatory Fund remains remains the last album. He has issued in interviews in the late. Tens Allah has indicated. He might not release albums anymore. Focusing on individual joel singles and videos given his improbable success. You can understand why still happy to capitalize cleverly on a cultural phenomenon on in two thousand eighteen. Al Teamed up with Tony Winning Broadway composer Lin Manuel Miranda for the Broadway Medley. The Hamilton Polka the Charter Alexander Hamilton. The Hamilton Polka top the digital sales chart for one week making it hilariously Polka music. I ever digital chart-topping but at a time when downloads count less for the charts than they they once did as the music industry moves towards streaming music. The Hamilton Polka didn't make the hot one hundred so should weird al.. How retire from recording? He continues to tour but now entering his sixties it might be sensible to pass the torch to a new generation one of parachutists on the other hand in some ways. It has never been a better time for funny music. And certainly viral music on the billboard charts the number one song of twenty nine thousand nine hundred was not strictly speaking a comedy record but old town road by little nauseous featuring billy ray Cyrus was certainly funny and as the song spent over four months on top of the hot one hundred and the music business business debated what Genre Ole town road belongs in pop or NBA or rap or country many called it admiringly the biggest novelty hit of all time. Remember that since the birth of rock and roll and the rise of hip hop the lines between novelty ability and normal hits have been unsettled at best and when modern day songs become hits because of means like Lizard. Truth hurts even win court leaving because of tick tock videos like the song at number one this very week. Roddy riches the box. It seems that there has never been greater premium placed on recording artists. Who can bring the snark the goofy the kitchen the funny as of twenty honey twenty billboard has even started to count official youtube videos for its album chart if an artist like say weird Al ever pulled a multi video album launch again? Well who knows how big that album and its singles could beat in one thousand nine hundred ninety as weird. Al Yankovic toured the country with a full orchestra. A concert. Your hit parade host was thrilled to attend last summer. He looked happier and prouder of his unprecedented career than ever for US fans. That's more than enough. But Hey out if you ever wanted to record again and maybe make some tick talkable content that chart-topping career of yours just might enter its fifth decade. You could be wrapping into your seventies doc Janet. I hope you enjoyed this episode of Hit. Pery my producer is justin derived and we also had helped this episode from Rosemary. Belsen awesome June. Thomas is the senior managing producer. And Gabriel Roth. The editorial director of slate podcasts check out their roster of shows at sleep dot com slash. PODCASTS you can subscribe to hit parade wherever you get your podcasts. In addition to finding in the slate culture feet if you're subscribing on apple podcasts please rate and review us while you're there it helps other listeners. Find the show. Thanks for listening and I look forward forward to leading the hit parade back your way until then keep on marching on the one. I'm Chris uh-huh.

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The Bridge: Legacy of the Elusive Chanteuse

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

32:06 min | 9 months ago

The Bridge: Legacy of the Elusive Chanteuse

"Imagine if your home was perfectly tuned to your individual needs colour connect smart home products. Let you enjoy customized experiences dances all with the sound of your voice with a single APP. You can connect and personalize a range of settings for your shower toilet kitchen kitchen faucet and water filter set preferences to match a range of moods and a variety of routines and make your home as unique as you. Oh with the full range of colour connect smart home products bring smart to your home at Kohler Dot com slash smart home. Hey everybody this is Christmas anthony host of hip parade slates podcast pop chart history. Welcome to the bridge. Gotcha rail that's the roof by Mariah Carey. A track from her nineteen ninety seven album. Tom Butterfly carry not only built this song. Out of the mob deep rap classic shook ones part twos in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight remix x of the song me. She'll invited deep themselves to ramp on. The song's bridge and as the roof removed. Carry away from her earlier. Pop centric work to more overt are and hip hop it represented yet another another bridge in Mariah. Carey's and of these mini episodes bridge are full length. Monthly episodes give us a chance to catch up with listeners and enjoys trivia this month. We're delighted to feature a a special guest to help us talk about Mariah Carey but before we bring him in. We're going to do some follow up on last month's full length hip parade episode. And for that I welcome back to the MIC. My producer for the Bridge Office Lucia. Hey Asha Hello Chris. Happy Twenty twenty. Happy Twenty twenty two you so I I got a few comments on the most recent hit parade episode and I wonder if you can characterize a couple of them for me. Yeah you know I was lurking in your twitter mentions Chin like any good producer would do and I noticed that everyone was Hitting on the exact same question and that question is is the impact of the movie love. Actually yes on the trajectory of all I want for Christmas us pop stardom. Do you think that love actually had a big impact on all. I want for Christmas as us. Rise to the top. Here's the facts folks. There's really very little direct evidence that the appearance of the Song in love actually did much to help. All I want for Christmas. You on the charts first of all the. The movie was a sizable theatrical. Hit in two thousand three but not an American blockbuster it grossed about sixty million dollars here which is nothing to sneeze at but for a Rom Com vow is really quite a modest hit. It was never number one at the box office. Never even came close generally as it has been well chronicled. Love actually became came kind of a sleeper hit in the United States mostly on home video cable television a slow growing phenomenon also the performance of the song in the film home. Let's not forget is a cover a very charming one but sung by a child but it's not by Mariah herself now. You might argue. Well yes but then folks might go and purchase or stream the the song having seen it in the movie and while the carrier original was a sizeable digital seller in two thousand and three by the way coincidentally the year that love actually actually came out was the first year. Apple's itunes music store opened and billboard was just starting to track digital music its appearance on billboard's digital songs chart that year seemed to have no connection whatsoever with the movie. It made an appearance a couple of weeks before Christmas. The love actually movie was already falling out of the top ten by then in mid November when love actually appeared on screens and was doing better. All I want for Christmas is you was not selling especially well at I tunes and other digital stores so based on the lack of hard data driven evidence. I continue to believe that love actually didn't have a whole lot to do with why all I want for Christmas. Is You eventually eventually rose to number one. Did it gradually put the song in the minds of more people years without question but honestly the story Auriemma all I want for Christmas is you predates love. Actually it first appeared on the hot one hundred as early as the year. Two thousand it again as I said in the episode largely about a changing technologies and changes in the way the charts have been formulated and that is why that Mariah Carey Song went to number one in twenty nine thousand nine. I think that explanation will satisfy satisfy the concern. Love actually fans. But there's another subset of people in your mentions who are upset for a reason that I don't think you're going to be able to explain your way Out of and that is the women get enters. I'm going to say sorry. Not Sorry to the way Magadan competitors the way women get an works. Is You try to get from Thanksgiving to Christmas without one scaring the song last Christmas a song that by the way. Not Unlike Mariah's all I want for Christmas is you is getting more popular every year in the streaming this year. It peaked just outside of the top ten on the billboard. Hot One hundred. So that's an extremely popular song. It was probably impossible for us to do that. Episode without playing washed. Hip Raid Listeners. Thank you so much for sending us your feedback. We always appreciate it and we're here for whatever feelings you're listening to hip hip area brings up here here now that we've cleared all that up. I'm thrilled to welcome our special guest. I first encountered rich Joswiak more than a decade ago when we were both writing for the music blog. Idolatry I have long admired his work on a range of topics including pop music for numerous Outlets he is currently a senior writer at Jacksonville and right here at slate. He Co writes the advice column how to do it. Perhaps most pertinent to our discussion Russian. Today rich is a Mariah Carey Fan. Not sure if he's a lamb and he has written about Kerry for the New York Times and pitchfork rich. Welcome to the bridge. Thank you I would say. I'm lamb. Yeah would you. Yeah I mean I guess you know I think I fit in so far as that is an actual designation. People have I think I fit the criteria. Arterial okay. Good so let's take it all the way back Were you a fan from back in one thousand nine hundred ninety you know. How long have you loved her music? I was there's like A. It's a weird thing because I was also a kid in nineteen ninety so basically anything that was popular I liked. I liked just pop music in general and I remember hearing vision of love and thinking. It was Whitney Houston. Sure you know understandable. Yeah yeah totally. It's it's kind of funny. Because they really have different voices and they do very different things with them but just the tone was. Whitney's tone was so unique that to hear anybody even approximate it was like. Oh this is a new in Houston which was weird. Because I think I can't remember if I'm your baby tonight before after later that year later that year. Okay so so then even more reason to be like Oh. Here's Whitney's new single so I remember that period that leak or so period but not just is here vision of love and be like Oh Whitney And you know there wasn't the Internet back men to rank up. Who's singing the song right so I definitely liked her a allot emotions a lot to which was her second album and kind of deviation She was able to have a little bit more creative control in that record uh-huh was more. R&B MORE DISCO IT straightaway right. I mean emotions in particular is basically in a mosh to the emotion. Yes best in my love and but then I then I kind of like in college in the late ninety s just was like I don't like pop music music anymore. which was what we go through a similar phase totally and then It wasn't until glitter was coming out that I was like. Oh I should like look. I should pay attention her. Because this looks like a disaster and I was already sort of acclimated to loving you know big budget disasters. I'm glad it wasn't super big budget but just sort sort of like Failed Events in culture you know. I had seen showgirls opening weekend so glitters coming out. I'm like this could be the new show girls. It's not unfortunately fortunately but also I'm paying attention to Mariah that point and like the cracks are showing and then she just becomes this like I mean she she implodes. It's you know she. She has a breakdown whatever. It was sort of unclear actually went through all of those old stories as they appeared in the post and Daily News and they were sort of conflicting. And I really do. Think that like the failure of Loverboy As well as just the album probably compounded her mental oh health at the time because she had never flopped before right. I think that that was just devastating to her in a very fundamental level because she was such a golden child she. Was this overachiever fever. You know it was like she talks a lot about her high school days and how she wasn't that great of a student but she always clearly had it in her to be a great student. It's just that she was a great student. In the world of Pop music straight as bright for years and years and years and then she'd like fails with glitter and it takes a few years to get her her career back on track But that's the most exciting stuff for me. That's the most fun. Do you have a favorite album favorite track. I you know this is like a very very challenging opinion. This nobody agrees with me On on this particular point equals. Mc squared I think is her most consistent album interesting and that's the two thousand eight album. Yeah that's post emancipation of Mimi. The lead single was touched my body which I mean. Firstly that song is called touch my body you know from jump title. It's also also the most like the dream and tricky Stewart's thing of their little twinkling like mincing sort of you know bass heavy style. I think it's sort of the epitome of that. The I dream single Saudi is the shit was very much. That just a little clunky piano volleyball. Let's show right interesting moment for the sound of being just this weird cartoonish like like I. It's so weird leaks weeks. I don't know it's so syrupy sweet in a way but it's got a real sort of base heaviness to it. I just love it. I touched my body is just the epitome of that track. I listened to touch my body in preparation for this full length. December episode for the first time in years and her vocal tone is different on that single pretty much any hit. I'm I'm certainly not dissing it and I think I'm praising it it's even got a madonna like quality in some ways and it's playful in a way that she isn't normally I i. I liked it better than I remembered it. Yeah I think that's another major distinction that for whatever reason probably owing to technique. I mean she talks about Nigel's but look the fact of the matter is you cannot Blair for decades and and keep the same quality of voice short so around nineteen ninety-seven seven with butterfly. She started singing differently. She started introducing the more whispery sort of thing on on a on a grander scale. She'd have a track here and there where pursued kind of whisper by butterfly was really this kind of like sensuous cooing thing Whether she had to do that or not. It's very clear to me. That in in twenty twenty carries voices not what it was thirty years ago I think it's held up pretty well considering. I think though that she became more soulful when she really had to try. I don't know I would rather I would actually rather hear her seeing now than than even though I go back and look at some of those early performances and just totally astounded so since you have great familiarity with the lambs and Mariah's fan base I find Mariah Carey fans are obsessed with her billboard chart records do you think that phantom for her vocal acrobatics Quebec's mirrors that of her chart feats with these fans. Yeah I think it's impossible to which you extricate the too like. She's always sort of she. I mean so she she comes out and she has from her first album. Four singles they all go to number one second album for single emotions number one as well. That's a streak of five. which I believe was the record at the time of them still is yeah well but what about for a debut for a debut for debut because like the Jackson Five's record which they opened their career with four four? She opened with five okay out of the gate number one number one number one the number one chart statistics as much as she sometimes pretends like it doesn't matter or she doesn't know oh how many number one she has she clearly does show. It's just part of her. It's just this this whole thing. And and now the fact that she will lil seemingly never have a number one hit ever again and then manages to do so dozen years later a dozen years but but but we belong together as well. I mean. Don't forget that people did did counter. Yes so that like now. This is a pattern her in her career. This sort of coming back and not just coming back but coming back to number number one so I don't think you could ever delete that and you see these fans talking. I mean it really reminds me of sort of like sports fans or something statistics. uh-huh and I don't I that's probably not well certainly at this point it's clearly not unique to Mariah. But I would assume that that was sort of you've baked in early with this phantom more so than any. I think that people cared about this in like the late nineties. You know right I would say that the Mariah Carey fans were the first set of fans I encountered online who were not only protective of their favourite. You see that with all fan groups but they were vigilant about chart stats right in in a way that as a nerd from myself like wow this is new. They're not just into the music they're like. Oh don't you forget about that number. One hit yeah. Yeah until now. Do you want to say to you about speaking about being protective of you know your favorite is this. There's modern convention of fandom that I don't understand stand where it's like I have to take this person so seriously. Yes Sarah Incapable of law and to me. The flaws Are What make a pop star fun. I don't want a perfect package. I want somebody who's GonNa mess up. Sometimes you know I want somebody who's ridiculous yes. I don't want somebody that whose hand I'm holding me entire time. We're on the same page. No part of the fun of liking something is to deviate And appreciate it beyond on its intentions. You know I do not understand the way that people on twitter I assume young kids. Although sometimes it's Madonna fans and Mariah Carey fans. And it's like you you cannot be a yeah. You're too old. I know you're too old gaming this way of just like your arguments Asli. It just astounds ends. Meet the idea that like. Oh my pop. Diva can do no wrong when to me. The wrong is more than half the fun. Imagine if your home home was perfectly tuned to your individual needs colour connect smart home products. Let you enjoy customized experiences all with the sound of your voice with single APP. You can connect and personalise arrange of settings for your shower toilet kitchen faucet and water filter sir step into a shower heated to your ideal temperature with just the right combination of sprays and steam and tuned to the playlist. You want and streamline your routine with a mirror that has an embedded voice assistant and hands-free light adjustment relaxed in the ultimate comfort of an intelligent toilet that lets you customize your personal cleansing nighttime lighting and seat temperature set preferences to match a range of moods and a variety of routines. So you can experience the perfect environment for however you're feeling or whatever you do make your home as music as you with the full range of colour connect smart home pulse bring smart to your home at Kohler Dot com slash smart home. So what about all I want for Christmas is you. I realized we're having this conversation in mid January and by the way for those who follow the charts All I want for Christmas. Is You just set an interesting. And maybe dubious chart record it just plummeted from number one on the hot one hundred due to off the chart the first single in hot one hundred history to go from number one to not on the chart at all and let's not throw shade Mariah for this. It's the under Christmas. People are done with that record nonetheless. I half wonder. Is this going to be her song for the vaults I it was something I even posited in the episode that like thirty years from now. It's entirely possible that this is the record. Mariah Carey is going to be remembered for the way Brenda Lee. who was a hitmaker at the turn of the sixties is now largely remember for rocking around the Christmas tree? Are we headed that way. or where do you think her legacy falls vis-a-vis the Christmas record. I mean it's quite possible There's no reason really for people to remember anything when they're being bombarded with new information and so much of it all the time I I mean I wonder about the legacy of all of the people you know. I wonder will. Will people recognize his Prince's brilliant in twenty thirty fifty years. You know So I think if you if you're able to have that one that's better than most people are GonNa get in years to come. Mariah fans are going to be obsessively wondering whether the Christmas records go back to number one. However and I put my charter? It had on when I ask this next question. That won't give her a twentieth number. One hit it's going to need to be a new song. So the Beatles question the Beatles twenty number one hits Mariah has crept one song closer oeser. She's at one thousand nine number one hits. Do you think there's any chance at all. The mariah can capitalize this record. Something new that would bring her back to number one. I mean I know she'll try. I know she'll you'll die trying I you know it's I don't know I I. I find it strange that she hasn't collaborated with some some very obvious. People like drake who like why why did 'cause forty produced. GT F. O.. Yeah that's an interesting point. And and she there was kind of rumblings about her working with drake to me. That song sounds like Oh this is a song with the drake remix. That goes to number one because drinks on it right You know she she. She campaigned pretty hard. I mean she said on watch what happens live that she wanted Cardi B. on the unknown over. He wants to know texted. I would love it if you collaborated elaborated with Cardi B.. Will that ever happen. I would love for that to happen. the song you guys were just playing a no no which was Originally Little Kim Song we love of Kim. Yeah and I was hoping that the three of US could do. A collaboration. Did Not do that clearly. I think it came down to Cardi B. saying no. Yeah so I see Mariah going to number one as a result of ration- maybe but I don't know I mean I. I'm credibly doubtful that she gets another number one. I will not be surprised at all of her. Next record is a Christmas record that that is uh-huh probably a pretty safe bet which would be her third yes So there was merry Christmas. Numeiri Christmas to you should have the numeral Roman numeral two in it so I'm thinking like like Christmas three tree three some kind of play sure it will. It won't be surprising if any woman who names a record the elusive Shan terms. This is going to come up with something funny for the title of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. She's she's quite a tytler. I believe that so now comes the time in hit parade the bridge where we do some Trivia and joining me on the line from New Mexico. Is Josh Josh are you there Yeah Yeah Hi Chris. Hey how are you. I'm great today. Thanks and Josh. Please say hi to our guests rich Jesuit. WHO's joining us for this episode? Cry Bridge Groupie on the line with you. Hey Josh same here. So thank you so much for participating I assume you have been a hit parade listener for some time. Yeah no that's right. I started listening listening to you as soon as I found out about a in the culture gabfest. Oh that's great. Do you have a particular favorite among our hip rate episodes. Well yeah add. The stevie wonder episode for me was fantastic and I learned so much. I finally figured out. Why stevie wonder's band was so incredibly really tight and that was because it was just stevie wonder not all the time a significant percentage of the time it really was just him himself like on superstition? It's mostly him in in a couple of one it's completely amazing. Blew my mind Also I would like to ask if you are a slate plus member. I've been a sleep close number since two thousand in nineteen fantastic well. This is the moment in this episode where I remind everybody that while this bridge episode is available to all hip rate subscribers. We only open. Our Trivia. Rounds is to sleep plus members so if you are a member and would like to be a trivia contestant visit sleep dot com slash hit parade sign up that's slate dot com slash rush hit parade. Sign up so josh you probably know how this works. But we're going to ask you three Trivia questions. The first will be a callback to last month's full length episode of Hit parade and the next two will be a preview of the forthcoming hit parade episode. Also one little wrinkle this month. The second question is going to. We both a throwback to our last episode and preview. Not Something we normally do but just throwing that in there to give you a little hint. Are you ready for some Trivia. Josh I think so here here we go question one last month. We talked not only about hot. One hundred holiday hits but also the record-setting chart history of Mariah Araya. Carry one record. She still holds is launching a career with the most number one songs which of these was not one of those I five chart toppers a vision of love be emotions. See I don't WanNa cry or D- can't let go. She had so many think it was the and that is correct. The correct answer is d. Can't let let go when it peaked at number two January nineteen ninety-two it ended carry streak five number ones which also included the three other songs you heard plus plus love takes time and someday of course carry would go on to score. Fourteen more chart toppers over the next twenty seven years by the way rich. While we're talking about these Mariah hits. I have to say that can't let go which peaked at number two is. Actually one of my favorite Mariah Carey hits It had that kind of spree spree vocal that you were talking about a little bit. I don't know I just thought it was an exceptional record. At the time I love it too. I think it's It kind of does the RN be quiet. Storm thing in a way that she he hadn't really done at that point just more sort of straightforwardly. R&B that it is sort of multi veiling Pob r a c kind of soupy stuff. She was on the first record And if I had to pick from that list and I would let that song to number one and knock off. I don't WanNa the crime which is nevertheless totally totally agree. You're one for one Josh. Are you ready for question to its do it all right like I said this is kind. Have a hybrid question. It is both a callback and a preview question to in last month's episode I also took a break from discussing Christmas songs to talk about `bout novelty songs which were huge on the charts decades ago which of these comical novelty hits did not top the hot one hundred hundred between the nineteen fifties and the nineteen seventies. Eytan David Seville the witchdoctor be Bobby. Boris Pickett the the Monster Mash See Napoleon the fourteenth. They're coming to take me away. Ha Ha or de Ray Stevens the streak. They really have no idea. I'm going to us be. I'm sorry the correct answer was see. They're coming to take take me away. Ha Ha the coming to take me away singer Songwriter. Jerry Samuels issue this Mana Kit under the name Napoleon the fourteenth in one thousand nine hundred sixty six and saw it reached number three on the hot one hundred that summer. The other three hits all reached number one in nineteen fifty eight eight nineteen sixty two and nineteen seventy four respectively. No worries there Josh. We've got one more question for you. Are you ready for question three. Let's try okay. What two hits which peaked at number one and number two on the hot one hundred in the same week in the early the eighties were coincidentally both parodied by novelty superstar? Weird Al Yankovic and became two of his earliest hot one hundred hits a I love rock and roll and Mickey be beat it and jeopardy see my hi Sharon A- and another one bites the dust or d like virgin and King of pain. I'm GONNA go see. I'm sorry the correct answer was be beat it and jeopardy these songs by Michael Jackson and Greg Kin respectively respectively Pete together in the top two slots in May nineteen eighty-three One year later weird. AL recorded them as edit and I lost on jeopardy respectively. They do and they were both hot. One hundred hits in one thousand nine hundred four by the way. All eight of these songs listed in this question were parodied by owl and were billboard. Chart Hits all right Josh. You went one for three. You've got the Mariah question nicely done I understand. You have trivia question for me. Yeah I sure do here. We go Chris in October. Nineteen seventy six. What novelty song by Memphis radio? Dj Rick Dees was in the billboard. Hot One hundred hundred for ten weeks. Peaking at number one is it a group guerrilla be disco duck see Funky Kong Cong or D.. Burgi bullfrog. Well how could I forget this one. It's actually even played in the movie. Saturday night fever which came out a year later and that of course would be. The Rick Dees hit disco duck. And you're right. The answer is be discovered the body the other they were also correct that was included in the movie Saturday night fever although Rick Dees Management. NJIT decided not to allow the song on the movie soundtrack fearing compete with his own sales boy. What a mistake? That was right. Awful awful man because you think about the artis. You kind of got floated. Along on that Saturday night fever soundtrack like Kool and the gang had open sesame on that on that album and every time let's sold right exactly the virus taveras. They all made bank offense soundtrack. Yeah being featured on a movie soundtrack is one way to it makes a fortune so not a smart move by Rick Dees but you know. He's got his radio fortune so I'm sure he's Not Sweating it too much. Well Josh thank you for giving me a trivia question I could get I. I appreciate that. It's been a few months since I've gotten a question correct so I am holding my head up high and you at least got one of our three correct so I hope you're holding your head up high as well absolutely. I'm glad it could be a part of this. Thanks so much Josh. So as indicated by our Trivia round the next hip episode which will build off of our most recent full length that parade episode is going to be about comedy and novelty hits on the billboard charts. You know I'm using the novelty hits of Nineteen fifty-eight as a jumping off point to talk about these goofy chart hits which really were much bigger in the early rock era than they are now. It's hard to build a career as a novelty recording artist. Some have tried but there have been many one offs Folks who have succeeded briefly and then never heard from again. However we're going to talk about at least East One person who managed to make a whole career as a novelty recording artist? I think it's pretty obvious who that is. And in a way the history of novelty hits on the charts tracks tracks some of the same changes in chart methodologies that Christmas hits leverage to become bigger and bigger hits so much the way Christmas hits had to wait for digital title technology to change the way we measure hit. A novelty recording hits are starting to come back on the charts because of technology. So we're GONNA talk about that in the next episode of Hit parade prayed my thanks to rich Joswiak for joining me on this episode of the bridge and rich. Tell us where folks can find you. I guess you could go to my twitter. That would probably be the easiest most centralized realized point. R I C H J jozy. Fantastic my thanks to Oshawa Saluda for not only joining me but also producing this episode of Hip Parade. The bridge keep on marching on the one.

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La Vida Loca Edicin

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

1:36:40 hr | 6 months ago

La Vida Loca Edicin

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Music is a bomb to me in tough times as I'm sure it is for many of you. So let's put pandemics in their place and please enjoy this month's episode of Hip Parade. Welcome to hit parade a podcast pop chart history from slate magazine about the kits from coast to coast. I'm Chris Milan Pie. Chart analysts hop critic and writer of Slates Wise. The Song Number One series on today's show. Maybe it seems like forever ago now but if you watched the half time show at this year's Super Bowl just eight weeks ago. You caught a rather culturally historic event. The first ever halftime devoted exclusively to music by Latin American performance led off by Colombian superstar Shaquille era and headline by Puerto Rican American singer dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez the spectacle was a proud celebration of Latin heritage at one point the woman who is now mainly known as J. Lo even wave of Puerto Rican flag of course. The halftime performance was packed with hits. The two superstars had a wealth to draw upon including former number ones by Shakira and by Jaylo and even some songs that were not hits for either Lopez or Shakira the ladies were representing for an entire Pam. Latin culture. That's a heavy responsibility to carry for. A frothy televised spectacle but Lopez and Shakira. Both remember how two decades ago it's still seemed novel for performers of their heritage to be crossing over on the anglophone American charts at all. Of course it's not like Latin crossover was invented. Twenty years ago Spanish language hits have been making remarkable appearances on the American charts since the dawn of rock and but as late as the mid nineties Spanish language hits were basically treated as novelties. Fun for parties or dancing but not much more. What's arguably changed? This perception and led to a boom in Latin pop. Crossover on the hot one hundred km twenty one years ago at the nineteen ninety nine Grammy Warts. That's when a dynamic hip swiveling performance who got his start in a Puerto Rican boy band but had to that date never scored a top forty pop hit delivered. One of the most career defining awards show performances of all time today on hit parade. We'll talk about the boomlet. In Latin pop crossover brought about by this dynamic young man born and Rica. Martine Morales. It was a cultural watershed. Not just for Ricky Martin but for an entire generation of musicians of Puerto Rican Mexican Cuban Dominican and Colombian Heritage Ricky's star is born moment was galvanizing but arguably it took most of the next two decades for core Latin music to move to the center of American pop without compromising its sound or even its language before we get there. We'll look back fondly at the moment. When the American charts were shaking their bon-bon to a Latin beat delivered in fluent spangler. And that's where your hit parade marches today. The week ending may eighth nineteen ninety nine when Ricky. Martin scored his first number one on the billboard. Hot One hundred with living La Vida loca less than three months after his winning Grammy Showcase Ricky kicked off what would come to be known as Latin UNITA version. One Point Oh on the American charts. Music elevates every experience even believe it or not the bathroom. I'm Chris Lancy and my podcast. Hip Parade tells all kinds of improbable stories about the inspiration for hit songs and the history of hit. Music is well a wash in stories of great songs recorded in or even about the bathroom from that Classic Song About Bathroom Windows to drum tracks recorded and remixed with so-called bathroom reverb to a debut single. I just talked about recently recorded by an accordion player in his university bathroom Koehler. 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Even if we limited our focus to just the music beloved by Spanish speaking Americans in the last fifty to one hundred years. We couldn't hope to cover it. All a proper survey of latin-american hit music would include such best selling styles as salsa and it's cousin Chata Mexican Ranchera from the Portuguese speaking world of Brazil Bossa Nova Plaza. Hotel Zanu Kabale. Jim Wilson and somebody will and from my own Cuban heritage such styles as the sewn back on all of these Latin genres have sold millions and form a kind of parallel hit parade hidden in plain sight. And of course on the other side the sounds of Latin music have also helped shape mainstream English language pop whether it's the brass of a Mariachi group earnings or in dance music the irresistible rhythm of a piano Kavi derived from Latin jazz and Salsa. All of this we take for granted in mainstream popular music on hit parade. We tend to focus on all genre charts like the hot one hundred songs chart or the billboard. Two hundred album chart and on these surveys. The success of Spanish language music has been far more limited songs that are legendary in the world of Latin music have not even appeared on the US flagship shorts in this episode however we will identify the exceptions the Latin songs that broke through this overwhelming anglophone tendency in us. Pop this is its own interesting story one of assimilation adaptation and pop inspiration and it started near the dawn of rock and roll. We talked about Ritchie valances. La Bamba in our posthumous hits episode live in Seattle last year born Ricardo Valenzuela to Mexican parents in California's San Fernando Valley. Valentine's will of course always be associated with the so-called Dave. The music dive having perished in a plane crash with buddy holly and the big bopper but Valentine's also holds the distinction of scoring the first major Spanish language. Crossover hit of the Rock era. It reached number twenty two on the hot one hundred in early. Nineteen fifty nine low. Valentine's earned songwriting credit for his rock. Adaptation La Bamba was in fact an old folk song in essence an instructional. Dance Song from the Mexican state of clues. It dated back to at least the early twentieth century and was played commonly at Mexican weddings and other celebrations. In a way this hit by Ritchie. Valens set a template for Latin Crossover for the early rock era for the next dozen years a handful of indelible songs adapted by modern performers took on the status of Latin standards and they would recur for decades to come for example. One Amanda was an anthem in Cuba. As far back as the nineteen twenties with lyrics by Cuban poet and political figure Jose Marti in the fifties and sixties one Amanda was revived by American fogies. Like Pete Seger and in Nineteen Sixty six American easy listening vocal group. The sandpipers took the song complete with Spanish lyrics to number nine on the hot one hundred or from Brazil. The gaff bernie on tonio carlos. Shebeen wrote a song about a beautiful seventeen year old girl. Living in the seaside town of eappen emas eventually recorded by American jazz saxophonist. Stan Getz and Bossa Nova Pioneer Joao. Gilberto with Portuguese Sung by Zhao and English lyrics sung by his wife. I screwed Gilberto. The girl from EPA Nima was a global smash and a number five hit on the hot one hundred in nineteen sixty four or from. New York's Puerto Rican or New Your Rican community though it was only a regional hit and did not make the hot one hundred. I like it like that. Became legendary in salsa music circles in nineteen sixty seven. That's when Pete Rhode Grievous and his Latin jazz band recorded the brassy piano vamping track for the storied Bronx based Latin Jazz label a leg notably in English. I like it like that. Was a radio smash in Rodriguez hometown of New York place in heavy rotation by disc jockey and Salsa Booster Symphony. Sid and while we're on the topic of songs written by New Your Ricans. There's this cross cultural classic written by Dito pointing the Puerto Rican American in Bali King Gomo Vaa was transformed into an electric rock jam. By Mexican American Tourist Carlos Santana in nineteen seventy Santana's version reached number thirteen on the hot one hundred in one thousand. Nine hundred seventy one. All five of these salts La Bamba one thought. Amanda the girl from Nima I like it like that and only Komo entered the Latin crossover songs that even Americans with no Latin heritage would recognize that made them touchstones to future generations of performers songs that offered both cultural credibility and instant familiarity. Keep these songs in mind. Because several of them will comeback later in our story moving into the seventies and eighties. Latin music would infused the American hit parade from time to time but there was always an x factor. Something that made songs crossover to anglophone. Especially if a song was sung in Spanish there would have to be a Meta narrative a backstory spurring that song up the charts for example the Spanish group most this represented for their home country in the nineteen seventy-three edition of Eurovision the annual international song competition. They're single edis to very nearly one eurovision for Spain coming in a very close second that year although the song's title translates in Spanish as its you the band tried issuing it as an English language version with the unrelated title. Touch the wind yet. American radio deejays preferred at a stew in its original form and the song reached number nine on the hot one hundred in March of nineteen seventy four one year later a Mexican American singer pulled off a similarly fluky crossover wingfield. I wish the Kahana singer Freddy Fender had been skirting the borders of country music for more than a decade when he recorded a song before the next teardrop falls that had been covered by more than twenty prior country stars including Charley Pride. No one had ever scored a big hit with the twenty weeper but fender cleverly heard a certain Tex Mex flavor in the song recorded with both English and Spanish lyrics before the next teardrop falls was a number one pop and country smash for Freddy Fender in the spring of nineteen seventy five. He scored a couple more pop. Hits and more than a dozen country hits including several number ones many with his distinctive Hanno flavor. Freddy Fender might have been an unlikely ambassador of Latin music on the country charts but there was an even more unlikely country pop visitor a swamp heartthrob who had quietly amassed one of the biggest audiences in the world singing mostly Ns Spaniard. Julio Iglesias remains one of the biggest selling global musicians of all time. Like most of this he hails from Spain and even represented his homeland one year at Eurovision during the seventies the debonair Iglesias rose to fame singing in a variety of languages including Italian French German Portuguese. And of course several dialects of Spanish by nineteen eighty one. He scored a number one. British hit with a disco fide. Mostly Spanish cover of the Cole Porter. Classic begins all of this was a warm up for. Julio Iglesias Most Unlikely Crossover of all a pop and Country Smash Duet with a native Texan and Nashville legend to all. The girls I've loved before is still treated as a punchline to an implied joke who are the two least likely singers ever to duet on a single let alone a song about their collective romantic prowess that would be Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson who in one thousand nine hundred eighty four where each at the zenith of their respective fame and improbable as it may seem to all the girls loved before was a smash a number one country number five pop hit in. May Nineteen eighty-four it powered Iglesias. I mostly English album. Eleven hundred Bel Air Place to sales of four million in the US alone would be the only time. Julio Iglesias would break into the pop top ten but not the last time the name Iglesias would appear. They're having succeeded with this unlikely crossover. The music business spent the rest of the nineteen eighties. Seeing how far Latin music could go on the American pop charts for example. Rca records tried to break Latin. America's biggest boy base newdow was arguably the eighties. Latin equivalent of a k pop band with an ever shifting roster of members. Menudo even included a young ricky. Martin hold me released? During the ricky period was one of their few English language singles and Manute does only single to reach the hot one hundred peaking at a lowly number sixty two on the other. Hand a Cuban American Mega Combo from Miami tried. Their hand at English and did far better known should do that. You can't control yourself any longer do that. You can't control yourself any num- the Miami sound machine led by singer Gloria Estefan and her bandleader husband. Nelia were the ultimate eighties. Latin party band comprising more than a dozen members including a full brass section. After a half dozen Spanish language albums dating back to the late Seventies. Gloria began singing in English in Nineteen eighty-four and by the time of nine thousand nine hundred and five's Kouanga. They found a remarkably authentic crossover sound that began to generate hits on top forty radio but once the Miami sound machine crossed to pop radio the Stefan's determined their future lay in showcasing glorious vocals and moving toward adult contemporary balladry though they would continue to include UPTEMPO Latin cuts on future albums. The Stefan's eventually replaced all of the original machine members and their albums and singles began to feature glorious name alone still at the same time. That the Stefan's were pivoting toward middle of the road. Balladry a Mexican American band from East. La was scoring what remains the only all Spanish number. One hit in hot one hundred history. Los Lobos recorded a cover of Mabamba for the soundtrack to the Richie valluns bio pic of the same name in the summer of nineteen eighty seven. It not only spent three weeks at number one in all three of those weeks it was the most played song at US Radio. That was a big deal. Given American top forty stations aversion to playing non English tracks and La Bamba contains no English lyrics at all lobos cover even went a step further into cultural authenticity than balances original version. Did they closed the song playing Mariachi style traditional acoustic guitars. This chart topping success was fueled by a hit summer movie. The critically acclaimed Los Lobos never scored a top ten hit again. But with hindsight La Bamba. Success may have widened. The Lane for Latin Crossover in a couple of ways on the album chart more artists felt brave about issuing more traditional Latin music later that same year the chart topping and previously all English vocalist Linda. Ronstadt got in touch with her Mexican. American heritage on the album counts. Yoenis daime padre a quiet steady seller. Ron Stats consciouness. Eventually went double platinum becoming the biggest selling non English language album in American record history by the Early Ninety S. Gloria Estefan was getting back to her own routes on the all Spanish. Cuban heritage album meet Yadda and as with Ron Stott. Esteban's all-spanish album went platinum and became one of her top sellers. Even vote its tracks did not cross over at top forty radio by the late ninety s the quest for Latin authenticity had even drawn in guitarist. Ri- COOTER who traveled to Havana to record a combo of elderly sewn players that he dubbed the Buena Vista Social Book. Meanwhile on top forty radio and the pop charts after La Bamba. It became more plausible to mix lyrics in Spanish or Portuguese into a mainstream pop record though it was only a modest hit in America at the turn of the nineties. The dance and song known as Lomb Badeah recorded by French Brazilian group. Ko became a global phenomenon. Base Mood Sung entirely in Portuguese and fuelled by a so-called forbidden dance that was like a youtube gas craze before youtube. Lombarda topped charts in more than a dozen countries and was a sizable. Us Club. Hit keep that melody in mind too because like so many Latin crossovers in this episode. It will return closer to home in America. As hip hop began. Taking over the charts. In the early nineties Latin music began fusing with rap with varying degrees of street. Credit Havana. Born rapper mellow man. Ace broke through with the bilingual mentor. Saw a number fourteen hit in one thousand nine hundred. Ninety that flipped back and forth between English and Cuban accented Spanish just by a straight they tell me by all one year later an Ecuadorian. American rapper decided to take the Latin Lothar. Oh Persona further into comic territory saw laugh all you want at the hair suit. Gerardo with his Bandana long hair and bare chest under a leather jacket. But Rico Suave was a huge hit peaking at number seven on the hot one hundred in April nineteen ninety-one life mellow man. Ace GERARDO CRAWFORD. Spangler wrap with tongue firmly planted in cheek as west coast hip hop rose to prominence La A. Rappers Cypress Hill dropped their debut album in nineteen ninety-one and became the first Latin American. Rappers go platinum their self titled Debut Not only included straight up gangsta tracks. Like how I could just kill a man. But on the single Latin Lingo rappers send dog and be real traded off funky bilingual brines the most remarkable Latin crossovers of the nineties however came not on the street corner but in the club. The I was a sleeper hit from a one off gang of all stars. The second was one of the biggest pop hits of the decade the blackout all stars were a supergroup formed to record just one song a cover of the aforementioned nineteen sixty seven salsa classic. I like it like that. The phrase all stars was no exaggeration in the Latin Music Universe. The members were indeed legends including lead singer. Tito nervous Tito Puente Ray at by Keith. Rivera Dave Valentine Grover Washington Junior and Sheila Escobedo Aka Sheila recorded for the soundtrack to the nineteen ninety four movie I like it like that the blackout all stars. I like it took nearly three years to break a push by New York. Dance Music Station W. Kt you coupled with an appearance in one thousand nine hundred ninety six burger king commercial finally crossed the song over when it reached number twenty five on the hot one hundred in March. Nineteen ninety seven. Pete Rodriguez new. Eureka Standard was finally an actual pop hit but then there was that other clubs single that crossed into the Anglo pop war home and Mauka rain written and recorded by a pair of forty something Spaniards. From just outside of Seville an who called themselves. Rose del Rio was a global phenomenon. Especially after a pair of Miami deejays who were dubbed the Bayside boys remixed the song adding email English vocals and a similar to. I like it like that. The remix of Los del Rio's mock arena took to try to become a hit breaking I with Miami Radio Listeners and then in New York before going national it helped that by the summer of Nineteen Ninety six. The song had spawned dance. Come on you know how it's done with the hands and the hips. That dance made appearances at the nine thousand nine hundred ninety six Olympics and even the Democratic National Convention by August of Ninety six the bayside boys remix of mock arena was on top of the hot one hundred and stayed there for fourteen weeks. Top hit of the year. Come out the winner. All of this crossover. By Spanish language pop was in theory softening the ground for a full on breakthrough by Latin pop stars but here was the problem in most cases whether it was Gerardo the blackout all stars or Los Del Rio. The hits were regarded as flukes. That's what made the premature passing of a towering figure in Mexican American music such a loss some even called her that Hanno Hanno Madonna Selena Canea beddis known to her fans simply as Selena is the ultimate. What if in Latin Crossover history years? Before Ricky Martin Jennifer Lopez or Shakira. Selena was marked for greatness by the recording industry. She had been signed in nineteen eighty nine to. Em is Latin division with a long term plan to break her in the Anglo market in the meantime through the late eighties and early nineties. Selena became known as the Queen of Hamas Selena's last all Spanish album nineteen ninety four's amore pro hido featured a wide array of genres including not only to Hano but also are in B and hip hop influences by Nineteen ninety-five. The plan was for emi to break selena as multi-lingual multi genre of crossover artists and she began recording her first partial. English album dreaming view. The album was mostly finished in March. Nineteen Ninety five when tragedy struck Selena age twenty three was shot and killed by her fan club. President Yolanda Saldivar Selena became not only Latin music smarter. But it's near Miss Dreaming of you became the first predominantly Spanish language album to debut at number one on the billboard two hundred album chart the label issued a half dozen singles from the album and it was ultimately certified triple platinum. It would fall to a new wave of stars to give Latin Music. The enduring permanent breakthrough that had eluded through the Mid Nineteen Ninety S and twenty two years before the twenty twenty super bowl. It would take a different global sports championship to bring about that cultural panelists when we come back. Ricky offers America the Cup of life. Hey y'all I'm best and I'm better and where to experience with wildly different music tastes. Were the hosts of Rodman. A podcast bringing music from the Latino artists that we love. Whether you're looking for a nuanced take on the latest bad. Bunny album or historic dive into underrated. John was like Dominican Denver. Oh you can check out our show bilingual journey through the Latin next music. That's the contractor lives and maybe yours to find US wherever you listen to podcasts. That's Radio Emmy Nea. Contrary to some Americans belief Ricky Martin did not spring fully formed on Grammy Night. Nineteen ninety nine as I noted earlier for five years in the late eighties. He was a member of Menudo. The ever changing Puerto Rico based boy a native Puerto Rican himself born and raised in San von Martin emerged as a heart throb and breakout star in the pop group. He signed to Sony Music. Latin divisions Sony Discos at the start of the nineties while acting sitcoms Telenovelas and for about a year. Abc's daytime Soap Opera General Hospital. Ricky began turning out Spanish language pop or the Latin market on the Latin charts. Ricky Martin was a fairly consistent chart presence through the first half of the ninety s largely with Florida ballots but Martin began pushing against his labels advice to let him record. Uptempo material powered by more forceful Latin. Percussion arguing that it would broaden his audience. Ricky's instincts proved spot on nineteen ninety. Six's Maria was not only Martin's first global smash going top ten or even to number one in more than a half dozen countries. It even made the lower rungs of America's flagship pop chart peaking at number eighty eight on the hot one hundred. Despite being entirely in Spanish a Spangler remix with just a few verse lyrics in English followed in one thousand nine hundred ninety seven but even us listeners preferred. The original. The goto breakthrough of Maria changed the trajectory of Ricky Martin's career it led to his highest profile showcase to date an invitation by Fiba the International Governing Federation of football or soccer to record the official theme song of the Nineteen Ninety Eight World Cup Martin who was recording his follow up album. Vuelta jumped at the offer. Expanding on the relentlessly UPTEMPO proudly Latin sound of Maria and bringing his a game to the task. La Copa de la Vida or the cup of life was performed by Ricky Martin. In France's National Stadium at the World Cup final on July Twelfth Nineteen Ninety eight seen by more than a billion viewers globally in America. The song did well enough at Spanish language. Radio stations to peak at number two on billboard's hot Latin tracks chart but Sony music knew that the track and Martin himself had greater potential later in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight when Martin's Album Huelva earned a grammy nomination in the Latin pop. Category Sony lobbied the Grammy Producers to give Martin a performing slot. On the telecast. The following February rookie was hardly the most hyped performer. On that year's grammys superstars with multiple nominations including Madonna Celine Dion and Lauryn Hill were all slated to perform. But good as they were. None of them was the most talked about performer of the night in just four minutes at the shrine auditorium in Los Angeles joined by an Army of dancers backup. Singers drummers and circus performers Ricky Martin swiveling. His hips in leather pants changed the trajectory of both his own career and Latin music. Itself the key. Now would be capitalizing on this breakthrough what both Maria and the Cup of life had revealed was that Martin could translate Latin rhythms for a mainstream global pop audience traveling seamlessly between Spanish and English. The Cup of life in particular had been co written by two industry veterans with Latin heritage of their own robby Rosa who had been Martin's bandmate in Menudo. That's robbi singing. Lead on. Hold me by the way and Desmond. Child the Cuban American pop rock mastermind who had written hits for Kiss Bon Jovi Joan. Jett and share Rosa and child were asked by team ricky to come up with another hybrid hit that leaned more toward the English side of spangled fish and the song they devised was a monster. Livin La Vida Loca. The blend of languages was built right into the title was one of the fastest breaking hits of one thousand nine hundred ninety nine. Remember to this point Ricky Martin had never come close to the top forty on the hot one hundred but that changed quickly in just four weeks. Livin La Vida. Loca shot from number fifty four to number thirty two to number eight to number one and stayed there for more than a month. Sending the song was an encyclopedia of Latin music. In just four minutes desmond child later boasted that he and his arrangers through in the kitchen sink including in Bali piano stylings Afro Cuban and Brazilian Rhythms Forms. And gongs and a rock guitar line. That would allow ricky to Strut. Child said like a Latin Elvis he even modeled the melody after Frank. Sinatra's rat pack the Latin. Cultural Explosion was on the flood gates were opened. Most pop fans remember nineteen ninety nine as the year of teen pop and trl as we discussed in our Britney Spears episode of Hip Parade to be sure Britney and the backstreet boys had an amazing year but on the hot one hundred the more consistently high charting performers were all Latin stars. And after Martin. The first to benefit had like ricky an actor singer and dancer enshrining a bit of everything for the last decade growing up in the Bronx a young Jennifer Lopez would dabble in anything that might one day make her famous. Acting dancing even gymnastics and track during the early nineties. Lopez was a choreographer and a backup dancer for such acts as new kids on the block and Janet Jackson. She danced on TV as a so called fly. Girl on the WAYANS brothers sketch comedy series in living color. Oh Yeah and Lopez also sang but it was her least pursued talent prior to her mid twenties. What finally convinced Jennifer Lopez to seriously consider a full-time singing career was actually an acting gig. One that had special prominence within the Latin community do things in the nineteen ninety-seven Biotech Selena. The late Latin superstar was played by Jennifer Lopez as an actress of Puerto Rican descent. Lopez has earned scorn in certain corners of the Mexican American community for playing Tano Music's most famous singer but Lopez won acclaim for the performance though. She did not sing in the film. The warm reception for Selena convinced several in the music business particularly Sony Music Executive Tommy Mottola the man who discovered Mariah Carey that the future J. Lo could pursue a full on pop career in short Jennifer Lopez. Would at last become a singer after she had tried and succeeded at everything else. If you had my love was the first single from on the six Jennifer Lopez's debut album. It dropped the same month. Ricky Martin was scaling the charts with Livin. La Vida Loca. Unlike Martin Lopez had no prior Latin pop career to fall back on no need to transition out of Spanish language material her ticket would-be English language. Pop with a nebulous. Lee Latin flavor that nebulous nece was especially true of if you have my love produced and Co written by Aren be hitmaker Rodney Jerkins. The song could just as easily have been recorded by the other artists. Jerkins was producing at the time. Such as Brandy Monica. Or destiny's child as with those hit makers however if you had my love was a smash rising to number one on the hot one hundred in just five weeks. Actually KNOCKING OUT MARTIN'S LIVING LA VIDA. Loca thanks to Lopez's profile in the Latin community. The song also made an appearance on the Latin tracks chart it only reached number twenty seven there but Spanish language stations were playing. Lopez's success indicated that the Latin boomlet of ninety nine was cultural as much as musical having established herself. Lopez did issue somewhat more Latin flavored singles for the rest of the year including the Latin House. Track waiting for tonight. A number eight pop number one club hit the one. Two Punch of Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez was like a siren song to the Latin pop world. If as I said earlier this was a universe of stars hiding in plain sight by the second half of one thousand nine hundred ninety nine. They wouldn't be hiding from mainstream audiences anymore for the rest of the year. The charts were awash in stars from the Latin world. Who'd been working Spanish language radio for years but now saw an opportunity to break on pop. Radio at least one of these stars came equipped with both catchy songs and a famous last name Enrica Iglesias son of polio. Iglesias had launched a musical career in the nineties. Totally independent of his Megastar. Father Henryk as three three Spanish language albums for the phone. No-visa label had sold fourteen million copies. Wow He'd been considering a move into English language pop for some time the breakthrough of Martin and Lopez accelerated and wreak as plans. He signed a new deal with interscope records in June. Nineteen thousand nine hundred ninety nine. When the Latin Crossover explosion was in full force and it took him just a couple of months to score his first number. One hit by llamas was like Martin's Livin La Vida loca and intentionally bilingual hit. The title was the only Spanish in it and it was written by a pair of Englishman. Paul Barry and Mark Taylor Barry would later admit that the emphasis in the title is is on the wrong syllable. Iglesias things by La Moss. Not by lamas because Barry did not speak fluent Spanish as with Ricky and J. Lo however the width of Latin Flavor. More than any rigorous. Authenticity was all. It took to send Iglesias's English language breakthrough to number one on the hot one hundred. By then. Another Latin veteran had dropped his English language. Debut Mark Anthony was a serious star in the world of salsa a potent singer who had broken via free style and houses and then transformed himself into the air to salsa legends. Light Hector Leveaux and Willie Cologne released in August of one thousand. Nine hundred ninety nine I need to know was like a vintage mark. Anthony hit with subtitles all the rhythm and brass of salsa jam with English lyrics. I need to know reached number three in the fall of nineteen ninety nine and it was followed in early two thousand by Florid Latin flavored valid. You sang to me. Which peaked at number two by the way for those who are curious though they both broke through on the hot one hundred in one thousand nine hundred ninety nine future paramore's Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Were not dating that year. They would marry five years later. The ninety nine Latin boom was even boosting veteran. Latin singer Songwriters who were able to write for other artists. John Cicada a Cuban American pop singer who was discovered by and Gloria Estefan had scored a top five Latin flavored. Hit In nineteen ninety two called just another day. Sakata hadn't had a major pop hit in more than five years but in nineteen ninety nine. He Co wrote a ballad for Ricky Martin's English language album. She's all I ever had the official follow up single to live in La Vida loca reached number two in September. One thousand nine hundred ninety nine but possibly the biggest most improbable chart topping. Success of ninety nine came from a fifty two year old Mexican American musical legend. Who'd already been inducted into the rock and Roll Hall of fame? We talked about Carlos Santana extensively in our woodstock episode of Hit parade including his nineteen ninety nine smash smooth the Song Co written and Sung By matchbox twenty singer. Rob Thomas was the lead single to supernatural Santana's star-packed debut for for aristotle records the album overseen by Ariston Mogul Clive. Davis was in the works months before the Latin pop explosion of ninety. Nine but the breakthrough of Ricky Martin Jennifer Lopez and Enrico Iglesias only gave this song with its cha-cha beat and prominent horns greater commercial prospects. Smooth topped the hot one hundred in October. One Thousand Nine hundred ninety nine thirty years after his woodstock debut Carlos Santana had his first number one hit and it stayed there a dozen weeks into two thousand six weeks after it completed. Its number one run smooth won record and song of the year at the Grammy Awards and supernatural one album of the year. Six weeks after that Santana was back on top of the hot one hundred with a second number one hit the even more Latin Flavored Maria. Maria Maria. Maria spent ten more weeks at number one would Santana have scored two chart topping blockbuster hits on the hot one hundred and a fifteen times platinum album without the ninety nine Latin explosion coming I. It's impossible to say but it couldn't have hurt by two thousand latin bumi version one point. Oh was starting to show some strain. The number of hits. These artists generated was stunning and most had unmistakable Latin rhythms instrumentation and flavor. But every last one of them was in English many had been written or produced by non Latin collaborators who were deliberately aiming for Anglophone Crossover critics and many longtime fans of Latin pop called the wave in authentic and watered down and it was only starting to seem more so in the summer of two thousand and Rica. Iglesias scored a second number one. Hit Be with you that was certainly danceable but four little relationship to Latin music. At all. Ricky Martin moved quickly in two thousand to generate a second English language. Lp sound loaded sold well going double platinum but it's singles. Were already starting to seem like retreads most especially its lead off track. She bags which missed the top. Ten peaking at number twelve. I will spare you all the version of she. Bangs Sung three years later by American idol. Hopeful William Hung throughout this multi. Year wave of crossover hits by Ricky Jennifer and Enrica one major Latin superstar. Also recognizable by a single name was waiting on the sidelines. Kira how to following in Latin music circles arguably more impassioned than anyone like the late Selena the Colombian born Shakira Isabel. Nevada revolt was the queen of a well-defined Latin sub-genre in her case. A blend of rock crossed with modern pop. That echoed the sound of such Anglo Stars. As Alanis Morissette you might say Shakira was built for Crossover in an ironic footnote. Shakira's first big break back in one thousand nine hundred ninety three came at a Chilean music festival. Where one of the judges was none other than then twenty year. Old Former menudo member Ricky Martin. Ricky picked the sixteen year old Shakira to win the competition. She came in third by the late ninety s Shakira signed to Sony's Colombian Division had sold more than ten million. Lp's across Latin America including her mega smashes. Bs Puzzles. And don't they estan loosely rawness. Sony felt strongly enough about her crossover potential that they won her a nineteen ninety nine appearance on. Mtv's blockbuster acoustic showcase unplugged. The televised performance introduced thousands of MTV viewers to Shakira's magnetic sensual hip. Swiveling live presence. An album of this performance Shakira MTV unplugged sold more than a quarter million copies in America. In two thousand softening the ground for her long jesting. Crossover Shakira's I primarily English album. Laundry service was finally issued in the fall of two thousand one. More than two and a half years after the Ricky Martin breakthrough even more than the other Latin crossovers. Shakira's was carefully calibrated not to eviscerate her heritage. Its lead off single. Whenever wherever co written by veteran superstar Gloria estefan combined mainstream hop friendly hooks with the distinct league Colombian sounds of Andean flutes and guitar lines played on a shutter angle. Long careful setup for Shapiro's Anglo breakthrough worked laundry service debuted at number three on the billboard. Two hundred in December two thousand one and spent more than a year on the album chart going triple platinum by two thousand two Shakira managed to split the difference between more overtly Latin flavored tracks. Like the new wave and tango hybrid. Objection Tango and straight up. Pop balladry like the number nine. Hit underneath your clothes with hindsight Shakira's breakthrough marked the unofficial of Latin Boom Mita version. One point of the artists who became hot one hundred stars from one thousand nine hundred ninety nine to two thousand one continued to spin off hits but many veered further and further away from anything resembling Latin music from the Bouncy pop of Enrica Iglesias to the hip hop adjacent anthems of the re-christened Jane. Ironically the artists who retreated from Anglo pop as the first wave ended was the man who had kicked it off Ricky Martin in two thousand three Martin issued another all Spanish album his first in five years and he was warmly welcomed back on the Spanish language charts topping hot Latin tracks instantly. With at the time Martin spoke about wanting to quote go back to my center to the beginning unquote. Unspoken was the fact that the glare of the mainstream pop spotlight had been more intense on ricky than for any other Latin crossover stars save perhaps Jennifer Lopez Martin was still more than half a decade away from coming out as gay for the rest of the two thousand and twenty tens. Ricky Martin scored more than a dozen Latin chart top ten hits but he never returned to the pop top forty in a way regardless of his personal motivations. Ricky's return to musical. Roots was well timed because in the twenty first century. Latin pop even the songs that crossed over to Anglo audiences was about to go in a more authentic sounding Spanish first direction and though Martin had nothing to do with it the backbone of this new trend came from his homeland of Portland task. It is rare that musical artist both invents the name of genre and becomes the leader of that. But that is precisely what Ramon Luiz. Yala Rodriguez Aka Daddy Yankee achieved in the two thousands Daddy Yankee coined the term reggae tone for the blend of Jamaican dancehall Spanish Language Street tails and American hip hop that was exploding in Puerto Rico in the late nineties. The core element of the genre was the dumbo rhythm. Taken from reggae. All mentored by a rap derived snare and Kick Drum Daddy. Yankee added the Latin suffix tone to reggae to give reggae tone its name and having coined the term he went on to dominate the genre scoring what is arguably still its definitive. Hit just a couple of years into his recording career. Wise Two thousand four single gasoline not only went top ten or top twenty in more than a dozen countries worldwide. It also amazing cracked. Us Top forty peaking at number thirty two despite featuring a word of English. It was the first fully Spanish song to crack the US. Top forty since LOS LOBOS CHART-TOPPING LA Bamba in nineteen eighty seven practically simultaneously with the rise of Gaza. Lena came another smash. Riggott on single by a rising. Cuban American. Rapper and singer are Christiaan beddis. Who CALLED HIMSELF? Pit Bull was pit bulls owed to ample posterior featuring rap punctuation from Atlanta cronk King Lil. Jon It tied Daddy. Yankee's Gasol Nina by peaking at number thirty two on the hot one hundred in two thousand four. The Year of Reagan's mainstream breakthrough rappers. Were not the only artists drawn to the reggae tone rhythm the following year Shakira was planning the next move in her global chart conquest and once again she wanted to play on both sides of the street in a bold move previously attempted by the likes of guns and roses and Bruce Springsteen Shakira's plan for two thousand five was to come back with a pair of simultaneously conceived Alberto's unlike those rockstars however she would issue the two albums roughly six months apart and most ambitiously one would be in Spanish. The other in English both albums would be called oral. Fixation and volume. One would be the Spanish album. The how soon. Als- looming ticket. The lead single of the first album was called Lotto tutor duet about romantic torture featuring Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz and a thumping reggae tone. Beat in a chart run that lasted all summer. Lot Thought Duda reached an impressive number. Twenty three on the hot one hundred and the fee. Hacien- dow album went gold and eventually platinum. The reason the Spanish language album had been issued. I was that team Shakira. Had more modest crossover commercial expectations for it. The second two thousand five album aural fixation volume two would be Shakira's official English language successor to laundry service and it was widely expected to be the greater blockbuster. But that's not how things work out. Don't bother the lead single from oral fixation volume two missed the top forty peaking at number forty two by Christmas. Two thousand five Shakira's second. English album was shaping up as a flop with the potential to not even go gold. But that's when Shakira and Sony Music pulled out of their sleeps Shakira's biggest baby talk. Why clip off formerly of rap troop the Fujii's had recorded a song called dance like this for the little seen. Two Thousand Four Film Dirty Dancing Havana Nights. John felt the song had never lived up to its potential and when in early two thousand six Shakira's label epic records approached him to see if he could help revive Shakira's latest album he proposed remaking dance like this as hips. Don't lock giving secures own y dancing style you might say. The reboot was perfectly on brand. Reinvented with a hybrid. Salsa reggae song ribbons with sampled. Latin trumpets that wycliffe replicated from the prior rap hit deja Vu uptown baby. The new hips don't lie was globally minded hip hop friendly anthem. Epic Rush released the single in the spring of two thousand six and even we issued the oral fixation volume two CD to include hips. Don't lie by April. The single was in the top forty saving the album which left back into the top ten and went platinum by boom hips. Don't lie was a number one. On the hot one hundred giving Shakira her only American pop chart topper for the rest of her career. Secure out would continue to straddle. Sonic BORDERS. She would occasionally try her hand at mainstream. Anglo pop like two thousand nine disco fueled hit. She will but Shaquir US biggest selling global single ultimately came when she like Ricky Martin a dozen years earlier was tapped to record a world cup anthem. The two thousand ten track WOCKA WOCKA this time. For Africa celebrated the first soccer final held in South Africa it team Shakira with South African group freshly ground while the song only scraped the top forty in America it topped charts in more than a dozen countries and ultimately sold fifteen million copies this time for Africa Jennifer Lopez for her part was also becoming more globally minded at the turn of the tents her smash hit on the floor sampled cameras nineteen ninety. Dance Smash Lombardo remember that Infectious Melody. It also included rap support from Pitt Bull. The song reached number three on the hot one hundred in the summer of two thousand eleven and number one on the dance club chart for his part pit bull had transformed himself from a reggae tone rapper to an all purpose club pop star even when his singles featured a few words in Spanish they're rhythms now had more to do with dance floors than street corners. He scored with two thousand nine number two hot one hundred hit. I know you want me Cayenne. Ocho won't serve and twenty eleven's give me everything a summer number one smash featuring singers neo and neighor and Dutch. Dj Africa Chuck but while Shakira J. Lo and pitbull all attempting to keep one toe on the dance floor and one eye on the hot one hundred on Spanish language. Stations reggae tone was hybrid. Izing with every Rica Iglesias had continued pursuing. Pop Hits as late as twenty ten with Solid Success. But by the mid tens. He had refocused his energies. On the Spanish language radio dial and he began scoring some of the biggest hits of his career and wreak as twenty fourteen smash by Landau not to be confused with his nineteen ninety nine. Mostly English hit by lamas fused a reggae tone beat with Spanish. Flamenco BY LANDAU. Spent twenty four weeks. On top of billboard's Latin pop airplay chart then a record and even reached number twelve on the hot one hundred fueled by both digital sales and airplay on mainstream top forty radio stations indeed. The sound of Spanish language music in the twenty s was a hybrid a combination of traditional balladry from artists like Buckshot. The singer Romeo Santos St- and of course reggae tone from rising stars like the Colombian singer Jose Alvarado or Saudi. Oh belvin known to the world as J valves need these twin forces Latin balladry and reggae toned finally fused late in the decade producing the biggest Latin crossover single of all time. Luis Fonsi from San Juan. Puerto Rico was a lot in pop veteran and a sizeable star on Spanish language radio indeed by the mid twenty s an entire generation of Hispanic. Americans probably couldn't remember a time. He wasn't somewhere on the airwaves. Never especially hip. Fonzie had been a reliable hitmaker since his career launched in the late. Nineteen Ninety s by the mid two. Thousands Folksy was largely focused on guitar based love songs. Such as his Latin tracks chart topper not a espadas simply or nothing is forever had some time around twenty fifteen phone see got a brainstorm. What if he could fuse his guitar? Balladry with the thump of Latin dance music. He and fellow songwriter. Erika Ender at. I thought that their experimental track could be a Colombian style coup Mbia but eventually they landed upon the idea of pairing their melody with the beat of reggae tone after all fellow. Puerto Rican artist Daddy. Yankee was still scoring. Latin Chart Toppers as late as Twenty Sixteen John. Taking in the fall of Twenty Sixteen Fossey and his producers invited Daddy Yankee into the studio to record the Duet Fonsi had conceived under the Spanish word for slowly as in taking one's time both in love and on the dance floor. The word was d'esposito. Be to where he got those. But I released at the start of twenty seventeen. D'esposito was an immediate smash with Latin audiences. It topped charts in about a dozen Latin American countries and it was on top of billboard's hot Latin songs chart by mid February at this point d'esposito could have wound up a hit on the order of Enrica Iglesias by Llandough a blockbuster in the Latin World. But that's when the story took its most unexpected. Turn come and move thankful such a Besson dot spring while on tour in Bogota Colombia. Canadian pop megastar. Justin Bieber heard d'esposito and was captain. Who contacted fancies management and asked if he could jump on areement the only kaneohe hats. You never hear the words baby tickets also. Interestingly for the rest of the track bieber sings in phonetic Spanish despite having no Latin heritage whatsoever while the opening English verse is in Congress and slightly hokey on the Spanish Chorus. Bieber's buttery vocals turned out to be ideal for Latin pop harmonized. Seamlessly with false seed does not. This is when d'esposito exploded in the anglophone pop world the week the Bieber remix dropped d'esposito shock from number forty eight to number nine on the hot one hundred within three weeks. It was number one. The first primarily Spanish number one hit on the chart since mock arena. Twenty one years earlier we all come true. It took the presence of an anglophone Popstar to make d'esposito nationwide American hit but here was the difference from mock arena and all of Latin crossover hits from two decades earlier. D'esposito remained an overwhelmingly Spanish language song with a sound that made little compromise with American pop. Radio this was not living La Vida loca or by Lamas Louise Fonsi and Daddy. Yankee had fused there's different corners of very authentic Latin music but they did virtually nothing to reshape the songs for Justin Bieber indeed. It was Bieber who had to learn a bit of Spanish and adapt to the sound of the song. D'esposito was a watershed in Latin. Crossover pop as we told you. In our twenty th tens episode of Hip Parade d'esposito was a record setter. It spent sixteen weeks on top of the hot one. Hundred tying a twenty one year old record held by Mariah Carey and boys to men more important for this episode d'esposito kicked off what might be called Latin Boom. Mita version two point zero and this time the Latin stars are compromising far less than ricky and reggae or Jalen later in twenty seventeen j thousand scored his first major crossover hit with the Willy William Duet me hinton already a top forty hit by September the release of a remix featuring no less than beyond say hurdled. The song to number three on the hot one hundred odds when Belvin reached this new peak. It was just two spots below the number one song. Bodak yellow by Cardi B. A RAPPER. Who was herself of? Dominican and Trinidadian descent. Cardi made good on that heritage the following summer in July of Twenty Eighteen Cardi B. returned to the number one on the hot one hundred with I like it. A reboot of Pete Rodriguez Perennial Salsa Classic. I like it like that as with d'esposito and this hit showed how far the idea of Latin crossover had come along and banker bag Latino because hardee's version of this. Formerly all English song was now half in Spanish that non English content came. Courtesy of J. Bows and a twenty four year old up and coming singer and rapper from Puerto Rico born Benito Antonio Venus Oh Cossio but known to the world as bad. I'm on the success of bad bunny in just. The last three years has been remarkable leader in twenty eighteen. He got rapper drake to collaborate with him in Spanish. No less on the number five top one hundred hit me. And in February of this year when Shakira and Jennifer Lopez took the stage at the Super Bowl Halftime. Show also joining them. Onstage were J Galvin and bad bunny to Latin megastars who were crossing over in America without singing much English or compromising their sound ban in a way it was a passing of the torch to women from Latin Boom. Eat of version one point. Oh showcasing two men who were at the forefront of. We'll meet the two point and forbade bunny. The impact was NASA one month after the Super Bowl. Bad bunnies new album debuted on the billboard two hundred album chart all the way up at number two billboard reported that it was instantly the highest charting all Spanish album in American chart history by the way on this track see Vail Optima. Bad Bunny is interpolated. The melody of the boss of Classic. The girl from EPA Nima yet again one more emerging Latin Megastar is calling back to a standard from decades ago six decades after Ritchie Valens and Joao Gilberto and two decades after the breakthrough of Ricky Martin. Bad Bunny is crossing over but he is not compromising. Where will the newest Latin boom go from here? Perhaps the answer lies in the name of bad bunnies new album which is still in the top three on the billboard. Two hundred as I speak the album sports a rather cryptic titles. It's just eight letters. Y H L Q MD L. Which stands for the Spanish phrase? Your ago looking mayday Lagaan and that sentence translates to do whatever I want my live up to. I hope you enjoy this episode of Hip rain. This show was written edited and narrated by Anthony. That's meet my producer is Justin de right and we also had helped this episode from Rosemary. Belsen and June. Thomas is the senior managing producer. And Gabriel Roth. 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Hit Parade: The White and Nerdy Edition

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Hit Parade: The White and Nerdy Edition

"Welcome to hit parade podcast of Pop Chart History from slate magazine about the hits from coast to coast. I'm Chris Landfill Chart Analyst pop critic and writer of slates wise. The Song Number One series on today's show last month in our December Twenty nineteen episode of Hip Parade. I talked about the improbable smash that was sitting on top of billboard's hot one hundred Mariah Carey's holiday classic all. I want for Christmas. Is You the first Christmas Song to top. Billboard's hot one hundred in sixty one years is that compelled us to play you the prior Christmas song to hit number one which reached the top all the way back in nineteen fifty eight As I noted David Saville's the chipmunk Song is less a Christmas song then then a novelty record it was still on the hot one hundred for weeks into nineteen fifty-nine long after the holidays were over and hand in a way. This wasn't surprising because in the early rock era novelty records were chart dominators. ooh This was the golden era for goofy hits a time when comical records would not only make the hot one hundred regularly really but quite frequently top chart jungle limbs off a tree in a time when live comics and veteran standups won grammys sold piles of albums and even got on the radio radio. Hello Hello Fata. And while the so-called golden age of novelty songs was the nineteen fifties is and sixties right through the seventies novelty and comedy songs did serious chart business the thing about novelty records though what distinguishes them from Christmas songs is they are a hard hard way to sustain a career sure. Some novelty hits our holiday related. which does make them? perennials graveyards but most novelty hits by their very nature are flashes in the Pan meant went to capture a specific cultural moment. That's what makes the one major ager novelty artist who broke in the nineteen eighties. The one whose name now leaps immediately to most Americans minds when they hear the phrase the Novelty Song so exceptional. He pulled it off. He built a decades long career out of being a goofball so before we talk about the man who actually called all himself weird I will explain how the charts both helped him and made his job so challenging thus making his this chart topping success that much more amazing you might say the magic ingredient was Hokka Pie and as we enter the twenty twenties. We'll even talk about how this accordion in playing national treasure could come back and command the hit parade again more than four decades after he started. And that's where your hit parade marches today. The week ending October October. Twenty first two thousand six. When Weird Al Yankovic White and nerdy reached number nine on billboard's hot one hundred? It was AL's first top ten hit in a multi decade career and the start of a new age for novelty songs on the charts the forty outside before we get there. Let's talk about the time. Be a before al.. The golden age of the novelty over breakfast sandwich as with my sleep day. This is often the moment in hit parade episode where I offer provisos and definitions and for this this episode. We have a real head scratcher. What exactly is a novelty record? Who Decides the recording artist? Just the music industry the public in a way they all do because novelty is in the eye ear and funny bone one of the beholder for example consider this classic by R. and B. Group. The coasters Yucky. Yeah yeah a number one hit in nineteen fifty eight written and produced by Jerry. Lieber and Mike Stolen both that legendary. Songwriting duo and the coasters are in the rock and Roll Hall of fame and the Song is hilarious. A series of drill sergeant commands by a comically pissed off parent hereon at a surly fifties teenager. Okay but is Yacky Yak a novelty record Joel. Whitbourne Whitbourne the authoritative chart statistician who publishes Books Tracking Billboard Hits Tag these socially satirical Jaki Yak the Novelty Song however whip burned does claim that the coasters follow-up hit also written by Lieber installer was a novelty record the the Equality Funny Charlie Brown a number two hit in nineteen fifty nine. Is this song a novelty because it name checks a comic strip character. Music scholar Steve. We've often in his book. The golden age of novelty songs includes both Jaki Yak and Charlie Brown in his study of the Genre congre which he says has a proud tradition. And that's another thing. Is it even insulting to call record a novelty because is both Jaki Yak and Charlie Brown are pretty great. propulsed live witty clever. How we could do this all day in this episode talk about the mysterious distinctions between novelty and normal hits? Is this number. One hit from the eighties by Austrian singer Falco a novelty or a sly mash up of of the classical figure. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the then new musical idiom of rap speaking of rap. What about vis nine thousand nine hundred ninety two number one smash by Sir Mix a lot? Oh Oh my God becky. We devoted a large chunk of our nineties rap episode of Hip Parade to baby. Got Back. Because it's an important song long for the emergence of hip hop on the charts in that decade but it starts with a spoken word comedy bid and the whole song is a laugh riot riot and yet few tag baby got back a novelty one. More comparison powers in the sixties this song by Australian Rolf Harris Timea Kangaroo down sport a number three. US Hit in one thousand. Nine hundred sixty three was regarded as culturally. Specific novelty. Hit a borderline offensive ditty that trafficked in Australian stereotypes stereotypes for Non Australians amusement. The NAB downs time down but and twenty years later this nineteen eighty three men at work number one hit trafficked in many of the same snarky Australian troops but down under was regarded as a Whimsical pop song and a new wave. Classic while Rolf Harris's Alcee satirizing hit is called a novelty men at work's is not about. My point is not to come up with a definitive answer sir to what a novelty record is rather. I want to emphasize that the border between so-called serious hits and novelties is thin indeed indeed novelty may be like pornography to paraphrase a Supreme Court justice. You know it when you hear it. Several artists we will discuss have walked that line throughout their careers. In fact dating back to the days of Tin Pan Alley Novelty songs were such a fixture on the hit parade that some of the most celebrated singers found them irresistible vehicles for getting on the radio. Much is that Again the window though. That's traditional pop vocalist Patti page with the nineteen fifty. Three number one hit. How much is that Doggie in the window? Window page recorded all sorts of songs and scored hits with everything from the classic Tennessee Waltz to Allegheny Moon but Doggie in the window. Complete with barking. Sounds one of her biggest hit is whimsical. If not exactly the funny. But it was part of a long tradition of comical or quirky records that were hits for everyone from Al Jolson to Tex Williams. It was somewhat rarer for a recording artists to focus exclusively on comedy records but Spike Jones the nineteen forties and fifties performer not to be confused with the Modern Day. Film director was a pioneer of the novelty form. Build up all day for the race. Food town is favored today assaulted in their dog. Biscuit is Rita one safety has been unscratched. Spike Jones was not only a bandleader and host of a TV variety show he was a creator and altar of comical recordings. His songs could be heard as a satire of the big band era replacing musical notes with obnoxious clatter in Jones's hands a piece of music as grand as Rossini's William Tell overture would turn utterly madcap instruments is competing with noisemakers Spike Jones and his city slickers even scored a holiday holiday perennial and novelty standard with his nineteen forty nine number. One hit all I want for. Christmas is my two front teeth. For for Christmas. With his exposure bolger in a range of Media Spike Jones would serve as an inspiration to generations of novelty recording artists including weird Al Yankovic traffic but Spike Jones hits were largely confined to the pre rock era of course rock and roll had its own Manic Energy Ritchie that lent itself to laughs and it is remarkable. How many early rock and roll hits can be read? As basically comical the big boppers chantilly lace this is tagged by Joel whipper and other rock historians as a novelty record even as he is also regarded as a rockabilly pioneer. The same goes for multi. Genre singer Bobby Darin who broke as a rock and roller with the KITSCHY. Catchy splish splash it and later in the decade Rock Pioneer Bo Diddley scored believe it or not his only top forty pop hit with same man. A single that is essentially mostly dialogue as is to shit talking friends. Rank on each other over a beat black rock and roll was also the Meta text for another form of parody. Hit the so-called break in record invented by producer Dickie Goodman his nineteen fifty-six hit with partner. Bill Buchanan the flying saucer. Reinvented Orson Jason Wells. War of the worlds as a spoken word news broadcast punctuated by snippets of then current rock and roll hits Goodman failed to get permission. For any of the song samples it was arguably the rock. Era's first mix tape mash offramp. I Ju- In general comedy records were a Ripe Forum for experimentation as we discussed in last month's hit parade eventual chipmunks monks creator David Seville helped refine the art of sped up recording with his nineteen fifty eight number. One hit the witch doctor. The doctor with doctor he totally what he says and weeks later the high pitched recording trick was replicated by another chart topper shove willies. The purple people eater. There's two purple. Only maybe address you. Your sound was novelty. Records were so omnipresent in nineteen fifty eight that Willie's hit even included a reference to another comical smash Willie's backup singers snuck in reference to short shorts a song going by the Royal Teens. That had peaked at number three just weeks earlier. These novelty records were in dialogue with each other. Sometimes openly Joe South south a young singer who a decade later would win the song of the year. Grammy for Games. People play scored his first chart hit in the summer of nineteen fifty eight with the mash up record. The Purple People Eater meets the witch doctor. I got real strange. Found people eater and my practice. I saw the witch doctor Seton by his side world witchdoctor in the start of the sixties novelty records. Were topping the hot one hundred on the regular nineteen sixty alone. had three chart topping topping novelty hits and sonically. They were all over the map. Whether it was Brian Hyland's Chirpy owed to a tiny bathing suit very very risque by nineteen sixty standards or four a lurching party record about a caveman named alleyoop recorded by a fictional one off Los Angeles band who call themselves the Hollywood Hollywood argyle's or the half spoken word. Mister custer her a photo lament by a soldier in eighteen seventy six pleading with his general not to send him into the battle of the little bighorn. The track doc was fronted by a man named Larry Verne. Who'd never sung in his life but had a memorable southern drawl of these artists? Only Brian Hyland of itsy-bitsy teeny weeny in Yellow Polka dot. Bikini fame went on to further recording success and that was his last novelty hit. However the producer of the Hollywood argyle's Gary Paxton would produce an even bigger novelty smash two years later Bobby Pickett's Halloween perennial slash instructional dance record? The Monster Mash a number one in October. One thousand nine hundred sixty two and it's a graveyard it's on slide. It's generally novelty alty. Records were a producer's medium and the artists were incidental. The one thousand nine hundred sixty one number. One mother-in-law A CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS R&B and hilarious plant about a meddling maternal figure was the first big hit for legendary writer and producer Alan to song as for the lead artist of mother-in-law New Orleans singer Ernie Quedo it was his only top forty. Hit in me on top of all of these musical novelties. The early sixties was a boom time for straight up comedy recordings by stand up and nightclub performers performers like Bob Bob Newhart yes that Bob Newhart. The Future TV legend was I kid you not a comedy. LP selling Titan in the early sixties new hearts nineteen sixty album the button down mind of Bob newhart topped the billboard album chart for fourteen weeks and one thousand nine hundred sixty one grammy for album of the year offense where you're going with Mr Adams junk car seven seventy five. And where was that your driveway. Two years later that same grammy was won by another spoken word comedy. LP The first. I family a blockbuster album by comedian and John F. Kennedy Impersonator. Vaughn meader that you didn't touch thaad either. Eighteen tonight or at dinner last night. Would you tell us. Please let me say this about that now. Number one in my opinion the fault does not lie as much with the salad as she does with the addressing being used had a time in the early sixties when the long playing thirty three and a third. RPM album was only beginning going to overtake the forty five RPM single live comedy in front of an audience proved a durable seller of LP records and if a live comedian could tell jokes while singing all the better Harvey CPAP he works for ib m he went to Mit God is hd former TV producer. Allan Sherman made a bigger name for himself in writing comic parodies of well known public domain songs with goofy lyrics not unlike Spike Jones a decade earlier Sherman scored three number one. LP's filled with Borscht belt style parody songs in nineteen sixty two and sixty three back. Toback toback he even scored a number two single in the summer of sixty three with his dance of the hours parody about a boy riding home from summer. Camp Hello Mudehwe hello fodder hello fodder here. I am at Camp Granada very entertaining. And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining in a more area Vein Piano playing college professor. Tom Lehrer satirized. The fears and foibles of Cold War Era Society -ociety with Jaunty Cole. Porter like melodies visit American city. You will find it very pretty just two things which you must be aware. Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air but after a half decade of performing his original ditties in front of audiences both in clubs and on television laborers nineteen sixty five album. That was the year that was cracked the billboard the top twenty and eventually went gold by the late sixty S. After the British invasion and Hippie rock began to take over the charts the line between novelty records and rock hits became blurry some novelty hits still read as pure comedy singer Songwriter. Jerry Samuels while under the influence of psychedelics. wrote a perverse song about going mad complete with chipmunk like like sped up vocals released under the moniker Napoleon the fourteenth. They're coming to take me away. Ha Ha reached number three in the summer of one thousand nine hundred. Sixty six coming to take me away. Ha The coming to take me away Ho to the funny farm where life is is beautiful all the time and be happy to say those nice young men in their. Interestingly several listeners noticed in in one thousand nine hundred sixty six that the Napoleon the fourteenth zone featured the same marching drumbeat. As a very recent Bob Dylan stoner anthem. Rainy Day women number twelve thirty five live had reached number two on the charts just weeks earlier in the spring of sixty six. Of course this being Dylan. no-one considered hit a novelty. There was a similarly thin line between novelty and rock credibility on snoopy versus the Red Baron and the breakthrough hit for Florida banned the Royal Guardsmen there whimsical. Oh my gosh to Charles Schulz's comic strip. Canine reached number or two in early. Nineteen sixty seven by the way the second number two hit named for a peanuts character after the coasters one thousand nine hundred fifty nine hit surly brown challenge. They got a if that little rock breakdown sounded familiar. It's because the royal guardsman's snoopy included an intentionally obvious solution to the McCoy's nineteen sixty five number. One hit hang on snoopy indeed throughout the PSYCHEDELIC era. The novelty status of hit records was debatable. especially when sixties pop took on the sounds of Music Hall and Vaudeville Novelty Song Scholar. Steve Often USC. It claims that the two number one hits by Herman's hermits both juvenile revivals of Music Hall. DITTIES are in essence novelty realty records. Mrs Brown you've got a lovely daughter uh-huh and I'm entry. Excuse me Henry. The Eighth I am saves the bust a year later British novelty act the new Vaudeville band scored their only chart topping hit winchester cathedral with an old timey megaphone like the again. None of these trippy. Hits was tagged a novelty by the music business but was the difference between these singles and the more outlandish knowingly tweeden novelty hit tiptoe through the tulips with me by nineteen eighteen sixty eight ukulele playing falsetto singing. Tiny tim the with tiny Tim. Aw was such a pop culture sensation in one thousand nine hundred sixty eight and sixty nine his televised marriage to Miss Vicki on the tonight show drew tens Hinz of millions of viewers that his single hit the top twenty and his album reached the top ten and rode the charts for more than half a year on the countryside of the radio. Dial Johnny cash new the power of a novelty song. He recorded a stem winding story story song written by cartoonist and Songwriter Shel Silverstein called a boy named sue and he took it to number two on the hot one hundred in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine his biggest ever pop hit a cash never took himself too seriously deep into the seventies. He scored his biggest country number one of the decade gate and his last pop. Top forty hit with tall tale one piece at a time a novelty record about a GM plant worker building his his own Cadillac by smuggling home auto parts from his job. On time. You lets it and in the early seventies another rock. Pioneer Chuck Berry scored. His is only number one with the lewd novelty. My Dingley recorded live in front of a British audience who lustily sang by the seventy s novelty records were a big enough genre to inspire their own. Radio program created by a man born Barry Hansen Johnson. Who redubbed himself doctor? demento doctor Demento where on the radio here line up your Radio Westwood. One presents the Dr Phil Show to missile launched at a Pasadena radio station and eventually syndicated at dozens of stations nationwide. The doctor Demento show would play the kind kind of crazy ephemera too weird for the top forty. The doctor Demento show would prove a formative influence on a generation of novelty performance. In later years Hansen would would claim that he launched the show because novelty records. were starting to disappear from the radio. Airwaves after rock turned more serious. In in the late sixties airplay was indeed often the limiting factor with funny or novelty records. The amusement would become less amusing amid the repetition of top forty radio rotation but truth be told novelty records could still become hits in the seventies seventies. One musician even spent the decade successfully walking the line between serious and silly ray. Stevens was the irrepressible energizer. Bunny of novelty hit makers risky had been knocking around the music industry. Since the early sixties he'd even scored a couple of top forty novelty hits early in the decade like a half the Arab but Stevens stepped up his game toward the end of the sixties guitar and Ode to a Loincloth. Clad rock and roller was his first gold. Single in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine during the sixties Stevens had on occasion tried his hand at singles scoring minor hits with tracks like Sunday morning coming down which was later a country hit for Johnny cash. But it wasn't until the seventies that Ray Stevens his career took an unexpectedly ernest turn back on the nineteen seventy number. One hit everything is beautiful. Ray Stevens turned kitsch in to cancel. The single was received as a straight faced inspirational song. Complete with a children's chorus an anthem of tolerance. That was even played in churches. Virtuous everything is beautiful. One grammys in both the pop and inspirational categories in nineteen seventy one and it was played on easy listening and even country stations. But Stevens couldn't stay in in this lane by the mid Seventies. He put his tongue firmly back in his cheek. In nineteen seventy four Stevens jumped on a fad sweeping the nation. And the World Streak Ed Eh. From sporting events to universities and even the Academy Awards Pranksters were sprinting naked in public like never before never never one to pass up a whimsical trend. Ray Stevens wrote and recorded the streak which topped both the US and UK charts in the Sprang of seventy four. It even reached number three on the American country chart pointing the direction. That Stevens career was headed on the north by the end of the decade Stevenson's brand of humor has been most warmly embraced by country audiences and he began aiming his novelty tracks. Like the nineteen eighty-one hit shriner's convention directly at country. Radio Stevens is politics also turned more conservative. Later decades would find him scoring country. Hits with the likes of Osama Yo Mama and Caribou Barbie however nineteen nineteen seventy four is the streak remains Ray Stevens his biggest ever hit but Ray Stevens remained the exception a mostly novelty avalon. hitmaker with more than one hit to doctor demento point by the seventies novelty singles were largely one offs C. See W McCall. Another country pop. Crossover artist who likes. Stevens tried to build a career out of novelty hits managed one on chart topping smash in the winter of one thousand nine hundred seventy six that capitalized on the growing fad of citizens band or CB radio radio the trucker anthem convoy CW. McCall and Iowa singer who invented his truck driver persona for an advertising campaign and wound ended up assuming it for decades never reached the top forty again. The seventies were a kitschy decade in general and like Ray a Stevens a song about streaking or C. W McCall Song about. CB radio's no cultural trend. Escaped novelty hit status Addis Dickie Goodman who in the fifties had invented these so-called breaking record scored another such smash in nineteen seventy five breath with the number four hit Mr Jaws a combination spoken word and pop song satire of Steven Spielberg's Blockbuster Shark Doc. Movie we are here on the beach where a giant shark has just eaten a girl swimmer. Well Mr Jaws how was it and what what did you say when you grabbed her. No Shock Sir. Stupid and in one thousand nine hundred seventy six radio. Dj Rick Dees. He's took a break from his day job to satirize disco music with Disco Duck. A number one hit that would make a cameo appearance in the movie Saturday night fever a year later speaking of media personalities Moonlighting from their jobs. I would be remiss if I left the seventies without talking about the recording success success of. TV's Saturday night live SNL's also. I five years are renowned for several reasons including reinventing TV sketch comedy for a new generation and introducing a new wave of comic performers like Chevy Chase Gilda radner and Bill Murray but one underrated aspect of Saturday. Night live launch was its impact on the music business of course each episode featured a musical performer. which by itself helped break various artists lists but the SNL cast members the so-called not ready for primetime players were also music Dabbler who's dabbling dowling's hold a lot of records? The Blues Brothers were an invention of SNL CAST members. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd originally finally devised as a warm up act for SNL's Studio Audience Belushi and Aykroyd performances as Jake and elwood blues. Complete with kitschy fifties style suits and Fidora's eventually made the live. TV show itself. Then with the help. Hope of future David Letterman bandleader Paul. Shaffer Belushi and Aykroyd assembled an actual blues brothers band with legendary aside men from booker t and the GS and their album briefcase full of blues was a no kidding number one LP on the billboard album chart it even spun off top forty hits like they're straight faced cover of Salmon Dave's soul man and their novelty novelty hit rubber biscuit on and what's more in January January one thousand nine hundred seventy nine. The week briefcase full of blues broke into the album charts top three it was sitting next to another lp by by a Saturday night. Live regular. Old Steve Martin was never an official. SNL CAST member but he was the show's most frequent guest and his repeat appearances. Princes made him a comedy Megastar Martin's Lp a wild and crazy guy was mostly a standup album recorded. Live live in front of crowds in San Francisco and Denver but it closed with a novelty track. Martin wrote for and first performed on Saturday night live King Tut celebrated and satirized Egyptian Pharaoh. Tutankhamun whose remains toward American museums. In one thousand nine hundred seventy eight and were a cultural blockbuster. Released as a single in seventy eight Steve Martin's King Tut made the hot one hundred's top twenty and it pushed Martin's a wild and crazy guy. LP to number two on the charts and double platinum entering the nineteen eighties. Then novelty records were not exactly scarce and some were even hits but they were a tough way to build a sustained career career. Tightening radio formats meant that most stations would not play comical records in regular all day rotation especially after after the launch of FM radios so called morning. Zoo programs these madcap morning shows offered a venue for novelty singles but they might be the only time. Such songs would be played so while established performers like Frank. ZAPPA could score one off. Novelty hits like nineteen eighty-two Valley girl a number thirty to hit recorded with his daughter Moon Unit or pop superstar Rick Springfield could crack the top thirty with the song. Long Bruce a novelty hit about how Mr Springfields fans confused him with Mr Springsteen. It was understood that these songs were never going to receive heavy radio rotation and for performer. Who specialized in novelty hits like? Chicago's jump in the Saddle Apple. Curly the time in the spotlight was brief. Jump in the saddle smash the curly shuffle sold well enough to reach number fifteen gene in early one thousand nine hundred eighty four but again. It's radio spins were largely confined to morning and drive time. Hours and jump in the saddle title never cracked the hot one hundred again. Doctor DEMENTO had a point novelty hits even when they found an audience. We're now no longer anger. Radio hits it was around this time that a young protege of Doctor Demento 's broke on the charts a novelty recording artists. Who would go on to build the most enduring career in comical Nicole musically when we come back how AL became weird in the summer of Nineteen nineteen seventy-nine nineteen year old? Alford Yankovic a student at California Polytechnic State. University in San Luis Obispo California. Nia noticed that there was this punchy song dominating the radio it was my Sharona. The atop hit of one thousand nine hundred seventy nine recorded by new wave rock band the knack and one thing owl knew right away this would be a funny any song to parody. How Yankovic had already spent years listening to the doctor Demento show and home recording his own comical the songs played on accordion? Al Had even passed a tape of some of his songs to Demento when the radio host visited Al's high school all in one thousand. Nine hundred seventy six DEMENTO played a couple of AL songs on the show now at CAL poly Yankovic took his accordion into into a bathroom across from the college radio station and recorded his own version of the tax hit Hungary one Hungry one I mean within my Bologna Ano- marsh to lunch. Meat would not only launch. Al Yank vicks recording career. It typified several royal trends for him for one thing. It was a smash on the doctor. DEMENTO show demento claimed my below was his most requested song of Nineteen Nineteen seventy-nine for another thing als- parody charmed the artist behind the original song. Doug Feiger lead singer of of the neck found out about my Bolognia expressed his appreciation for the flattering Omar and helped. I'll get it released on the next own label people capitol records and it was on that forty five actual label that Al formerly debuted his full performing me. Weird Weird Al Yankovic. A moniker given to him by fellow CAL poly students a couple of years earlier by nineteen eighty. Allie was a star on the doctor Demento show and when he appeared as a guest on the program late that year he came ready to record a follow follow up to my Bologna and had even selected his next hit song parody and another one. The Queen's another one bites the dust was rising to number one on the hot one hundred in the fall of nineteen eighty just cost as al appeared on the Demento show accompanied only by his accordion and the pounding of self styled drummer. Jon Bermuda Mute Schwartz on Al's accordion case Yankovic recorded another one rides. The bus live in Doctor Demento studio media it released on former disco label. Tk records another one rides. The bus became weird Al's first billboard hit reaching a number one hundred and four on the magazine's bubbling under the hot one hundred chart in March of nineteen eighty one. The song was popular enough enough. That al was invited by late night TV host. Tom Snyder to perform another one. Rides the bus on his NBC program the the Tomorrow Show Weird. Al Yankovic I became known for his parodies of Popular Rock Tunes in one thousand. Nine hundred seventy nine with parody song done by the next which was called Misha Aroma and weird. Al Knew how to present himself off on television with his shaggy hair and Frank Zappa like mustache and his rabid rock and roll attack on the Accordion on rock instrument and here was a performer. who had seemingly learned from every novelty act that had come to four from Spike Jones and Allan Sherman? The wit of of combining a familiar melody with unexpected lyrics from Shel Silverstein. How to build a whimsical song like a story from Tom? Lehrer are how to make parody song lyrics not only funny but sharply phrased all of these skills including the visual would come in handy very very soon. It should be noted that weird. AL's initial breakthrough via the DEMENTO show predated the nineteen eighty-one launch of MTV. But once that video channel took off and popularized the music video in America the kinds of new wave songs that became hits lent themselves himselves to parody and Allie Yankovic had a great year for hit songs with both comic and visual potential. Joan Jett and the black hearts cover of the Arrows I love rock and roll was a number one smash in the spring of nineteen eighty two and it lent itself to another weird Al Food Related Parity already I love rocky. Road helped get out a permanent signing to a label Scotti brothers records and it spawned one of his earliest music videos in which rich a leather clad al trying to look as bad as as Joan Jett herself makes a grand entrance in an ice cream parlor and demands his favorite flavor later in nineteen eighty-two another new wave chart topper would inspire another TV friendly parody. Mickey was a hit largely fuelled by MTV ATV a song that singer choreographer and video artist Toni. Basil routes specifically to accompany her clip of a drill team of cheerleaders. You leaders it reached number one on the hot one hundred in late. Nineteen eighty two and in weird. AL's hands off. Aw I knew blow. It became an Omarosa Komo. TV's I love Lucy with future simpsons voice actress Tress McNeil playing the part of Lucille Ball and weird Al Doing his best Ricky Ricardo. The video shot mostly in black and white presented a madcap but letter perfect parody of the Lucy show and went into regular rotation on MTV. This exposure finally got out onto the hot one hundred itself. Not just the bubbling under Chart Ricky reached number sixty three in the spring of Nineteen eighty-three less than six months after Toni Basil's original Mickey had topped the chart. A follow up single release of I love rocky road also charted in billboard but missed the hot one hundred bubbling under at number one. Oh six this mixed chart. Performance reflected the specific challenge facing weird Al in the early eighties. AL's skill was parodying being songs that were very recent hits trading on their familiarity and adding not only comical lyrics but hilarious. MTV friendly videos news but even following up hits as big as Joan. Jett's and Toni Basil's in an era of regimented. Top Forty Radio Radio playlists a weird AL parody would have to be truly enormous to make the upper reaches of the hot one hundred remember. You're also that in the seventies what got songs like the streak and convoy to number one was latching onto a major trend or fat in short our would have to parody a positively massive cultural phenomenon to break into the top forty and as one thousand nine hundred eighty three turned to eighty four. That's exactly what he did. Yeah well don't general that starting up Pan Weird Al targeted the biggest pop sensation on the planet with eat it a parody of Michael Jackson's beat read it a number one hit in the spring of nineteen eighty-three taken from Jackson's all time. bestselling album thriller eat. It was recorded and released. When Jackson Mania was at its absolute apex? It should also be noted that as per his usual policy our reached Out to Jackson himself to secure his approval parodies are protected in US law as fair use but AL insists on receiving leaving the original acts blessing to ensure there are no misunderstandings and to ease the process of apportioning royalties on songs. Owl did not originally right like Doug Feiger of the neck. Most artists are flattered by a weird AL parody but Michael Jackson's seal of approval in one thousand nine hundred. Eighty four proved invaluable. That's because weird Al Not only parodied the song for the first time he parodied and original songs. Video shot for shot shot the edict clip recreated Jackson's iconic beat it video including its warring west side story like gangs and Even included some dancers from Jackson's original video on MTV. It was a smash and on the radio. A weird Al hit was finally too big to ignore Edith reached number twelve on the hot one hundred and went gold because the hot one hundred averages both both sales and airplay those gold record sales helped overcome the handicap novelty songs. have on the radio but even on the airwaves wave's eat. It received considerable rotations at the height of Jackson Mania. Thank Edith was the lead single on the album weird Al Yankovic in Three D. AL's first LP appea- to crack the top forty like the single. It was certified gold the week in April nineteen eighty-four that it reached its peak of number seventeen seventeen on the album chart in Three D.. Was One position higher than the police's blockbuster nineteen eighty three album. Synchronicity which was ironic because als next single was a parody of the police hit from that album king of pain transformed by owl into the sales. Pitch of a proprietor of cowhide king of Suede reached number sixty two in May of eighty four and it was immediately followed by another three d hit that like als earlier single. Ricky doubled as a throwback to the early television era. I'll turn the greg hin bands. Nineteen eighty-three number two hit jeopardy into I lost on jeopardy Pity and to the TV game show notably our recorded the song after the original NBC version of jeopardy hosted by Art Fleming. Fleming was on a long hiatus. Al Got The show's original announcer don. Pardo who also served as the announcer for Saturday night. Live to record a hilarious spoken word. Interlude calling al a complete loser and let me tell you what you didn't win a twenty volumes of the encyclopedia tonight. Okay so turtle wax your supply of the San Francisco drink. But that's not all Don Pardo appeared in the I lost on jeopardy music video which featured additional cameos from Art Fleming Doctor Demento and even original songwriter. Greg Kent The clip was a smash on MTV and other televised video shows but the song only made it into number eighty one on the hot one hundred in the summer of Nineteen eighty-four the single's release preceded the return of the game show in a new new syndicated forum hosted by Alex Trebek's by just a couple of months in short just months after the success of eat it L. L. was back to peaking in the lower half of the hot one hundred. In fact eat it would be AL's last top forty hit of the nineteen eighties. In part. Of course the radio bias against novelty songs was to blame but also weird Al was benefiting in different ways increasingly increasingly. His fan base was springing for his albums not his singles so even when he served up a parody of dominant song. Like one thousand. Nine hundred five reboot of Madonna's chart topper like virgin gave. The album did better than the single like a surgeon. Just missed the top forty peaking at number forty seven but it's album dare to be stupid was gold. Within six months Al fans were coming to appreciate not only his parodies of big hit hit singles but his deep cuts these included his so-called style parodies like als devaux Maggi dare to be stupid a track. That doesn't evoke any specific devo song as well as his albums Polka medleys in which Al Ingeniously Ingeniously mashes up. Accordion covers of more than a dozen hit songs in three to five minutes with beer. Garden worthy arrangements generally as long as a weird album contained at least one parody of a chart topping song the disk could be relied upon to go gold in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight one year after Michael Jackson returned with the song. Bad Al once again. parodied both the song and the video with fat. The single only reached number ninety nine but als. LP even worse hit the top thirty and went gold. Weird Al's mixed chart success in the late eighties had to be considered against the backdrop of of novelty recording in general very few novelty singles. Besides als were hits at all at least the one's labeled as such coach the eighties rise of a new genre hip hop lent itself perfectly to parody. In fact to digress for a moment the history wrap from Rapper's delight to baby got back is littered with songs that skirt the line of novelty many wraps formative tracks the built as de facto comedy records including Doug e fresh and Slick Rick's seminal. This show. They don't they never right. That's not come on Biz. Marquees top ten hit just a friend and the deliberately wacky eighty instructional dance single the Humpty dance by digital underground a group that by the way would later spawn the Solo career of to picture core. None of these rap classics was officially tagged as a novelty track. Joel Whitbourne only tags. The show as a novelty and that status is debatable. dateable any actual rapper. Trying to get over would avoid being perceived as a joke. Meanwhile numerous comedians tried to record deliberate rap parodies and none was a major chart. Success from Rodney Dangerfield go to Eddie Murphy who issued a low charting rap parody before switching to straight faced. I pop music but but me to a John Wayne imitator who called himself the rapin Duke. His self titled Minor Hit in one thousand. Nine hundred five live was legendary enough on hip hop radio to later. Be Name checked by the notorious B. I G so you think your bed with your raffle. I'll tell ya pilgrim. I started to cry when you were in diapers and wedding the sheets. I was at the on Rosa wrapping to the DA. The the rise of hair metal and hard rock in the late eighties and early nineties would also seem ripe for parody. Legitimate hits by the likes of poison poison and Motley. crue flirted with comedy but again the need for these rockers to appear hardcore kept them from producing out and out novelty holte singles. Only one hard rock act really attempted pure novelty single. The metal grunge hybrid band Green Jelly with therre thrashing fairy Tale Three Little Pigs. A top twenty single in early nineteen ninety-three that got little radio airplay but sold a half half a million copies by the early nineties. Weird owl was himself trying to regroup and hard rock would be the ticket to his comeback. At the end of the eighties. He'd made a detour are into Hollywood. That proved momentarily fatal to his career. His nineteen eighty nine film. You H F written by and starring. Al All was hyped by Orion pictures as a potential summer blockbuster but it flopped at the box office in a movie season dominated by smashes like likes Batman and Indiana Jones. So it had been nearly four years since weird Al had issued a regular studio album and the UHF UHF's soundtrack had underperformed on the charts. I'll briefly considered again. Parodying Michael Jackson who was back with a nineteen ninety ninety one album but he didn't want to deepen his reputation as primarily a Jackson Paradis but Jackson's new album was competing on the charts with a completely different kind of act. And it gave weird Al a truly inspired Super Meta idea the breakthrough uh of Nirvana's on the charts was a seminal moment in nineties rock but what weird AL keyed in on in their breakthrough hit. Smells like Teen Spirit. Was Kurt Cobain's elliptical at times indecipherable lyrics. So after getting permission from a very flattered cobaine AL proceeded to do a Nirvana parody about Nirvana released in the spring of one thousand nine hundred ninety two just weeks after smells like Teen Spirit had peaked. The hot one hundred smells like Nirvana returned. Weird out to the top forty for the first time since eat it in one thousand nine hundred eighty four in fat what. All's Nirvana parody climbed the charts so fast when it peaked at number thirty five it left chew spots over. Come as you are Nirvana's vonnas own follow up. Hit smells like Nirvana gave weird Al a new lease on chart life and another wave of young fans. Chance the decade of GRUNGE and Gangsta rap would be creatively fruitful for al who got a lot of mileage poking fun at the self. Oh F- seriousness of these Rhonda's whether he was puncturing a new generation of glowering rockets on his alternative Polka it or rebooting Coolio Smash Gangster's Paradise Paradise as Amish Paradise been milking cow. Even things that my mind is gone. I'm a man in a tale that could only be told in. The nineties. coolio was so protective of his reputation. That AL had trouble getting the rappers. Permission to remake. The song coolio sounded genuinely pissed. At ow for deflating his street cred. Ah I didn't I didn't give it any sanction. I think it was too serious to any like it was beating contrite weird. AL apologized to COOLIO AL recorded. Amish Paradise Thinking Kuo's management had signed off and they had at squashed the beef by nineteen ninety six by the end of the nineties. Weird Al's albums were selling as well as ever. Nineteen ninety. Nine's running with scissors went gold and eventually platinum fueled by owls star Wars Omar set to the tune of Don McLean's American Pie. It was called the saga begins. We've done this homerun but once again al found himself out of favour on the song charts. The saga begins didn't even appear on the hot one hundred entering the twenty first century between his sellout live shows and his strong album sales weird al contented himself with what was already one of the longest lasting and strongest selling careers in novelty music history but as we explained in our holiday episode hit parade chronicling the technological changes that eventually gave Christmas songs a bigger profile on the charts the digital evolution of the music business. This was about to give a major boost to weird al and all novelty musicians all of this music with all of these rights you you can buy for ninety nine cents per song with no subscription the new office launch of both legal commercial social music downloading by apple and video-sharing by Youtube would change the possibilities for hit making download. Sales were routed to the hot one hundred in two thousand five making it possible for album cuts holiday songs and other Ephemera to score single sales and and chart like they never had before and the launch of Youtube that same year even though it did not count for the charts back then changed the possibilities for music promotion and the first big beneficiary was a novelty song twinkle in the late afternoon just to see how he's doing. What's what Saturday Saturday night live? CAST member Andy Sambuc who was also part of a comedy music troupe. Called the lonely island made a name for himself. In his very very first season with a rap parody called Lazy Sunday. The video audio recorded with fellow cast mate. Chris Parnell was not only a buzz worthy hit on a December episode of SNL. It happened to land just weeks after the launch of Youtube Lazy Sunday became Youtube. First major hit reinforcing that the combination of music and comedy was potent viral content. Andy Sandberg unwitting proof of concept for Youtube was well timed for weird Out who was preparing to return with a new album and even more than on his ninety s coolio parody always going to go hard after after hip hop get me Ryden. Heiden was a number one hit in the spring of two thousand six for Houston Rapper. The track told a tale of urban policing as has the rapper. Bemoaned over zealous state troopers pulling over his car looking to catch him ride in dirty or finding illegal substances if it sounds like your hit. Parade host is over explaining a street rap cut and taking the edge out of it in a rather Caucasian manner. Well Weird Al Yankovic went much further than weird. AL turned camilion airs ride in dirty into white and nerdy a different it. Kind of St Tale of Geek. Who wants to hang with the gangsters but unfortunately is to white and nerd the Meta Brilliance of the assigned was that Weird Al wrapped it with legitimately dazzling flow matching millionare's triple time beat for beat and packing literally dozens of jokes in rapid fire succession website code? Do they call them all. Even all in the white and nerdy video was also a tour de force like edit the video recreated the look and feel of the original clip type with Geeky al standing in for the original star. But here was the difference between this single and every other video and song release in Weird Al's history white and nerdy could be shared on Youtube and the song could be purchased digitally again youtube. It did not yet count for the charts but it didn't matter fans who were enthralled by the video piled into the itunes music store to buy the song for ninety nine cents the result white and nerdy exploded onto onto the hot one hundred when it debuted in mid October. Two Thousand Six at number twenty eight. It instantly became weird. Al Yankovic highest charting hit Since eat it in one thousand nine hundred four one week later white and nerdy pole vaulted to number nine becoming house. I ever top ten hit hit as had been true since the eighties radio. airplay of the song was limited but it's sales more than made up this deficit. White Eight and Nerdy was eventually certified by the Recording Industry Association of America as Weird. AL's I ever platinum single. Had these technologies oh jeez existed in earlier decades alll might well have racked up multiple top. Ten hits we'll never know but digital music. Changed the the possibilities for comedy singles over at Saturday night live videos by Andy Sandberg and the Lonely Island became the show's most viral content including the Justin timberlake collaboration. Dick in a box look inside is my Fox and the hip hop parody. I'm on a boat which featured t pain. The lonely island made the track available as an itunes download and it cracked the hot one. Hundred two as full weird al.. The Calculus for his career had changed fundamentally youtube and I tunes would allow him to release one off tracks whenever he felt inspired and while video had always helped his singles now it was more essential than ever weird weird. AL began issuing tracks for his next album years before it was even complete his two thousand six album straight OUTTA Lynwood had been his first ever our top ten hit driven by the video for white and Nerdy when Al finally issued his follow up Album Alpaca Lips in twenty eleven he commissioned videos for every track including his lady Gaga Parody. Perform this way. The result Al Pacalypse debuted at number nine on the charts a a bit higher than straight Outta Lynwood. Weird AL's multi single multi video strategy had worked and video play still didn't count for the charts arts but that was about to change too as we discussed in prior episodes of hip parade in two thousand thirteen billboard rebooted the hot one hundred again to include in Youtube views for the first time Brooklyn. Dj Bowers Electronic Dance Track Harlem shake instantly debuted at number one fueled by a viral fad. That felt a lot like a novelty trend before two thousand thirteen was out. An actual novelty song would benefit from in this new Chart Mountain Bard and V guard ilva soccer a pair of brothers from Norway and a comedy duo the call themselves Elvis us for short recorded a parody of Edm for their Norwegian TV talk. Show the oddly legitimate sounding dance pop song was it's called the Fox parentheses. What does the Fox say and they accompanied it with a hilarious video of the brothers in Fox costumes cavorting avoiding in a forest never intended for the US market the Fox became a viral sensation? Anyway with both adult pop fans and kids especially the video and under billboards new hot one hundred rules. The Fox became an actual top ten. Hit peaking at number six observing. All of these changes weird Al Yankovic decided to go all out for his twenty fourteen album. Mandatory Fun and as with Al Pacalypse he would produce multiple music videos. Except this time he would deploy all of the videos in a single week turning his album. Deployment into an event some of the videos like his parody of Pharrell Williams smash happy called Tacky aped the look of the original clip others were animated or more conceptual. Al Did not attempt to pick a lead single. He let the marketplace decide eventually really the most shared video his parody of Robin Thicke hit blurred lines turned into a grammarians lament. Called word. Crimes became became the most shared video. And it brought weird Al Back to the top forty word. Crimes hit number thirty nine in August of two thousand fourteen but the best the billboard news of all for Weird Al Yankovic was on the album chart that week of youtube blanketing videos spurred the best week of sales of his career more than one hundred thousand copies of mandatory funds sold in. Its first week. The collection debuted on the billboard. Two hundred hundred album chart at number one. The magazine reported that it was not only the first number one album in his three decade career. Weird al a chart topping debutante at age fifty four mandatory fund was also the first comedy album of any kind to top the chart in fifty fifty. One years since Allan Sherman's LP my son. The nut hit number one in nineteen sixty three disregard this land six years after Weird Al Chart Triumph Mandatory Fund remains remains the last album. He has issued in interviews in the late. Tens Allah has indicated. He might not release albums anymore. Focusing on individual joel singles and videos given his improbable success. You can understand why still happy to capitalize cleverly on a cultural phenomenon on in two thousand eighteen. Al Teamed up with Tony Winning Broadway composer Lin Manuel Miranda for the Broadway Medley. The Hamilton Polka the Charter Alexander. The Hamilton Polka top the digital sales chart for one week making it hilarious -Ly Polka Music's first ever digital chart-topping but at a time when downloads count less for the charts than they they once did as the music industry moves towards streaming music. The Hamilton Polka didn't make the hot one hundred so should weird al.. How retire from recording? He continues to tour but now entering his sixties it might be sensible to pass the torch to a new generation one of parachutists on the other hand in some ways. It has never been a better time for funny music. And certainly viral music on the billboard charts the number one song of twenty nine thousand nine hundred was not strictly speaking a comedy record but old town road by little nauseous featuring billy ray Cyrus was certainly funny and as the song spent over four months on top of the hot one hundred and the music business business debated what John Laura. Ole Town road belongs in pop or NBA or rap or country many called it admiringly the biggest novelty hit of all time. Remember that since the birth of rock and roll and the rise of hip hop the lines between novelty ability and normal hits have been unsettled at best and when modern day songs become hits because of means like Lizard. Truth hurts even win court leaving because of tick tock videos like the song at number one this very week. Roddy riches the box. It seems that there has never been greater premium placed on recording artists. Who can bring the snark the goofy the kitchen the funny as of twenty honey twenty billboard has even started to count official youtube videos for its album chart if an artist like say weird Al ever pulled a multi video album launch again? Well who knows how big that album and its singles could beat in one thousand nine hundred ninety as weird. Al Yankovic toured the country with a full orchestra. A concert. Your hit parade host was thrilled to attend last summer. He looked happier and prouder of his unprecedented career than ever for US fans. That's more than enough. But Hey out if you ever wanted to record again and maybe make some tick talkable content that chart-topping career of yours just might enter its fifth decade. You could be wrapping into your seventies doc Janet. I hope you enjoyed this episode of Hit. Pery my producer is justin derived and we also had helped this episode from Rosemary. Belsen awesome June. Thomas is the senior managing producer. And Gabriel Roth. The editorial director of slate podcasts check out their roster of shows at sleep dot com slash. PODCASTS you can subscribe to hit parade wherever you get your podcasts. In addition to finding in the slate culture feet if you're subscribing on apple podcasts please rate and review us while you're there it helps other listeners. Find the show. Thanks for listening and I look forward forward to leading the hit parade back your way until then keep on marching on the one. I'm Chris uh-huh.

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Wednesday Night Live: Music Trivia

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

03:57 min | Last month

Wednesday Night Live: Music Trivia

"Hey hit parade listeners a couple of quick announcements. We've got an unusual schedule for Aug essentially we're giving you to special bridge episodes this month today's show is a recording of last week's installment of slates Wednesday night live, which was a live hip parade trivia addition. I. Was the host and I got to quiz several slate luminaries on Billboard Chart Brain teasers we. Had a blast then later this month in the place where we would normally bring you a full length story we'll instead be doing a super sized edition of our regular hip parade the bridge show we'll be following up last month's yacht rock episode with some very special guests you won't want to miss it now without further ado enjoy our live hip parade trivia showdown. Hi, everybody, this is crystal. Host of fit parade and welcome to slates, Wins Day. Night live is our extra special hit parade Trivia Competition with some of my friends here at slate we're going to give them all some trivia challenges tonight, and then at the end of each round, they're going to turn the tables on me. So it's going to be a very exciting head competition. By sheer coincidence, our four contestants tonight, all have names starting with D. so to quote, the old hip hop song were throwing some on it tonight and our first contestant for our sleigh trivia is Dana Stevens. Dana is slates, movie critic and Co host of the Slight Culture Gabfest Dana Are you there I'm here and I'm ready. All right. Thank you so much for agreeing to join US tonight. I heard you on the Culture Gabfest today talking about your anxiety about doing some trivia. So are you ready? I have to say that I am the offspring. My father is a super trivia brain. He knows every Oscar that's been awarded in the history of the Oscars. He knows all the presidents and all the voice vice president's order. He's like brain, Trivia guy and I did not inherit that at all nor do I, know anything about pop so I'm going to be the fall guy but that's okay. All right. Well, we're letting you take the first round your category around one is eighties hits. Let's go to question one. What interrogatory of Latin Flavor Madonna Song hit number one but was left off her Nineteen Ninety Immaculate Collection Compilation a express yourself be where's the Party C e Slobber Nita or D. who's that girl? Okay. Well, I'm leaving the two that are not interactive in any way and their titles maybe that's a mistake but because it's the long that I hear about less and would not have come to mind immediately I'm going to go with be whereas. I'm sorry. The correct answer was D-. WHO's that girl? Though it topped the hot one hundred, the summer of one, thousand, nine, hundred, seven this hit from Flop Madonna movie of the same name was left off of matches. First greatest hits CD. would not appear on a Madonna compilation until two, thousand nine. All right. Oh, for one. You went with a fifty fifty on interactive. That was very logical. Let's see how you do with Christian to are you ready for question if I can't get a genetic song I'm completely screwed but go ahead. Thanks for listening to this episode preview to listen to the full hip parade episode please go to slate dot com slash hit parade plus.

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Music Trivia: The '90s Hip-Hop Edition

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

21:32 min | 2 years ago

Music Trivia: The '90s Hip-Hop Edition

"Just two. Hey, everybody, this is criminal anti host of hip parade, slates podcast of pop chart history, welcome to the bridge. That's the BG's jive. Talking a number one hit in the summer of nineteen seventy five. We're playing the song not only as a final call back to our latest episode which is about the brothers gib-, but also because this song was written while berry give was crossing a bridge in Miami Florida. As I described in the episode, the rhythm of the slats on the Julia Tuttle causeway connecting Miami to Biscayne Bay made its way into this irresistible single in the BG's career. This hit was a bridge to the Gibbs new face as disco king. And as always these mini episodes bridge are full length monthly episodes and give us a chance to catch up with our listeners and enjoy some trivia this month. I'm delighted to be joined by a sleet podcasting, luminary host of the daily podcast, the gist, my friend, Mike Pesca. Hello, Mike will thank you for having me Chris. Now I have a follow up question here. Shoot, hen. We forensically go back to jive talking and find out if they were speeding over the Julia Tuttle causeway can we isolate the rate of speed? So it's interesting. You mentioned that because I have heard that the rhythm that the BG's us at the beginning of jive talk in clearly indicates they were speeding over the bridge because it only makes that chicken Tikka sound. If you go above the fifty five mile an hour speed limit. That is that is the lure of the bridge story on jive talkin. So yeah, it's possible so they can't drive fifty five either know clearly. Not so Mike, I wanted to kick the soft as long as we're talking about the BG's and your sense of humor by playing a couple of clips from your daily podcast, the gist on which I have been honored to be a guest, a couple dozen times. We do a series on that called hits of the year in which we take a year and talk about the number one hits from that year, and the BG's have come up multiple times and their fault for every so many hit. I know number one is, and so if our producer can play me these two very short clips from the gist, I would appreciate it. You're this unofficial tracker of BG's your BG's Allah gist. So wherever the minor, jeez. Yeah, you always know more about the BG's than I think any man should know. Well, that's probably because I grew up in Benson her tonight. Think fondly. Soundtrack. We'll get to that later on through the hot hits of nineteen seventy eight and I'm joined by Christmas lampy is the man behind. Why is this song number one, the slate feature, whose name I sometimes forget Hello, Chris, how are you? I'm good, Vicario great. You know why? Because I'm starting with the beaches, your favorite band just about you. Love the BT's have such a reputation now for the BG's. So I fully confess that this episode are September episode of hip parade was inspired in part by the fact that you caught me admitting my love of the BG's. I mean, you kind of nailed me on that. I did kind of now you, but how deep is your love of the BG's. I mean, it's pretty deep. I, you know, I grew up in Travolta central in the seventies, and I mean the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever is was shot like about a dozen blocks away from my house, but did you have shirt nice shirt that's my shirt yet or yet. Don't touch the hat? No, I did not have either the shirt of the hair because when the movie came out, I was six a little bit of trivia when the movie came out, it was rated r. and so I couldn't actually see it despite the fact that microns were playing the soundtrack non stop. Do you think you know them? So if I played you a song from early Australian BG's to later BG's you'd know there were the BG's, but if I put their music in front of a person who was so expert at. Identifying music that they could do this, but yet somehow didn't know the BG's. Would you be able to tell those early woes at sticks and stones? What was their specs? Inspects fix, inspect species from jive talkin BG's from later BG's. I mean, here's the thing that I discovered as I was listening through all the material, including songs I really hadn't ever heard before like the sixty stuff or the Australian stuff. They had a tone that, okay, it's hard to hear when they were trying to sound like the Everley brothers in nineteen sixty, but pretty quickly on something like I was a lover, a leader of men which comes out and I don't know sixty three sixty four. You can already here. It's not just the falsetto the Gibbs voices have certain brain quality that you know, even when they're singing a normal, middle range, male voice, it's got to add to it that that comes out in their vocals. And so I think the Gibbs have a pretty signature sound even before they're trying to sing at the very top of their range. It. Really had been ramping up all through the sixties on raw, the songs that Robin sang lead on. Like I started a joke on tracks, like, how can you mend a broken heart? It's like they're getting a little higher on each hit as they go along, but then they make this leap over the cliff into full-blown falsetto in seventy five. Yeah, I would. I would consider it more getting raptured up into. So we received a lot of great feedback on the BG's episode. Much of it was on Twitter. Some of it was on the Facebook group for slate plus members. Thank you to those of you who are slate plus members. And I must say there was a theme that ran through a lot of the feedback. We got people basically saying that the episode was a bomb after a tough week. It came out at the end of the last week of September that have been a tough week in the news with the supreme court fight. And just a quote, a couple of tweets received quote, I can't tell you how much I needed this episode as an antidote to the toxicity of this week, said Doug Jubeir on Twitter swoop. Eighty said, going to my happy place now, and I just wanna say back to soupy hang on swoopy swoopy hang on at Sophie on Twitter said, what a beautiful and necessary gift. And finally, Charles Hughes said, I always love when a new hit parade pod drops. But at the end of this week it feels like a particular blessing. So thank you for all those comments. And I must say I when we started preparing this episode, I, you know, based on the timing, I certainly didn't think of it as that kind of respite from the headlines. But I guess because of the timing it, it served that function. But you know what else? The BG's were dominating the charts at a really dark time in American history, true the seventies inflation little bit post Watergate for two New York drop dead. Things were not good. Crime was out of control. This was a story about Benson Hurst in Brooklyn. When Benson Hurst was an enclave that. You know regarded the rest of Brooklyn is besotted with crime and the whole country wasn't really doing well. There's probably something about the high falsetto cheer of these lads from Australia with a little bit of the isle of man that inherently acts as a bomb, and it's always good to have music intercede in tough times. And actually there was a musical act who was caught up in the news of the day. I assume the news that people are obliquely referring to. You be forty in the news. As part of the cavenaugh bar fight. Yeah. Are you before episode in probably was dragged into the Twitter sphere this past week when news got around that Brett Cavanaugh the supreme court nominee had gotten into a bar fight in New Haven after attending a UB forty concert in September of nineteen eighty-five, which was interesting to me because September of eighty five is that kind of nether period and you before these history where red red wine has already been out for a couple of years, but they're not really chart toppers in America. You know, that's the kind of guy breath Kavanagh on his friend, Chris Dudley were they, they just knew where the next big trend was going to hit. I went, I guess. And that episode was consumed more heavily than usual last week, and I got a lot of tweets. People saying they were boning up on the history of UB forty by listening to the pilot of hit parade, the rogue deejay addition, if you are looking for that episode in your hit parade fee. It is episode one, the rogue deejay addition and hang up and listen can also say there, Chris Dudley episode got a lot of lot of attention, crawl, bet it did it did Chris wsp's, Chris, a guy who could not hit a free throw for his life was apparently pretty good at hitting guys with glasses allegedly. Okay moving. So we're about to do some trivia, but before we do a brief epilogue to our last set of questions at the end of August, Mike, you'll appreciate this as an occasional issuer of Denda on epilogue that had Denda and Katha souls. All of it. Yeah. With your lob star of the Antenne twig, I want to issue a correction. We seemed the last set of questions around the recordings of the Queen of soul, Aretha Franklin in our third. Trivia question I said in the early seventies Aretha Franklin recorded covers of songs by a string of white men from the world of rock, which of these song writers and songs did Franklin not cover. And one of the choices I gave. The correct answer by the way was Robbie Robertson frontman of the band and writer of the song, the weight which Aretha covered my mistake was using the word white, which, frankly, I regret not least because it was unnecessary. I could've simply said a string of men from the world of rock and left out the word white. A listener brought to our attention that Robertson is of mixed race heritage. His mother is from the six nations reserve from the first nations of Canada. And in fact, Robertson's music often alludes directly to his indigenous heritage. I regret the and I thank our listener for bringing this to our attention. And now let's bring on this month's trivia and this month's trivia contestant joining us on the line is Claire clearer. You there yet pike, Chris. How are you? I'm gonna. I'm really excited to be talking with you today. Likewise, were very excited to have you on the program. Can you tell us, where are you calling from? I'm in Massachusetts about an hour out of Boston. Oh, that's appropriate is not. Yes. As my points out, Massachusetts is the title of pretty big BG said from the late sixties, maybe not famous from their disco years, but but a pretty big hit. So Claire, I understand that you are a slate plus member. How long have you been asleep plus member? If you don't mind asking? Probably about a year and a half to two years. That's wonderful. I just want to bring this up and remind the audience that while this bridge episode is available to all hip rates scribes. That's why you're listening to right now we only open our trivia rounds to sleep plus members. So if you are a member and would like to trivia contestant, visit sleep dot com. Slash hit parade, sign up. That's sleet dot com. Slash hit parade, sign up all one word so clear as I think you probably know if you've listened to previous episodes of hip raid, the bridge. We're going to ask three questions. One is going to be a callback to our most recent hit parade full length Assode about the BG's and the next two are going to be kind of foreshadow. Owing of the next episode of hip rate. And at the end of that, you're gonna get an opportunity to turn the tables on me. So I understand you have a question for me when we get to the end is that's wonderful. Question one in our BG's episode. I talked about all nine of the BG's number ones on the hot one hundred from how can you mend broken heart in nineteen seventy one to the many disco hits on Saturday Night Fever in nineteen seventy seven and seventy eight. Although they continued writing number ones in the eighties, their final number ones as artists came in nineteen seventy nine from the spirits, having flown album, which of these nineteen Seventy-nine hits was the BG's. Last number one, a tragedy, be love you inside out. See too much heaven or d. rest. Your love on me. Oh, I am torn between tragedy and too much heaven. I think I'm gonna go with tragedy. I'm sorry. The correct answer was be love you inside out. Even narrow it down right. Not one you saw coming. That was the third of three straight number ones from the spirits, having phone album after too much heaven and tragedy. And while the Gibbs would write eighties number ones for Barbara Streisand and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton love you inside out. Was there last as artists are right? Kristie remember which song it replaced and then was replaced by the at the number one spot. Nineteen Seventy-nine. Yes, I believe that was hot stuff by Donna summer. Ding, ding, ding, thank you. Are you a slave plus member? Because I can't ask you that trivia if you're not amazingly? Yes, I am. Plus I'm allowed to answer that question so clear. No worries. You got one down vote. We're going to try for these next two. Are you ready? I am okay. Here we go question to rap songs started appearing on the hot one hundred in the nineteen eighties, but it took until the nineteen nineties for an all rap song by a rapper to top the hot one hundred. What was that number one song. A tone. Luke Wild Thing, be MC hammer. You can't touch this. See digital underground the Humpty dance or de vanilla ice ice ice baby. I'm gonna go with m. c. hammer, can't touch this. I'm sorry. The correct answer is d ice baby. The other three songs all peaked on the charts before vanilla ice had his breakthrough hit. But none of them got higher than number two which tone looks Wild Thing reached in early eighty nine, believe it or not before the fall of nineteen ninety. One ice ice baby went all the way. No full on rap song had gone to number one on the hot one hundred. All right. That was a tough one, but we're gonna. We're gonna give you one last opportunity here. Are you ready for question three? I am. All right. Here we go. One year after I spare be in nineteen ninety one billboard converted its flagship charts to the new more accurate SoundScan system. And it gave a huge boost to wrap on the charts. In fact, the week in ninety one, they converted the hot one hundred to SoundScan. The chart was immediately topped by another rap pop crossover hit. What was that? Number one hit. A third base pop goes. The weasel be pm. Dawn, set adrift on memory, bliss c, l l cool. J mama said, knock you out or d- DJ jazzy, Jeff, and the fresh prince summertime. Oh my gosh, I'm I really have. No, I don't even have a guest on this one, but I'm going to have to see. I'm sorry. The correct answer is be set adrift on memory bliss by PM dont. It hit number one on the chart, dated November. Thirtieth nineteen ninety one the same week billboard added more accurate sales airplay data to the hot one hundred pm dawn's hit famously samples Spandau Belet's hit true, which reached number four in nineteen eighty three. Yes, set adrift on memory bliss topped the original hot one hundred peak of true. Well, I'm sorry that we stumped you on all of those Claire. I'm so embarrassed, but I'm still really excited. You'd be talking. We're excited to have you. Thanks and here's, here's what you get your revenge. You now get to ask me a trivia question and hopefully you've got a stumper for me. Are you ready to ask me your trivia question a question for you? All right, more than one hip hop song. Snagged the number one billboard spot by sampling a song from nineteen eighty three much like as you just discussed PM don's, set adrift on memory. Bliss did with Spandau bellies. True in the late nineties, the bad boy label run by the artist known then as Sean puffy. Daddy combs found incredible success with the very simple formula borrowing heavily from nineteen Eighty-three pop Rb which of the phone songs held the most weeks at number one. A can't. Nobody hold me down by puff. Daddy featuring Mace be one more chance by Notorious B. I g c I'll be missing you. You by puff daddy or d been around the world by puff, daddy featuring Mace in Notorious B. I g. That is an excellent question. I love the premise of that question. Love the one thousand nine hundred seven -ness of it. And I love the fact that it all has to do with puff daddy. Now, among those fortresses, I know that two of them were number one hits in two of them weren't. And I think the two that were number one hits were, can't nobody hold me down and I'll be missing you. And I'm just gonna take a flyer here and say, can't nobody hold me down. Actually, Chris, we are zero for four. This episode. The correct answers actually see, I'll be missing. Puff, daddy's dedication to the aforementioned biggie after his untimely death, which famously samples every breath you take by the police and sat at number one, four, eleven leaks. The only on their number one amongst Royces as you said was, can't nobody hold me down which interprets Matthew Wilders nineteen Eighty-three hit break my stride and that spent six weeks at number one. Wow. It was a great question, especially given all the samples, and at least I remembered which to or the number one hits, but I'll well well Clare. It was such a delight having you on the show. I'm kind of glad we stumped each other. That feels a little more karmic, you know, Carnegie appropriate to me and thank you so much for calling us. We really appreciate it. Thanks, Chris, and make it was really happy to talk with you guys and I am excited about the next episode. Thank you so much, Claire. Thanks. So it was really a perfect week in terms of trivia Chris, Chris, what is what is on the hit parade coming up next. So as indicated by those last two, trivia questions, our next episode of hip parade coming. The final week of October will be about the moment. I guess the monster mash. To the monster, mash to graveyard, smash it, it will. It will be about the moment in the early nineties when the hot one hundred is converted to a new system that more accurately tracks sales and airplay and how that boosted hip hop on the charts. As we said in that middle question prior to nineteen ninety, there were no all wrapped number one hits it took until vanilla ice is ice ice baby for there to be any all rap song at number one on the hot one hundred would argue it took for the next song for there to be an actual wraps. Many would argue that, yes, indeed, and we're going to talk about that moment when the methodology changed and what that did for the fate of rap on the charts because the nineties were a decade that was great for rap. Great for hip hop on the charts and more accurate data had a lot to do with that really capturing what people were buying, what people were listening to. And that's what our Tober fooling. The Pacific. Pred- is going to be about. I can't wait to listen. It will be spooky. Good, fun. Mike, I want to thank you again for joining us for the separated. And I think now's the time when we should tell people about where they can hear you every day you ever dad's show called the gist and every once in a while I have my special friend and BG's lover Chris Malak fan and in our archives there. Those this year in number one song shows that we do those are always a good time. And honestly folks, the gist is a terrific, listen every day, and I really thank Mike for taking time out of his busy daily podcasting scheduled to join us on hit parade. The bridge, oh, the show will suffer for it. Don't you make mistake? Yes, of course. I wanna thank clear again for playing along with us and one more time I want to remind everyone that trivia is open to sleep plus members. So if you become asleep plus member and want to become eligible to be a trivia contestant, just visit sleep dot com. Slash hit parade. Sign up until next month. I'm Chris Milan fee. Keep on marching on the one.

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What a Fool Believes Edition

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

08:16 min | 2 months ago

What a Fool Believes Edition

"He their hit parade listeners. What you're about to hear is a preview of our latest episode as we announced recently slate like many media organizations has been hit hard by the economic downturn caused by the Covid nineteen pandemic we need your help to continue producing this show and all the other work we do at slate. So we're asking you to sign up for. Slate plus our membership program. It's just thirty five dollars for the first year and it will go a long way towards supporting us at this crucial moment sign up at slate dot com slash hit parade plus and you'll get to hear this and every episode of Hip Parade in full that's slate dot com slash hip parade plus thanks, and now your episode preview. This podcast contains explicit language. Welcome to hit parade a podcast of Pop Chart History from slate magazine about the hits from Coast to coast I'm Chris Milan chart analyst, pop critic, and writer of slates. Wise. The Song Number One series on today's show forty years ago at the nineteen eighty grammy awards the night's big winners taking home four gramophones were a band originally formed ten years earlier in San Jose California that had transformed themselves into pop star's their name. Brothers was taken from the slang word for marijuana. But by nineteen eighty, their music sounded more like a chilled Roseanne. ooh. That week in late February nineteen, eighty that the DUBE's swept. The grammy's Billboard's hot. One hundred was awash in similarly sleek Jazzy ultra-smooth music from Dube's friend. Kenny loggins. down. To the equally smooth band of session players toto. But. First to the debut of a new easy listening singer Songwriter Christopher Cross. Talk. All of this music by white performers on the charts owed something to the sound of contemporary black. Music. Even the aren be performers of the day previously known for Funk, and disco hits were also shifting into smoother sultry or sounds suitable for a cocktail. Of Name. GotTa. Run. A. What you didn't hear any of these early nineteen eighty hits were lyrics about beaches or Pina coladas or nautical references. It's important to note this lack of seafaring imagery when you consider the name that got attached to all of this music, a full quarter century later, nineteen, seventy, six to nineteen, eighty four and the radio airwaves dominated by reading smooth music. Also known as. Yacht Rock. The name. Yacht. Rock is twenty first century concoction coined by a foursome of La based actors and writers have the Dawn of the Youtube era conceived for a deliberately cheap looking online TV series yacht rock caught on like wildfire finally, giving a name to a mini genre from the late seventies and the eighties that had generated a slew of West Coast based Studio bread smashes yacht rock just seemed to. Stop. In the decade and a half since this name took off, it's become the retro pop genre that eight everything it seems like all of seventies and eighties, Soft Rock and Jazzy R&B has been dubbed Yadav. Whether the term fifths. Four doesn't. Again and We will try to provide some clarity around what yacht rock actually is or was intended to be because many artists who weren't from the scene recorded music that evoked yacht-load. Or melded those smooth stylings with other genres taking the sound to multiple radio formats. The yacht trend even spawned improbable hits that now live on in the global pop imagination. Rain. Today on hit parade, we will dissect the folk etymology of this retroactively invented genre yacht rock may be a slippery overused term, but the music was dominant on the charts at the turn of the eighties, and sometimes the hits really did sound like they belonged on a boat. And that's where your hit parade marches today the week ending August thirtieth nineteen eighty when sailing by Christopher Cross reached number one on billboard's hot one hundred affirming that America had reached peak smooth. In that moment just after disco and just before. MTV Studio Bread performers like Christopher Cross Todo Michael, McDonald steely Dan and their army of sleek producers inside men were kings of the charts. So pour yourself a cocktail and join us in the CANTINA lounge for a friendly debate. What was yacht rock? Thanks for listening to this episode preview to listen to the full hip parade episode, please go to slate dot com slash hit parade plus.

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The Bridge: The "Give My Regards" Edition

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

25:21 min | 1 year ago

The Bridge: The "Give My Regards" Edition

"This episode is brought to you by hotels dot com. You know, when you're endlessly scrolling through social media, and suddenly, you see it. It's your friend. Dylan in Hawaii on another vacation. What do you do? You hate like his photo, and then you immediately. Go to hotels dot com to book vacation so epic. So awesome. So sweet that your friends will hate like your trip hotels dot com, be there do that get rewarded. Hey, everybody. This is Chris, mole anti host of hip pary slates podcast of pop chart history. Welcome to the bridge. That's Abba, cap by Genesis their nineteen Eighty-one hit from the album of the same name as we told you in last month's hip parade about the history of Genesis front, man, Phil Collins named the track spelled AB, a c a B after the letter pattern that pop songwriters commonly use to organize their songs, and that special part. See that's the bridge and these mini episodes bridge are full length monthly episodes. Give us a chance to catch up with listeners and enjoy some hit parade trivia this month. I'm fortunate to be joined by both a co host and a guest. Let's bring in my co host. I one more time. It's my colleague who helps me take it to the bridge sleep podcast senior producer, TJ Raphael. Hey, TJ. Hey, chris. Thanks for having me on. Absolutely. Always a pleasure. I just finished listening to the last full length episode of hit parade on my way to the studio today and. One thing that really stood out to me, while I was listening was the point that you made about how difficult it is for an artist who started in a group dynamic to really break away and formulate their own successful career. And I think that's what makes the whole story about Genesis and Phil cons and Peter Gabriel, so interesting. So many ways can you talk about a few other artists, you mentioned, of course, Justin Timberlake, who broke away from an sink. And then you also mention Lionel Richie who went on to have his own very successful career. Can you tell us about a couple performers that maybe stand out for you, because they weren't able to break away? And I guess also what makes us that transition successful for some and, and for others? Why can some artists do it? And what is that special sauce that may be somebody needs? I mean, it is kind of a special sauce, and it's hard to predict sometimes, and I think there have been solo careers that have not worked out that you, you really could have sworn would have work. Out and also the ones you mentioned who were successful. Justin Timberlake, Lionel Richie, the forest solo Beatles particularly John Lennon Paul McCartney. George Harrison to had an enormous solo career. They all look inevitable in retrospect, but the fact is one little thing goes wrong. Or if the public just isn't able to change its perceptions about a performer, that's, you know, the death knell for a solo career inevitably if you're talking about a very famous would be solo artist who couldn't succeed you have to talk about Mick Jagger by the time he went solo in the nineteen eighties. He was so associated with the Rolling Stones and so tied to the chemistry in that band, which is so special, the chemistry between him and Keith Richards, Charlie. Watts they're amazing drummer that it was hard for people to pull him apart. Many people if anything regarding Jagger's solo career is a bit of a punchline now because he performed in one of the most unintentionally hilarious duets of all time. The David Bowie duet. Dancing in the streets in one thousand nine hundred five. The. Another example, that leaps to mind is Debbie Harry, the front woman of Blondie again, Debbie Harry did not do too badly as a solo artist. She had singles like in love with love in the eighties did well on the dance charts. But you would have thought after Blondie absolutely dominated the charts at the end of the seventies in the beginning of the eighties that she would have gone onto just a massive solo career. When people hear the name Blondie, they almost equate it with Debbie Harry. In fact, frankly, Blondie has had to do interviews with Chris Stein, and Jimmy and the other members of the band, which they remind people Blondie is a band. That's not a woman, Debbie. Harry is not Blondie. But by the time, Debbie Harry, tried to go solo in the eighties, I think people just kind of assumed well, she's Blondie Blondie is Debbie. Harry, Debbie Harry is Blondie. And that's why hersal a career didn't take off. So I just think it's this ineffable thing where at a certain point. If somebody again, like Freddie, Mercury of Queen is acquainted with Queen, Mick. Jagger is acquainted with the Rolling Stones, Debbie. Harry with Blondie. It's very difficult for the public to sort of accept them under their own name. The brand is the band. The brand is not the solo star, obviously, one that did work very well as beyond say, she started out in Destiny's Child. They've had several hits. She was able to make her transition away from the group and become. Come this pop megastar, you know, pop culture royalty at this point, and then occasionally she still does stuff with Jessica child. I don't think they put out any new music, but they'll perform some of their old hits. And everybody's still goes crazy for that when the three of them get together, so she's one that's been able to make this successful transition away from a group one that maybe is one and a half, I would say Adam LeVine from maroon five, obviously, I think maroon five still is together and producing music. But the same time Adam LeVine is has sort of broken away, theoretically from the group where he's sort of his own performer, and has his own notoriety that isn't so wrapped up with maroon five I love the examples you're giving these are excellent twenty-first-century examples. And the reason why both of them have kind of worked, although you're right about Adam Levine's being special case is that in each case, the group was almost a vehicle for the performer. I think everybody feels that Destiny's Child who, don't forget where a co. Originally with two different women before one was elected, and a different person, brought in in, you know, before the nineties were even over the Destiny's Child were always going to be vehicle for. Four beyond say solo career which is why that's all career took off as well as it did. Let's give Kelly Rowland her props. She's had some massive hits and has done far better as the so-called side person to be onto industrial child. Kelly Rowland has had an extremely respectable career. Chemo. And then in the case of Adam LeVine, he rarely records as Adam LeVine, he has you're absolutely right. He has his own persona. Thanks largely to NBC's, the voice on, which he has developed this kind of lovable smart ass character that works for him. Right. But when he records he pretty much almost always records on there a couple of examples. I believe there's a gym class hero song where he does the vocal line. And I believe he is credited as Adam LeVine, but by and large even on a song moves like Jagger or even on, you know, songs that for all intents and purposes girls like you the big number one hit from last year, feel like Adam LeVine, showcases they are still branded as maroon five and it's as if Adam LeVine has learned the lesson from say a Mick Jagger to talk about somebody who's in the title of one of his most famous number one songs. He's learned the lesson from Jagger that if maroon five is the brand, I'm going to stick to the brand, even if I'm recording with rappers, and even if there aren't many tars. And this frankly, just doesn't sound that much like maroon five song. More maroon five is the brand that's what I bring to the table. That's how I get on the radio. And so Adam LeVine is almost you might say the cautionary tale for the solo career, so those are both excellent examples actually awesome. Let's take a quick break, and then we'll play some trivia exit. Every. When you. Do you everyone has a family member who always tells the best stories like the one about the first neighborhood TV or the boat trip across the Atlantic, or the hilarious prank? They pulled when they were in college not only two story worth preserved these narratives so future. Generations can enjoy them. It also brings families together every week as they get to know each other better. Here's how it works. Just purchase a subscription for someone you love and each week story worth will send them an Email with a question about their life, then your loved one will simply reply to the Email with their special story. All stories are private and only shared with the family that you, choose invite and unlimited number of people to receive these stories after a year. Their stories will be bound into a beautiful keepsake book, making it the perfect gift for. For any family occasion for twenty dollars off. Visit story worth dot com slash hit parade when you subscribe, that's story worth dot com slash hit parade now is the moment in this episode of hip Ray the bridge, where we do some trivia, and we're delighted to be joined today by drew drew can you hear us? I can where are you joining us from drew? So right now, I'm at a summer camp in the north Georgia mountains. Wow. That sounds bucolic pleasant. I understand that during the regular school year. You are a high school teacher. Is that right? I am I I'm the director of the music program at a small private high school on the north side of Atlanta. Oh well, we couldn't ask for a better trivia contestant. That's great. One other question I should ask you are you a sleep plus member? Yes, I am. That's fantastic. How long have you been asleep? Plus member I think for the better part of a year, and this is the moment when I like to remind everyone on these bridge episodes, while this episode is available to all hit parade subscribers. We only open our trivia rounds to slate plus members. So if you are a member. And would like to be trivia contestant. Visit slate dot com slash hit parade sign up that's sleep dot com slash hit parade sign up or I drew. So we're going to do our usual three question quiz as you may recall from past episodes. The first trivia question will be throwback to the last full length hit parade episode and the next two will be a preview of the next hip rate episode, and then you're going to get to turn the tables on me. Quiz me on a trivia question of your own. So are you ready for some trivia, I am wonderful? Here we go question one in last month's episode. We talked about multiple songs by current. And former members of Genesis that were all competing directly on the charts in the summer of nineteen Eighty-six, which of these was not one of those hits from that summer a Mike and the mechanics all I need is a miracle be Peter Gabriel sledgehammer. See GT are when the heart. Rules, the mind or d Phil Collins. Susu DO. I'm gonna go with a. I'm sorry. The correct answer was de suitable. That Phil Collins number one hit did reach the top in July of nineteen eighty-five, while all of the others, hit in June and July of nineteen Eighty-six. All right. No big deal. One down two to go. We've got two more for you that are going to be a preview of the next episode. Are you ready for some more trivia? Yes. All right. Here we go question to. This is a fairly straightforward question in billboard album chart history from nineteen fifty five to the present, what album has spent the most weeks at number one, a, the soundtrack to west side story be Fleetwood MAC's. Rumors. See Michael Jackson's thriller, or d adele's twenty one. I'm gonna go ahead and get a. That is exactly correct. The correct answer is a west side story. I do and witty and Hundai pity any who's it needs. The soundtrack to the movie version of the legendary Broadway musical is still more than six decades later, the longest lasting number one album in history. It spent fifty four weeks, more than a year on top of the album chart, fantastic. Nice going drew. Thanks your one for two and you've got one more question to go. Are you ready for question three? Yes. Here we go question. Three in nineteen sixty four the Beatles dominated the hot one hundred as we told you about an early episode of hip parade. They had three consecutive uninterrupted. Number one's still an unbeaten chart feet. However, what song finally ejected. The Beatles from number one in may of nineteen. Sixty four a Mary Wells', my guy be Louis Armstrong's. Hello, dolly. See the beach, boys. I get around or d the four seasons rag doll. I'm gonna say be Louis Armstrong. And that is exactly right. The correct answer is B. Hello, dolly. It's. Doc. It's nice. New fact where you know. Satchmo 's cover of the title song from the smash nineteen sixty four Broadway musical was not only an unlikely number one hit it ushered. The Beatles out of the hot, one hundred's number one spot after they dominated it for fourteen straight weeks. Excellent, you killed it on our to preview questions. Nice going drew. Thank you. Are you a fan of Broadway musical music? Or is that just a field of expertise for you? I am a fan I truthfully was in west side story in high school. Oh, no wonder so you are familiar with the soundtrack to west side story. That's great. Now is the point where you get to turn the tables on me and ask me a trivia question. Have you brought a question for me drew? I do. Chris. All right. Lay it on me, Broadway theatre has long had deep connections to pop stars. And although plenty of stars have sampled and covered Broadway hits Broadway has also looked to the pop charts for inspiration, which divas life was recently turned into a Broadway musical. Is it a Madonna b share? See Aretha Franklin. Or D Whitney Houston, while having just watched the Tonys this week and having seen the lead actress from this musical take home, the Tony for best actress in a musical. I think I'm going to go with b share. The correct answer is b share. Madonna share Whitney and Aretha all have connections to Broadway. But it is share who has had an entire Broadway show, dedicated to her life, the share show is currently on Broadway and covers her six decades of stardom this week, it even took home a Tony award when share show cast member. Stephanie j block won for best leading actress in a musical fantastic. Well, I'm glad that I was watching the Tonys and that I got that one so we all get to walk away with the victory this episode of the bridge, drew. I want to thank you for joining us. And I hope we haven't taken you too far away from camp today. All I missed was fish sticks and MAC and cheese in the dining. So no, thanks for having me. You're very welcome. Thanks, drew. Thank you. So speaking of the Tonys, I'm now excited to welcome. My special guest, Elizabeth craft is an assistant professor of Musicology at the university of Utah. Her research, focuses on musical theater from the early twentieth century to the present. She's published on the musicals. Of Lin Manuel Miranda, including a recent article on the politics of Hamilton, and she's currently working on a book on Broadway legend, George m Cohan. Hello, elizabeth. Hello. Thanks for having me. Thank you for joining us. We really appreciate it in your training us from quite a ways off, where are you calling us from? I am here in beautiful mountainous, Salt Lake City, Utah. And the reason we wanted to have you on this up associate of hip raid, the bridges that we were thinking about Broadway this month given the Tony awards which were, as we're recording just this last Sunday and thinking about popular song as reflected by the Broadway musical, and the American musical is an art form. And you are an expert in that. And I wonder if you can talk to us a little bit today about what it takes for a Broadway song to infiltrate, the larger popular culture and feel free to mention any of this year's Tony nominees. Do you think any of them stand a chance of making that kind of crossover? Yeah. Great questions. Let's start with what does it take for a Broadway song to infiltrate pop culture? And it's such a tricky thing to know. I mean, I think a lot of times the, the Broadway shows that are the most successful are the ones that you never saw coming Hamilton is a great example, who would have thought a rap musical about Alexander Hamilton would be such a mega hit. Else. We have been. I was in the. No one really knows. Right. And well, if it were easy to figure out, I'm sure every producer on Broadway would, you know, be replicating that formula right now? Perhaps there is no formula. You also made a very good point about the fact that popular song and the Broadway style or the show. Tune style used to be much closer to each other, and your scholarship is in the American musical of the twentieth, century. Up to the present day how the American Broadway musical take shape in the twentieth century. And maybe you can talk a little bit about its relationship to popular culture. Yeah. In the early twentieth century, the musical was popular culture. There wasn't a big difference. You had shows songs from shows were were played on stage, but then sold a sheet music that people would play and sing the piano in their homes. Those songs would be recorded on on phonograph and then on radio keeping up with the technology of the day. The guy I study a lot right now. George Jim Cohen, his songs you could find his songs give my regards to Broadway is actually from a show. It's from a show called little Johnny Jones. And there's there were phonograph recordings of that the in the twenties and thirties, the, the songwriters like Jerome Kern. Cole porter the Gershwin's. They were. Popular music. And in fact, they're still the American songbook but started to change in the mid twentieth century, and then especially in the later twentieth, century. One thing I talk about a little bit in my writing about rock and roll, and popular music, since basically, the nineteen fifties is that the advent of the self contained band, and the, you know, the writer like John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles who wrote their own material tended to change the business model of songwriting. You know, the tin pan alley model or later. The Brill building model. I imagined that. That's the story of Broadway to right. What changed Broadway's relationship to popular music, and my interests? The pop charts, I think there are a couple of things the, the big near the biggest one is that, that people talk about is the, the rise of rock. All of a sudden, there was a new form of popular music that Broadway songwriters weren't using in their shows, and that took over the charts. Another one was the rise of. What musical theater scholars call the integrated musical, so the integrated musical means a show that the songs support the plot, and they developed a character in the dance also supports the plot and the characters everything's working together. It's more like the, the operatic ideal of gazumped conspiracy. Let's say Oklahoma's a watershed moment for the, the integrated musical, and that's in the nineteen forties. Doing fine. Oh. So you mentioned Oklahoma which just won a Tony this weekend for a revival. So obviously, that's a show that's got strong bones and lives on to this day. But then we've really seen Broadway. In the twenty first century generates a massive hits on not just shows, like Hamilton, which of course, everybody knows at this point. But shows like, dear Evan Hansen. This week, we saw Haiti's town, sweep, the Tonys, we've seen shows like waitress, some of which are adapted. Waitress was adapted from a movie. How has Broadway influenced pop or been influenced by pop. If you can talk about that in the twenty-first century both on its own terms show tunes that have become hits, and maybe even as a flavor in today's popular music. Yeah. It's such an exciting time to be thinking about musical theatre in the eighties nineties, there are people were kind of the moaning, the, the demise of the Broadway musical that it was its best days where behind it. And now with especially with the success of Hamilton, endear, Evan Hansen and shows like people are kind of talking about a second golden age. There is all of the sudden a link between Broadway and a broader pop culture again, we're seeing more Broadway film musicals, film, adaptations of Broadway musicals, or film musicals that are newly written and then songs that borrow from Broadway hits as well, like Arianna GRANDE day and Gwen Stafani apparently loves musicals. So she did rich girl with, if I were a rich man from fiddler on the roof. And then she also did wind it up with lonely. Goatherd. Well, this has been enormously informative Elizabeth. I can't thank you enough for being on, and as my listeners can probably tell by this conversation. We've had about Broadway and Broadway music and its relationship with charts. That's going to be the theme of the next full length episode of hip, raid of, like Elizabeth has been saying throughout this conversation. Broadway music was once synonymous with American hit music, and the rockier helped change that, but certain musicals, and certain Broadway composers, and performers and songs have continued to infiltrate the pop landscape and the charts. So in a way you may be listening to things that come from the world of show tunes on your radio without even knowing it. Elizabeth you were pointing out that some of the troops that we here in the Broadway musical, do eventually make their way into popular song. Does that ring a bell for you? Absolutely. Those those songs are part of our collective vocabulary. It's hard to grow up not knowing things like the sound of music, or Anne whether. It's a pop star borrowing those and and sampling. Boom in a song or whether it's the interplay between jukebox musicals, we do the, the, the link between Broadway and the pop charts is not lost. Spain known Conan's Popkin. Did you have some of the hottest cost yoga shepherd seen with some of the hottest versus rapid set for her? But the smoke blocking emergency, you know, I wanna thank Elizabeth craft for being such an informative ungracious hit parade the bridge guests and thanks as always digitally to my co host. TJ Raffaelle, I'm Chris Milan fee. Keep on marching on the one. Nope. Throw out is lack down. Tim by the children have been hard nuts. We don't take go, but we go down.

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Hit Parade: What a Fool Believes Edition

Slate's Culture Gabfest

08:16 min | 2 months ago

Hit Parade: What a Fool Believes Edition

"He their hit parade listeners. What you're about to hear is a preview of our latest episode as we announced recently slate like many media organizations has been hit hard by the economic downturn caused. By the COVID, nineteen pandemic, we need your help to continue producing this show and all the other work we do at slate. So we're asking you to sign up for. Slate plus our membership program. It's just thirty five dollars for the first year and it will go a long way towards supporting us at this crucial moment sign up at slate dot com slash hit parade plus and you'll get to hear this and every episode of Hip Parade in full that's slate dot com slash hip parade plus thanks, and now your episode preview. This podcast contains explicit language. Welcome to hit parade a podcast of Pop Chart? History. From Slate magazine about the hits from Coast to coast I'm Chris Milan chart analyst pop critic and writer of slates wise. The Song Number One series on today's show forty years ago at the nineteen eighty grammy awards the night's big winners taking home four gramophones were a band originally formed ten years earlier in San Jose. California that had transformed themselves into pop star's their name. Brothers was taken from the slang word for marijuana. But by nineteen eighty, their music sounded more like a chilled Roseanne. Lou? That week in late February nineteen, eighty that the DUBE's. The grammys billboard's hot. One hundred was awash in similarly sleek Jazzy ultra-smooth music from Dube's friend. Kenny loggins. down. To the equally smooth band of session players toto. But First, to the debut of a new easy listening singer Songwriter Christopher Cross. Talk. All of this music by white performers on the charts owed something to the sound of contemporary. Black Music. Even, the aren be performers of the day previously known for Funk and disco hits were also shifting into smoother sultry or sounds suitable for a cocktail. Of Name. GotTa Run A. What you didn't hear any of these early nineteen eighty hits were lyrics about beaches or Pina coladas or nautical references. It's important to note this lack of seafaring imagery when you consider the name that got attached to all of this music, a full quarter century later, nineteen, seventy, six to nineteen, eighty four and the radio airwaves dominated by reading smooth music. Also. Known as. Yacht rocket. The Name Yacht Rock is twenty first century concoction coined by a foursome of La based actors and writers have the Dawn of the Youtube era conceived for a deliberately cheap looking online TV series yacht rock caught on like wildfire finally, giving a name to a mini genre from the late seventies and the eighties that had generated a slew of West Coast based Studio bread smashes yacht rock just seemed to. Stop. In the decade and a half since this name took off, it's become the retro pop genre that eight everything it seems like all of seventies and eighties, Soft Rock and Jazzy R&B has been dubbed Yadav. Whether the term fifths. Four doesn't. Again and We will try to provide some clarity around what yacht rock actually is or was intended to be because many artists who weren't from the scene recorded music that evoked yacht-load. Or melded those smooth stylings with other genres taking the sound to multiple radio formats. The yacht trend even spawned improbable hits that now live on in the global pop imagination. Rain. Today on hit parade, we will dissect the folk etymology of this retroactively invented genre yacht rock may be a slippery overused term, but the music was dominant on the charts at the turn of the eighties and sometimes the hits really did sound like they belonged on a boat. And that's where your hit parade marches today the week ending August thirtieth nineteen eighty when sailing by Christopher Cross reached number one on billboard's hot one hundred affirming that America had reached peak smooth. In that moment just after disco and just before MTV studio bread performers like, Christopher. Cross Todo Michael McDonald steely Dan. And their army of sleek producers inside men were kings of the charts. So pour yourself a cocktail and join us in the CANTINA lounge for a friendly debate. What was yacht rock? Thanks for listening to this episode preview to listen to the full hip parade episode, please go to slate dot com slash hit parade plus.

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The Bridge: Farewell, Lilith Fan

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

26:20 min | 1 year ago

The Bridge: Farewell, Lilith Fan

"Take the way it is <music>. Hey everybody this is crystal. amphion host of hit parade slates podcast of Pop Chart History Welcome to the bridge head to the bridge. That's get up. I feel like being a sex machine by James Brown. The Song where the godfather of soul literally asks asks if he can take us to the bridge of the song we played this on the very first episode of Hit parade the bridge when it launched in April twenty eighteen and we're playing this song again to offer a fond farewell to the person responsible for these hit parade mini episodes that would be sleet podcasts senior producer T._j.. Rafael my colleague who helps me take it to the bridge every month first off. Welcome back to the Bridge T._J.. Hi Chris how are you. I'm good. Thanks so much for having me on one more time one more time being the operative word 's T._J.. You dreamed up these mid-month shows that bridge are full length monthly episodes help us catch up with our listeners and play a trivia game and you T._J.. have been uninvolved both behind the boards as our editor and producer and booker of guests and often in front of the Mike with me as well <hes> and I'm here to tell our listeners that t j just announced a couple of weeks ago that she's leaving the warm embrace race of slate for Sony Music where she will be a senior producer for their new podcasting division working with podcasting Titans Adam Davidson and Laura mayor we at slate and hit parade couldn't be sadder for ourselves or happier for T._J.. This is deserved acknowledgement of her awesome talents so T._J.. First of all congratulations thank you so much. That really is so nice <hes> it has been one of my favorite parts of my job here at slate has been working <hes> with you on hit parade <hes> you know doing these mini episodes of the bridge <hes> also just working with you giving feedback and hearing and listening to what you're making in the full length episodes so I'm glad that we were able to start this little tradition of checking in every month and with our listeners and playing some Trivia <hes> and kind of debriefing about <hes> you know the the longer narrative pieces that you're doing <hes> so thanks for when I came to you with the idea thanks for not saying. Are you crazy and <hes> going with it so I appreciate it too. I never thought it was a crazy idea. I'll admit that I I thought well. Let's try this and see how this works. I mean I wasn't sure what the end product would sound like a frankly if our listeners would embrace it but they absolutely have I mean when I go out and do our live live shows or meet listeners out in the world. Many of them say you know I became a slate plus member so that I could do the Trivia. <hes> I WANNA be on hit parade the bridge <hes> you know I just think it draws us closer to our audience and <hes> you you know gives us a chance to kind of go behind the scenes of how we make this this program so it it really has been vital to helping hit parade grow and connect us to our listeners <hes> so thank you for that yeah. Thank you Chris and thank you due to our listeners and especially our sleep plus members. If you listen to this show you know that before we do our trivia segment we always tell people you can sign up to play you become asleep. Plus member and sleepless is very important to slate eh journalism it allows us to be financially independent at a time when journalism around the country and and honestly around the world is Kinda struggling we can be more financially independent by getting direct support from our audience from people who really care about journalism so thank you so much to all of our listeners but especially our sleep plus members you know your support really matters speaking of listener feedback and listener involvement. I must say I have gotten more listener feedback. On June episode full length episode of Hip Parade <hes> about the history of Broadway on the pop charts and show tunes in general than I have quite possibly on any hip rate episode <hes> and in part. I don't take full credit for that. I think it has to do with my very special guests at the very end of the episode my I can now say this stepson no longer my soon to be stepson. I am now married and <hes> Tom is actually my stepson. Who performs a song from the musical dear Evan Hansen at the end and <hes> yeah that was <hes>? I like to thank all of the listeners on twitter on email who have <hes> wished me well in my <hes> new marriage in my journey as a stepfather and have set such kind things deservedly kind things about Tom's performance. I will also say briefly that this episode is unusual in the history of hip raid the two plus year history of hit parade in that it really grew. I was not kidding in that those closing credits it really grew from Tom's request backwards. Tom Came to me more than a year ago and said if you ever done an episode about Broadway music and I said well no and you know Broadway music is not necessarily chart music so that would be hard. It basically took me the better part of a year to think up okay. How would I approach an episode talking talking about show tunes on the charts given that Broadway hasn't topped the charts in like fifty years? What would I do and little by little I kind of pieced together and then I realized that Tom's performance could be the culmination of the episode so I I'm deeply grateful all the Tom Frankly for proposing it in the first place and so grateful again to our listeners who <hes> clearly enjoyed <hes> the result so thank you all to follow in Tom's footsteps I since it is my last episode episode with you on the bridge? I do have one tiny request to make listeners. I know you guys have all been in this position where you're like wow Christian really make a hypocrite episode about this topic and if I had one request it would be that you create a full length episode a ninety s girl rock. I mean might be a little embarrassing but I still obsessively listen to the hits from Fiona Apple and Melissa Ethridge Sarah McLaughlin four non blondes and of course one of the most ICONIC ECOMOG figures for me Alanis Morissette. I think what people think about nineties rock they think about like grunge and they think about Nirvana on a but like what about all these women that like Rosso really influential. I feel like rockers in the nineties. <hes> and you know I feel like a lot more site is still you know sort of revered out there in so many ways so like. Can you talk about that a little bit since you know. Maybe maybe maybe one day in the future. We'll get a full length episodes but if not like here's my opportunity to ask your thoughts on it that is seriously an excellent suggestion and it's not even that far removed from one of the topics. I've been thinking about for future full length hit parade. I'm myself have written not actually for slate. When I was writing for Pitchfork magazine about five six years ago I did a history for pitchfork about billboard's modern rock tracks chart which is now called their alternative chart <hes> but when they founded it in nineteen eighty the eighth called it modern rock tracks and little remember detail the first number one song on Billboard's alternative music chart <hes> was Suzanne the ban she's <hes> peekaboo <hes> so basically that chart was topped by a woman to start and then as as we go into the nineties women really did very well <hes> in as so-called alternative rock rose women like Alanis Morissette like Liz Fair Like P._J.? Harvey <hes> like Sarah McLaughlin did exceedingly well both both on the modern rock chart and eventually hot one hundred as well so there's definitely a lot of story there. <hes> probably a captured this story not to give too much away if I wind up doing this episode is the formation of the Lilith Fair concert series at the end of. The nineties I believe it <hes> launched in Nineteen ninety-seven Justice Sarah McLaughlin was really having her big coming out moment on the charts you know doing her big album surfacing which was coming off of an already big prior album <music>. There's plenty there. You are very much not alone T._J.. In wanting to talk more about that that era <hes> and so I'm going to <hes> take it <hes> under a serious advisement <hes> for a future your episode given like this moment in culture in two thousand nineteen between you know. We've had these two very large women's marches. We've had you know women's kind of standing up around me to like. Why isn't the Lilith Fair back? If there there was a twenty nineteen Lilith Fair Chris who are you booking for it a while that's a great question <hes> only because I have around the brain right now because she's at number two on the charts and trying to go to number one in a knockout old town road by Lil nauseous I would put billy Bush on that <music> concert <hes> I see her as the heir apparent to everybody from Kate Bush Tori Amos to Lord <hes> she you know is the iconoclast of her generation sort of a left field female pop artist of her generation. It's it really rough enough. I'm not bad thank you and so she jumps immediately to mind and then of course in the world of Americana you have people like Brandi Carlile who electrified the grammys this year <hes> and in of course in the world of alternative rock with people like Courtney Burnett so there's you know a rich tapestry of women are across the genre spectrum. It's not just limited to pop. It's not limited to rock <hes> in hip. Hop My goodness I mean we're having a really fertile time with of course Cardi B.. Whom you have an I've talked about on hit parade the bridge wjr before <hes> but she is not alone there are numerous women rappers who are on the Cup right now? There's really a great spectrum and I think a modern Lilith Fair <hes> would probably be at the very least an amazing in concert. I wonder if in the twenty years since Lilith Fair the festival business has gotten so big with the likes of Coachella I mean look at the way beyond say commanded coachella such that everybody renamed it Bay Cello last year <hes> you know the the festival business has gotten so big that I wonder whether women no longer want to have an all women festival or if it's just kind of difficult to mount any festival these days and that's why you don't see a rerun or a return Turner comeback of Lilith Fair But <hes> I would certainly buy a ticket for that show I would absolutely buy a ticket for that show and I think that in twenty nineteen that little affair like you had mentioned Cardi B. Like and beyond say I think a twenty twenty nineteen or twenty twenty fair would be much more intersectional. It would be a lot less white than it was ninety s and I think it would feature a lot more diverse arrays of music like I can think of you know Liz. Oh who she has has a lot of like feminist commentary in her music president even if the ain't no person which up the message I'm about to estrogen type. I feel like a modern Lilith. Fair would include a really diverse array of performers and I would be really anxious to see it so I'm putting the call out there whoever's listening please Organiz that for me and I'll eternally grateful as well all right well. Let's take a break and play some trivia. We have a favor to ask. Our partner is conducting a survey and would be grateful for your. Help in answering a few questions it will take less than ten minutes of your time and your participation helps support our advertisers. Please go to slate study dot com to complete this short survey. Now now comes the time in hit parade the bridge where we do some Trivia and I'm delighted to be joined on the line by Rachel Rachel. Are you there. Yes I'm here. Hello Hi there Rachel. I understand you're joining us from Chicago. Is that right. Yes that's right. So what do you do in Chicago. If you don't mind me asking I'm a legal editor for a legal education company. Oh cool so are you also a pop music fan. How does that tie into your <hes> vocation? I don't think it really ties into my vocation but I am a pop music fan fantastic <hes> I also was wondering if you are a slate plus member. I am excellent. How long have you been asleep plus member? It's it's almost been five years. I joined just a few months after asleep. Plus started wow so you're a die hard. You've been you've been a loyal sleep plus member for quite some time. Yes that's excellent. I hope you regard this moment <music> of Trivia as the culmination of your multiple years of slate plus membership it is a very exciting <hes> reward for me and this is my opportunity to remind listeners that while this bridge episode is available to all hit prayed subscribers we only open our trivia rounds to slate plus members so if you are a member and would like to be a trivia contestant visit slate dot com slash hit parade sign up that's slate dot com slash hit parade sign up so just to remind remind everyone how this works. I'm going to ask you three Trivia questions. The first will be a callback to our prior full length hip rate episode and the second and third questions will be a preview of the next full length episode of Hit parade. Are you ready for some trivial Rachel Rachel. Yes I'm ready all right fantastic here. We go question one in last month's episode I mentioned several Broadway cast albums that have charted well in the last two decades though none has gone to number one like hair in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine a few have come close which of the following cast albums has had the highest debut on the billboard two hundred album chart in the twenty first century a deer Evan Hansen Johnson be rent see the book of Mormon or D Hamilton. I'll go with B.. I'm sorry the correct answer was a deer Evan Hansen outside outside always looking in more than of always been 'cause tap tap tap on the glass through both the book of Mormon and Hamilton have p peak tire reaching number three but only dear Evan Hansen debuted within the top ten all the way up at number eight alright one down two to go. Here's your chance for some redemption <hes> these next two questions as I said are going want to be a preview of the next episode here we go question to the following covers of Lennon McCartney songs all issued after the Beatles broke up reached the top ten on the hot one hundred but only one of them hit number one which one a earth wind and fire got to get you into my life be Elton John Lucy in the sky with diamonds see and Murray you. You won't see me or D. Tiffany. I saw him standing there. I'll go is D- tiffany. I'm sorry the correct answer was be Elton John His cover of Lucy in the sky with diamonds a John Lennon Song. I'm from the Beatles Sergeant. Pepper's lonely hearts club band album was recorded with Lenin himself okay. That was a tough one. I've got one more question for you. Let's see if you can get this one right. Are you ready for question three. Yes all right here. We go the number. One Song Song of Nineteen eighty-one. According to billboard was Kim Kearns's Bette Davis is it spent nine weeks on top of the hot one hundred that year but it's nine week run at number one was interrupted for just one week by what artist a Eddie Rabbit be Sheena Easton. See the stars on forty five or D R._E._O.. SPEEDWAGON BE <music>. I'm sorry the correct answer was seeing stars on forty five their medley of a dozen songs ten of them oldies mostly by the Beatles hit number one in June eighty-one Pausing Kim Kearns epic run its title set a chart record for most words in a number one song and it's so long. I'm going to have to reveal it in our next full length episode of Hip Parade Well Gosh I am so sorry Rachel. It was a rough trivia round for you <hes> but here's the the good news for you. Now is the opportunity for you to turn the tables on me and ask me a trivia question and I do not have the best record in this <hes> Trivia round so this might be your chance for revenge <hes>. Do you have a question for me well. I'M GONNA jump in here. Chris and I'm actually going to throw Rachel Lifeline. I've actually worked on this trivia question to give to you for my final episode of Hit parade the bridge <hes> somebody to send that over to Rachel and Rachel's going to try to ask you it and so <hes> hopefully me and Rachel can we're going to team up on on you right now right. I'm being ganged up on but I'm ready for it. Lay It on me. Alanis Morissette is one of Canada's most well-known exports hailing from Ottawa before moving to Los Angeles in one thousand nine hundred five Morissette even what a Juno award a high accolade from Canada's music recording industry for most promising female vocalist when she was just seventeen years old which other Canadian Female Act won the same award a Katy Lane be Celine Dion see e Admiral Levin Or D. Sarah McLaughlin. This is such a T._J.. Question Sorry Chris. No don't apologize. That's a compliment especially given what we were just talking about. <hes> really tough. I mean I know about the Junos. I know what the Junos are but gosh I'll be darned if I can figure out which of those four very prominent women. It's not like there's a a ringer in the bunch. <hes> you know one that price so this is going to be a pure guess. I'm just going to go for what I think is probably the strangest of the four picks and go with averill Levin know the correct. Answer is a Katy Lane aw wow I know right out of all those uh-huh I feel I never would have gone that. I write Selena was sort of the obvious to me ever was the left field. Pick never would have picked Katie Lang Amis so we got some vindication. So why don't you explain the question to Kris okay. Katie took home the most promising female vocalist Juno back in nineteen eighty-five about six years before she recorded her album ingenue which peaked at number thirteen on the billboard two hundred in Nineteen ninety-two Celine Dion was nominated for the award in nineteen eighty seven but lost to a singer named Rita macneil a soft-spoken independent singer songwriter in the folk pop in country genres. McNeil became the top selling country artists in Canada in one thousand nine hundred thousand nine hundred ninety one. outselling such American stars is Garth Brooks and clint black though she's won fourteen Juno Awards and has been nominated twenty nine times. Sarah McLaughlin was never nominated for most promising female vocalist of the year ever Levine was also not nominated for a Juno for most most promising female vocalist namely because the award was discontinued in nineteen ninety-three. Wow Wow it ago Katie laying cookie land that would have required some pretty deep Juneau's knowledge on my part. I should've guessed asked out of the four Katie. Lang was the most grammy like artists. If you regard the Junos as the Canadian grammys you know the one likeliest to take home a prize like that but it's still a very left field winner out of those four women who are all all very prominent Canadian artists so I feel happily stumped by that question I guess Rachel you and I were totally blanked out. Hasn't this trivia round and that makes us that makes us even so I hope you feel feel a little better about that and Rachel in all seriousness. Thank you so much for taking part in our Trivia competition on hit parade the bridge for having me it was fun. Even though I missed my question no thank you so much for being a slate plus member five years strong wrong <hes> that we launched the program five years ago so thanks for being an O._G.. Slate plus member. We really appreciate your support. Yes I can throw in a one prize for you out of all of the Trivia competitors we've had on. I don't think we've had a sleep plus member of such long standing as Oh <hes> many people that have even a handful of people who became slate plus members so they could do the trivia round but you are really <hes> an old school slate plus member so we truly appreciate that in all seriousness thank you well. I feel chastened and I. I am really glad that on your way out the door T._J.. You managed to stump me one last time with a question direct from you and very much in your idiom so congratulations. You got me fair and square yeah. I mean it's not that I like to see you lose as these trivia questions about. It's always fun to see you challenge just because I think you know you have so much knowledge. You've been a a music journalist and critic for such a long time. <hes> and you know you do pull it out too. Sometimes I'm sometimes but you do pull it out and like you know I I mean I never know any of the answer these questions so good on you for being a good sport every episode and rolling with the punches before we wrap up. Can you tell me about the next episode of Hit parade you know what can we expect from the full length show <hes> from the July episode so this is a quirky one and <hes> I think those last two trivia questions reflected it. I am actually full disclosure adapting opting an article that I wrote for slate four years ago it appeared in the summer of two thousand fifteen it was called without the Beatles and the premise of the article was that this is the fun Chart Trivia fact there have only been three number one hits on the hot one hundred written by John Lennon Paul McCartney duo that you know teamed up and if one of them wrote the song got credited to both of them as the Unit Lennon McCartney there have been only three number one hits by Linda McCartney that are not beatle songs and here's the thing they're all strange so I'm going to talk about all three of these oddball number one Lennon McCartney Non Beatles hits in the July episode of Hit Parade and honestly because this was already an article. It'll be not entirely due to a handful of loyal slate readers but frankly I think the ability to play clips of these songs. I really think enriches the experience of hearing this story especially the stars on forty five you kind of have to hear hear what they sound like. They're all a little Kooky so that's what the July episode of Hip Parade is going to be all about awesome Chris will. I can't wait to listen and you know I'm GonNa continue listening from afar especially to the bridge. I gotTa keep tabs on this Trivia. I gotta learn something every month especially now that I'm not behind the board I gotta keep up with everything so thank you so much again for the last time I'm T._J.. Rafael senior producer of this late podcast network and I'm Chris Milan fee. Thank you T J. I cannot thank you enough for conceiving of hit. Parade the bridge making it such a pleasure for me and all of our listeners for the last year and a half. We will miss you so much T._J.. And I know that you will keep marching on the one.

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The Bridge: Yacht Or Nyacht?

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The Bridge: Yacht Or Nyacht?

"Hey, there hip listeners I have a few announcements about the future of the show and it's good news for both sleep plus members and nonplus listeners while the economic challenges of Covid nineteen certainly have not abated. Hit Parade has attracted enough new plus members to allow us to take some episodes out from behind slates paywall starting in September. My deepest thanks to our plus family, and by the way you still receive considerable value for your membership. So here's the. Deal starting next month full length hip parade episodes will debut in the middle of the month not the end. Our next full length episode drops on Friday September Eighteenth. If you are a plus member, you'll hear the whole show all at once the date drops. If you are not a plus member, you will receive the first half of the episode mid month with ads, and you'll have to wait a couple of weeks to hear the second half of the show. 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This is Chris Milan, anti host of hip rate slates podcast of pop chart history welcome to the bridge. That's more than by Al Jarreau, a number twenty, one hit in May of nineteen, eighty, three and a song deemed essential by the inventors of the term. Yacht Rock. In the song the always smooth jazzy R&B Crooner Bids Good Morning to everything from his radio to his cheerios two in the second verse, the Golden Gate Bridge. Produced by Journeyman Jay Graydon and Co written with the equally Yadi David Foster Mornin reached the top forty fairly late in the yacht rock era. It was Algebra's last top forty hit until his theme from the TV show Moonlighting for years. Later, it was a bridge to the post out phase of his career. and. These mini episodes bridge our full length monthly episodes give us a chance to catch up with listeners and enjoy hip Hooray Trivia this month we have an extra special treat I have three of the yacht rock creators here to break it all down for us, JD reservoir, Dave Lions and Hollywood Steve Huey Co created the Yacht Rock Web TV series back in two thousand five and it not only won the Channel One on one competition through ten episodes it defined a genre far outliving their original creation their follow up series the podcast beyond yacht rock coined. Be genres like trion wraps hard organ divorce core new up, and my personal favourite dystopia in future in which rock and roll has been outlawed on the podcast they also created the yacht ski scale to scrupulously and scientifically rate weather songs are yacht or not. They are always smooth and frequently hilarious jd Dave and Hollywood Steve. Welcome to the bridge. Thank you for having. US. Thank you and it's great to be here. Thank you so much. It's great to be here. I am delighted to have you guys. I'm such a fan of the original web series. As I am also a fan of the music I am one of those crazy people who back in two, thousand six when you guys started touring around various places with the rock series and showing the videos in bars I went to a bar in Brooklyn New York and saw you guys I. Even answered a Trivia Question. The you guys were doing live from the stage. Somehow. The Trivia question was about Huey I'm not sure why? Because he's not yacht rock. But he's awesome but he's also and I write and whoever was asking the Trivia question coding called me I think either a total geek or a total nerd which of course, I am. I think that might have been you dave but I can't be sure that I don't think I would ever insult somebody's love of Huey Lewis this but I I wouldn't put. It also sounds like like my my level of Kwa Sas just cruel SAS. But I don't recall being on stage for that but I don't recall much. It's very possible. A couple of us were up there and Dave introduced it and I called you nerd. Well, it was an honor in any case So now you guys all helped create the yacht rock series Oh hi I'm Hollywood Steve You caught me relaxing in music. Nineteen, seventy, six to nine, hundred, eighty, four, the radio airwaves were dominated by reason smooth music also known as. Rent gave you played a pivotal role as Koko, Goldstein, the fictional mogul. Who is at the center the scene? How did those characters develop when you were dreaming the Channel? One. Oh, one show I think jd you wrote in hunter excuse me he wrote in cocoa. Somebody had to die. And you can't kill off a real person I don't even know I. Don't I don't know everybody that far ahead because spoiler alert Coco's killed in the second episode. Don't start so beautiful. Becomes the Christ figure of the series we needed someone to who was the center of the scene. Somebody. Who could be a little more outrageous I think the idea of A with a name like Koko Goldstein, just sort of like summed up yacht rock in the music business all in one avatar and then Dave put the costume together, which was just perfect and He cost you a tribute band to come out of the web series. Yeah. The costume was put together with just old crap ahead laying around my house, a women's Blouse. And then I made a harpoon. You're lucky things. And I've got my Lucky Harpoon Yes yes. Still well, in a way, you kind of became the fashion template slash icon of yacht rock because like what are all these guys doing? Whether it's yacht rock review the people who go to these shows in the audience but they're imitating cocoa basically right? I will say. It's not hard to draw a line from yacht rock to a captain's hat. But I'll also say I was the one that went out and bought all the cabin sats for the first episode and more as my character nice. So one thing that I covered in the episode that I wanted to talk to you guys about and get your theories is. Why did yacht rock catch on both yacht rock the TV show. Yacht. Rock, the musical genre slash concept was at the name was that the way you guys defined it what what made it so sticky first of all, when the show came out there was almost nothing to pass around the Internet yeah. This this was the very very early days of Youtube and there just wasn't a lot of narrative content on Youtube at that point. If you did anything slightly sticky. You could go a little bit viral as having us. Yeah and the shows I think are well crafted because they've got strong storylines, strong characters, high stakes. You know it's it's good basic. Formal storytelling I think you even had a cliffhanger at the end of the first episode. US. Usually, that's a no no at Channel One zero one you don't want to. Leave your story unresolved too much to get voted back. We we made for the Channel One on one contest and we were trying to get voted back for another episode. So we wanted to give them a taste of what might be next and it worked. Well, we got a lot of votes and I think the term caught on because it defined a kind of music that. People had been struggling to define ever since. It was being produced. Yes. I go back and read articles from the seventies and there's all sorts of terms that people trying to throw onto this music from jazz. Rock Revlon Rock. Some other stuff that's just nuts just doesn't work. So I think yacht rock is just so vodka tive. Yeah. Smooth music. Relaxing. Seventies when yachts were hot I, get it and I think that really helped the show on the term spread and I also think that it's it's a better term for the The Google Age because some of these other terms that we've seen applied to it, it's like. West Coast all one word. How do you Google? West Coast Yacht Rock is a lot easier to google. and. You know I. It also Mashes it with a visual style that may or may not actually fit the music but you know it puts an image in people's minds in a way that like west coast is not I think it's a catchy name you have alliteration right in the the two words. Even though that's not what I originally wanted to call it I voted from marina rock and luckily was voted down yacht rocks much better name. But I think it gave a name to something people knew existed but didn't know what to call it. Everybody had their own name for it whether it was. Soft rock or my friends and I had one called retail rock, which was songs that you might here while you were shopping for dress socks for your court data grandma's funeral. And Yacht rock sort of encompassed everything. Into, a more proper classification. Right and yet okay to argue the negative side. Not. That this was all that negative but people really went to town on the side of the equation. Right they've thought, oh, it's gotta be music about boats. It's gotTa be music. Related to seafaring and Jimmy. Buffett counts and people kind of went all the way down that peer if you will. Yeah, they took it very literally. We didn't leave people with a very great. Definition you know people had to watch watch the shows, understand the subtext, understand the relationship amongst the artists in real life in order to get what you out rock truly was. It was much easier to put on a captain sat and listened to Brandy by looking glass I'm doing yacht rock. We costumed every single yacht cover band to to come after the show they looked at the show. So That's how we're supposed to dress and it's fun and I think that helps spread the term to is these these tribute bands going out dressed in captains, hats and playing this music? I think it's important to stay that the word drove is cheap. It's it's accessible to people. You can go to a costume store and buy a captain's hat for like ten bucks you can go through on a Hawaiian shirt. And there's your look like it doesn't. It doesn't cost. You may even have the Hawaiian shirt already. Yeah. Exactly. Like when we there may be knowing. These episodes we were just telling people like, Hey, just pull out what's whatever's in your closet that looks like the seventies and wear that. So it's very, it's very thrift store friendly, which makes it a lot more accessible for for people to participate in I think totally but I mean to pivot from what was funny about it in the kitch- element I. always talk up the the episodes and the concept not just because of how hilarious the. Show was but how smart and specific your terms and your concept of what the music was. You know like how hard were you guys trying to be musical logical at real obviously, you're trying to be funny but were you. You really weren't trying to pinpoint genre, right? Yeah and seen at the same time like specific people all playing right records but we get story ideas by looking at liner notes and see who who played on what? and. Then when I was crafting the episode's I had to be like, okay, this is taking place approximately. February nineteen. Seventy eight what songs existed, what didn't what can we get away with pushing and so each episode was kind of constrained to an era that had happened and that helped give it a cohesion in a way a musical cohesion. early out rock a lot different than later yacht rock earlier yet rock tends to sound more like Baaz skaggs than Michael McDonald like the first couple of years a- perform believes comes out. Yeah and a lot of later yacht rock is driven by Quincy Jones a sound with Rod Templeton. So yeah, we were trying to be somewhat musical logical but of course, we just say there had to be fun stories as well and I guess after you came up with the stories and came up with the concept you kind of had to world build right? You had to sort of say well this. This has the Doobie bounce but then there's the whole the line which is kind of toto more rock yacht rock sound. And you sort of built out the corners of Yacht Rocker y sailing by Christopher Cross count as Yacht Rock, right? Yeah. Well, that must have been a challenge that was in our podcast. We started to go deep like ten years after the show came out. But when we were making the show, we weren't that distinctive. We didn't know the total rocked harder than most most yacht rock, and so you know we do an episode about Todos rocking too hard for Mike McDonald until he learns a smooth music and Ryan Steve. I heard the record never new that soon music rock. So hard ass oh. Sorry. I'm ready for the then when we got into the podcast and got into the Nitty Gritty, then we can start to see patterns emerge more clearly and be like. Well, this what a fool believes riff is is ripped off like crazy. After what a fool believes the hit and the style is also ripped off where they may not be doing the exact same notes like like steal away does they still that feeling and it's like this bouncy feeling and so we invented the term dooby bounced destroy to explain Oh. This is what we're hearing. It's very similar to what the DOOBIE brothers didn't like McDonalds writing songs but I. The I think when we were doing the web series, it was more just oh, we have a plot. There we go. That's the episode. Once there's a plot that's been built. It's like what else do we need to do with it? We're telling a story that's mostly fictional part of part of that was All we need to do is build out a value system for that world. Centered, around smoothness I learned I learned this taking their Robert McKee seminar just like an adaptation like once you've got your characters in your world built, the Cherry on top is building a value system for that world. And once we had that that was. I feel like that was what we needed to push it over the top. In terms of the the storytelling structure and all it all revolved around the value system of the Michael. McDonald character who for him like being smooth urine in his family, your his friend he admires you he can work with you in the club and being. Being unsmooth is a huge betrayal. Looking at the studio recorded song for Hollywood. got. Kenny loggins starts rocking it breaks his heart. Smoothness is the pinnacle of exactly. It's very important. When did you guys get the sense that yacht rock as concept and has genre with outlived the show? Yeah there were signs like there was an article written in like the San. Francisco. Whatever the San Francisco big free weekly was somebody just wrote a column about it, and then we had a page and spin magazine that December after we started making the show and it's like well, this is. Something's going on here. Oh, we're we're going a little bit viral I. We're we're the next house of Cosby's. And then the show got cancelled by Channel One on one audience and we're like Oh stinks and then like three days later, we'll get a call from this bar in Chicago that wanted to screen it and we were like, Oh, well, this is this is just might live on and then we we went there expecting it a Monday night expected like twenty people you know have some. Beers with people who liked our web show and then when we got there, there was a lion out the door and lake around the block a little bit and the place is packed to capacity people in captains, hats reciting lines from the show. It was absolutely thrilling and our episode that did poorly channel. WanNa WanNA got voted out was a huge hit with this Chicago crowd. So really. Felt. Very nice. which was was that the steely Dan Versus Eagles show. Yeah. Yeah Yeah I think it was a Channel One I'm audiences have. A core of people who come back every month, and then there's always some new people like what's this free thing I've heard about I'll go check it out and I think I think it just sort of because the main characters weren't featured. It was sort of a site episode. it just didn't translate well to people who didn't already know what was going on in the show, right but you know it also strikes me that what made the show von was that people had such affection for the music right I mean it was the kitsch factor and it was funny the episode's were but like you also again invented a genre. and. You know the music started to become its own thing, right? I mean. That must have felt gratifying. Yeah. I I think it gave people away to openly enjoy this music that you know a lot of people had always liked this or they remembered it from. Their parents record collections or they grown up with it. They never really got what was supposed to be wrong with it. And you know. A lot of this old school rock critic mindset is like it's rocket rule has to have this rebellious spirit name gotTa. Have High Energy. It's gotta be raw got a project it cool image that I can identify with. And you know this music wasn't any of that and so it a lot of times it just didn't get very good reviews. I mean you had exceptions here and they're like steely Dan was pretty. Critically acclaimed in everything but. It just wasn't. Hip or cool to like this music. And making making a comedy show out of. Not only starts to change the perception around what this music is, but it's also at the same time. Sort of giving people permission. And people who get into it. You know quote unquote ironically, right the more they listen to it the more they genuinely like it because it's very well crafted music. You know it starts to stick with them and they realize, Oh, wait this is actually good. One of the things I loved when you guys did beat the beyond yet rock podcast as we talked about really start honing on the boundaries of Yacht Rock was when you debated the. Of various songs. and. You know in the episode that I did I baste the songs that I included on your yacht ski scale which reveals. How yachting something is and I'm always intrigued by the songs that are right on the precipice there. They don't quite make the boat like somebody's baby by Jackson Browne or make a move on me by. John or hearts by Mardi. Bela? So do you guys still quibble over what goes on the boat? Steve you even did like purists playlists that had like stuff. You thought you go on the boat right Oh. Yeah absolutely. It's it's up It's almost six hundred songs. Now you can find it on spotify yacht rock appears history. But it was it was partly that I wanted to make a giant list that was in chronological order so that I could kind of trace how the music evolved and also I just kept finding and this was especially true when I was listening to more are in be around the time. I just kept finding songs. We hadn't covered yet and I wanted to get them all in one place. But Yeah I mean we quibble about this stuff all the time. That's I'm still mad at Steve for for a low Janowski score that kept privatized by hall notes oates off the boat and you're smiling face by James. Taylor. Off The boat I'm furious Steve for that but years. spouting like crazy I. Think the private is, is a yacht rocks on it's a new way talk. Rock Song Yacht Rock and new wave don't cross over for me same thing. A lot of singer songwriters stuff although I will say right here before God and country. That I. Got Somebody's baby wrong. That is a yacht rock song and I messed it up because I was probably. On that day. Cranky that anything that. had. A piano riff in it that sounded vaguely like what a fool believes we were just automatically throwing on the boat. And I will say that as we learned more and hone the definition. We got better at it. For instance, at the very beginning I wasn't even sure what a yacht rock song was. I just completely I think I tried to put. The cannonball run theme. On the boat at one point and it's a great song, which is which is terrific. Just excel terrific cells. Funny. Because fans because are you can go to Yahoo Dot com and see how each of us rated each song episodes it came on. So fans of made charts out of that and you can see at the beginning our our scores are all. Over the place in Gwen on because we did it for a year two it just the the scores are here and they were all in line with each other where we all sacred thoroughly understand what the sound was, which is good right because it means that you were sort of live and in real time defining the boundaries and the hallmarks of this Sean. Right yeah. In a very in a very specific way that we haven't managed to do with the web series there was an instance where we Riyadh ski a song by accident and I think the first time we ought skit got a fifty five and the second time we get months later completely having forgotten it was one of the thousand songs we've. We gave it a one point five points off. Three points off. So we figured that's the margin of error on the scales is about three points. That is not how I expected that story and I thought Dave was going to reveal Ross by twenty points you're off by only three that's really impressive if we were up by twenty points I wouldn't it told you the story All right. But it's good to know that somebody's baby belonging. That that makes me feel better. Yeah. If it's got the bounce it the thing I really love about the scales at sums up like like from the from the web show to like our podcast attitude people have about it when they go to to yacht rock events, the sense of like a small bit of irony that we take it extremely seriously like yacht rock revue we don't like what they do because they don't play A. Lot, actually out rock music, but they like take playing the song seriously they wear those songs and play him well, and so the scale is like this really serious study of genre like we have one hundred podcast episodes called yacht yacht that just go deep into defining this. There's nothing like that for anything yet we call it the yacht ski scale and we say it was invented by guy named Gene Yacht Ski. It's it's ridiculous yeah. What it works it's completely arbitrary, but it's not right. About it because speaking as a total pop nerd, it satisfies both the the comedy side of what you all do the irony, the wit, the SNARK, and yet you're taking it extremely seriously for a chart nerd like me there's nothing better. That's total cat and it just makes your heart. Smile. What I also loved about the Janowski episodes is that guys rated a lot of our EMBI, which is again, something I really wanted to bring out in my episode how important are in being yacht soul is to? The core of what the genre is. Yeah. First of all, the guys, all the Whiteout Rod, guys that you I think of Kenny loggins. Mike. McDonald. Steely Dan all growing up listening to black in be Jazz Kenny loggins like said, he patterned his singing voice after Retha Franklin among others. Those it's like Mike. MacDonald. Has Stories of hearing soul music out of his older sister's friend's eight track cars and his mind's being blown and yeah, all the total guys were interested in at the time they referred to as black. Music? and. So you know when Michael McDonald's, for example, goes into the dewey brothers. Doobie brothers were kind of an art be banned Tom Johnston AS TEMPLE DESCRIBE IT WAS R&B cat. Round But when Michael McDonald came in. He really brought some heavy duty are and beat of that ban. Jazz and people noticed and more people. WanNa do that. There's just a sound that was emerging pop music time. Back. Then by the time by time about nineteen, eighty rolled around seventy, nine, Eighty Quincy Jones at teamed up with Rod Ten ten and Quincy Jones. Extremely soulful jazzy sound was mixed with this guy with an extreme pop mentality and when they started recording music together it started you know that really kicked off the real yacht soul strain. And that that like David Foster and Jay Graydon writing for NPR earth wind and fire around the same time like. Seventy nine eighty is where is where those those worlds start to meet all these guys start playing on each other's records, and it's it's the same guys playing on. These quote Unquote White Pop records and the R&B stuff by black artists around the same time. It's the same cast of supporting characters. Right. So it's a true to use an overused term crossover music which I think also you know you guys were talking earlier about the moment when. Yacht Yatra rock called on in the two thousands and I speaking as critic with Lincoln to what I call the pop dimissed moment the moment when people began to appreciate that. Worthy Music didn't have to be played by a White Guy with guitar and you saw that you know music played by people of Color Music played by gay people music played by women disco obviously all deserve to be. Given some critical approbation I feel like yacht rock is the same thing and so the fact that it's music that has aren be baked into it even when white people are playing it so it makes sense to me that people are appreciating this music now and and don't feel like they have to be ashamed of and I'll give props also to the environment that I had working at the All music guide which. You know this this is. You know the world's largest online music database. And started in the. Early to Mid Ninety S. And their whole philosophy from the beginning is we're going to cover all music. It doesn't do us any good. If people come here looking for information about you know traditionally critically reviled genres like soft rock or disco or. Anything like that. If we just dismiss those genres out of hand, we need to evaluate them according to their own standards. What are they trying to do? How well do they do it? You know what are the best recordings in this style of music for people who are interested in this style of music when I was starting out I feel like that was a great mindset to be sort of. Indoctrinated into. And I like to think that it helped lay the groundwork for that that future. Optimist Movement because you know it becomes this huge online reference I don't know what wikipedia would do with all its sourcing. If if a MG ever went off line would just decimate the music section and coincidentally in for about a year when I lived in Ann Arbor after college I was I worked at the music guide as well. Steve was a critic no him at the time and. He may have been done in already moved to Los Angeles by then, but I had a job in data entry. So my job was to like look at the liner notes and track listings and just type them all into the database. So that was sort of my introduction of just like obsessing over liner notes, and that's where I started to see like the same names all the time and. You know you really get a sense of who the big studio guys were at the time. It was fascinating very boring but very fascinating. Well when we all met. Actually, Stephen I, went to college together and can even trace ourselves back to the same parties, but we don't really remember meeting each other until we moved to Los Angeles, it was at Jd's house. And most of what we did was sit around and talk about records. We'd pour over records me like, Oh hey, and everybody brought their own thing to the table. That eventually, you know you know how it is when a bunch of music nerds get together and start. So you brought up Kenny loggins a minute ago on a scale from loggins to McDonald rate how annoyed to delighted the yacht rockers are by the genre that you guys invented for them. And also I want to know a Daryl Hall's data's but let's let's. PUT The scale from loggins to McDonald's Michael seems delighted the low actually the low part of the scale is by skaggs bus gags is super annoyed that he's called Ruckus. He didn't like to be pigeonholed man really yeah. He he does like to be grouped in with those artists like steely Dan and whatnot, but he doesn't like the like I think. A lot of steely Dan fans we get this from two. They don't like to be associated with the as an aside like they were doing briefly when I posted the show and was on social media the steely Dan fans were the ones who had the greatest objection to steely Dan even being included in this year by false, they wanted to lift them out. They are really steely Dan fans because if they were, they would have seen Michael McDonald toto they all played with steely Dan. There is a universe begins it's rooted in steely Dan dig dogs. Yeah and. Disavow themselves from Christopher. Cross but that whole Christopher Cross album was produced by Michael Omari who played on a bunch of steely Dan songs there's a direct line. The reason Michael McDonald is on Christopher crosses because of Oh Mardian who knew him from steely Dan? It's not hard to draw those lines. I've told this story before but my wife worked on a television show that was filming right next to American idol and Kenny loggins was there and came out afterwards and was talking to people and taking photos and my wife went up to him and said, hey my husband played coco in yacht rock and Kenny stop smiling and just looked at her and said. Oh Not Hey not cool. Just not go screw yourself just. Oh. and that was it luckily, the photo I so I think that's good evidence that Kenny loggins is kind of in the middle of the reaction scale. And then okay. But Michael McDonald would probably be the top of the scale. I. Pulled One interview where he was delighted. But there was more than one where he's pretty delighted. Love. What did you think at first I thought it was. When I first saw it was you know It was almost uncanny. For not knowing any of us, you mean, the video series, they actually originated. It was it was pretty pretty fund these poor guys. I feel sorry for because it can't have an interview now without somebody bringing up are stupid web show. Yeah McDonalds said something really funny. He said he thought that were funny. But he also said they really hit on something kind of like when you get a letter from a stalker and you don't know how they knew all that high hyper which I thought was a great compliment. Yeah I. The toto guys seem pretty positive about it. I think Luther. Thought it was funny and. Steve Kerr was flabbergasted that he was a main character in a in a web episode I. Also think the Todo guys have an incredible sense of humor and they're always screwing around and making each other laugh. So I think they also have a sense of irony right I mean just the way they talk about Africa the fact that they are flabbergasted that this is their biggest hits that they hadn't been when they wrote it or. I mean, that should be clear in the lyrics but. Boy. Are you guys proud annoyed exhausted by this thing that you created I mean you did. All. Right. Absolutely. So what's the status of the future of yacht rock for you guys I hear you're working on a couple of things like possibly some follow up podcast to beyond yacht rock and I think you have a book project that you're working on yes, we do. We're going to announce that publicly for the first time. to people beyond our media social circles We signed a book deal with. Little Brown UK Steve Luther Book agent came up to us one of our live events. It was like you guys do book and really and then we're like me we should. So we did a proposal and he editor wanted to buy it, and so we have So now we're writing like the ultimate like. End All be all book on Yacht Rock So we know a ton more than we did just six months ago we've been deep into research and learning so much and luckily all the research were doing is only reinforcing our theory about what yacht rock is like we have now Dan. Wrong. This is a real thing. You can definitely telling narrative of how the genre came to be and these people's careers and how they shape the sound and push the sound We're starting to learn who really did push the sound and who didn't. Like Michael McDonald. Kenny loggins deftly pushing the sound boss Gags, Christopher Cross not so much. They have other people to think for for for Yeah. Becoming you know getting that the yacht rock sound. So yeah, we're working on the book and. We hope to teach the world a lot as we've been learning a lot. Yeah I believe I believe it's tentatively scheduled to come out spring of twenty twenty one I have nothing more specific than that. You know there's a pandemic the world is on fire. We don't know exactly the details yet but and we're also trying to get a new podcast off the ground, but it's still taking shape and we're figuring out how to how to do it from our own homes which this is a great. What we're doing now is a great tutorial. Yeah. The we're. Going to do new podcast devoted entirely out rock. So we can continue the yacht ski scale, and we can we can sort of have some more fun with all this knowledge that were sucking up into our brains. But for now, it's kind of taking a back seat to actually writing right you gotta get the book done writing hard work on. That's why not a lot of people do it. It's really hard work. Yeah. Tell me about it. Well, all of this news is making my heart's or as a fan of beyond yacht rock as a fan of the music. The thought of the book coming makes me happy the fact that you're revealing it on my podcast. I find very flattering and the fact that the scale will live on. That is amazing news so. Guys thank you so much for joining us here for the bridge. I'm excited for everything in the meantime. What's the best way for folks to get in touch with you? You guys all tweet, right? Yeah. We're all We're all on twitter at JD is Nar I'm at David underscore be underscore lions at Hollywood Steve H. I had to put my last initial on there because everytime I adopted new platform people have already taken Hollywood Steve shouldn't have had such a catchy name you can also follow. At yacht rock luckily, WE DO HAVE A. Twitter Account. Yeah, we did get that well, guys thanks so much for being on the bridge. Thank you. Thank you for having us in in response to your earlier question I'm not sure what Daryl Hall's deal is. Now comes the time in hit parade the bridge where we do some Trivia and joining us on the line from Pelham New York. Is Rachel Rachel? Are you there I? I am thanks for having me. Sure thing. So I understand that before we got on the mic here you had some guesses as to what my next topic might be. Since we haven't done the trivia questions yet I suppose you could fire some guesses that me if you WANNA. Sure. Yeah. I've been waiting and anticipating a grunge episode for awhile interesting. Also a boy band episode ever since you did the Swedish pop music which was very female happiest. I wondered when we'd get the boy band pop side. and. Then I also wonder if you're going to do a Cardi B. EPISODE While it's interesting that last one I don't have a Cardi B. Plant quite yet but I have Cardi B. on the brain because I wrote about her new number one hit for wise the song number one just this week. So I was kind of immersed in the world of Cardi B. I think she's trying to make a last-minute bed for your song of the summer. You should very last minute but man, she really came slamming in there so her and make the stallion go crazy. In any case, I'll tell you this much none of those three topics. All good by the way are the next topic. So you haven't spoiled yourself on the Trivia questions I'm about to ask you but they're very good candidates and let's just say that at least one or two of those of being in the hopper for potential future episode. So all right now. Yeah. Yeah. Stuff's coming down the Pike but for now. We're going to do our usual trivia round. First of all I'd like to say thank you as I always do for being a slate plus subscriber because as you know, we only open our trivia, round slate plus members, and all of you if you'd like to be a trivia contestant, please visit slate dot com slash hit parade sign up that's slate dot com slash hit parade sign up, and of course Rachel you know how this works we're going to ask you three questions. The first is a callback to our most recent episode of Hip Parade and the next two are going to be a preview of our forthcoming episode of Hip Parade All right here we go question one. In last month's episode, I played a Yadi hit by toto that did better on billboard's hot soul singles chart than it did on the hot one hundred. What was it a hold the line be Georgy Porgy see ninety, nine or D Roseanna. Well I know Rosanna went to number two. So I doubt it could have done better on RND. And GonNa have to guess. Georgy Porgy. That is absolutely correct. The correct answer is B.j Orgy Porgy and as you said with vocals by rising NBC singer Sheryl Lynn this toto single peaked at number eighteen on the soul chart and only number forty eight on the pop chart. Excellent great memory. Your one for one here comes the preview trivia ready for some preview trivia. Yeah. My sided. Here we go. Question to what? Nineteen, Eighty, eight number one hit one record and song of the year at the nineteen eighty-nine Grammy Awards and then the artist had never had a hot one hundred hit again. A Rick Ashley Never GonNa give you up be the Escape Club wild. Wild West C will to power baby I. Love Your Way Free Bird Medley or D. Bobby mcferrin don't worry be happy. That's tough and I love when I hit wondering. Wild Wild West by the club is so good that I wanNA ticket but I do know that Bobby mcferrin that song wasn't. Really well, I'm going go to the. Ivy mcferrin to worry be happy. That is correct. The correct answer is don't worry be happy the unique jazz vocalist, bobby mcferrin who performed unaccompanied mostly Acapella was a pure one hit wonder on the hot one hundred by the way, all of the one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, eight chart toppers I asked about in that question all of those artists scored at least one other top ten hit and Rick Ashley scored four more go A. Be Happy all right. You are running the table. Are you ready for question three? I'm already learn what else escape club did that I can't take off but yes, I'm definitely ready. All right. Here we go. Question Three speaking of one hit wonders which of these artists qualifies for that term having scored a single smash and never returning to the hot one hundred, a Nina Ninety, nine, lift balloons be vanilla ice ice ice baby see men without hats the safety dance or D. Billy Ray Cyrus Achey breaky heart why definitely not think it can be billy ray Cyrus isn't the remix of old, town? Road. I don't even know anything about country data side. I think. I don't really know but I'm going to stop with men without hats. I'm sorry. The correct answer was a Nayna. Snow. The German bands Nineteen eighty-four number two hit ninety nine looked balloons or in English red balloons was their only single to crack the hot one hundred by the way their follow up. Justin, Green. bubbled under the chart at number one, hundred to. Uh. So close, you're absolutely right about billy ray Cyrus in town road that was the obvious answer you can throw out. I. Understand. You have a question for me where you are going to turn the tables on me I did. With Cardi, B., on the brain and my hope for a cardi B. Episodes, anyway, it's a question for you. Here it if. Heartbeat just became the first female rapper to have four billboard number one hits. She's also the only female rapper to win the Grammy for best rap. Album What to rap acts that our fellow winners of the best rap album grammy. Exact, same amount of number one hits as Cardi B. in their careers thus far. Is it a macklemore and Ryan Louison and Kendrick Lamar. Be Jay Z and Kanye West See. Low Wayne. An outcast. Or D. Ludicrous and Puff Daddy. Amazing question. So I'm basically looking for. Wrapped acts with four hot one, hundred number one. So they hear that right yet and they've also won the grammy for best rap album. I know I can eliminate a because I'm pretty sure macklemore Ryan Lewis. And Kendrick. Lamar, I've only had. Like one or two hit number one hits a piece I guess to appease come to think of it because Kendrick was on the Taylor Swift remix I'm pretty sure little Wayne has been the number one. He'd be three times because of guest appearances as well as lollipop his own hit. The answer's probably gotta be be. Jay Z and Kanye West. That's my guess. You are correct. It didn't be Jay Z and Kanye West. As he won the grammy for best rap album in nineteen ninety, he's had four number ones all with women actually. Ninety nine Mariah Carey Collaboration heartbreak. As two thousand, three. Crazy love. When he celebrated with Riana for umbrella in two thousand. And two, thousand nine empire. State of. Mind with. Only. One where he's the leader interestingly of. That's right. No you're. Honey as also he's one of the grammy. and His. Chart covered on digger stronger and his featured roles on. and. You are correct Michelmore and Ryan list as well as Kendrick. Lamar have two number ones each. You're spot on with low weight as well with three outcast as you probably figure since we recently we recently covered outcast on hip parade. They have three number ones Miss Jackson and in the back to back hits Hey, and the way move right Puffy and ludicrous each have five number ones so. That's GONNA be Cardi. B. Is next hurdle to go over Yeah Rachel. That was an excellent question. You really may be swept for that one I was really struggling. But I enjoyed it tremendously and I you got two out of three yourself so nice job and thank you for being on Hip Hooray the bridge. Thank you so much for having me. So. As those last two trivia, questions indicated our next parade episode coming in September will be about one hit wonders. Now, this is a very calm term. It's a term used by people who don't even follow the trucks but if you are a chart fall, what does one hit wonder me I mean at the data will half the short people. So when does an artist escape the one hit wonder tag when they score another hot one hundred Top forty hits. What about if they score a second immediate hip but then never returned are they still a one hit wonder? And what about rock legends? Like he's Jimi Hendrix a one hit wonder are the grateful dead one hit. I'm going to propose some rules to determine. As a one hit wonder and if you thought yacht rock was into being turn way till we tackle this. So look for our one hit wonders episode of Hip Breed coming to your pod catcher in September. This episode of Hip Parade the bridge was produced by Auto Saluda to sign up for sleep plus to support our show head over to slate dot com slash hit parade plus and I'm Chris Murphy keep on marching over one.

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The Bridge: Nostalgic for Number Ones

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

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The Bridge: Nostalgic for Number Ones

"This episode of hip parade is sponsored by hyatt ever found yourself in a new city wishing you could tap into the local music scene but didn't know where to a start well high and so far sounds will be doing just that together. They're bringing guests to the center of the action with intimate live live shows that highlight local musicians and a little later in the show. We'll hear from one of them. An amazing singer from the bay area mama hayes stay in a hey everybody. This is chris. Lanphier host of hillary sleeps podcast of pop chart history. Welcome to the bridge see <music> she ran. That's the bridge of the song a world without love by peter peter and gordon a number one hit from the summer of one thousand nine hundred sixty four and the first of three hits written by john lennon or paul mccartney that topped billboard's billboard's hot one hundred and we're not beatles recordings as we told you in last month's hit parade paul mccartney had to write this bridge to finish rush a world without love which he then bequeathed to his nineteen year old housemate peter asher of peter and gordon as paul knew a well-structured pop hit needs a bridge and these mini episodes bridge are full length monthly episodes. Give us a chance to catch up with listeners and enjoy some hit parade trivia this month. I'm delighted to welcome a special guest to help. Take it to the bridge. Tom brian is a senior editor at stereo gum who has also written for the a v club and the ringer among many places for the last year and a half. Tom has been in the middle of an enormous stereo. Gum blogging the project that is near and dear to my heart. The number one's a column reviewing every number one single on the hot one hundred starting in nineteen fifty eight and working its way up to the present day. We'll talk about a couple of those chart toppers today. I tom welcome to the bridge crews. Thanks so much for having me. Thank you for joining us. When i meet a fellow chart fan <hes> i often start at the beginning and ask you know what got you into billboard chart following. When did it start for you well. When i was nine about to turn nine my family moved to london for a year we were in baltimore. My dad's a history professor and took a sabbatical but in england they had top of the pops short which made chart but following extremely fun extremely easy and kind of became baseball to me when i can watch baseball anymore but the whole idea to verse. This column that i'm writing comes from a guy named tom ewing who has been in england writing a similar column for years and more than a decade. I think and you know it's not his job the way it is mind so he doesn't slowly but tom wright's popular which is what he calls his column and it's every british genever one single reviewed and that's just been awesome. There's been a really fun project to follow and <hes> reading that column also reading your column and thinking about the sort of like the romance of the number one single what it takes to to be the number one song in america at any one given moment the sort of weird confluence of fortunes shinzo accidents that has to happen. It's fun to think about. I think i really started thinking seriously about it when <hes> cardi. B.'s bodak yellow hit number one cool fun story that was roads lead. If you want to extensive teaches about these has done to returns out there all cool fund stories they really are. I mean it's always so serendipitous and it gives me plenty of fodder for hit parade and cardi b.'s but doc yellow her first number one hit that went to number late twenty seventeen in new started the number one is in early two thousand eighteen right and kicked nineteen fifty eight was it's the first one that you wrote about the for the first billboard number one singles when they started the one hundred that was a poor little fool biking nelson short and i stick around a macaw didn't give it a good review. I probably would have gone higher on it. Now really okay so that's that's interesting to know that you actually change your opinion and i know my opinion on several songs changed over the years so i completely respect that so let's talk about to that <hes> are kind of up the middle and this will be my way of recapping our july full length episode of hit parade which was about out these three john lennon paul mccartney written but not beatles number one hits now. You're up to nine hundred seventy five which means you've actually gotten through two of the three songs i covered in that episode you got through peter and gordon's a world without love and you've gotten through because you're now up to nineteen seventy-five you've just gotten through elton elton john's cover of lucy in the sky with diamonds and i think your ratings pretty much matched my own but maybe you could tell me what you thought of each of those songs sure peter and gordon world without love pretty nice little song. I gave it a six out of ten. It's a john lennon's assessment that it was not fit to be a beatles song not wrong yeah. It's definitely one of the lesser beatles related to number ones that that came up in nineteen sixty four but it's not bad. It's a it's a it's a solid jim yeah i. I basically agree and you know as i indicated in the episode. There's no way a world without love of goes to number one unless peter and gordon just had not captured that lightning in a bottle of having possession of lennon mccartney song at this moment when the beatles themselves dell's had no you know to be crass moment product in the pipeline and so this song just absolutely filled a market gap but it's a charming record. There's nothing wrong with it. Nothing wrong with a really do the lottery with they really did and then of course elton's cover. I pulled my punches a little bit when i talked about lucy in the sky with diamonds in the episode i was a little harsher sure when i originally did this as an article for slate for years ago. I don't despise the song by any means. I don't even hate it i just i think it's it's easily. The least his number one hits. I think i can say that categorically. I think even island girl is a better number one hit by elton john than this one is <hes>. What did you think of lucy in the sky with diamonds. I'm not quite sure yet how it holds up against island girl. I think right about that one next week so we'll have to dig deeper. I in your way through it yeah yeah. I'm getting to it. I don't like his version of lucy in the sky with diamonds. It's <hes> obviously the original song what's l. is great. It's a criteria to work with but his cover is kind of everything. I don't like about elton john all sort of rolled into one. It's just pure schtick. Addicting doesn't need to exist. It's it's this big hammy vegas performance and it really adds nothing to it and as you said in your episode it kind of exists just as a flex just to say hey look i. I can do this so i'm gonna do that. Here's john lennon right here. He's doing it with me. I have his blessing and and yeah it's just it takes up space and it's part of a weird trend that i noticed in reviewing the number one singles of nineteen seventy five because these narratives start to emerge when you start to look at them one by one there were a lot of covers of sixty songs that went to number one in nineteen seventy five. There were like five of them. That's a good point. I had not that never occurred to me like what else we've got. The carpenters cover replace mister postman that year rights house yeah. That was one of them. There's <hes> you're no good by linda ronstadt. That was a trend that was happening and it was happening at the same time. As guys lake frankie valli and neil sadako were reemerging these sort of pre beatles figures and so i think that this is a sort of a product talked a moment where there was a ton of early sixties and fifties rock and roll nostalgia happening yeah the only caveat being elton's case he only reached back to nineteen sixty thirty seven whereas most of that nostalgia in the mid seventy five was on the usual twenty year cycle and it was all reaching back to you know like greece the fifties happy days etc no when i wrote about that. I was like imagine if someone went to number one now by covering like we found love right. What would the point of that'd be. It's not even old enough to have that sort of warm amber nostalgia feeling about it's weird it is weird. I totally agree so. I know it's going to be some months. Realistically realistically before you get to nine hundred ninety one but can you give us a preview of what you think of the third number one hit from our last episode the stars on forty five medley and forty other words in the title that i don't have time to rattle off right now. You're not gonna say the whole title again. <hes> who could <hes> you know. I haven't reviewed it yet and i sort you've only listen to it a few times before hearing your episode but i like it. I i'd probably give it a six or seven. You know time will tell what all what all ended up giving it but <hes> there's a sort of cheerful sacrilege to that song that i find pretty enjoyable and it's kind of funny to that. It's a song wrong that could only exist as a sort of like if you heard that song for the first time without hearing these beatles songs that had sweeps except encompasses then it would mean nothing it would be absolutely baffling even more than it already is and so i kind of like the the way it sort of plays on the collective memory the and how it kinda pre-stages a lot of the sort of the sampling and the d._j. Music that would come afterward. It's sort of like a a the sort of lo fi. I guess a high five version of like grandmaster flash on the wheels seal which i think was the same year or white girl talk or something like that to where it <hes> it's just these little bits and bobs of these other songs and it's it's so cheerful and it's so kind of sacrilegious in the way up all these beloved beatles chestnuts. I kinda respond to at some of the transitions are a little awkward but mostly works and i also really like a a bit of the beginning. It's just the straight up disco song before it gets into all the the beatles passage. It's like catchy like they could have done. The whole this on what happened i would have been fine with it out of these three songs because i i wrote about this in two thousand fifteen the slate article and now it's a podcast for years later stars on forty five is the one i've actually softened on the most. I'm not sure i would read it much above six that that would be sort of like a gentleman six six on your ten scale but like as i said in the episode this was a line that was not on my original article but i basically called guileless and tacky and you're you're right that the more you study it as tacky as it is the more forward thinking. It actually surprisingly is i. I respect anybody who thinks it's godawful and never wants to hear it again. I definitely got many tweets by the way listeners. I read all of your tweets. Including those of you're saying dammit that stars on forty five songs now stuck in my head and a lot of land fake it means. They got like sixteen different songs in their head. They got a whole album's worth exactly i mean some of it was beatles song so you're welcome for that. <music> grew up singing in church. I grew up singing with hip hop groups and then in the last couple of years. I've i've been able to hone it down into this really cool. Project called mama hayes this ultimate extension that has old founding stuff in cool new sounding stuff and it's really fun and kind of quirky sometimes times. Momma hayes is a songwriter and performing artists from the bay area in california for me. The bay area is really wearing artists can be nourished. I i would say the environment here. I would say the landscape of it the beautiful hiking trails you can easily access and the communities and neighborhoods i feel like that really helped curate in me a sense of wonder and curiosity and exploration that allows me to be so open and free in the kind of music i make and that's why she performs at so far shows their way to explore or a local scene. She feels passionate about so far is really just about people getting to connect with good music and that's why it's been so fun to play with them. Hi it really wants to connect to the heart of the action so it's height centric hotels teamed up with so far sounds good to see different pockets of the city and you could show up in. It's a hotel l. In you're going to the roof you could show up and it's a person's beautiful living room or backyard earlier this year. Mama hayes played a so far sound show at heights centric fisherman's wharf in san francisco franscisco the highest partnership was glorious because it was kind of like a more giant version of what so far usually does everybody's there listening and enjoying and i i love it. I love showing up connecting with people like you're at a party together. You're not so separate from the audience so i was like i hope they do more of these. These are really learn more about how high it centro tells are hosting so far shows around the world at heights and trick dot com now comes at the time and hit parade the bridge where we are joined by a contestant for some trivia and joining us on the line from long beach california is leslie leslie are you there. I am here. I am hi how are you. I'm doing great leslie. I'm tom. I'm the guest on the thing hi tom. How're you doing good. How are you doing. I'm having a fantastic morning in beautiful southern california well. We're already very envious. Tom and i but nonetheless now is <hes> your opportunity to <hes> play trivia game and i understand that you are a sleep plus members that right leslie i am. How long have you been asleep. Plus probably not long enough but about three months i've been listening forever and i finally bit the bullet fantastic well as we like to remind audience members. There's a while this bridge episode is available to all hit parade subscribers. We only open our trivia rounds to slate plus members so if you are a member and would like to be a trivia contestant visit sleep dot com slash hit parade sign up. That's slate dot com. Slash hit parade sign up so leslie. I'm sure you've listened to prior. Rep's odes of hip raid the bridge. You know how this works but just to remind everybody. I'm going to ask you three trivia questions. The first will be a call back to our most recent full length episode of hit parade and the next two will be a preview of the next episode of hip raid. Are you ready for some trivia. I am fantastic here. We go question one last month's episode climaxed with the dissection of stars on forty five medley mostly composed of covers of beatles songs which of these lennon mccartney songs was not featured in the stars on forty five single that hit number one in one thousand nine hundred eighty one a i should have known better be telling me why see no reply or d. You're going to lose that girl she. I think i'm sorry the correct answer is b. Walk oddly oddly that song title and twist and shout are mentioned the songs disco preamble but that song tell me why is never played in the five minute medley christmas these unnecessarily hard. I've heard that's on a lot all the time now and i don't think i would have gotten that that does make me feel better. Are you ready for question to leslie. Yes all right here. We go back in nineteen sixty nine from august fifteenth through the eighteenth. The woodstock festival took place in upstate new york the weekend. It happened several performers. There's onstage were on the billboard charts. Which of the following woodstock act ranked highest on the hot one hundred that week a creedence creedence clearwater revival be the who see sly and the family stone or d blood sweat and tears my i. Let's say credence. I'm sorry the correct answer is d blood sweat <music>. All four acts were on the hot one hundred that week some with multiple hits but the week ending august sixty nine hundred sixty st nine blood sweat and tears was highest at number eleven with their former number two hit spinning wheel interestingly no woodstock act that week was in the top ten. That was a tough one because credence is actually a good guess. They had so many hits in the summer of nineteen sixty nine. They just weren't highest on the chart that week. Gruden's were running wild year. That would've been my guess for sure yeah yeah. They really were <hes> in any case <hes>. Are you ready for question. Three redemption may be at hand on question three. Let's all right. Fingers crossed here. We go so another question about woodstock. What about on the album chart that weekend in nineteen sixty nine when woodstock took place which act ranked highest on the billboard chart that was then called top. L._p.'s a the jimi hendrix experience be joe cocker see canned heat or d. crosby stills and nash. I don't think it was crosby. Children nash joe cocker. I'm sorry the correct answer was d- crosby stills nash. It was crosby stills nash danes. It was their self titled debut. Album was at number or seven that we one position away from its eventual peak of number six the other three performers were all at much lower positions that week from hendrix. Who's smash hits was at number fourteen gene joe cocker. Who's with a little help from my friends was number forty nine and canned heat whose hallelujah was at number fifty nine. Oh man that was a tough tough trivia round lake high now. I know <hes> you know. Tom had a point. I do ask tough trivia questions and <hes> now's your chance to ask me tough trivia question in turn the tables on me so <hes> i understand you have a question for me. I do all right. I'm ready for it. Okay though festival organizers organizers have officially called off plans for the woods woodstock fifty revival. It's lineup was announced in march of this year while a wide variety leave newer acts were planned woodstock fifty shared quite a few artists with the lineup of woodstock sixty nine. The accident is question would have been on both the original and the revamped lineup by the time they performed at woodstock in august of sixty-nine none had enjoyed a top ten spot fought in the billboard hot one hundred which of their songs got the closest peaking at number eleven in january of nineteen sixty nine. Is it a john sebastian. She's a lady be canned heat going up. The country see canned heat on the road again again or d. Melanie beautiful people wow okay that is a good tough yeah. That is a good tough woodstock trivia question <hes>. I'm going to eliminate melanie because i'm pretty sure i know her. Two big hits and i don't think that was one of them. I don't think it got to number eleven although i could be wrong <hes> i'm gonna guess with two canned heat hits that it must be one of them <hes>. Can you tell me again the two were we're going up the country and the road again. I'll just go at the counter intuitive example and go with on the road again. See oh so close it was it was be going up the country <music>. I should have gone with that. Canned heat had three hot one hundred hits before woodstock while their songs on song on the road again and peaked at number sixteen in september nineteen sixty eight going up the country was their biggest hit before woodstock peaking at number eleven when that that happened in january of nineteen sixty-nine it shared the charts with john sebastian's first hot one hundred hit. She's a lady peaking at eighty four while dot doc is an excellent question and <hes> you know i. I'm feel good that i was right about the canned heat guests and i just wish that i'd gone with my gut and gone with the more the office hit. I mean going up. The country is basically their most famous song so i don't know why just go with that but <hes> at least what this meant leslie is that it was a true clean sweep sweep. We almost are trivia questions. Nobody got anything right and <hes> you know we can <hes> we can both either commiserate together or hang our head in shame. Whatever we're we're feeling thing. I'm hanging my head in shame. You really shouldn't actually it was truly a delight to have you in this trivia round. Thank you for instance. You could sport and thank you for being on hip ray the bridge wjr. Thank you for having me so tom. I have to ask when you got that final trivia question the one that stumped me. Did you know it was the canned heat song. The other canned heat song no now. I don't know anything about that didn't have a number one single of a new reason to delve into his. That's a good point. I've everything i know about canned heat eight. I've learned from watching the woodstock documentary and reading about woodstock. They are this funny luminol late sixties band. I believe they were also at monterey pop so they were at you know monterey pop and woodstock the two most vital concerts of the late sixties but you know they. Their legacy was really quite limited. The number of hits they had and you know the way they're spoken about in decades subsequent to that <hes> there. I don't think i've ever been on the rock and roll hall of fame ballot. Despite all of the sixties sixties boomer acts that have been on the rock hall of fame ballot so yeah can't heat or a funny band <hes> and could have played it woodstock fifty the the least the first of all of this particular year yeah yeah i mean that's been just like watching a slow death watching that thing go down and i guess i'm just thankful folded didn't turn into this years fire festival so i'm not that sorry that it didn't come together <hes> but are you really grateful. Didn't we all enjoy the fire. I it wasn't that interesting blessed moment on the internet in other words. You wanted the documentary that would have resulted from woodstock. Fifty actually happening would've loved it. I would law whoa i'm sure we would have eaten up with a spoon so even though woodstock fifty isn't happening <hes> obviously this month august of twenty nine thousand nine hundred many or commemorating the fiftieth with aniversary of the nineteen sixty-nine original woodstock and <hes> you know it has been argued that the original woodstock made several performers careers or did it <hes> <hes> and i'd like to explore that specific question in our august full length episode of hip hooray. That's what's coming up at the end of this month. <hes> you know there are so many commemorations podcasts casts new york times articles. <hes> you know all sorts of wonderful commemorations happening this month and i'm not going to go down the rabbit hole too deeply on you know the minutia of how the concert happened or you know so much the live experience really although we'll play some live clips what i'm interested in is speaking as a chart it analysts and somebody who hosts a podcast called hit parade. What did woodstock do on the charts both as an entity unto itself. It was a hit album. It was a hit movie as well l. but also as a an instigator and a burn assure various artists careers it it has been argued that several careers were made at woodstock and i'd like to talk about how the charts ratified confirmed this in the months and years after woodstock so that's what we'll be talking about in the late august episode of hit a parade so before we close. I'd just like to thank tom for joining me and tom. Where can we look out for you. <hes> on the internet or social media will i'm a senior editor at stereo right a ton of stuff there every day including the number ones <hes> i write a column for the av club. You can find me. There and i'm on twitter twitter at tom. Brian b. r. e. h. n. Fantastic will thanks to tom for joining me. Thanks also to my new producer. Oshawa saluda for putting this episode of hit parade the bridge together. I'm chris milan feet. Keep on marching on the one <music> days water. What if dear abby was investigative reporter. I'm charles to hit the author of the power of habits and host of a new slate podcast how how to and how to we answer your toughest questions like how do i fire about employees. Or how do i donate a kidney to my mom. Or how do i tell the perfect joke or how do i rob a bank to listen. Subscribe to how to on apple spotify or wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

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"The. Welcome to hip parade a podcast of pop chart history from slate magazine about the hits from coast to coast. I'm Chris Milan. Phen- chart analysts pop critic and writer of slates wise, the song number one series on today's show among the most pivotal years for popular music is nineteen Ninety-one famously called the year punk broke. The unofficial kickoff of alternative nation. The year REM became a chart topping band lollapalooza reinvented the festival concert for generations x and y and when Nevada assured in the grunge era. But for followers of the pop charts nineteen Ninety-one is pivotal for an entirely different reason and rock alternative or otherwise. Had little to do with it. Spinderella coated up one son. Nineteen ninety one was the year. Billboard magazine changed the way it calculated America's flagship pop charts of then new barcode scanning technology called SoundScan made the charts a lot more accurate, and it changed our understanding of how hit making works. Not just the speed with which hits rose and fell but the hits themselves. Nineteen ninety one. Back on the streets. Yo taking up. Tuck and we own this late back, and we. The what to go do ticket so warm that the award as we chronicled in our def Jam's episode of hit parade rap had been on the come up on the charts for all of the nineteen eighties. And by the dawn of the nineteen nineties. Hip. Hop was knocking at the door of the top ten even the top five, but hitting number one on Billboard's hot one hundred and album chart proved exceedingly difficult for rappers that is until more accurate. Data revealed just how popular rap really was. Alone in my stamina. Before SoundScan rap generally crossed over when it was danceable light even white. But after SoundScan in nineteen Ninety-one reveal the huge potential of more underground or independent rap. The music underwent its first chart topping success and its first pop crossover growing pains rappers began to question how mainstream friendly they had to be to get over on the charts. Hit the second. The years just before and just after SoundScan are among the most fascinating in wraps history. Not only because some of the best ever hip. Hop was coming out at this time. But because rappers were testing the boundaries of this exploding art form, die hard. Hip hop. Heads may have disdained pop crossover. But in a way studying what happened in wraps mainstream is in lightning studying its fringes by nineteen ninety two rap could be both catchy and woke. Or it could be catchy and comedic or maybe also woke. Resist. But all this crossover. I came to a head in the closing weeks of nineteen ninety one the first week billboard converted. It's hot one hundred to sound scam. And that very weak a catchy exceedingly pop friendly. Song became no kidding. The first rap hit by African Americans to top America's barometer of hit making success. Many millions of listeners will grooving to this cross generational cross racial hit. But some were not so impressed, and they tried to literally bum rush. Hip hop. Pop crossover moment just. Just. And that's where your hit parade marches today. The week ending November thirtieth nineteen ninety one. When set adrift on memory bliss by pm, dawn reached number one on Billboard's hot one hundred as the whole chart was rebooted with fully computerized data for the first time famously PM don's first and only chart topper is built on top of a prominent sample of a hit from the early eighties. The British new romantic sophisticate, hop smash true by Spandau ballet. The sample of true was not only credited and authorized it was given a defacto seal of approval by Spandau ballet lead singer, Tony Hadley who even made a cameo appearance in the video for set adrift on memory bliss. As I noted PM don's real chart milestone was becoming the first black rap act to hit number one on the hot one hundred the reason the mention of race is necessary is that rap had been finding its way into number one hits for more than a decade before said adrift on memory bliss. In fact, the first time any kind of wrapping appeared on a number one hit was also in the early eighties. And it was by an American rock group. This song not only mentions wrapping its title. It is innocence a shoutout from rock to rap. That's New York punk and new wave band. Blondie? With nineteen Eighty-one rapture coming barely one year after rapper's delight the sugar hill gang's breakthrough which we talked about in our def Jam's episode of hip parade. As the first rap song to hit the top forty rapture in March nineteen Eighty-one actually topped the hot one hundred becoming the first ever number one song to include wrapping, of course, rapture is not a full blown rap song. Blondie lead vocalist, Debbie Harry, sings her way through two verses and choruses and only starts rapping on the bridge. She launches into Harrap with a celebrated reference to graffiti artist hip, hop scene. Stor and CBGB's regular fab five FREDDY. Who years later would go on to become the first host of yo MTV, raps, Freddie, aka Fred Braithwaite taught. The members of Blondie about New York's burgeoning hip, hop subculture. But the rest of Debbie Harry's rap is mostly fantastical nonsense about a man from Mars who's eaten cars as impressive as Blondie firsthand. Knowledge of hip, hop was they are not rappers and raptured does not qualify as wraps first. Number one hit. It did start a decade long pattern, however for the rest of the eighties white rock and pop acts would borrow from rap on a string of hits including several hot one hundred number ones from German new wave singer Falco. To droll UK dance. Pop virtuosos, the pet shop sometimes. As to. Kitching restaurant. These two number one songs. Rock mama, dais and West End girls respectively. Both hit number one in nineteen eighty six. Whereas the legendary crossover rap song we discussed in our def Jam's episode run EMC's historic remake of Aerosmith's walk this way topped out at number four. Generally, the closer asong was to pure wrap the farther it would peak from the top for example in the spring of nineteen Eighty-eight salt and pepper sexually Frank hit. Push. It was certified gold in fact at a time when sales of vinyl forty five's were slumping push. It was the only gold record on the entire hot one hundred. And yet the song by salt and pepper only peaked at number nineteen thanks to radio push. It was underplayed and under reported by some uneasy radio programmers this despite its blockbuster sales by the end of the year push. It was on its way to platinum. Just months later Wild Thing by Los Angeles rapper Anthony Terrell Smith better known as tone loc- did even better. Let's do it. Tone Luke's Wild Thing sold two point five million copies. And was ultimately certified double platinum that made Wild Thing the biggest selling single in America since USA for Africa's. We are the world despite all this and it's catchy guitar sample from van halen's. Jamie's cryan Wild Thing. Stalled on the hot one hundred at number two in the Los Angeles Times representatives from tone Luke's label loudly complain that the song had outsold every other record on the chart by two to one or even four to one margin again as with salt and pepper radio and chart methodology held back Wild Thing. Nearly one sixth of all radio stations in America refused to even play look that shouldn't have mattered given its outside sales. But that was not captured. Billboards pre computerized methodology, and it all up, and it was mathematically impossible for Wild Thing to go higher than the runner up slot rap would need more than big hits. It would need systemic change in the way hits were tallied. But it would take a couple more years to get there. More on that epical shift after this short break. This episode of hit parade is brought to you by travel for a new podcast from American Airlines British Airways and visit Britain in this series. Three americans. Find out what inspires them to explore each one packs up and flies to Great Britain for a vacation experience, a new kind of travel that pushes them to embrace their adventurous spirit through twists and turns surprising detours, and the truly unexpected these travelers rely on local Brits and their own curiosity to act as their guide they experienced Britain. Like you've never seen it before. Listen and subscribe to I travel for on apple podcasts. Google play Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Before we get back to the show. I want to tell you about hip parade the bridge, if you subscribe to the hit parade feed, you already know that the bridge is our monthly mini episode where we answer your questions riff on the latest music news and play music trivia with one listener contestant. But these bridge episodes are only available in the hip raid feed, which means if you mainly listen to this show from the culture gabfest feed, your missing half of the episodes. We put out every month so subscribed to the hit parade feed to get even more pop chart key Kary now back to the show for about a year. The fun loving party rap approach of Wild Thing. Seemed to be hip hop ski to unlock in the top of the pop charts one of wild things writers a twenty two year. Year old named Marvin young re dubbed himself young MC. And he scored a hit of his own with the friendlier even more loquacious story song Busta move the tongue. Twisting tall tale bus about smarties and parties Poindexter and fatso 's and a best friend named Harry whose brother Larry is about to marry. And once you improbably to be the best man reached number seven in the fall of nineteen eighty nine. This is a. Over zealous play hearts. The. Will. That we cloud saw body. What she could sex on the wall was point. But no matter how catchy clean and melodic. These songs were the top of the charts were reserved for more traditional pop and Orrin be songs from the likes of Whitney Houston. Richard Marx, hall Abdul and Debbie Gibson. It wasn't until the fall of nineteen ninety that a rapper and actual rapper. Not a moonlighting rock or pop singer, wrapping few bars on a lark topped the hot one hundred. But it wasn't a song. The rap world was eager to trumpet. Yep. And they're like. Don't be peak. Let's take. Robert van winkle, a white south Dallas motocross racer turned rapper who adopted the nickname vanilla ice scored a blockbuster with his virulent brain fungus ice, ice, baby. Young Robbie offended wrap Uris almost immediately. After his pop breakthrough inventing a street hustler backstory that was soon debunked by the Dallas press and pinning his tracks to huge unmistakable pop samples even after a summer in which I says label mate MC hammer road Rick James sample to superstardom with you can't touch this vanilla ice went for the pop jugular. He nicked the baseline of Queen and David Bowie's nineteen Eighty-one rock classic under pressure. Which van winkle incredibly tried to pass off as an original creation. Ding, ding. There's goes. Little bitty change is not the same in spite of or perhaps because of all the controversy. He generated in the music press vanilla ice sold truckloads of records. Not only did ice ice baby during the week ending November third nineteen ninety become wraps. I number one on Billboard's hot one hundred the very next week ISIS album to the extreme shopped to the top of the album chart actually ejecting hammers album from the number one spot and staying there for sixteen weeks by the end of nineteen ninety two the extreme had sold seven million copies in essence, reinforcing that the hurdles for crossover for white rappers were simply lower than they were for black rappers what made both vanilla ice and MC hammer seem in congress to wrap diehards by nine thousand nine. Was that rap for several years had broadened. Its ambitions hugely several rap movements and sub genres had added scope and depth to the music well before the eighties were over rap was now far more than party music. This new face. Since nineteen eighty-seven, Long Island, New York. Rappers public enemy had helped launch wraps conscious era. It was P E frontman Chuck d who coined the now oft-quoted phrase wrap is black America's CNN p amped up the political fury possible on a rap record. Even beyond the social critique of earlier cuts like grandmaster flash. And mel's. The message so respected public enemy by nineteen eighty nine that Spike Lee, the provocative polemical filmmaker tapped P E to record the theme song to his seminal movie. Do the right thing that single and theme song fight the power is still played at protest rallies and routinely cited among the greatest rap tracks of all time. However for all the acclaimed PE's nation of millions album and fight the power single received. Neither charted very high in billboard the album peaked in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight at number forty two although it did go gold and eventually platinum as for fight the power. It didn't make the hot one hundred at all on billboards on beach art, it only got us high as number twenty even on black radio. P E were a bit fiery for drive time public enemy's version of political rap was if serious and indignant also animated by desire for social change. But P E approach was not the only new one complementing them and rising in parallel to their conscious. Rap was a more NIA Listrik vision. Hang. The day the Buchan cow what Dodd? I had criminal minded the debut LP by New York's boogie down productions led by rapper K R S one is often cited as a progenitor of gangsta rap alongside schooling dis nineteen thousand nine hundred five debut and some early singles by ice tea as a crew from the South Bronx boogie down productions or BDP were east coasters. That was rare for gangsta rap which by nineteen Eighty-eight had become more associated with the west coast, particularly south central Los Angeles. And especially the of n w. Gangsta gangsta appeared on straight outta Compton. NWEA's nineteen Eighty-eight debut studio album, Compton didn't even make the billboard album chart until nineteen eighty nine more than six months after its release and despite selling a million copies in its first year straight out a Compton peaked on the chart at number thirty seven some of that low chart profile was due to NWEA's limited radio exposure. But some of it had to do with the way the charts worked through the end of the nineteen eighties. The billboard charts still operated under a manual tabulation system. Billboard would contact record retailers and ask for ranked lists of bestselling albums and singles specific sales counts were not employed as has been widely reported in the decade since this system was retired. Billboards old methodology was ripe for manip-. Relation and indeed books like Frederick Danone's. Hit men are rife with stories of record labels buying off retailers and deejays to get them to report hits to billboard that weren't actually selling or being played all that much even beyond this corruption. However, the old system created a simple math problem brought on by limited data atop album may have sold fifty thousand copies or five hundred thousand but not even billboard had. That information ranked lists from retailers and radio stations did not give a sense of the magnitude of a hit. This was what had been deviled Wild Thing and held it back from number one. Say. But what the old chart system also revealed was bias some of it. John re-based some of it racial or cultural whether intentionally or unconsciously record retailers and radio deejays, simply reported fewer rap or country titles than they did rock or pop titles for rap in particular as the music grew in stature, the inadequacies of this old system were laid bare. Cut the point up on. In the spring of nineteen ninety public enemy's third album fear of a black planet was a monster out of the gate. How big according to a press release from PE's own record label in its first three weeks black planet sold one million copies. A staggering number for a rap album at the top. But you wouldn't know that by looking at the billboard album chart where p debuted at a modest number forty and took more than a month to scrape the top ten if billboard in nineteen ninety had been equipped with computerized charts. Black planet would have been a number one album handily. This wasn't even chart manipulation the old methodology simply made it difficult for rap to get a fair shake only the most commercial rap acts the hammers and vanilla ISIS seemed to be able to. Cross over militant or gangsta acts like PE and NWEA were wraps other model huge on the streets nowhere on the charts. But there was if you will a third way across over hip, hop sub-genre that turned out to be more influential than anyone expected. Contracts. You like the way I vocalise bring it to a compromise. My PA won't set up till noon. It's a daisy. Day law soul. Like public enemy were originally from Long Island, New York, both cruise proffered a cerebral form of hip hop. But daily traveled a very different path. This trio of rappers called pasta news, true guy and Mace and backed by DJ prince Paul were at the forefront of a new quirkier style conscious rap, but with more melodic samples loopier lyrics and madcap humor. They called it the daisy age daisy was an acronym for the inner sound y'all when the trio drop their first singles in nineteen Eighty-eight on the independent. Tommy boy, label the press latched onto daylight flower child ethos, tagging the crew as hip hop hippies. A term the trio rejected almost immediately they even dissed the hippie phrase openly on their early eighty nine breakthrough single me myself, and I. Just. Built off a sample of the nineteen Seventy-nine Funke Delic single, not just knee deep me myself. And I was commercially potent for a rap single in one thousand nine hundred eighty nine it topped Billboard's Aren beach are only the second rap song ever to do. So after L l cool J's I need love and on the hot one hundred it reached number thirty four a fairly impressive crossover for such a left field. Rap hit but day law were not alone with this new rap template. They came up as part of a loose collective of hip hop troops who call themselves, the native tongues mellower more playful Afro-centric and progressive but less NIA Listrik than their gangsta brethren at its core. The native tongues collective revolved around three New York cruise day loss oil the jungle Brumby. The system system if if the listen to this fact back to back. And a tribe called quest. Pass me the land imam pocket. We've got a. Got to go left. My wallet in Elsa gun zone. By nineteen eighty nine. The native tongues had even welcomed their first sisters Queen Latifah a solo MC from New Jersey and Mony love a British MC from London with very American flow. We want to give birth to profit because of late. Lyrical free south at the trout. Something. That we can't I bring up the native tongues who between them had no pop top ten hits at all. Because they proved remarkably influential on later acts that scored much bigger crossover hits using their same woke, but groovy template daylight souls celebrated album three feet high and rising was widely embraced by white listeners. It was a rap Trojan horse infiltrating, pop, rock and alternative. Playlists all truck stations. Played early day law alongside the likes of the beef fifty twos and the cure and their samples were rock friendly ranging from stealing Dan to haul notes. But for daily soul and all of the native tongue acts the movement became both blessing and curse. It left them. Open for mockery. By other rap crews and it diminished them in the media as peace Knicks by the start of the nineties day law and tribe were already edging away. From the native tongues ethos daylight, even tried to kill the daisy age theme on their second album, daylight soul is dead the cover sported, an overturned flowerpot and the album playfully picked fights with gangsta rappers this dedicated to all those core brother that we used to look up to it. I felt a. Bish Praca me rhythm and blues. No. But as poss- Mace and true gore were removing themselves from the pop rock crossover equation, other even popular crews were happy to take over the hippie lane. Daily left wide open. When Jersey City brothers Attrill and Jarrett courtes- tried to get their do. Oh, PM dawn signed to New York rap label in the eighties. They were told by executives at Tommy boy records that they sounded too much like the labels flagship act daylight soul, indeed pm dawn's first single ode to a forgetful mind, bore more than a passing resemblance to such daylight tracks as plugged tune. Eventually the single was issued by a British label g street and the brothers had taken on new names Attrill became prince be and his brother Jarrett DJ minute mix and pm dawn now working with a major label budget as I land records acquired gee street, matured beyond their daily soul influences and came up with their own ethereal sound. Thousand. Try to. The proper on tracks like reality used to be a friend of mine. PM dawn were daylight soul on happy pills and their timing. Couldn't have been better in may nineteen ninety one just weeks before their Alba dropped billboard began. Converting its flagship charts to the new SoundScan system at first the effects were not exactly earth shattering. That and I apologize. My friends is Michael Bolton with love is a wonderful thing the lead single from the first number one album of the SoundScan era time, love and tenderness. What can I tell you? It was nineteen Ninety-one. No SoundScan couldn't improve the sound of pop all by itself. But it is difficult to overstate how pivotal SoundScan was to music history. Both billboard staffers and chart. Analysts like your podcast host treat this moment. As the BC AD dividing line in the history of charts. Soundscan took advantage of the barcode scanners that had migrated from supermarkets to music stores and tallied actual music sales accurately piece by piece at the retail counter for the first time, by modern standards. Soundscan wasn't an advanced technology. Actually, it wasn't. Even all that advanced for the nineties, you may recall that in nineteen ninety two as he was campaigning for re-election president, George H W Bush was pilloried in the media for walking into a supermarket and marveling at a grocery scanner. But for the eternally murky and fairly corrupt music business. Soundscan was wondrous when you brought an LP CD or cassette to the counter, and they scan the barcode you were in effect voting for a hit record at that very moment. This changed everything. Hit parade is brought to you by American Express in the music world, almost nobody does it alone. It takes backing and by backing we mean way more than just background singers. It involves producers writers collaborators you need a support system to succeed. And every hit has it. Maybe that's why. Those acceptance speeches are so long American Express has been backing people for more than a hundred sixty years supporting them, so they can get the most out of life the powerful backing of American Express don't live life without it. Virtually overnight the charts got a whole lot more accurate and the impact was huge affecting not just new artists. But holy genres. New Jack hustler was the lead off track on the soundtrack to the nineteen ninety one. Mario van Peebles film. New Jack city a mix of ARIN be and rap new Jack city had been knocking around the middle of the billboard album chart since March. It's record label reported sales of one and a quarter million copies in its first month yet the album hadn't broken into the top ten in all that time on may twenty fifth nineteen Ninety-one the week billboard rebooted the chart with SoundScan data new Jack city vaulted to number two right behind Michael Bolton its highest position in ten weeks on the chart had SoundScan been in effect on the chart two months. Earlier new Jack city might well have been a number one album, but it didn't take long for hip. Hop to go the last mile on the album chart got. Got a. The first one. The second full length album by NWEA sported, the cryptic title, e Phil for zagging spelled backwards. That was n words for life. And that was hardly the most offensive phrase on the jewel case song titles included to kill a Hooker and one less bitch. That's what made the chart performance of e Phil for zagging so stunning in mid June nineteen Ninety-one just four weeks into the new billboard album chart methodology NWEA's new album debuted on the album chart all the way up at number two. The highest new entry on the chart since Michael Jackson's bad entered at number one four years earlier in its second week on the chart the weekending June twenty second nineteen Ninety-one NWEA had the number one album in the country and on. Thinkable turn of events just one month earlier for six more months. However, the hot one hundred billboards authoritative singles chart was still operating under the old school methodology and mostly pop songs. Not rap songs were still in command that included Marky Mark Walberg 's rap and club music, hybrid good vibrations, which we talked about in our featured artists episode of hit parade. Good vibrations became the second ever rap song after vanilla ice to top the hot one hundred reaching number one in the early fall of ninety one. The fact that only very poppy rap songs by white people were charting well did not go unnoticed by rap purists. Among those purists were a pair of other white rappers the duo of MC search and Pete nice, aka third base. Let's all sing goes the weasel. In the late summer of nineteen Ninety-one. Search and nice took dead aim at vanilla ice in the third base. Single pop goes the weasel in their lyrics third-base eviscerated, the erstwhile Robbie van winkle as a quote, phony entertainer and a chef who can't cook. And just in case the object of their scorn was too subtle in the video search and nice administer of beat down to a vanilla ice lookalike. As part of the songs spirit of satire third base. Built pop goes the weasel out of the big copyright flouting sample of Peter Gabriel's, hit sledgehammer about a stupid obvious sample as vanilla ISIS pillaging of Queen and David Bowie. The irony all this catchiness made pop goes the weasel third basis biggest hit ever and. Their only single to make the top forty. No. In order for more rappers besides vanilla ice and Marky Mark to top the charts the hot one hundred like the Alba chart would need a SoundScan reboot. But the hot one hundred is a more complicated chart a hybrid throughout its sixty year history. The hot one hundred has always incorporated at least two pools of data sales of singles and radio airplay to modernize the hot one hundred's more complex formula. Billboard would not only need sales data from SoundScan about retail singles, it would also need accurate tallying of airplay. Billboard was on it since nineteen ninety the magazine had been testing, a parallel technology by Broadcast Data Systems or be D S, which tracked song plays on the nation's biggest radio stations. Not the songs. Those stations reported. They were. Playing or had been bribed by record labels to tell billboard. They were playing the songs they actually played finally half a year after the album chart reboot. Billboards new singles chart was ready on November thirtieth nineteen ninety one billboard relaunched the hot one hundred and p m dawn was sitting at number one says. Trouble. The new hot one hundred gave billboard readers whiplash singles scattered all over the chart many rock singles that had been propped up by over inflated airplay reports dropped twenty twenty five or even thirty spots. One little remembered single lies by trippy UK rave rock band. EMF plummeted almost fifty spaces as for those who did better under the new formula in general wrap got a sizable boost Houston, Texas, rap crew. The ghetto boys had seen their dark story song mind playing tricks on me close to falling out of the top forty after the hot one hundred reboot the song. Reversed course, and hit a new chart peak headline three campus, Dixon, the business bodies. Always chris. But I go in without a frightening and in the top ten east, orange, New Jersey trio naughty by nature saw their to infidelity Opie p make a comeback reaching a new high watermark of number six. The thing was most of these crossover rap hits by black artists relied just as heavily on prominent melodic samples as the hits by their white rapper counterparts Opie p was built out of the Jackson Five classic ABC flashing ahead about six months producer, Jermaine do pre pulled virtually the same trick on the db single by tween rap duo and backwards pants aficionados criss cross who topped the new hot one hundred four eight weeks with jump a blockbuster hit that leaned heavily on another Jackson Five classic. I want you back. Before pm dawn and criss cross. It had been easy for rap Uris to disc crossover. Hip hop as the work of white pop. Interlopers. Because we get away the hot one hundred reboot level the playing field and proved that all rappers could play this spot the sample game. But not everybody was happy that rappers even fellow African Americans were finally topping the charts most, especially the conscious and gangsta rappers who had underperformed on the charts in the late eighties. Bridges. BDP must see me. Remember boogie down productions BDP frontman, Chris Parker, aka K, R S one had styled himself as wraps teacher. A stalwart protector of the culture of hip hop mind. You Chris was not above a little crossover activity himself in nineteen ninety one. The very first track on REM's smash album out of time was the rap rock hybrid radio song on which KRAS one prominently wrapped. Also to be fair to KRAS one. He probably would have stayed out of the fray in ninety one had prints be leader of pm. Dawn not called him out in a late ninety one interview in details magazine, fresh off of PM dawn's chart topping single prince be aka a trill Cordis told the magazine he was underwhelmed by the glowering approach of conscious. Rappers like public enemy's Chuck d as for the leader of BDP prince be said, quote, KRAS one wants to be a teacher, but a teacher of what unquote. The following month in January nineteen Ninety-two. The Cordis brothers were onstage at a multi act concert at New York's sound factory PM Don were riding high. Their follow up. Hit paper doll was already on the hot one hundred rising toward the top forty. Change the room somewhere. To change. Uh-huh. That same winter when the village voice issued its annual pass and jop poll of hundreds of music critics nationwide pm dawn's debut album of the heart of the soul and of the cross would rank fifth in the poll. A stunning result for a brand new rap act, but KRAS one wasn't having it. In a move. The media would later call the shove felt round the world care one and the rest of boogie down productions marched onstage during PM. Don, set hijacked, the turntables, and literally pushed prince be and DJ minute. Mix off the stage. Taking the Mike K R S one broke into a spontaneous performance of I'm still number one track from BDP's nineteen Eighty-eight album by all means necessary. Caused me to take long trips. With the fall. Two two. Because anybody. When asked later by USA today, what prompted the bum's rush of pm dawn. Chris Parker reminded the reporter of prince rhetorical question. A teacher of what said K R S one. I answered his question. I'm a teacher of respect. Fortunately in this incident. No one was seriously injured other than reputation or two and given what would happen later in the nineties between the east coast and west coast factions of hip, hop, the KRAS one versus prince be contretemps seems quaint today on the other hand. This was no longer third base taking easy potshots at vanilla ice on wax. This was a warning shot in an intern a'sun, hip, hop culture war a battle between wraps true. Believers versus crossover achievers, we still hear echoes of this hip. Hop battle on the charts to this day as for pm dawn, they survived the K R S one dust up although paper doll, peaked below the top twenty within months PM. Don were back in the top five this time with a gentle ballot from the sound. Back to the Eddie Murphy, romantic comedy, boomerang. I die without you, which contained no rap content. At all was a number three hit in the fall of ninety two. Jamie. Much. Six months later. PM Don were in the top ten one last time with another clever rap interpretation of an eighties pop smash. They turned George Michael's torch. Ballot. Father figure into the number six hit looking through patient is become news. Become blind of become known brief became illiterate. Motions? Correct. Yet, the fun notes. But this thing. It was the last big hit for the versatile. Cordis brothers a trail aka prince be would pass away in two thousand sixteen at just forty six years of age from complications of diabetes in his obituary. The New York Times called pm dawn early progenitor of the blending of hip hop and Orrin b and called prince be quote under appreciated and quietly. Influential support for this podcast and the following message. Come from slack the collaboration hub for work. No matter. What work? You do. Teamwork on slack happens in channels where your information and conversations are organized around projects offices and teams, and because everything you need to work on is in one place. It's faster and easier to get things done designed to support the way people like. You naturally work together slack makes collaborating with your colleagues online as easy and officiant as face to face. The more slack is used across a company the more value it provides as tools and information shared by one department become accessible across departments. Helping teams worked together across locations time zones or job titles with slack. The right people in your team are kept in the loop. And the information they need is always at their fingertips. Learn more at slack dot com. Back in ninety two. However, hip hop crossover wars were coming to ahead rapper ice t who was gangsta before. Gangsta rap had a name decided to moonlight in a thrash rock band called body count their self titled debut. Wow. Nd up spawning protests from police unions for the track cop killer. Body count wasn't even a rap group. But the media alighted that John redeem tail and pegged the project as another chapter in America's culture war with gangsta rap under fire ice tea announced that he would drop the track from the album and reissued the CD. What was interesting for chart fans in the new SoundScan era was that this caused the body count album to rise to a new chart peak, which of course, was better tracked by billboards more accurate album chart, but if you want to window into the breadth of hip hop in nineteen Ninety-two wraps first full year after SoundScan you should focus on two big hits during nineteen Ninety-two virtually all of the acclaim went to this song. And this group. Without the. Awesome. But I am still thirsty. Arrested development hailed from Atlanta, Georgia at a time before outcast, ludicrous and migos. Among others made Atlanta the official capital of southern rap arrested development were a large amorphous collective on stage. Sometimes AD featured as many as seven or eight members, including an elderly spiritual advisor named baba Oce. But the primary leaders were Todd Thomas, aka speech, their lead rapper and songwriter, and Tim Barnwell aka headliner their DJ after briefly dabbling in gangsta rap in the late eighties speech and headliner decided to take a left turn toward a folk year. More rustic and more positive rap style if their predecessors in the native tongues had Olsen. Rejected the hippie ethos speech and headliner seized it. They were going to be more winsome than day law. Soul more Christian than pm dawn, more openly woke than anybody. Arrested development's nineteen ninety two debut single Tennessee kicked off with a warped sample of prince taken from his nineteen Eighty-eight hit alphabet St. prince would later charge arrested development a hefty fee for use of the tischler sample. Tennessee. Tennessee. Tennessee. Tennessee. But then Tennessee veered into a more sonically expensive evoke ation of the deep south. Graham brothers. It was a soul Baring reminiscence about the black experience post. Slavery inspired by the passing of speeches grandmother and brother, and it closed with a spirit lifting performance by vocalist. Dionne farris. Tennessee won near universal acclaim it topped. Critics polls across both rock and rap media as the year's best single, and it was a huge hit reaching number one on Billboard's Aren be chart in July nineteen Ninety-two and reaching number six on the hot one hundred that same month to be sure Tennessee was catchy enough that it might have done well on the old hot one hundred. But now that the chart more accurately reflected wraps place in the pop universe. Arrested development hit was a cross cultural smash the very same week that Tennessee materialized on the hot one hundred another catchy rap song also debuted. But this song's lyrical concerns were more. Let's say narrowly focused sorry. Did I say narrow there was nothing narrow about this song? Around and stick it out, boys. Got the shout, baby. Baby. Got back was sir mix lots I ever. And as it turns out last top forty pop hit. But what a hit, even if you regard it as a novelty record few singles can be said to have had as great a cultural impact as baby got back. Mix a lot. Anthony Ray wrote the song as an unabashed admirer of the physiques of hour glass shaped women, especially black women like raise then real life girlfriend Amelia Dorsey who by the way, recorded the songs. Hilarious spoken. Word intro in her best imitation. White girl voice. Oh my God. Becky look at her. But if so big she looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends that you know, who understands those rap guys only talk to her because she looks like a total prostitute. And. Round out there. I like big. Mic Salat wrote baby got back to celebrate his muse Amelia and all women of that body type. It was his version of body, positively a lascivious and objectified form of feminism to be sure but also candid and relatively progressive about body types years before Jennifer Lopez reoriented beauty standards in favor of callup pigeon bodies as sir. Mix a lot himself recounted on National Public Radio. Basically pop culture was at that time wafer-thin big hair. And that was what they thought beautiful was anything other than that was not considered beautiful. It made women who had naturally curvy bodies, the the Serena Williams the beyond say's of the world at that time would always run around with sweaters, wrapped around their waists. Baby. Got back was a track from MAC. Daddy, sir. Mix. Lots. I. Album on def American records a label run by Rick Rubin. You will recall Ruben as a prime mover from our def Jam's episode of hip parade. He founded the original def jam label. And while there, he produced run DMC LL, cool j and the beastie boys def American the successor to Rubens. Former def jam was where Reuben signed mix a lot and just as Ruben was an innovator in the eighties convincing run DMC to reimagined Aerosmith's. Walk this way as a rap song. He was instrumental to the final sound of baby. Got back by mix Salat's own admission. His original recording was indebted to though not a sample of the minimal synth sound of German electronic pioneers craft Vic. But it was Ruben who convinced mix a lot to drop the music entirely on some of the songs. Best lines, including the now, immortal. Mac daddy may have been mixed Lott's debut on Rubin's label, but it was far from his first album. Anthony, Ray was a self starter. And well before baby got back. He'd built a fairly unique hip hop career for himself. Hills with the way to go in the mid nineteen eighties. Mix a Salat founded his own Seattle label nasty mix and recorded a string of albums and singles that were favorites among car. Bumping rap aficionados the song posse on Broadway was such a word of mouth hit. It kept his debut album swamps on the charts for more than a year where it eventually went platinum his follow up album seminar went gold and spun off two hits the ode to nineties tech beepers and the road to drop top cars, my hoop. Dee. Thrill. One hubcap cost three got stolen. This put, sir. Mix a lot in a unique position. When he arrived at Rick Rubin's doorstep. He already had a sizable following one. That cut across hip hop. Sub genres from old schoolers two year heads to 'gangstas mix. Salat had indie rap cred before SoundScan, it would be hard to imagine an artist like him topping the charts but mix a lot picked the right moment to go pop. Baby. Got back was a blockbuster. Face. You get. Landing on the hot one hundred the same week that arrested development debuted with Tennessee, baby. Got back went all the way reaching number one by the fourth of July nineteen ninety two it stayed on top for five weeks. And went double platinum the second best selling single of the year topped only at the end of ninety two by Whitney Houston smash. I will always love you at the end of the year. Billboard announced that baby got back was the years. Number two song behind only boys to men's late breaking hit and of the road. Meanwhile, as sir mix a lot was scoring his chart BUSTER arrested development were in a way taking an even bigger victory lap their debut album, three years, five months and two days in the life of was shaping up as a cross cultural smash and unlike mix lot there. Generated follow up hits just three months after Tennessee peaked in the top ten AD were back with the number eight hit people every day and interpretation of sly and the family stone's nineteen sixty nine classic everyday people. Four months after that, Mr. Wendell a tale of the lessons learned from a wise old homeless person reached number six this made arrested development the first rap act to pull three top ten pop hits from a single album since MC hammer in nineteen ninety. Dallas. But it means a big deal to you. Served. Oh, beautiful. For the first time in Oklahoma. Money. No. It is hard to overstate how esteemed arrested development were at this time. Remember, Spike Lee who tapped public enemy to record the theme from his acclaimed film, do the right thing for his nineteen Ninety-two epic Malcolm X Lee asked arrested development to record the theme AD were taking their place as conscious wraps leading light. By the start of nineteen Ninety-three, arrested development were collecting a slew of shiny objects. That included a triple platinum plaque for their debut album, three years, five months and two days in the life of again the best selling rap album of any kind since hammer by the mid nineties. It would go quadruple platinum the album also top of the nineteen Ninety-two pass and drop critics poll only the second rap album to do. So after PE's it takes a nation of millions to hold us back in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight and as for the nineteen ninety three Grammy awards. Arrested development took home gramophones not only for best rap performance by group. But also best new artist. The first rap act to win that prize live on the show performing their hit people every day AD were respectability politics. Personified rapping about avoiding confrontation with 'gangstas and brothers who were quote going the N word route. No rap act had ever won such universal plaudits from the critics of the charts and the Grammies like this, but maybe arrested development, like the star land vocal band or Milli Vanilli before them should have regarded that best new artist trophy as a curse their culture. Commanding moment. Would soon be over as the public finally embraced gangsta rap as pure. Pop. Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dr dre album the chronic was a watershed in gangsta rap. It was just as edgy as drills former troop NWEA, but it's tails of south central L A were sweetened with melodic keyboards and samples of smokey seventies. Aren be plus most seductive of all was the inimitable flow of a rapper still in his teens Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop, Doggy Dogg. So back in. Captain low base together. Trouble Jeep thank to low devil day. So we Gray's death row label. On his back to the Lexa head hanging sonically. Dr Drey breakthrough hit nothing, but a g thing a number two pop number one Aren be hit in the spring of nineteen Ninety-three had little to do with the sound of either arrested development or sir. Mix a lot. But it is telling that when gangsta rap finally topped the singles charts it not only came after these popular rap acts had opened up top forty playlists. It also followed a model closer to mix. Allots a self starting street mogul who translated a trunk bumping sound for the masses. After Dr dre hardcore rap no longer needed to compromise its sound or even its subject matter to cross over whether it was from drains, former NWEA colleague ice cube. Today. Warren g. It was black. A clear white was on this. Or snoop Dogg himself with Roma in is vehicle. Gene. But. Cheap. Like every single day. Indeed for the rest of the nineteen ninety s the hot one hundred would be topped repeatedly by gangsta rap tracks weather from bone thugs. And harmony. To pock and Dray. Or the Notorious B I g. We don't. Chart. Topping gangsta rap also meant that neither mix allot nor arrested development. We're going to have an easy time following up their hits, sir. Mix a lot decided to go with what worked the first time following his ode to posterior 's with a sequel about bosoms his nineteen ninety four flop put him on the glass, let it all out. It did not chart anywhere that same year. Nineteen Ninety-four arrested development issued their long awaited follow up album, which they gave the afro Centric, title, Zingo, Lama Duni. Whether it was the album's earnestness or just the time that had passed since their debut eighties ninety four album was a huge soft more slump generating no top forty hits peaking on the album chart at number fifty five and never receiving a gold certification. Let alone platinum, of course, after their amazing run in nineteen ninety two and ninety three arrested development had a lot to be proud of. They would continue touring and recording for the next two decades while never coming close to their historic debut and other than Lauryn Hill in nineteen ninety eight and outcast in two thousand three no rap act would ever match arrested development. Sweep of the critics the Grammy's and the charts in ninety two and what about sir mix a lot? Perhaps the smartest thing. He ever did was writing his biggest hit by himself because it contains no samples baby. Got backs publishing belongs entirely to Anthony Ray. And that has proved quite lucrative because that song may well, outlive him, Anna. Anna. Conduct. My anaconda. Don't listen. Baby. Got back remains ubiquitous more than a quarter century later. It has been sampled covered referenced on TV and in movies, most prominently, Nikki Manashe, essentially, covered it in two thousand fourteen turning its funniest line into her number two hit Anaconda. At heart. But. About a decade earlier comedic indie folk geek rocker Jonathan Colton would transform cer- mix allots hit into a light acoustic cover that was the most successful viral hit of his thing a week music series. Bro. How successful in twenty thirteen. Colton version of baby got back was covered. Practically note for note by FOX TV's hit show glee, and because Colton version was considered a new arrangement, but not a new composition. Only, sir. Mix a lot earned formal credit from glee. Got it. The song still crops up in the most unexpected places weather sung to a baby by the characters Ross and Rachel on TV's friends. Yeah. Girlfriend got the bus. Shake it back. Or sung by a trio of animated bunnies in the movie. Sing. If modern rap doesn't sound much like arrested development, it also doesn't sound much like, sir. Mix a lot. But his hits legacy is thanks in. No small part to the billboard charts. Becoming more accurate and more comprehensive back in nineteen ninety one the hot one hundred now not only incorporate sales data from SoundScan successor Nielsen music, it also factors in streaming from Spotify and apple music and video play from YouTube anytime rap hit scales. The hot one hundred thanks to a viral phenomenon such as when 2016 mannequin challenge fad sent Raisch remers black beetles to number one. It's hard not to think of the baby got back phenomenon. Release the cash. As force or mix a lot himself. He is good natured about the fact that his career has been dominated by one song entirely dedicated to his love of women's dares. You would be to he claims it has grossed tens of millions of dollars possibly more than one hundred million over its lifetime and wherever he performs sir mix. A lot is welcomed by armies of women who love the songs celebration of curves, and they can wrap every word one night in twenty fourteen sir mix a lot took to the stage in his hometown, accompanied by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in addition to a conductor strings and woodwinds onstage with Anthony Ray as he wrapped his hit for the ages were more than one hundred spirited new friends. I like big. Base. You. I hope you enjoyed this episode of hit parade. My producer this month. Was Dan bloom, and we had help this episode from Daniel Hewitt and Chris Baru bay the managing producer of slate. Podcasts is June Thomas. Our senior producer is TJ Rafael and Gabriel Roth is the editorial director of sleep podcasts. Check out their roster of shows at sleep dot com slash podcasts. A word of thanks and farewell to our former executive producer Steve lick tot who has left slate podcasts for an exciting new role at NBC news and MSNBC two years ago. Steve was instrumental in the launch of hit parade. He even produced and edited our first show himself. Steve, we will miss you. And we will forever be in your debt. We're playing. An extra hour of both REM and Miley Cyrus at sleet headquarters in your honor. You can subscribe to hit parade wherever you get your podcasts. In addition to finding it in the sleet culture gab fest feed. If you're subscribing on apple podcasts, please rate and review us while you're there, it helps other listeners find the show, thanks for listening. And I look forward to leading the hit parade back your way until then keep on marching on the one. I'm Chris landfill. Got back. 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Hit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky Edition

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Hit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky Edition

"The. Welcome to hip parade a podcast of pop chart history from slate magazine about the hits from coast to coast. I'm Chris Milan. Phen- chart analysts pop critic and writer of slates wise, the song number one series on today's show among the most pivotal years for popular music is nineteen Ninety-one famously called the year punk broke. The unofficial kickoff of alternative nation. The year REM became a chart topping band lollapalooza reinvented the festival concert for generations x and y and when Nevada assured in the grunge era. But for followers of the pop charts nineteen Ninety-one is pivotal for an entirely different reason and rock alternative or otherwise. Had little to do with it. Spinderella coated up one son. Nineteen ninety one was the year. Billboard magazine changed the way it calculated America's flagship pop charts of then new barcode scanning technology called SoundScan made the charts a lot more accurate, and it changed our understanding of how hit making works. Not just the speed with which hits rose and fell but the hits themselves. Nineteen ninety one. Back on the streets. Yo taking up. Tuck and we own this late back, and we. The what to go do ticket so warm that the award as we chronicled in our def Jam's episode of hit parade rap had been on the come up on the charts for all of the nineteen eighties. And by the dawn of the nineteen nineties. Hip. Hop was knocking at the door of the top ten even the top five, but hitting number one on Billboard's hot one hundred and album chart proved exceedingly difficult for rappers that is until more accurate. Data revealed just how popular rap really was. Alone in my stamina. Before SoundScan rap generally crossed over when it was danceable light even white. But after SoundScan in nineteen Ninety-one reveal the huge potential of more underground or independent rap. The music underwent its first chart topping success and its first pop crossover growing pains rappers began to question how mainstream friendly they had to be to get over on the charts. Hit the second. The years just before and just after SoundScan are among the most fascinating in wraps history. Not only because some of the best ever hip. Hop was coming out at this time. But because rappers were testing the boundaries of this exploding art form, die hard. Hip hop. Heads may have disdained pop crossover. But in a way studying what happened in wraps mainstream is in lightning studying its fringes by nineteen ninety two rap could be both catchy and woke. Or it could be catchy and comedic or maybe also woke. Resist. But all this crossover. I came to a head in the closing weeks of nineteen ninety one the first week billboard converted. It's hot one hundred to sound scam. And that very weak a catchy exceedingly pop friendly. Song became no kidding. The first rap hit by African Americans to top America's barometer of hit making success. Many millions of listeners will grooving to this cross generational cross racial hit. But some were not so impressed, and they tried to literally bum rush. Hip hop. Pop crossover moment just. Just. And that's where your hit parade marches today. The week ending November thirtieth nineteen ninety one. When set adrift on memory bliss by pm, dawn reached number one on Billboard's hot one hundred as the whole chart was rebooted with fully computerized data for the first time famously PM don's first and only chart topper is built on top of a prominent sample of a hit from the early eighties. The British new romantic sophisticate, hop smash true by Spandau ballet. The sample of true was not only credited and authorized it was given a defacto seal of approval by Spandau ballet lead singer, Tony Hadley who even made a cameo appearance in the video for set adrift on memory bliss. As I noted PM don's real chart milestone was becoming the first black rap act to hit number one on the hot one hundred the reason the mention of race is necessary is that rap had been finding its way into number one hits for more than a decade before said adrift on memory bliss. In fact, the first time any kind of wrapping appeared on a number one hit was also in the early eighties. And it was by an American rock group. This song not only mentions wrapping its title. It is innocence a shoutout from rock to rap. That's New York punk and new wave band. Blondie? With nineteen Eighty-one rapture coming barely one year after rapper's delight the sugar hill gang's breakthrough which we talked about in our def Jam's episode of hip parade. As the first rap song to hit the top forty rapture in March nineteen Eighty-one actually topped the hot one hundred becoming the first ever number one song to include wrapping, of course, rapture is not a full blown rap song. Blondie lead vocalist, Debbie Harry, sings her way through two verses and choruses and only starts rapping on the bridge. She launches into Harrap with a celebrated reference to graffiti artist hip, hop scene. Stor and CBGB's regular fab five FREDDY. Who years later would go on to become the first host of yo MTV, raps, Freddie, aka Fred Braithwaite taught. The members of Blondie about New York's burgeoning hip, hop subculture. But the rest of Debbie Harry's rap is mostly fantastical nonsense about a man from Mars who's eaten cars as impressive as Blondie firsthand. Knowledge of hip, hop was they are not rappers and raptured does not qualify as wraps first. Number one hit. It did start a decade long pattern, however for the rest of the eighties white rock and pop acts would borrow from rap on a string of hits including several hot one hundred number ones from German new wave singer Falco. To droll UK dance. Pop virtuosos, the pet shop sometimes. As to. Kitching restaurant. These two number one songs. Rock mama, dais and West End girls respectively. Both hit number one in nineteen eighty six. Whereas the legendary crossover rap song we discussed in our def Jam's episode run EMC's historic remake of Aerosmith's walk this way topped out at number four. Generally, the closer asong was to pure wrap the farther it would peak from the top for example in the spring of nineteen Eighty-eight salt and pepper sexually Frank hit. Push. It was certified gold in fact at a time when sales of vinyl forty five's were slumping push. It was the only gold record on the entire hot one hundred. And yet the song by salt and pepper only peaked at number nineteen thanks to radio push. It was underplayed and under reported by some uneasy radio programmers this despite its blockbuster sales by the end of the year push. It was on its way to platinum. Just months later Wild Thing by Los Angeles rapper Anthony Terrell Smith better known as tone loc- did even better. Let's do it. Tone Luke's Wild Thing sold two point five million copies. And was ultimately certified double platinum that made Wild Thing the biggest selling single in America since USA for Africa's. We are the world despite all this and it's catchy guitar sample from van halen's. Jamie's cryan Wild Thing. Stalled on the hot one hundred at number two in the Los Angeles Times representatives from tone Luke's label loudly complain that the song had outsold every other record on the chart by two to one or even four to one margin again as with salt and pepper radio and chart methodology held back Wild Thing. Nearly one sixth of all radio stations in America refused to even play look that shouldn't have mattered given its outside sales. But that was not captured. Billboards pre computerized methodology, and it all up, and it was mathematically impossible for Wild Thing to go higher than the runner up slot rap would need more than big hits. It would need systemic change in the way hits were tallied. 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I want to tell you about hip parade the bridge, if you subscribe to the hit parade feed, you already know that the bridge is our monthly mini episode where we answer your questions riff on the latest music news and play music trivia with one listener contestant. But these bridge episodes are only available in the hip raid feed, which means if you mainly listen to this show from the culture gabfest feed, your missing half of the episodes. We put out every month so subscribed to the hit parade feed to get even more pop chart key Kary now back to the show for about a year. The fun loving party rap approach of Wild Thing. Seemed to be hip hop ski to unlock in the top of the pop charts one of wild things writers a twenty two year. Year old named Marvin young re dubbed himself young MC. And he scored a hit of his own with the friendlier even more loquacious story song Busta move the tongue. Twisting tall tale bus about smarties and parties Poindexter and fatso 's and a best friend named Harry whose brother Larry is about to marry. And once you improbably to be the best man reached number seven in the fall of nineteen eighty nine. This is a. Over zealous play hearts. The. Will. That we cloud saw body. What she could sex on the wall was point. But no matter how catchy clean and melodic. These songs were the top of the charts were reserved for more traditional pop and Orrin be songs from the likes of Whitney Houston. Richard Marx, hall Abdul and Debbie Gibson. It wasn't until the fall of nineteen ninety that a rapper and actual rapper. Not a moonlighting rock or pop singer, wrapping few bars on a lark topped the hot one hundred. But it wasn't a song. The rap world was eager to trumpet. Yep. And they're like. Don't be peak. Let's take. Robert van winkle, a white south Dallas motocross racer turned rapper who adopted the nickname vanilla ice scored a blockbuster with his virulent brain fungus ice, ice, baby. Young Robbie offended wrap Uris almost immediately. After his pop breakthrough inventing a street hustler backstory that was soon debunked by the Dallas press and pinning his tracks to huge unmistakable pop samples even after a summer in which I says label mate MC hammer road Rick James sample to superstardom with you can't touch this vanilla ice went for the pop jugular. He nicked the baseline of Queen and David Bowie's nineteen Eighty-one rock classic under pressure. Which van winkle incredibly tried to pass off as an original creation. Ding, ding. There's goes. Little bitty change is not the same in spite of or perhaps because of all the controversy. He generated in the music press vanilla ice sold truckloads of records. Not only did ice ice baby during the week ending November third nineteen ninety become wraps. I number one on Billboard's hot one hundred the very next week ISIS album to the extreme shopped to the top of the album chart actually ejecting hammers album from the number one spot and staying there for sixteen weeks by the end of nineteen ninety two the extreme had sold seven million copies in essence, reinforcing that the hurdles for crossover for white rappers were simply lower than they were for black rappers what made both vanilla ice and MC hammer seem in congress to wrap diehards by nine thousand nine. Was that rap for several years had broadened. Its ambitions hugely several rap movements and sub genres had added scope and depth to the music well before the eighties were over rap was now far more than party music. This new face. Since nineteen eighty-seven, Long Island, New York. Rappers public enemy had helped launch wraps conscious era. It was P E frontman Chuck d who coined the now oft-quoted phrase wrap is black America's CNN p amped up the political fury possible on a rap record. Even beyond the social critique of earlier cuts like grandmaster flash. And mel's. The message so respected public enemy by nineteen eighty nine that Spike Lee, the provocative polemical filmmaker tapped P E to record the theme song to his seminal movie. Do the right thing that single and theme song fight the power is still played at protest rallies and routinely cited among the greatest rap tracks of all time. However for all the acclaimed PE's nation of millions album and fight the power single received. Neither charted very high in billboard the album peaked in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight at number forty two although it did go gold and eventually platinum as for fight the power. It didn't make the hot one hundred at all on billboards on beach art, it only got us high as number twenty even on black radio. P E were a bit fiery for drive time public enemy's version of political rap was if serious and indignant also animated by desire for social change. But P E approach was not the only new one complementing them and rising in parallel to their conscious. Rap was a more NIA Listrik vision. Hang. The day the Buchan cow what Dodd? I had criminal minded the debut LP by New York's boogie down productions led by rapper K R S one is often cited as a progenitor of gangsta rap alongside schooling dis nineteen thousand nine hundred five debut and some early singles by ice tea as a crew from the South Bronx boogie down productions or BDP were east coasters. That was rare for gangsta rap which by nineteen Eighty-eight had become more associated with the west coast, particularly south central Los Angeles. And especially the of n w. Gangsta gangsta appeared on straight outta Compton. NWEA's nineteen Eighty-eight debut studio album, Compton didn't even make the billboard album chart until nineteen eighty nine more than six months after its release and despite selling a million copies in its first year straight out a Compton peaked on the chart at number thirty seven some of that low chart profile was due to NWEA's limited radio exposure. But some of it had to do with the way the charts worked through the end of the nineteen eighties. The billboard charts still operated under a manual tabulation system. Billboard would contact record retailers and ask for ranked lists of bestselling albums and singles specific sales counts were not employed as has been widely reported in the decade since this system was retired. Billboards old methodology was ripe for manip-. Relation and indeed books like Frederick Danone's. Hit men are rife with stories of record labels buying off retailers and deejays to get them to report hits to billboard that weren't actually selling or being played all that much even beyond this corruption. However, the old system created a simple math problem brought on by limited data atop album may have sold fifty thousand copies or five hundred thousand but not even billboard had. That information ranked lists from retailers and radio stations did not give a sense of the magnitude of a hit. This was what had been deviled Wild Thing and held it back from number one. Say. But what the old chart system also revealed was bias some of it. John re-based some of it racial or cultural whether intentionally or unconsciously record retailers and radio deejays, simply reported fewer rap or country titles than they did rock or pop titles for rap in particular as the music grew in stature, the inadequacies of this old system were laid bare. Cut the point up on. In the spring of nineteen ninety public enemy's third album fear of a black planet was a monster out of the gate. How big according to a press release from PE's own record label in its first three weeks black planet sold one million copies. A staggering number for a rap album at the top. But you wouldn't know that by looking at the billboard album chart where p debuted at a modest number forty and took more than a month to scrape the top ten if billboard in nineteen ninety had been equipped with computerized charts. Black planet would have been a number one album handily. This wasn't even chart manipulation the old methodology simply made it difficult for rap to get a fair shake only the most commercial rap acts the hammers and vanilla ISIS seemed to be able to. Cross over militant or gangsta acts like PE and NWEA were wraps other model huge on the streets nowhere on the charts. But there was if you will a third way across over hip, hop sub-genre that turned out to be more influential than anyone expected. Contracts. You like the way I vocalise bring it to a compromise. My PA won't set up till noon. It's a daisy. Day law soul. Like public enemy were originally from Long Island, New York, both cruise proffered a cerebral form of hip hop. But daily traveled a very different path. This trio of rappers called pasta news, true guy and Mace and backed by DJ prince Paul were at the forefront of a new quirkier style conscious rap, but with more melodic samples loopier lyrics and madcap humor. They called it the daisy age daisy was an acronym for the inner sound y'all when the trio drop their first singles in nineteen Eighty-eight on the independent. Tommy boy, label the press latched onto daylight flower child ethos, tagging the crew as hip hop hippies. A term the trio rejected almost immediately they even dissed the hippie phrase openly on their early eighty nine breakthrough single me myself, and I. Just. Built off a sample of the nineteen Seventy-nine Funke Delic single, not just knee deep me myself. And I was commercially potent for a rap single in one thousand nine hundred eighty nine it topped Billboard's Aren beach are only the second rap song ever to do. So after L l cool J's I need love and on the hot one hundred it reached number thirty four a fairly impressive crossover for such a left field. Rap hit but day law were not alone with this new rap template. They came up as part of a loose collective of hip hop troops who call themselves, the native tongues mellower more playful Afro-centric and progressive but less NIA Listrik than their gangsta brethren at its core. The native tongues collective revolved around three New York cruise day loss oil the jungle Brumby. The system system if if the listen to this fact back to back. And a tribe called quest. Pass me the land imam pocket. We've got a. Got to go left. My wallet in Elsa gun zone. By nineteen eighty nine. The native tongues had even welcomed their first sisters Queen Latifah a solo MC from New Jersey and Mony love a British MC from London with very American flow. We want to give birth to profit because of late. Lyrical free south at the trout. Something. That we can't I bring up the native tongues who between them had no pop top ten hits at all. Because they proved remarkably influential on later acts that scored much bigger crossover hits using their same woke, but groovy template daylight souls celebrated album three feet high and rising was widely embraced by white listeners. It was a rap Trojan horse infiltrating, pop, rock and alternative. Playlists all truck stations. Played early day law alongside the likes of the beef fifty twos and the cure and their samples were rock friendly ranging from stealing Dan to haul notes. But for daily soul and all of the native tongue acts the movement became both blessing and curse. It left them. Open for mockery. By other rap crews and it diminished them in the media as peace Knicks by the start of the nineties day law and tribe were already edging away. From the native tongues ethos daylight, even tried to kill the daisy age theme on their second album, daylight soul is dead the cover sported, an overturned flowerpot and the album playfully picked fights with gangsta rappers this dedicated to all those core brother that we used to look up to it. I felt a. Bish Praca me rhythm and blues. No. But as poss- Mace and true gore were removing themselves from the pop rock crossover equation, other even popular crews were happy to take over the hippie lane. Daily left wide open. When Jersey City brothers Attrill and Jarrett courtes- tried to get their do. Oh, PM dawn signed to New York rap label in the eighties. They were told by executives at Tommy boy records that they sounded too much like the labels flagship act daylight soul, indeed pm dawn's first single ode to a forgetful mind, bore more than a passing resemblance to such daylight tracks as plugged tune. Eventually the single was issued by a British label g street and the brothers had taken on new names Attrill became prince be and his brother Jarrett DJ minute mix and pm dawn now working with a major label budget as I land records acquired gee street, matured beyond their daily soul influences and came up with their own ethereal sound. Thousand. Try to. The proper on tracks like reality used to be a friend of mine. PM dawn were daylight soul on happy pills and their timing. Couldn't have been better in may nineteen ninety one just weeks before their Alba dropped billboard began. Converting its flagship charts to the new SoundScan system at first the effects were not exactly earth shattering. That and I apologize. My friends is Michael Bolton with love is a wonderful thing the lead single from the first number one album of the SoundScan era time, love and tenderness. What can I tell you? It was nineteen Ninety-one. No SoundScan couldn't improve the sound of pop all by itself. But it is difficult to overstate how pivotal SoundScan was to music history. Both billboard staffers and chart. Analysts like your podcast host treat this moment. As the BC AD dividing line in the history of charts. Soundscan took advantage of the barcode scanners that had migrated from supermarkets to music stores and tallied actual music sales accurately piece by piece at the retail counter for the first time, by modern standards. Soundscan wasn't an advanced technology. Actually, it wasn't. Even all that advanced for the nineties, you may recall that in nineteen ninety two as he was campaigning for re-election president, George H W Bush was pilloried in the media for walking into a supermarket and marveling at a grocery scanner. But for the eternally murky and fairly corrupt music business. Soundscan was wondrous when you brought an LP CD or cassette to the counter, and they scan the barcode you were in effect voting for a hit record at that very moment. This changed everything. Hit parade is brought to you by American Express in the music world, almost nobody does it alone. It takes backing and by backing we mean way more than just background singers. It involves producers writers collaborators you need a support system to succeed. And every hit has it. Maybe that's why. Those acceptance speeches are so long American Express has been backing people for more than a hundred sixty years supporting them, so they can get the most out of life the powerful backing of American Express don't live life without it. Virtually overnight the charts got a whole lot more accurate and the impact was huge affecting not just new artists. But holy genres. New Jack hustler was the lead off track on the soundtrack to the nineteen ninety one. Mario van Peebles film. New Jack city a mix of ARIN be and rap new Jack city had been knocking around the middle of the billboard album chart since March. It's record label reported sales of one and a quarter million copies in its first month yet the album hadn't broken into the top ten in all that time on may twenty fifth nineteen Ninety-one the week billboard rebooted the chart with SoundScan data new Jack city vaulted to number two right behind Michael Bolton its highest position in ten weeks on the chart had SoundScan been in effect on the chart two months. Earlier new Jack city might well have been a number one album, but it didn't take long for hip. Hop to go the last mile on the album chart got. Got a. The first one. The second full length album by NWEA sported, the cryptic title, e Phil for zagging spelled backwards. That was n words for life. And that was hardly the most offensive phrase on the jewel case song titles included to kill a Hooker and one less bitch. That's what made the chart performance of e Phil for zagging so stunning in mid June nineteen Ninety-one just four weeks into the new billboard album chart methodology NWEA's new album debuted on the album chart all the way up at number two. The highest new entry on the chart since Michael Jackson's bad entered at number one four years earlier in its second week on the chart the weekending June twenty second nineteen Ninety-one NWEA had the number one album in the country and on. Thinkable turn of events just one month earlier for six more months. However, the hot one hundred billboards authoritative singles chart was still operating under the old school methodology and mostly pop songs. Not rap songs were still in command that included Marky Mark Walberg 's rap and club music, hybrid good vibrations, which we talked about in our featured artists episode of hit parade. Good vibrations became the second ever rap song after vanilla ice to top the hot one hundred reaching number one in the early fall of ninety one. The fact that only very poppy rap songs by white people were charting well did not go unnoticed by rap purists. Among those purists were a pair of other white rappers the duo of MC search and Pete nice, aka third base. Let's all sing goes the weasel. In the late summer of nineteen Ninety-one. Search and nice took dead aim at vanilla ice in the third base. Single pop goes the weasel in their lyrics third-base eviscerated, the erstwhile Robbie van winkle as a quote, phony entertainer and a chef who can't cook. And just in case the object of their scorn was too subtle in the video search and nice administer of beat down to a vanilla ice lookalike. As part of the songs spirit of satire third base. Built pop goes the weasel out of the big copyright flouting sample of Peter Gabriel's, hit sledgehammer about a stupid obvious sample as vanilla ISIS pillaging of Queen and David Bowie. The irony all this catchiness made pop goes the weasel third basis biggest hit ever and. Their only single to make the top forty. No. In order for more rappers besides vanilla ice and Marky Mark to top the charts the hot one hundred like the Alba chart would need a SoundScan reboot. But the hot one hundred is a more complicated chart a hybrid throughout its sixty year history. The hot one hundred has always incorporated at least two pools of data sales of singles and radio airplay to modernize the hot one hundred's more complex formula. Billboard would not only need sales data from SoundScan about retail singles, it would also need accurate tallying of airplay. Billboard was on it since nineteen ninety the magazine had been testing, a parallel technology by Broadcast Data Systems or be D S, which tracked song plays on the nation's biggest radio stations. Not the songs. Those stations reported. They were. Playing or had been bribed by record labels to tell billboard. They were playing the songs they actually played finally half a year after the album chart reboot. Billboards new singles chart was ready on November thirtieth nineteen ninety one billboard relaunched the hot one hundred and p m dawn was sitting at number one says. Trouble. The new hot one hundred gave billboard readers whiplash singles scattered all over the chart many rock singles that had been propped up by over inflated airplay reports dropped twenty twenty five or even thirty spots. One little remembered single lies by trippy UK rave rock band. EMF plummeted almost fifty spaces as for those who did better under the new formula in general wrap got a sizable boost Houston, Texas, rap crew. The ghetto boys had seen their dark story song mind playing tricks on me close to falling out of the top forty after the hot one hundred reboot the song. Reversed course, and hit a new chart peak headline three campus, Dixon, the business bodies. Always chris. But I go in without a frightening and in the top ten east, orange, New Jersey trio naughty by nature saw their to infidelity Opie p make a comeback reaching a new high watermark of number six. The thing was most of these crossover rap hits by black artists relied just as heavily on prominent melodic samples as the hits by their white rapper counterparts Opie p was built out of the Jackson Five classic ABC flashing ahead about six months producer, Jermaine do pre pulled virtually the same trick on the db single by tween rap duo and backwards pants aficionados criss cross who topped the new hot one hundred four eight weeks with jump a blockbuster hit that leaned heavily on another Jackson Five classic. I want you back. Before pm dawn and criss cross. It had been easy for rap Uris to disc crossover. Hip hop as the work of white pop. Interlopers. Because we get away the hot one hundred reboot level the playing field and proved that all rappers could play this spot the sample game. But not everybody was happy that rappers even fellow African Americans were finally topping the charts most, especially the conscious and gangsta rappers who had underperformed on the charts in the late eighties. Bridges. BDP must see me. Remember boogie down productions BDP frontman, Chris Parker, aka K, R S one had styled himself as wraps teacher. A stalwart protector of the culture of hip hop mind. You Chris was not above a little crossover activity himself in nineteen ninety one. The very first track on REM's smash album out of time was the rap rock hybrid radio song on which KRAS one prominently wrapped. Also to be fair to KRAS one. He probably would have stayed out of the fray in ninety one had prints be leader of pm. Dawn not called him out in a late ninety one interview in details magazine, fresh off of PM dawn's chart topping single prince be aka a trill Cordis told the magazine he was underwhelmed by the glowering approach of conscious. Rappers like public enemy's Chuck d as for the leader of BDP prince be said, quote, KRAS one wants to be a teacher, but a teacher of what unquote. The following month in January nineteen Ninety-two. The Cordis brothers were onstage at a multi act concert at New York's sound factory PM Don were riding high. Their follow up. Hit paper doll was already on the hot one hundred rising toward the top forty. Change the room somewhere. To change. Uh-huh. That same winter when the village voice issued its annual pass and jop poll of hundreds of music critics nationwide pm dawn's debut album of the heart of the soul and of the cross would rank fifth in the poll. A stunning result for a brand new rap act, but KRAS one wasn't having it. In a move. The media would later call the shove felt round the world care one and the rest of boogie down productions marched onstage during PM. Don, set hijacked, the turntables, and literally pushed prince be and DJ minute. Mix off the stage. Taking the Mike K R S one broke into a spontaneous performance of I'm still number one track from BDP's nineteen Eighty-eight album by all means necessary. Caused me to take long trips. With the fall. Two two. Because anybody. When asked later by USA today, what prompted the bum's rush of pm dawn. Chris Parker reminded the reporter of prince rhetorical question. A teacher of what said K R S one. I answered his question. I'm a teacher of respect. Fortunately in this incident. No one was seriously injured other than reputation or two and given what would happen later in the nineties between the east coast and west coast factions of hip, hop, the KRAS one versus prince be contretemps seems quaint today on the other hand. This was no longer third base taking easy potshots at vanilla ice on wax. This was a warning shot in an intern a'sun, hip, hop culture war a battle between wraps true. Believers versus crossover achievers, we still hear echoes of this hip. Hop battle on the charts to this day as for pm dawn, they survived the K R S one dust up although paper doll, peaked below the top twenty within months PM. Don were back in the top five this time with a gentle ballot from the sound. Back to the Eddie Murphy, romantic comedy, boomerang. I die without you, which contained no rap content. At all was a number three hit in the fall of ninety two. Jamie. Much. Six months later. PM Don were in the top ten one last time with another clever rap interpretation of an eighties pop smash. They turned George Michael's torch. Ballot. Father figure into the number six hit looking through patient is become news. Become blind of become known brief became illiterate. Motions? Correct. Yet, the fun notes. But this thing. It was the last big hit for the versatile. Cordis brothers a trail aka prince be would pass away in two thousand sixteen at just forty six years of age from complications of diabetes in his obituary. 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And the information they need is always at their fingertips. Learn more at slack dot com. Back in ninety two. However, hip hop crossover wars were coming to ahead rapper ice t who was gangsta before. Gangsta rap had a name decided to moonlight in a thrash rock band called body count their self titled debut. Wow. Nd up spawning protests from police unions for the track cop killer. Body count wasn't even a rap group. But the media alighted that John redeem tail and pegged the project as another chapter in America's culture war with gangsta rap under fire ice tea announced that he would drop the track from the album and reissued the CD. What was interesting for chart fans in the new SoundScan era was that this caused the body count album to rise to a new chart peak, which of course, was better tracked by billboards more accurate album chart, but if you want to window into the breadth of hip hop in nineteen Ninety-two wraps first full year after SoundScan you should focus on two big hits during nineteen Ninety-two virtually all of the acclaim went to this song. And this group. Without the. Awesome. But I am still thirsty. Arrested development hailed from Atlanta, Georgia at a time before outcast, ludicrous and migos. Among others made Atlanta the official capital of southern rap arrested development were a large amorphous collective on stage. Sometimes AD featured as many as seven or eight members, including an elderly spiritual advisor named baba Oce. But the primary leaders were Todd Thomas, aka speech, their lead rapper and songwriter, and Tim Barnwell aka headliner their DJ after briefly dabbling in gangsta rap in the late eighties speech and headliner decided to take a left turn toward a folk year. More rustic and more positive rap style if their predecessors in the native tongues had Olsen. Rejected the hippie ethos speech and headliner seized it. They were going to be more winsome than day law. Soul more Christian than pm dawn, more openly woke than anybody. Arrested development's nineteen ninety two debut single Tennessee kicked off with a warped sample of prince taken from his nineteen Eighty-eight hit alphabet St. prince would later charge arrested development a hefty fee for use of the tischler sample. Tennessee. Tennessee. Tennessee. Tennessee. But then Tennessee veered into a more sonically expensive evoke ation of the deep south. Graham brothers. It was a soul Baring reminiscence about the black experience post. Slavery inspired by the passing of speeches grandmother and brother, and it closed with a spirit lifting performance by vocalist. Dionne farris. Tennessee won near universal acclaim it topped. Critics polls across both rock and rap media as the year's best single, and it was a huge hit reaching number one on Billboard's Aren be chart in July nineteen Ninety-two and reaching number six on the hot one hundred that same month to be sure Tennessee was catchy enough that it might have done well on the old hot one hundred. But now that the chart more accurately reflected wraps place in the pop universe. Arrested development hit was a cross cultural smash the very same week that Tennessee materialized on the hot one hundred another catchy rap song also debuted. But this song's lyrical concerns were more. Let's say narrowly focused sorry. Did I say narrow there was nothing narrow about this song? Around and stick it out, boys. Got the shout, baby. Baby. Got back was sir mix lots I ever. And as it turns out last top forty pop hit. But what a hit, even if you regard it as a novelty record few singles can be said to have had as great a cultural impact as baby got back. Mix a lot. Anthony Ray wrote the song as an unabashed admirer of the physiques of hour glass shaped women, especially black women like raise then real life girlfriend Amelia Dorsey who by the way, recorded the songs. Hilarious spoken. Word intro in her best imitation. White girl voice. Oh my God. Becky look at her. But if so big she looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends that you know, who understands those rap guys only talk to her because she looks like a total prostitute. And. Round out there. I like big. Mic Salat wrote baby got back to celebrate his muse Amelia and all women of that body type. It was his version of body, positively a lascivious and objectified form of feminism to be sure but also candid and relatively progressive about body types years before Jennifer Lopez reoriented beauty standards in favor of callup pigeon bodies as sir. Mix a lot himself recounted on National Public Radio. Basically pop culture was at that time wafer-thin big hair. And that was what they thought beautiful was anything other than that was not considered beautiful. It made women who had naturally curvy bodies, the the Serena Williams the beyond say's of the world at that time would always run around with sweaters, wrapped around their waists. Baby. Got back was a track from MAC. Daddy, sir. Mix. Lots. I. Album on def American records a label run by Rick Rubin. You will recall Ruben as a prime mover from our def Jam's episode of hip parade. He founded the original def jam label. And while there, he produced run DMC LL, cool j and the beastie boys def American the successor to Rubens. Former def jam was where Reuben signed mix a lot and just as Ruben was an innovator in the eighties convincing run DMC to reimagined Aerosmith's. Walk this way as a rap song. He was instrumental to the final sound of baby. Got back by mix Salat's own admission. His original recording was indebted to though not a sample of the minimal synth sound of German electronic pioneers craft Vic. But it was Ruben who convinced mix a lot to drop the music entirely on some of the songs. Best lines, including the now, immortal. Mac daddy may have been mixed Lott's debut on Rubin's label, but it was far from his first album. Anthony, Ray was a self starter. And well before baby got back. He'd built a fairly unique hip hop career for himself. Hills with the way to go in the mid nineteen eighties. Mix a Salat founded his own Seattle label nasty mix and recorded a string of albums and singles that were favorites among car. Bumping rap aficionados the song posse on Broadway was such a word of mouth hit. It kept his debut album swamps on the charts for more than a year where it eventually went platinum his follow up album seminar went gold and spun off two hits the ode to nineties tech beepers and the road to drop top cars, my hoop. Dee. Thrill. One hubcap cost three got stolen. This put, sir. Mix a lot in a unique position. When he arrived at Rick Rubin's doorstep. He already had a sizable following one. That cut across hip hop. Sub genres from old schoolers two year heads to 'gangstas mix. Salat had indie rap cred before SoundScan, it would be hard to imagine an artist like him topping the charts but mix a lot picked the right moment to go pop. Baby. Got back was a blockbuster. Face. You get. Landing on the hot one hundred the same week that arrested development debuted with Tennessee, baby. Got back went all the way reaching number one by the fourth of July nineteen ninety two it stayed on top for five weeks. And went double platinum the second best selling single of the year topped only at the end of ninety two by Whitney Houston smash. I will always love you at the end of the year. Billboard announced that baby got back was the years. Number two song behind only boys to men's late breaking hit and of the road. Meanwhile, as sir mix a lot was scoring his chart BUSTER arrested development were in a way taking an even bigger victory lap their debut album, three years, five months and two days in the life of was shaping up as a cross cultural smash and unlike mix lot there. Generated follow up hits just three months after Tennessee peaked in the top ten AD were back with the number eight hit people every day and interpretation of sly and the family stone's nineteen sixty nine classic everyday people. Four months after that, Mr. Wendell a tale of the lessons learned from a wise old homeless person reached number six this made arrested development the first rap act to pull three top ten pop hits from a single album since MC hammer in nineteen ninety. Dallas. But it means a big deal to you. Served. Oh, beautiful. For the first time in Oklahoma. Money. No. It is hard to overstate how esteemed arrested development were at this time. Remember, Spike Lee who tapped public enemy to record the theme from his acclaimed film, do the right thing for his nineteen Ninety-two epic Malcolm X Lee asked arrested development to record the theme AD were taking their place as conscious wraps leading light. By the start of nineteen Ninety-three, arrested development were collecting a slew of shiny objects. That included a triple platinum plaque for their debut album, three years, five months and two days in the life of again the best selling rap album of any kind since hammer by the mid nineties. It would go quadruple platinum the album also top of the nineteen Ninety-two pass and drop critics poll only the second rap album to do. So after PE's it takes a nation of millions to hold us back in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight and as for the nineteen ninety three Grammy awards. Arrested development took home gramophones not only for best rap performance by group. But also best new artist. The first rap act to win that prize live on the show performing their hit people every day AD were respectability politics. Personified rapping about avoiding confrontation with 'gangstas and brothers who were quote going the N word route. No rap act had ever won such universal plaudits from the critics of the charts and the Grammies like this, but maybe arrested development, like the star land vocal band or Milli Vanilli before them should have regarded that best new artist trophy as a curse their culture. Commanding moment. Would soon be over as the public finally embraced gangsta rap as pure. Pop. Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dr dre album the chronic was a watershed in gangsta rap. It was just as edgy as drills former troop NWEA, but it's tails of south central L A were sweetened with melodic keyboards and samples of smokey seventies. Aren be plus most seductive of all was the inimitable flow of a rapper still in his teens Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop, Doggy Dogg. So back in. Captain low base together. Trouble Jeep thank to low devil day. So we Gray's death row label. On his back to the Lexa head hanging sonically. Dr Drey breakthrough hit nothing, but a g thing a number two pop number one Aren be hit in the spring of nineteen Ninety-three had little to do with the sound of either arrested development or sir. Mix a lot. But it is telling that when gangsta rap finally topped the singles charts it not only came after these popular rap acts had opened up top forty playlists. It also followed a model closer to mix. Allots a self starting street mogul who translated a trunk bumping sound for the masses. After Dr dre hardcore rap no longer needed to compromise its sound or even its subject matter to cross over whether it was from drains, former NWEA colleague ice cube. Today. Warren g. It was black. A clear white was on this. Or snoop Dogg himself with Roma in is vehicle. Gene. But. Cheap. Like every single day. Indeed for the rest of the nineteen ninety s the hot one hundred would be topped repeatedly by gangsta rap tracks weather from bone thugs. And harmony. To pock and Dray. Or the Notorious B I g. We don't. Chart. Topping gangsta rap also meant that neither mix allot nor arrested development. We're going to have an easy time following up their hits, sir. Mix a lot decided to go with what worked the first time following his ode to posterior 's with a sequel about bosoms his nineteen ninety four flop put him on the glass, let it all out. It did not chart anywhere that same year. Nineteen Ninety-four arrested development issued their long awaited follow up album, which they gave the afro Centric, title, Zingo, Lama Duni. Whether it was the album's earnestness or just the time that had passed since their debut eighties ninety four album was a huge soft more slump generating no top forty hits peaking on the album chart at number fifty five and never receiving a gold certification. Let alone platinum, of course, after their amazing run in nineteen ninety two and ninety three arrested development had a lot to be proud of. They would continue touring and recording for the next two decades while never coming close to their historic debut and other than Lauryn Hill in nineteen ninety eight and outcast in two thousand three no rap act would ever match arrested development. Sweep of the critics the Grammy's and the charts in ninety two and what about sir mix a lot? Perhaps the smartest thing. He ever did was writing his biggest hit by himself because it contains no samples baby. Got backs publishing belongs entirely to Anthony Ray. And that has proved quite lucrative because that song may well, outlive him, Anna. Anna. Conduct. My anaconda. Don't listen. Baby. Got back remains ubiquitous more than a quarter century later. It has been sampled covered referenced on TV and in movies, most prominently, Nikki Manashe, essentially, covered it in two thousand fourteen turning its funniest line into her number two hit Anaconda. At heart. But. About a decade earlier comedic indie folk geek rocker Jonathan Colton would transform cer- mix allots hit into a light acoustic cover that was the most successful viral hit of his thing a week music series. Bro. How successful in twenty thirteen. Colton version of baby got back was covered. Practically note for note by FOX TV's hit show glee, and because Colton version was considered a new arrangement, but not a new composition. Only, sir. Mix a lot earned formal credit from glee. Got it. The song still crops up in the most unexpected places weather sung to a baby by the characters Ross and Rachel on TV's friends. Yeah. Girlfriend got the bus. Shake it back. Or sung by a trio of animated bunnies in the movie. Sing. If modern rap doesn't sound much like arrested development, it also doesn't sound much like, sir. Mix a lot. But his hits legacy is thanks in. No small part to the billboard charts. Becoming more accurate and more comprehensive back in nineteen ninety one the hot one hundred now not only incorporate sales data from SoundScan successor Nielsen music, it also factors in streaming from Spotify and apple music and video play from YouTube anytime rap hit scales. The hot one hundred thanks to a viral phenomenon such as when 2016 mannequin challenge fad sent Raisch remers black beetles to number one. It's hard not to think of the baby got back phenomenon. Release the cash. As force or mix a lot himself. He is good natured about the fact that his career has been dominated by one song entirely dedicated to his love of women's dares. You would be to he claims it has grossed tens of millions of dollars possibly more than one hundred million over its lifetime and wherever he performs sir mix. A lot is welcomed by armies of women who love the songs celebration of curves, and they can wrap every word one night in twenty fourteen sir mix a lot took to the stage in his hometown, accompanied by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in addition to a conductor strings and woodwinds onstage with Anthony Ray as he wrapped his hit for the ages were more than one hundred spirited new friends. I like big. Base. You. I hope you enjoyed this episode of hit parade. My producer this month. Was Dan bloom, and we had help this episode from Daniel Hewitt and Chris Baru bay the managing producer of slate. Podcasts is June Thomas. Our senior producer is TJ Rafael and Gabriel Roth is the editorial director of sleep podcasts. Check out their roster of shows at sleep dot com slash podcasts. A word of thanks and farewell to our former executive producer Steve lick tot who has left slate podcasts for an exciting new role at NBC news and MSNBC two years ago. Steve was instrumental in the launch of hit parade. He even produced and edited our first show himself. Steve, we will miss you. And we will forever be in your debt. We're playing. An extra hour of both REM and Miley Cyrus at sleet headquarters in your honor. You can subscribe to hit parade wherever you get your podcasts. In addition to finding it in the sleet culture gab fest feed. If you're subscribing on apple podcasts, please rate and review us while you're there, it helps other listeners find the show, thanks for listening. And I look forward to leading the hit parade back your way until then keep on marching on the one. I'm Chris landfill. Got back. 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The Bridge: Piano Man, Everyman

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

03:51 min | 4 months ago

The Bridge: Piano Man, Everyman

"Hey there hit parade listeners. What you're about to hear is a preview of our latest episode of the bridge and it's an extra special extra musical episode with my singer Songwriter. Guest Julian Velarde as we announced last month slate like many media outlets at the moment is getting hit pretty hard by what's going on with the economy in the wake of the couvet nineteen pandemic. We need your help to continue producing this show and all the other work we do at slate. So we're asking you to sign up for sleep plus our membership program. It's just thirty five dollars for the first year and it will go a long way toward supporting us at this crucial moment. Sign UP AT SLATE DOT com slash hit parade plus. And you'll get to hear this and every episode of Hit parade in full. That's slate dot com slash hip parade plus. Thanks and now. Your episode preview should look Iraq stopped. Hey everybody this is Chris Memphis post of hickory slates podcast of Pop Chart History. Welcome choose the brick pits. That's getting closer the final track on Billy Joel's nineteen eighty six album the bridge. The Hammond B three organ was played by Steve Winwood. Which makes this song extra nine thousand nine hundred eighty six? The bridge is widely regarded as billy. Joel's weakest nineteen eighties album including by JOEL HIMSELF. But it still went double platinum and generated. Three top forty hits. In retrospect the bridge served as a bridge into the final phase of Billy Joel's career. He recorded only two more studio albums of Pop. Music before retiring from reporting permanent contracts. Did Not these mini episodes bridge are full length? Monthly episodes give us a chance to catch up with listeners. And enjoy some hit parade trivia. This month I'm thrilled to be joined by the man who helped inspire my most recent episode of Hit parade. Julian Velarde is a singer. Songwriter and recording artist who appears regularly on the Howard Stern show and NPR's ask me another as of two thousand seventeen. He has been an artist in residence at the prestigious. Joe's pub at the Public Theater in New York City as a piano playing polymath. Juliano's billy Joel's material more intimately than most. Maybe more than he'd like his new musical. Please don't make me play piano. Man is launching this year as an album. A podcast and alive show. Julian is calling in from his home studio. And the piano. You'll hear throughout. This interview was recorded by Julian himself. Julian Velarde welcome to the bridge. Thank you Chris I. I'm going to say this now I am. This is such an honor. I'm like in my favorite TV. Show right now. I feel like in Seinfeld because I am an avid devoted. Listening to the PODCAST. You're also friend but I'm also fan so it's weird. I'm in the bridge anyway. Feels good. It's like wheels within wheels. We're talking about the bridge. We're on the bridge I. It's it's very Meta. This is quite possibly our most. Meta episode to listen to the full hip parade episode. Please go to slate dot com slash. Hit parade plus

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The Bridge: Many Ways to be OutKasted

Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia

04:31 min | 3 months ago

The Bridge: Many Ways to be OutKasted

"Hey, there hit parade listeners. What you're about to hear is a preview of our latest episode of the bridge. As we announced recently, sleet is getting hit pretty hard by what's going on with the economy in the wake of the covid nineteen pandemic. We need your help to continue producing this show and all the other work. We do at slate, so we're asking you. You to sign up for slate plus our membership program. It's just thirty five dollars for the first year, and it helps support us at this crucial moment sign up at slate dot com slash hit parade, plus and you'll get to hear this and every episode of hip arrayed in full. That's slate dot com slash hit parade, plus thanks, and now you're episode preview. Twice the pundits. Who? In the! Afternoon, but that's another chapter laugh. Everybody this is Chris Anthony host of hit. Parade slates podcast pop chart history. Welcome tune the bridge ads work. Equipment with the title track of outcasts acclaimed nine hundred ninety album. Halfway, you may see some children did often the way. Impo Babes welcome slowly to the candy related in the Second I. Andre Benjamin raps about meeting halfway across a bridge in Atlanta, and about seeing the ghosts of black children who had died in a series of Atlantic killings in the late seventies and early eighties when he was himself a child. The Atlanta murders of one, thousand, nine, hundred, seventy, nine to eighty, one remain officially on salt. In fact, the investigation was just reopened last year, and they are part of the. Of the both positive and negative that Andre and big BOI rap about in a criminal even signed goes down heroes. horoscopes. And Sometimes Y. Was Show Madness for certain. Last forever but until. Is Him an Aquaman. And these mini episodes bridge our full length monthly episodes. Give us a chance to catch up with listeners and enjoy hip. Hooray Trivia this month. We are very fortunate to have perhaps the foremost authority on the artist's I covered in our latest episode. Dr Regina Bradley is an Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, she is the author of the forthcoming book chronicling Stankonia, the rise of the HIP hop South Co host of the southern hip hop podcast bottom of the map on WABC and Rx and host of the recent Youtube Series outcasted conversations Dr Bradley Welcome to the bridge. Going to be fun. This is going to be fun. I'm so psyched that you're here. And you know what to keep it fun to start I'm Gonna I admit steal a question that you used to use at the beginning of all of your outcast, the conversations, which I loved, which was how how you become outcast, it seems to ask your guest. This question kind of like how far back you go at the group, so do tell. How did you become outcast? Say, better than me, Chris No, I cannot. You're damn right about that so I. Initially introduced to outcasts via the show Martin. For the While episode, and they perform been really didn't outcasted until nineteen ninety eight now incoming freshmen to Westover. High School in Albany. Georgia out the freshman, trying to make it non I'm saying. Everybody talking about this song spoke your listeners. And in the Book I. Talk About What It really means you have to see, but anyway it was. It was a wake up. Call for me. You like oh I really take this outcast group seriously, or this might be my social death to start high schools. Thanks for listening to this episode preview to listen the full hit parade episode. Please go to slate dot. COM SLASH HIP parade plus.

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