I’m not sure why Vance Joy dodn’t come to mind when I wrote about future one-hit wonders a few weeks back. His ‘Riptide’ didn’t make a huge splash in the U.S. (it peaked at #30 on the Hot 100) but it got a lot of airplay and struck the same indie-pop nerve as ‘Somebody That You Used To Know’ and ‘Take Me To Church.’
I don’t love everything Haim does but I really like their style (musically and otherwise) and the whole Southern California art school vibe they exude.
Today’s clip doesn’t do any of that, and it’s all the more fascinating for it. Here, British New Wave artist Thomas Dolby performs his biggest hit, ‘She Blinded Me With Science,’ on a keyboard and sequencer, pressing buttons in perfect rhythm to add the drums and spoken-word interjections.
This week I’ll feature a quintet of live performances at the Bing Lounge, which I guess is where you go to play when the Google Lounge is down.
First up is Sarah McLachlan, with a lovely rendition of her classic sobfest ‘Angel.’
A shout out to Daniel Gallup, an up-and-coming artist recently featured on the blog, for calling my attention to today’s clip.
Here, Edwin McCain talks about his biggest hit, ‘I’ll Be,’ during a live set at the Bing Lounge in 2011. He amusingly wonders why any one-hit wonder would have a negative opinion of the song that brought him fame and fortune.