This is my entry into this month's - If you fell down yesterday, stand up today contest.
The radio these days is silent, and void of what once was a golden phenomenon. Today you never hear much about these masters of the one hit wonder. But just remember even If a song fell down yesterday, it can still stand back up today. Let's take a short visit back in time to a much simpler time, before music videos started to dominate the airwaves. Back in the day when radios were all sensations beyond belief with just about every age group imaginable, and no one could seem to get enough of these little music machines.
There has been an untold amount of one hit wonders over the years like "Come on Eileen" by the English pop group Dexys Midnight Runners, "99 Red Balloons" Performed By Nena, "Mickey" by Toni Basil, "Funky Town" by Lipps, Inc, "Don't Worry Be Happy" by musician Bobby McFerrin, "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant, "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr., and many many more. A one hit wonder is simply a term used to describe music performers with only one hit single that ever really amounted to anything. Normally it's a person or an act known mainly for only one single success in their career.
Another type of song that really stands out is an original hit song and it's remake years down the line. When it comes to remakes, a lot of folks think that the music industry has simply run out of good original ideas for new songs. However in the music industry a remake is a great way to pay homage to the artist who influenced this particular type of musical style. Some of these songs which were all very popular songs back in the day, and became remakes are the Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin that was later sung by Karen O & Trent Reznor. Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney and Wings which was later sung by Guns N’ Roses. We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister that was later sung by Biff Naked.
Then there are remakes like no other. Unless you have been living under a rock like the guy in the Geico insurance commercials, you have most certainly heard the lyrics to the song "heard it through the grapevine" by Marvin Gaye. This song was originally sang back in 1968 by the great legendary Marvin Gaye, and it was the longest running Motown #1 hit in the United States topping the Hot 100 chart for 7 straight weeks. Now that's a really big deal in the world of music. If anyone has a hard time believing this then all they have to do is google the list of billboard hot number-one singles of any given year and they will discover the truth.
Now almost two decades later this song became very popular once again because of an advertisement program for a little dried up raisin. Never before or ever again will there be such a sensation as this group, who all came out of the state of California back in 1987. This song got a whole new life when it was used in the commercials for California Raisins. The claymation raisins performed this song as they danced and sang away. I'm talking about the one and only singing and dancing California Raisins. The way these talented little guys performed this remix of Marvin Gaye's "Heard it through the grapevine" continues to play in people's heads up until today.
In addition to boosting California raisin sales, these California Raisins became a 1980s fad that were a very popular Halloween costume that decade. These little raisins were everywhere from children's toy boxes to on top of people's desk in high rise offices. McDonald's packed these little toy raisins inside of little kid's happy meals giving many children a smile on their face, and then later on a smile on their older brother or sister's face when they got their hands upon these little toy raisins. These little plastic toy raisins also morphed into soft cuddle stuffed toys for children to sleep with and play with. They were on trading cards, T-shirts, pins, and just about anything you could possibly imagine. All of this was just one idea from off of an old dusty 45 RPM vinyl record.
Even though they were all simply dried grapes, the California Raisins all experienced high popularity back in the late 1980s making a strong impression through animated endeavors. Thus one again almost two decades later, the song "Heard It Through The Grapevine" that was song by Marvin Gaye back in 1968 may have fell down yesterday, but as the motivational quote from H.G. Wells clearly states it certainly stood back up in the 1980's, and continues to stand back up today everywhere. Which includes in this month's contest at writing.com, and very possibly this song "heard it through the grapevine" is now playing in the head of everyone who stopped on by to read this short story. Have a good day!
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