Weekend’s End Beats: Night Skies

It always baffles me that a band can write a song that’s absolutely perfect, only to never even come close to doing so again. This phenomenon happens across other art forms too, but there’s something special about the musical one-hit wonder. Maybe it’s that these singular songs stick around on radio stations for years and get incorporated into television broadcasts and interwebs clips. A song just kind of hangs out (and on) in ways films and novels can’t. It can be perfect for three minutes and then slip out the back door, only to come in the front again when you need it but don’t expect it to show up.

So below you’ll find one of my favorite one-offs. These guys made other songs, I know, but nothing approaching this gem that’s everything U2 could have been if Bono had an ounce of shame. Please share some of your favorites with us on Twitter (@general_reader) or in the comments section.


4 thoughts on “Weekend’s End Beats: Night Skies

  1. A-Ha -Take On Me
    Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
    Tom Tom Club -Genius of Love

    And I would be remiss in not mentioning “Bust a Move,” which has never failed to get everyone at a wedding on the dance floor and which also might aptly be described as my motto in life.

  2. God, “Genius of Love” is really, really amazing. I saw them perform at the Getty a few years back, and I got to hear the song twice, as they sound-checked it and played it during the show…

    Though now that I think of it, do we have to count their Talking Heads stuff against them? Are they legit one-hitters???

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