Friday, May 10, 2002

TONIGHT VH1 finishes its "100 Greatest One Hit Wonders" series -- and replays all five installments. William Shatner is the narrator, and you have to listen to the phrase "never duplicated that success" over and over and over, but if you're so cool as to be immune to this very, very addictive piece of candy, I feel sorry for you.

With just the top 20 left to unveil, we've seen "Whip It" and "Turning Japanese" and Gary Numan's "Cars" (how can that not be in the top 20?). Still no sign of Toni Basil.

Once the series is over, it will be back to the VH1 Classic network for these little thrills of recognition. With VH1 Classic, no matter how awful that sounds at first, I can claim a bit of higher ground. This channel plays plenty of dreck from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s, but it throws in enough obscure delights to keep me hooked. The Fun Boy Three doing "Our Lips Are Sealed," Husker Du adding the "Mary Tyler Moore" theme to the end of one of its songs. And what's this: a video to R.E.M.'s "Wolves, Lower"?

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