One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1987 – Jonathan Butler

“Lies” by Jonathan Butler

Jonathan Butler was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa during Apartheid. He started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. He began touring at the age of seven when he joined a travelling stage show, and eventually became a local teen idol.

Butler was signed to Jive Records in 1977. In the early ’80s he moved to the U.K. In 1987, he had his international breakthrough with his Grammy nominated hit single, “Lies”, which peaked at #27 on August 29, 1987.

He has not had another hit in the U.S., but does still have a loyal following in South Africa, the United States and Europe. He still records R&B music, as well as Gospel music.

So let’s Return to 1987, and see if Jonathan Butler’s “Lies” can lure you into becoming a fan:

Daily Trivia – 3/26/12

Let’s see who read the One-Hit Wonder articles last week. 🙂

Question: What was the name of Madonna’s first band, for whom she sang and played drums?


Last Question: Who sang the theme for Pee-wee’s Playhouse?

Answer: Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper sang the theme song, and was credited as “Ellen Shaw”. Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens, also had a cameo on Cyndi’s song “911” from her True Colors album. You can hear him as an operator at the end of the song:

And here is the Pee-wee’s Playhouse theme song:

Remember That Song – 3/26/12

Can you name the artist, song and complete the lyrics:

Old tin lizzy, do it till you’re dizzy
Give it ___ __ ___ _____ ______ ___ ___ __ ____ ______


Last Song: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive:

You look like you’re havin’ fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
Watch out here I come

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1987 – Living in a Box

“Living in a Box” by Living in a Box

“Living in a Box” by Living in a Box from the album Living in a Box, was released in 1987. Somebody was obsessed with living in a box! Living in a Box (the band) was formed in England in 1985. They released their self-titled debut album in 1987. The song “Living in a Box” was a big hit in the U.K. reaching #5 on those charts. It turned out to be their only hit song in the U.S., peaking at #17 on August 22, 1987.
They had a little more success in their home country, scoring a couple of hits from their 1989 follow-up album, Gatecrashing – “Blow the House Down” (which featured Queen’s Brian May on guitar) and “Room in Your Heart“.

The band broke up in 1990 due to artistic differences.
So, everybody pick up your cardboard box, and Return to 1987:

Daily Trivia – 3/23/12

Question: Who sang the theme for Pee-wee’s Playhouse?


Last Question: What movie earned Sylvester Stallone his first Razzie Award, in part for warbling Dolly Parton’s Razzie-winning song “Drinkenstein”?

Answer: Rhinestone

Here is the disasterous soung:

Jake Farris (Dolly Parton), a country singer stuck in a long-term contract performing at a sleazy urban cowboy nightclub in New York City, boasts to the club’s manager, Freddie (Ron Leibman), that she can make anybody into a country sensation, insisting that she can turn any normal guy into a country singer in just two weeks. Freddie accepts Jake’s bet, putting up the remainder of Jake’s contract (if she wins the bet, the contract becomes void; if she loses, another five years will be added). He then ups the ante: if Jake loses, she must also sleep with him. The problem is that Freddie can select the man, and he selects an obnoxious New York cabbie named Nick Martinelli (Sylvester Stallone). Nick not only has no musical talent whatsoever, he claims to hate country music “worse than liver”. Realizing she is stuck with Nick, Jake takes him back to the hills of Tennessee for a two-week crash course in how to walk, talk, and sing like a genuine country star.

Here is the last song of the movie. I never saw this movie, but I’m assuming this is supposed to be the triumphant song. Ugh, this is horrible:

Remember That Song – 3/23/12

Can you name the artist and song:

You look like you’re havin’ fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
Watch out here I come


Last Song: “Don’t Lose My Number” by Phil Collins:

“I’m never coming back”
They heard him cry
And I believe him
Well he never meant to do anything wrong

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1987 – Partland Brothers

“Soul City” by the Partland Brothers

The Partland Brothers – G.P. and Chris – was a Canadian duo. They played in several bands around the Toronto area before forming a bar-band called Oliver Heavyside. In 1982, they entered and won the “Q107 Homegrown” contest, which attracted the attention of Capitol Records. They then just called themselves the Partland Brothers, and released their first album in 1986, called Electric Honey. Their first single was a huge success, hitting the Top 10 in Canada, and reaching the Top 30 in the U.S., peaking at #27 on June 27, 1987. This earned them tours with the Moody Blues and the Beach Boys in the US, as well as headline gigs of their own at home in Canada.

However, there were management issues, and they did not release their next album until 1990. Their sound changed to be more acoustic. They released their last album in 1993. They still play, now with their brother Robin on drums, and back up Ronnie Hawkins on the road in Canada and the US.

Here is the Partland Brothers’ lone hit, “Soul City” :

Daily Trivia – 3/22/12

Question: What movie earned Sylvester Stallone his first Razzie Award, in part for warbling Dolly Parton’s Razzie-winning song “Drinkenstein”?

Last Question: What 1983 movie featured the line: “Who put this thing together?! Me, that’s who!! Who do I trust?! Me!!”

Answer: Scarface

That quote was spoken by Al Pacino’s Tony Montana. Here is the trailer from the movie:

Remember That Song – 3/22/12

Can you name the artist, song, and complete the lyrics:

“I’m never coming back”
They heard him cry
And I believe him
Well __ _____ _____ __ __ ________ _____


Last Song: “Stray Cat Strut” by The Stray Cats:

I slink down the alley way looking for a fight
Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1987 – Breakfast Club

“Right on Track” by Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club was a band that was formed in New York in the late ’70s, by Madonna (!) and her boyfriend at the time, guitarist Dan Gilroy. Madonna left the band in the early ’80s to form a new band called Emmy. But, the rest of Breakfast Club remained intact.

In the mid-80s, Breakfast Club finally landed a contract with ZE Records, and released their self-titled debut album in 1987. The album featured their hit song “Right On Track” which peaked at #7 on May 30, 1987. They were nominated in the category of Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1988, losing out to Jody Watley.

The band went on to record a second album, but it was never released. They did have a cover of the The Beatles’ “Drive My Car“, used in the film, License to Drive. Shortly after that, the band broke up.

Now, let’s Return to 1987, and check out Breakfast Club’s smash it, “Right On Track”: