One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1989 – Kon Kan

“I Beg Your Pardon” by Kon Kan

Kon Kan was a Canadian band formed in 1988 in Toronto, Ontario. They released their debut album, Move to Move. “I Beg Your Pardon” was released as the first single off of that album, and became a hit in many countries, including landing at #15 on March 11, 1989. The song samples of other songs, including Lynn Anderson’s 1971 hit, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”, as well as samples of GQ’s “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)” and Silver Convention’s “Get Up and Boogie”. The band was awarded a 1990 Juno (Canadian Grammy) for the song.

Kevin Wynne, who was the lead singer of the group, left after the debut album. Barry Harris (vocals, keyboard, guitar) released two more albums under the band’s original name. But they were never able to generate another hit.

Harris gained his greatest post-Kon Kan popularity as half of Thunderpuss, collaborating with DJ Chris Cox. Together, they produced and remixed dozens of dance hits including “It’s Not Right but It’s Okay” by Whitney Houston.

But I “I Beg Your Pardon”. Let’s Return to 1989, and check out Kon Kan’s hit song:

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One thought on “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1989 – Kon Kan”

    That has a real early 80s sound to it, huh?
    I actually liked Lynn Anderson’s version better. I grew up listening to country because my dad was a big fan.

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