Archive for October 6th, 2011
Musicians are known for their signature songs. For example, when you think of John Mellencamp, one of the first songs that comes to mind is “Jack and Diane”. Bryan Adams’ signature song is “Summer of 69′” while Billy Joel’s is “Piano Man”. The tune an artist is most remembered for is not always their highest charting song but is actually rather more novelty.
In 1992 John Mellencamp released “Love and Happiness” a hidden rock gem off his commercially successful 1991 album “Whenever We Wanted“. In my opinion, this song is a underrated Mellencamp song that should get a few more rotations.
Exactly three months ago yesterday, actor Mark Wahlberg turned 40. Before launching his successful acting career, Wahlberg entered the American consciousness as a rapper, scoring a number 1 hit exactly 20 years ago yesterday as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch with “Good Vibrations.”
He would follow this up a few months later with a top 10 hit in “Wildside,” which is based on a sample of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.” But that would be the end of the line for Wahlberg’s pop music success. While Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch released a second album and few more singles, they would never again hit the to 40.