"Viva Las Vinyl 1: No-Hit Wonders" Podcast

April, 2006




This is the third Dorritville Podcast, and the first of what I'm sure will be many entries in the "Viva Las Vinyl" series. The theme of this particular one is "No-Hit Wonders." These are all bands that had songs on albums, (singles will be a different podcast) that were really good but that weren't hits--and I, for one, never understood why. Most of these are from the 80s, making it's particularly hard to understand since so many of the songs that did become hits then weren't very good. Songs like, "Safety Dance," "Land Down Under," or Blondie's embarassing mistake, "Rapture." I'll bet that one still gives Debbie Harry nightmares!

I ripped all these songs myself from the original records, a task that's become much easier because of my new toy, the Edirol R1 digital MP3 recorder. (Seriously, if you love music and have a lot of vinyl to digitize, you have GOT to get you one of these things.) If they were already available as MP3s, I sure couldn't find them and I've been looking for some of them for years.

For all the interesting stories about these songs, this time you must download and listen to the podcast. (And there may be suprises as well, you never know.) Don't cower in fear at the word "podcast," either. A podcast is just a gigundo MP3 file, and you download them like any other MP3. Plus, since you can use RSS to subscribe to them, they're easier to get. The super-easy instructions are on my podcast page. I want to become a cult favorite, so subscribe, download and listen to my podcasts. Don't make me hurt you.

Get the Podcasts of this mix!          

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    1979

  • In My Arms Again - The Shoes

    1979

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    1980

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