The buzz around Anvil! The Story of Anvil gets louder by the week – seems hardcore metal heads and lots of other rockers have fallen for the story of the Canadian band who just wouldn’t say die. The film hits theaters on April 10th, and VH1 News caught up with the guys as they their did their thing down at the South by Southwest festival a couple of weeks ago.? Check the above clip for an interview.
Lance and Anna rock the house on VH1′s Free Radio – music is a key part of the show. Tonight, in the season premiere, The Blue Van‘s “There Goes My Love” is featured. And of course, each week you can hear Billy Boy On Poison‘s? “Dirty Bomb” kick-start the whole thing – it’s the Free Radio theme. Click the links to find out more about each act. Watch the show tonight at 11 pm ET.
Throughout the season, there’s going to be several cool artists featured as part of the show’s soundtrack. Each week we’ll bring you up to speed on each of ‘em.
And speaking of radio, check VH1′s Radio Stations
We began our countdown of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s last night. Of course, when we make our mega list for one of our Greatest episodes, we start with more than 100 titles. And there are lots of people who love the songs that don’t make it to the final cut.? This time around some great music was pushed below the 100 mark. From Marshall Crenshaw to the Dream Academy to Al B. Sure, we thought we stack ‘em in a playlist and let it roll.? Young MC, too, as you can tell from the above clip of “Bust A Move.” Watch ‘em all and weigh in on what you think about the fact that they weren’t included in the final tally.
Vixen, The Church, Midnight Oil, Aldo Nova ? they all found a spot on our list. We counted down the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s, and these guys, plus acts such as Timbuk 3, The Georgia Satellites, and Paul Hardcastle, all made a dent. Check the list below to see where they ranked. Click the links to watch the videos. Head to The Greatest page for more playlists and show information.
Haven?t gotten your fill of 80s music yet? Here?s some more for you.
THE COMPLETE LIST…
1??? Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”
2??? Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”
3??? A-Ha: “Take On Me”
4??? Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny”
5??? Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”
6?? ?Toni Basil: “Mickey”
7?? ?Modern English: “I Melt With You”
8??? Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”
9??? Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy”
10??? Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax”
11??? Gary Numan: “Cars”
12??? Animotion: “Obsesssion”
13??? Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”
14??? Big Country: “In A Big Country”
15??? Devo: “Whip It”
16??? Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”
17??? Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
18??? Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”
19??? Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
20??? Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”
21??? Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
22?? ?Michael Sembello: ?Maniac?
23??? Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”
24??? Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”
25??? Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie”
Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls are on tour right now, and we don’t want you to miss the spectacle, so we?re giving away a pair of tickets for two shows, one in Los Angeles (4/16 at the Staples Center) and one in Las Vegas (4/25 at the MGM Grand).
To be in the running, all you have to do is watch two videos and answer the questions we ask you. When your response hits the comment field, you?re automatically part of a random drawing for a pair of tickets for one of the concerts. Take Nicole Scherzinger‘s advice and come watch the videos.
Next week we’re counting down the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. That means Haircut 100, JJ Fad, Swing Out Sister, Taco, Yello, and The Outfield are about to enter your life. We’ll be showing clips from all the music videos, and of course we’ve got pop pundits and wiseacre comedians (as well as some of the era’s artists themselves) commenting on all the relevant subjects. Check the clip above to see how the advent of MTV drove lots action in One Hit Wonder land.
Hit the comments field with your choice of the songs that should make the top 10!
Watch 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s each night, starting Tuesday, March 31 – Friday April 3.
The thud, the angst, the roar – In 1991 Pearl Jam‘s Ten swept across the country, cementing the notion of Seattle grunge as one of rock’s most powerful sounds. Almost two decades later, it’s still a fave for those who like it loud (which is plenty – 12 million people have bought it so far).? So no wonder our pals at? RockBand are making a big deal of the arrival of Ten‘s tracks. Now all the rumpus room rockers can wail their way through everything from “Jeremy” to “Even Flow.”
We’re celebrating, too. You can hear a handful of various remixes and obscurities that are found on the deluxe version of the Ten reissue here on the site. We’re streaming them through Tuesday, April 31.? Throughout the week, VH1 Classic is airing a video profile entitled “Pearl Jam Ten Revisited” that features an uncensored version of the “Jeremy” video.
The real hardcore Rock Band zealots can challenge Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron in a Game With Fame battle this Friday, March 27.
Remember in elementary school when you?d pass a sheet of paper around the room and have each of your friends add their own sentence? Inevitably it created a story that took on a life of its own. Well, Jason Mraz not only plays that same game with his buds, he actually writes songs that way too – except that the “paper” is email.
In at least one case, the results have been superb. In the above clip for “Lucky,” Mr A-Z recounts the story of conceiving the tune with fellow singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. According to Jason, neither of them knew where the song lyrics would go, but apparently, that?s the whole point. Building only off of the theme ?me talking to you,? they just let the creativity flow. Aren?t we all ?lucky? they did such a great job?
The informal performance is part of our “20th Floor Live” series, where artists are invited to play a song or two while visiting our offices. – Lacey Seidman
Next week, starting on Tuesday, March 31, we’re counting down the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. It doesn’t take long to generate contention with these kinds of shows. A few names pop up and opinions start to fly.
Today’s quandary is simple: Who would win in a fight, Don Johnson, Frank Stallone or Patrick Swayze? They each had a song that was hot for a minute, and none of them are considered recording artists. So…hand to hand combat – who walks away triumphant? Watch our pundits debate above, add your own comments below, and watch 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s from March, 31 – April 3 on VH1. Judah Friedlander, our well-known Best Week Ever wit and 30 Rock genius, hosts the series.
This week the boys chew the fat with the leaders of the reformed Extreme, Gary Charone and Nuno Bettencourt. And they debate the impact iTunes has had on loud rock albums. Check the above clip.
Every Saturday night hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamison debate modern music issues and classic music heroes; every week they bring out a guest or two as well. The show airs on VH1 Classic on Saturdays at 11 pm ET. If you’ve got a question for ‘em about a long lost metal band, they just might answer it.