Monthly Archives: September 2012

Nick Gilder – Hot Child in the City

First Hit #1: October 28, 1978 We move from strangely sexy to uncomfortably sexy. Nick Gilder’s big hit is about underage prostitutes, something that can be inferred by the lyrics but was explicitly confirmed by Gilder himself. He’s chosen to … Continue reading

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Exile – Kiss You All Over

First Hit #1: September 30, 1978 I’m going to describe Exile’s big hit as strangely sexy. It’s something conventionally erotic, especially as the chorus gets big and “until the night closes in” gets shouted to the rooftops. But it works, … Continue reading

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A Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie

First Hit #1: September 9, 1978 Boogie Oogie Oogie is a pretty good example of how trend saturation can kind lead to otherwise decent songs seeming less than impressive. Boogie Oogie Oogie, in spite of the name, is largely pretty … Continue reading

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Frankie Valli – Grease

First Hit #1: August 26, 1978 It was inevitable that this would ascend to the top, the theme song to ’78s big hit musical written by the most popular songwriter of the year – do I even have to say … Continue reading

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The Commodores – Three Times a Lady

First Hit #1: August 12, 1978 A song like Three Times a Lady is one of the most difficult to pull off, because one has to have a sincere expression of love without it going over the edge into a … Continue reading

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Rolling Stones – Miss You

First Hit #1: August 5, 1978 The more things change, the more things stay the same. The charts have changed a lot since the last Rolling Stones #1, with disco’s rise and synthesizers becoming de rigueur. But through it all, … Continue reading

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Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing

First Hit #1: June 17, 1978 It’s been an entire month without a Gibb on the chart, and this is 1978, so it’s high time for another Gibb track to ascend to the top of the charts. So, we have … Continue reading

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