Falling Down

Almost got it set up. Please don’t breathe for the next ten minutes…

Does the prospect of another workweek have you ready to go feral?  Well stop whimpering, because it’s Monday and that means The Nest has the muzak that can tame even the most savage beast!  It’s time to us to throw another piece of raw possum meat into that steel cage full of endangered songs we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s always ready to take a walk on the wild side, while the Sponkies are on hand to make sure that no animals are harmed in the making of this post.  This earworm will have you barking at the moon one way or another….

Fame can be quite fleeting, as the scrapbook of pop culture has many pages that seem to have come loose from the binder only to get swept underneath the pee stained rug.  At best, Robbie Nevil is remembered three decades after he burst on the scene for being nothing more than a C-list one hit wonder.  His debut single “C’est la Vie” took Top 40 radio by storm in late 1986 and made it all the way up to #2.  If you even recall that a person named Robbie Nevil ever existed, it is likely only because of this song that still gets the occasional radio airplay…

Well, that and the fact that he shared a barber with Tiny Tim.

Good grief… Robbie Nevil had FIVE Top 40 hits in his brief, but pseudo-successful career!  His self-titled debut album spawned three Top 20 hits alone.  And while I love his best known hit, I like this forgotten piece of perky funk even more.  Here is Nevil’s second single, the #14 hit “Dominoes”…

Robbie Nevil may have gotten even more screwed over by the Pop Music Preservation Society than even Kevin Paige did.  While I don’t care much for his third single “Wot’s It To Ya,” apparently the same mid 80’s demographic that riddled the ozone with Aqua Net loved it enough to get it to #10 at the time.  How can you have your first three songs all become big hits and still end up as a footnote to an entire decade?  I don’t know the answer to that…

C’est la vie, man. C’est la vie…

I’ll return next Monday with another selection from our mass dementia…

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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22 Responses to Falling Down

  1. I think the answer to your question is that the guy needed a new hairdresser……….

    Pam and Ted too

  2. A cool song to start the week out with, in a Duran Duran kind of way. Can’t stop tapping my toes and twirling. 🙂

  3. Don’t know this song.. you know? At all! But it is right up there with the “sound” of the 80s. It should have done better. Thanks for the share! 🙂

  4. ody & biskit; we remeburr Robbie & de song “C’est la Vie”, but honest lee dont rememburr dominoes….. will have a listen when FSG getz home !!!!! 🙂 ♥

  5. I don’t remember nothin’ at all. Probably because I was an ocean away. Every once in a while you pick something I heard of … but mostly, not. I missed a whole decade in America, but I often feel like I didn’t miss that much. At least I caught the 90s.

    • I’m trying to branch out a bit, but I keep getting stuck in the 80’s because I know the music so well. I have a couple of songs I added to my list from before I was even born, and I’ll try to remember to use one of them next week…

  6. me neither… but I have to admit that I totally disliked ce la vie… but I hopped on board of the fan bus with dominoes… maybe that’s liFe to be on top for a while and at the end forgotten… ce la vie… maybe it was his personality, he always looked like a dog caught with a stolen sausage…

  7. Ladybuggz says:

    I looked up the popular song and this came up way ahead before his!! lol… you’ll have a chuckle!!
    https://youtu.be/jZeox2IqNZs I was an alcoholic/workaholic back then so if it didn’t involve cooking and booze I missed out! Sorry, don’t remember it lol..

  8. Oh wow. I forgot about him. Now you know I’m not just clicking “like” on all of your post. I’ve been AWOL on the road for the past two weeks. I’m playing catch up and rambling… anyway… I looked Robbie up and found out that he is now middle aged, and has written a bazillion songs for other people. In fact he is still a song writer and producer for some pretty big names. That is better than finding out he now a self-help guru in the Mojave desert or some other sort of nonsense. Thanks for a fun post. 1986 was one of those pivotal years for, well, a lot of things.

    • I knew you had been away, and I have learned to live with the fact that summer is slow around here for that very reason. Thank you for not being one of those people who Like five of my posts in ten seconds and expect me to believe they actually read them…

  9. draliman says:

    Maybe he needed a new publicist. Or better songs 🙂

  10. Trisha says:

    I just heard C’est la vie but I didn’t remember Robbie’s name. That kind of info just doesn’t seem to stick in my brain. I don’t remember Dominoes either.

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