Another Earworm On The Barbie

Don’t blame us if you get indigestion later in the week…

Are you ready for Monday?  I can’t hear you!  I said, are you ready for Monday!?!?  What?  No!?!?  Well, then allow The Nest to officially prepare you for the coming week the only way we know how… by force feeding you another happy pill suppository that’s been trapped underneath the child proof cap of retro awesomeness we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  The Sponkies, along with the cold weather, have convinced DJ Scratchy and the gang to spend the week sunning it up in the outback down under!  Yes, they went to Australia, and all you’ll get is this lousy earworm…

In just over 100 episodes of the Dusty Vinyl Archive, I have managed to introduce you to many wonderful lost pieces of music without having ever featured any artist more than once.  Well, we’re double dipping for the first time in DVA history today, and doing it with the same band we honored two years ago this week for Australia Day!

No, Joey! They’re not going to play “Big Balls!”

INXS is a perfect candidate for multiple DVA slots since they are one of the most horrifically underrated bands of the 1980’s despite being a hitmaking machine for the entire latter half of the decade.  I featured a pair of their lesser known hits in that original post, but also included a link to an even earlier INXS to show how long the group had actually been around before they became stars in the US.  Funny thing was… after that post went live, rather than re-listening to the songs I chose to feature, I found myself instead going back to the linked video time and time again… and the more I played it, the more I realized it was far and away my favorite INXS song, and a lost classic in its own right.  That song was INXS’s very first Top 40 hit in the States (#30), 1983’s “The One Thing”…

There are so many things I love about this song…. nevermind the wonderfully crazy video (with cats!) that went with it!  For one thing (Ha!), it seems like a very unique piece of pop music, while somehow also perfectly representing the rock music of that most excellent year.  While everyone always paid the most attention to lead singer Michael Hutchence, it’s the three Farris brothers (Tim on the guitar, Andrew on the keyboards, and especially Jon on the drums) who make this song the beautiful thing it is.  It can even overcome what has to be one of the lamest sax solos in a decade that was made famous by its sax solos.  Kirk Pengilly and his nerdy glasses always seemed so out of place in this band…

Get off the floor you loser. And get rid of those goddamn union jack boots…

I’ll be back with more thunder from down under (or other places) next Monday…

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27 Responses to Another Earworm On The Barbie

  1. This is a little “off topic” but I love how this video REALLY is a great plug for being “in excess” – which of course they are. I always liked this group – strangely (or maybe not) I don’t remember this song though.


    • LOL! I never thought of that, but you’re right! And thank goodness none of the poor cats got scooped up in any of that excessive eating…

      I have vague memories of this song from when it came out, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the radio station my parents listened to back then played it… as they weren’t a Top 40 station, but played a lot of modern rock songs that weren’t necessarily big hits. One of the reasons I go back to 1983 a lot for DVA selections….

  2. I like it too and I didn’t understand why it never became big in europe… it was much better than need you tonight what all dj’s played without a break…

    • That has to be one of my least favorite INXS songs, and it was their only #1 US hit. And because of that, it’s about the only INXS song that gets played anymore, which drives me crazy…

  3. Piglove says:

    I live under a rock for sure. Lowers piggy head in shame. We have no clue of this band here at the Hotel Thompson. We all so need to get out more. XOXO – Bacon

  4. LOVED this song, then and now. Say what you will about big hair of the 80’s, those curly haired mullets made me smile. And yeah, that sax solo…what WERE they thinking?

  5. Thom says:

    Good tune.

  6. draliman says:

    I always love seeing 1980’s women’s hairstyles. There was so much hair around in those days. Where did it all go? Down the plughole? A plumber’s dream.

  7. ody N biskit…INXS rocked…we will hafta sneek over heer later N toon in ta thiz tune for R trip down memoree lane !! 🙂 ♥♥

  8. Ladybuggz says:

    Love INXS! one of my fav’s! Strange enough I seem to have trouble with playing videos on my laptop, I can watch them but I can hardly hear them, even cranked up to 100%. I’ll figure it out, I always do!

  9. I get a little lost in these posts because I don’t know the music at all. I wish I did. Sometimes, I feel like I came from another planet.

    • I feel the same way when people talk about movies… especially anytime outside of the 80’s. I just don’t know anything about them and can’t possibly participate in any discussion…

  10. Ally Bean says:

    Ditto what Marilyn said. Although on this particular video it’s not the music that stopped me, it’s the hairstyles. Oy vey.

  11. crimsonowl63 says:

    Looks like I might be the only one, but other than one part at the beginning that sounded like Devo I didn’t like this song. I don’t know many of their songs because I’m not crazy about their sound. You kept calling this rock music. Really? This is in any way considered rock? I’m being serious. Please, I hope you weren’t. This isn’t rock. Rock music has guitar solos. Did this have one? If so it’s still not rock. Love your post, as always, bu

    • LOL! Have you seen the membership of the rock and roll hall of fame? Rock is a pretty generic term that’s almost become synonymous with pop. I guess this would be technically classified as new wave, but it’s more rocking than most other new wave at the time. Billy Joel’s song “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” and Huey Lewis’ “Heart of Rock & Roll” make the case for rock being much more than screaming guitars and big drums….

      • crimsonowl63 says:

        That’s true. I mean, for god’s sake they let Journey (gak) & Bon Jovi (blech) in. So, I guess rock has changed. I still know rock when I hear it. Lol Oh yes, Rock is much more than the guitars and drums. I don’t know why I’m wasting your time. Sorry man.
        I don’t like the song. That’s it 😁

  12. crimsonowl63 says:

    Hey! Not crazy about the song. Haha! The End.

  13. Nothing dusty there. Love that song. Love INXS. Thanks ES.

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