Last of the Great VH1 Music Countdown Shows- Needs DVD Release
"One Hit Wonders", or "VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders", is a
documentary/special which originally aired on VH1 in the summer of
2002, but is still aired occasionally on both VH1 and VH1 Classics to
this day. It's an enormously entertaining special, and is really well
done and edited perfectly. It doesn't cover many one hit wonders before
1965, but has enough memorable songs for the many age groups that
normally watches VH1 that it doesn't really have to.
William Shatner is an interesting choice for a host. I'm not sure if
Shatner had an actual hit, but he did record an album of covers during
his "Star Trek" days that has been lampooned many times over the last
few decades. He makes a good host, and his background of a record store
(in the Rhino Records headquarters) fits this special perfectly.
What makes this documentary great though is the recounting of every
song and its artist. There's in depth detail of the artist before
hitting it big, why and how the song was written, what the influence
and/or significance of the song was in the long run, and what the
artist or artists are doing now. How the producers of this special
managed to do that for about three minutes each is astounding.
2002 was a turning point year for VH1. Before and during that year, the
network's motto was "Music First". Although they didn't show 24 hours
worth of music, they did have a lot of music-oriented programming. When
2003 hit, the network changed its logo, its core audience, and its
focus. It's now full of mostly reality shows (some of which are
actually pretty good), but does manage to squeeze in very entertaining
and addictive 4- or 5-part documentaries such as "I Love The '80's".
Although this documentary and others are aired occasionally on VH1 and
VH1 Classics, it's high time it gets its own DVD release. If trashy
shows like "Flavor of Love" and "I Love New York" can get DVD releases,
these shows definitely can. I would buy it, not to mention having a
hard time putting away the DVD set until I'm done watching the whole
thing. VH1 executives should really give the DVD release a try.
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