Some guilty pleasures (Caution: NSFW, nothing wrong with the language, but people will talk about you)
Harpo: Moviestar (1975)
Definitely one for the car with all windows wound up tight. A native of Sweden, Jan Harpo Torsten Svensson was assigned to two in-house producers at Polar Music, Benny and Björn of Abba. The collaboration would not last, but Harpo had his international number one in 1975 with Moviestar, featuring Abba’s Frida on backing vocals.
The Hee Bee Gee Bees: Meaningless Songs (in Very High Voices) (1980)
Written by Philip Pope and future screenwriter Richard Curtis, and featuring the vocal talents of the Cribb brothers (Garry, Norris and Dobbin), this reached number two in Australia. The Hee Bees released records in other guises, including “When Two Songs (Sound the Same)” as Frankie Goes to the Bank, and “Purple Pants”as Ponce.
Hüsker Dü: Love Is All Around (1985)
Probably only familar to Hüsker Dü fanatics and people born before 1970, this is better know as the theme song to the Mary Tyler Moore Show – compulsory viewing in our house when I was a kid. The show was set in Hüsker Dü’s home town, Minneapolis. A statue of Mary now adorns Nicollet Mall where the opening sequence was filmed. I was lucky enough to visit the spot in 2007, but couldn’t bring myself to re-enact the famous hat toss.
George Harrison: All Those Years Ago (1970)
Nothing embarrassing about this one. This is George Harrison’s tribute to his childhood friend, John Lennon, featuring Ringo on drums, and Paul McCartney’s backing vocals. Thanks to nowhereman113 for a great video: