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Lost Hits of the New Wave #6

“Clones (We’re All)” by Alice Cooper.

This is notoriously the New Wave song from Alice Cooper, trashed at the time as cashing in and selling out to popular music, the album “Flush the Fashion” is now considered something of a lost treasure. It was one of my faves of the time even though it disappeared quickly. I remember it being in the nightly ‘top five at ten’ on WPST for a week or so.

Selling out or not, the tune is vintage Alice, and fits it perfectly with his repertoire. Alice was the monster guy when I was in elementary school, and was now the scifi guy with this comeback while I was in junior high. Do you hear the Gary Numan “Cars” vibe in there? I like it.

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Lost Hits of the New Wave #1

“Hey, St. Peter” by Flash and the Pan.

This one-hit wonder tune hit hard in the summer of 1977, and was provided unprecedented airplay on both top 40 and rock radio stations in the Philadelphia area. I recall hearing it exhaustedly on WYSP, WPST, and WIFI, all radio stations now deceased. The band was spun out of The Easybeats and had some success in its native Australia and in the UK.

A self-titled album from Flash and the Pan hit in 1978. Although they never pulled a second hit from it, the record also included “Walking in the Rain,” which Grace Jones would later have her own hit with as a cover. “Hey, St. Peter” was their only US hit.

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