One Hit Wonders #28: “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles (Atlantic Records 1989)


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Thirty years ago, Canadian songstress Alannah Myles glided to #1 on the charts with her sultry hit single”Black Velvet”:

Alannah Myles was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and before breaking through with “Black Velvet” she was fairly well known in her home country, even getting a guest shot as a single young mom on a 1984 episode of the popular Canadian TV show THE KIDS OF DEGRASSI STREET.  When her hit tune stormed the charts, that smoky voice and those sexy good looks catapulted her to stardom, thanks in large part to constant airplay on MTV.

She won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Performance and three Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent to the Grammies), but her subsequent LP’s and singles went nowhere in America, and just as meteorically as she rose, Alannah Myles tumbled off the radar here. She has retained a fan base in Europe and her…

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Music Video of the Day: All Eyes On You by Active Child (2019, dir by Isaac Ravishankara)


This is without a doubt one of the best music videos that I’ve seen in a while.

Through a series of images that seem still but aren’t, this video tells a story that …. well, I’m not going to ruin the story.  When it begins, you might think it’s just going to be another dramatic lover’s quarrel in a parking lot but it instead turns into something far different.  What do the video’s final images mean?  I’m not sure that there is a definitive answer.  Perhaps it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Enjoy!