Hooked on Classics

On January 30th, 1982, a rare thing happened. A song peaked at #10 on the Billboard charts… but this wasn’t any song. This was a song that included Mozart and Bach and Beethoven. And “March of the Toreadors” and “Rhapsody in Blue”.

This… was “Hooked on Classics”.

That’s right–– there, just a few spots below “Centerfold” and “Harden My Heart” was a single that included music mostly written two hundred years earlier.

And for many of us, it was our first introduction to classical music.

From Beethoven’s Fifth to the Hallelujah Chorus, it was a greatest hits record, if you will, of music’s all-time greatest melodies. Sure it was set to a Linn LM-1 beat, but it worked. And dammit if we didn’t find ourselves humming along and finding new songs to take to our piano teacher… “I wanna play THAT, Miss Hornswaggle!”

The 1981 release of Hooked on Classics was only the beginning, as it turns out. In all, there were a dozen or so different albums that arranger and conductor Louis Clark bestowed upon us, including the awesomely-titled Hooked on Classics 2: Can’t Stop the Classics. (Take THAT Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo!)

Sure, Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band beat Clark to the punch a few years earlier with “A Fifth of Beethoven” on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, but that was the 70s, and we…

Well, WE’RE children of the 80s.

We ♥ Hooked on Classics.


~ by weheart80s on June 29, 2012.

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