SHOW: 1 Hit Wonder
GROUP: Hevanti Productions
ATTENDED: Sept. 12, 9 p.m., Urban Saloon
CLOSES: Sept. 12
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “An interactive sketch comedy show that satirizes the pop music industry’s process of climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.”
WE THINK: Held in what looked like a VFW Hall in the back of Urban Saloon, 1 Hit Wonder poked fun at pop music in the lamest and tiredest ways possible. Michael Jackson jokes? Check. Making fun of hipsters? Check. Finally taking Selena Gomez down a peg? You better believe that’s a check. The show was a mix of sketches and live music pointing out how formulaic and awful the pop charts are. Pretty easy targets picked off by pretty easy jokes.
Yes, pop music is very often terrible. And the points the show brought up about pop stars being packaged and processed definitely have truth in them. But in reality, it’s not very different from any period in music. I take umbrage with the “music’s not good anymore” stance. If you look at the charts from any era, there’s always garbage. There’s always gonna be garbage. Nobody remembers the crap years down the line, they only pick and choose the good stuff. That’s why in hindsight, everything used to be better. You might think the ‘70s was when music was music, when it was really pure, you know? But you only think of Led Zeppelin, not Bread and Captain & Tennille, the type of acts that were all over the Hot 100 in those days. (The show also poked at fun at Kanye West numerous times, but Yeezus is a straight-up masterpiece that is the opposite of everything they talked about. There’s no hit singles on that album. It’s a challenging, piece of art, everything the show seemed to say the music world needed.)
Dan Bruskewicz, aka TJ Kong of TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, one of the city’s best bands, went with me. If 1 Hit Wonder was tailored made for anyone, you would think a talented artist like himself would be its demographic. But that didn’t pan out: "It was like a six-minute YouTube skit for an hour and a half.”
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