Stars on 45, “Stars on 45” (1981)

A musical low in the early 1980s – but we’ve had so many since that this is in danger of looking inspired!

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There are many candidates for the titles of “all-time best” and “all-time worst” Number One Hit records, but I think it’s safe to say that there is no weirder Billboard Number One than the 1981 disco medley “Stars on 45.” “Stars on 45” (listed on the Billboard charts in 1981 as “Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I’ll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You’re Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45”.) is at once both a cynical record industry strategy and a bizarre early root of the remix culture that has become so prevalent in the modern age of sampling, mash-ups and Youtube parodies.

It all began in the Netherlands where bootleg 12 inch single remixes of disco and…

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