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Billboard #1 Hits: ‘Pop Muzik’- M. November 3, 1979. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Pop Muzik’ -M
  • Record Company- MCA
  • Genre: New Wave
  • Written by Robin Scott
  • Time: 3:21
  • B-side:”M Factor’
  • Album-New York- London- Paris- Munich
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #2 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland.

M was a music project by Robin Scott- and ‘Pop Muzik” is a textbook one-hit wonder-the only entry into the Billboard Hot 100 by M- and it went all the way to the top of the pops. Robin Scott was born in England in 1947.

From Songfacts-

This song brought together a variety of influences, including a disco sound that was a hybrid of the European style popularized by producer Georgio Moroder, and the American disco from acts like Earth, Wind & Fire. The song is often categorized as New Wave, and considered one of the first singles in that genre to top the Hot 100. It was also one of the first synthesizer-driven tracks to top the chart.

This song is sung from the perspective of a disc jockey spinning records at a dance club. This being 1979, the Pop Music of the time was the finest disco in all the land. While on the surface, the song is about enjoying the sound and losing your inhibitions on the dance floor, M (Robin Scott) sees a far deeper meaning in the track. In disco music, he saw people coming together from all over the world, and the DJ was their voice of authority giving them direction. He explained to Melody Maker: “At the end of the track, I say ‘Do you read me Loud And Clear.’ It’s very pushy. I’m not sure that I like to be spoken to like that, but I get the feeling that people want to know that someone is in control. I see everybody in the disco like being in an enormous army which is waiting to be told what to do. They’ve all rallied under this call, and now they’re sweating out their hang-ups there.”

4 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #474: ‘ POP MUZIK’- M – NOVEMBER 3, 1979

  1. it was different… like others said kind of reminiscent of Buggles and Devo. I like the traditional hit radio stuff of late-70s… Eagles, Fleetwood Mac etc … but I do recall thinking back then “wow- this is neat… something really different is happening”.
    I’ve read several references to Mark King and Wally badarou of Level 42 being on this record though I haven’t seen them listed in the official credits.

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