The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was a huge hit for a band that had become resigned to NOT having hits and while they were enjoying its success they were also apologizing for it.
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The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was a huge hit for a band that had become resigned to NOT having hits and while they were enjoying its success they were also apologizing for it. One of the band’s members said it was “a compromise with commerciality.” The lead singer of the group kind of backed off from a full apology saying, “I don’t think being commercial is totally derogatory.” She went on to say, “I think this was the most intriguing or interesting cut on the album being that it was a crossover, and it helped introduce new wave music in a more commercial way.” Perhaps they were sensitive to the possibility that their fans might think that they were doing something that was, on the one hand, very popular, but on the other hand was causing a lot of negative response from a large segment of music’s fandom – On April 30, 1979 the number one song in America was by Blondie – and it had a distinctly disco flavor – Heart of Glass.