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One Hit Wonders - FOCUS (1973)
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"Hocus Pocus" by Focus - 

But for some silly noises which can't really be called vocals, this song is an instrumental. In an interview with the British newspaper New Musical Express in May 1973, lead guitarist Jan Akkerman said "Hocus Pocus" was "just a send-up of those rock groups."
 
Joke or not, it was a big hit. The album version of this Van Leer/Akkerman composition runs to 6 minutes 42 seconds. The radio edit entered the Billboard Chart at #98 week ending March 3, 1973 and peaked at #9 week ending June 2. In the UK it made the charts the same time as the classic Focus instrumental "Sylvia"; not many groups can boast that. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)
 
This instrumental hit is known for its use of yodeling. The song stood out on the radio as there was nothing like it on the airwaves. The song also contains flute, accordion and various vocal sounds.
 
The song was originally recorded in 1971, but didn't chart as a hit until the faster radio version was recorded and released in 1973.
 
Focus is a Dutch Progressive Rock band. This is their only hit. (thanks, Daniel - Sydney, Australia, for above 3)
 
Guitarist Gary Hoey recorded a popular version on his 1993 Animal Instinct album.
 
The song features prominently in the high profile Nike TV commercial, Write the Future, which was put together for the 2010 World Cup.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=8689

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1973 - Year End Charts

1 Tony Orlando and Dawn Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree
2 Jim Croce Bad Bad Leroy Brown
3 Roberta Flack Killing Me Softly With His Song
4 Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On
5 Paul McCartney and Wings My Love
6 Kris Kristofferson Why Me
7 Elton John Crocodile Rock
8 Billy Preston Will It Go Round In Circles
9 Carly Simon You're So Vain
10 Diana Ross Touch Me In The Morning

69 Focus Hocus Pocus

| Closed on 06/08/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
14 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Great song)
36%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
21%c. 5-6 (It's Ok)
29%d. Who? What? Huh?
14%e. My Ears are bleeding!

  
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#1 | 480 days ago
Nick__ (+)

That music video = WTF!

That's one crazy little Dutch f**ker!
5-6 (It's Ok)  
#2 | 480 days ago

Depending on how you look at it...that sounded like a bad 'trip'
Who? What? Huh?  
#3 | 480 days ago

good tune.   prefer that to most of the top ten.
7-9 (Good Song)  
#4 | 480 days ago

I had totally forgotten about this song.
7-9 (Good Song)  
#5 | 477 days ago

Would I be wrong if I considered the vocal to be a yodel?
5-6 (It's Ok)  

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