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One Hit Wonders - SHOCKING BLUE (1970)
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"Venus" by Shocking Blue - 

The group's guitarist Robbie Van Leeuwen wrote this song. The group is from The Netherlands, which led to an interesting translation problem when Shocking Blue lead singer Mariska Veres sang the English lyrics. Van Leeuwen wrote the first line down incorrectly: what was supposed to be "A goddess on the mountain top" he wrote as "A goddness on the mountain top," and that's exactly how Veres sang it. Most listeners didn't notice, and the many cover versions corrected the error, but the result was a #1 hit with a misspoken first line thanks to a typo.
 
The female vocal trio Bananarama recorded this in 1986. It was one of the first songs they started performing when they formed the band.
 
The distinctive guitar riff was taken from The Who's "Pinball Wizard."
 
This was produced by Jerry Ross, who also produced another Dutch group, Tee Set, who performed "Ma Belle Amie". Ross also produced an album of orchestral arrangements of his (primarily) Dutch stable of hits, under the name Jerry Ross Symposium.
 
In the US, both this and the Bananarama cover version reached #1, making it one of the few songs to do so. Strangely, in the UK both Shocking Blue and Bananarama reached #8 with "Venus" and both spent 13 weeks on the chart with the song
 
On an episode of the MTV cartoon Beavis And Butthead, Butthead makes up his own lyrics to this but gets frustrated when he can't think of anything that rhymes with "Venus."
 
In Shocking Blue's home country, this never made it to #1. After the success in the States, the song was re-released, but climbed no further that #3 in the Dutch Pop charts.
 
In 1959, Frankie Avalon had a US #1 hit with the same title. There were 2 other instances of different songs with identical titles reaching #1 on the Billboard charts. "My Love" was #1 for Petula Clark in 1966 and another "My Love" turned the trick for McCartney & Wings in 1973. Then "Best Of My Love" topped the charts for the Eagles in 1973 and a different song of the same title was #1 for The Emotions in 1977.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1402

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1970



1  Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
2  Carpenters (They Long To Be) Close To You
3  Guess Who American Woman / No Sugar Tonight
4  B.J. Thomas Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
5  Edwin Starr War
6  Diana Ross Ain't No Mountain High Enough
7  Jackson 5 I'll Be There
8  Rare Earth Get Ready
9  Beatles Let It Be
10  Freda Payne Band Of Gold
     
33  Shocking Blue Venus
| Closed on 11/07/13 at 05:00PM
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6 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Great Song)
50%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
50%c. 5-6 (Ehh..ok)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
0%e. My Penis is on fire? What the hell :O

  
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#1 | 387 days ago
Nick__ (+)

I'll tell you what's SHOCKING, whenever I heard this song on the radio, by this band, I always thought a male was singing.

Holy crap!  DAMN DUTCH!  

5-6 (Ehh..ok)  
#2 | 387 days ago

I liked it, but I like spinach.

yes
7-9 (Good Song)  
#3 | 387 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Beaneaters wrote:
I liked it, but I like spinach.

yes
Hey!  If you make it correctly, Spinach rocks!

Sautee the spinach in a frying pan with olive oil and minced garlic.  It's off the hook!

5-6 (Ehh..ok)  
#4 | 387 days ago

I always liked this song.....   gotta agree with the guys  ^^^^ , .. I like spinach too .. lol
7-9 (Good Song)  
#5 | 386 days ago

The song's OK...I became more familiar with it when Bananarama remade it in the 80's....but I still sing the song as I'm your....well....figger it out!
5-6 (Ehh..ok)  

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