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Michael Damian – Rock On (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 2nd, 2010



“Rock On” is a song that was composed and sung by English singer/songwriter David Essex in 1973. In March of 1974, it was a Top 5 song (reaching the #5 position) on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop-music chart. It was Essex’s only Billboard Top 40 hit.

“Rock On” was covered by soap opera star and singer Michael Damian in 1989 and featured in the teen film, Dream a Little Dream, starring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, among others.

Damian’s version, which he also released from his independent album Where Do We Go From Here on the Cypress Records label, which A&M Records distributed, was a harder-edged interpretation that employed none of the vocal or instrumental distortion Essex’s version had used. It reached the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, thus outperforming Essex’s original Billboard ranking. However, the song did get to #1 for Essex in ’74 on the US Cashbox charts, the same week it was at #11 on the Billboard Charts.

This version was ranked #99 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s (despite the fact that Damian actually had four Billboard charting singles during the ’80s).


Rock On (7″ Extended Dance Mix) 6:30
Rock On (12″ Power Re-Mix) 3:54

Rock On (Original Dance Mix) 4:56

Vinyl: Near mint
Sleeve: Near mint


Year Single Chart Position
1989 Rock On U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1


Label: Cypress Records
Catalog#: SP-12308
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Edited By – Manny Lehman (tracks: A1, A2)
Producer – Larry Weir , Michael Damian , Tom Weir
Remix – Manny Lehman (tracks: A1, A2) , Michael Damian (tracks: A1, A2) , Tom Weir (tracks: A1, A2)
Written By – D. Essex

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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8 Responses to “Michael Damian – Rock On (US 12″)”

  1. matracas Says:

    The info states “This version was ranked #99 on VH1′s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s (despite the fact that Damian actually had four Billboard charting singles during the ’80s).”

    See, I have always had a problem with these “one hit wonder” charts because it always seems that the artists have at least one other song that charted. Do you consider a-ha a one hit wonder? Ray Parker Jr. or Spin Doctors?

    If a song only breaks the Billboard top 40 it’s not enough to be considered a hit unless it goes Top 5 or what?

    Anyway; in Michael’s case, to me he is a OHW, Ha ha ha ha!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    matracas does that mean that you don’t like it? I do know that Michael Damian charted at #24 “Was It Nothing at All?” (1989) and #31 “Cover Of Love” (1989) #69 “She Did It” (1981) and #60 “What A Price To Pay” (1991). So I wouldn’t consider him a OHW maybe a #1 hit wonder. haha


    matracas Reply:

    See; so you agree that he isn’t a OHW.

    BTW I do like the song but I still prefer the 70’s original version.

    Thanks for this rip.


  2. matt Says:

    thank you! stumbled onto your site. what a labor of love. much appreciated. can’t say thank you enough. cheers.


  3. The Dark Princess of Pop Says:

    Paul was just referencing VH1’s list, so it was never really a matter of his agreeing or not agreeing that Michael Damian is not a one-hit wonder. It wasn’t Paul saying he’s a one-hit wonder. But for the very point you, Matracas, raise about a lot of artists who are called one-hit wonders having other releases that just don’t chart or don’t chart as well is why I usually put “one-hit wonder” in parenthesis when I’m referring to artists who would probably be called that by most people. Almost all of them released other songs.

    Anyway, what I was originally going to post is I can’t believe this was posted, haha!


  4. ThatMusicGuy Says:

    Thanks! Have been seeking the 12″ Power Re-Mix for a long time!


  5. Bellenger1981 Says:

    Thank you!!!


  6. Eduardo Says:

    thanks for sharing 🙂


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