Song of the Day: Shocking Blue – “Venus”

On this day in 1970, this infectious track hit No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart. The song made Shocking Blue the first Dutch act to reach No. 1 in the U.S., but that was only the tip of the iceberg. The song went to number one in the U.S. two more times — once in 1981 as part of a Stars on 45 medley and then once more in 1986 when it was covered by Bananarama. Oddly enough, the song never hit No. 1 in Shocking Blue’s home country. This video has a peculiar backdrop, what with the monkey cage and all.

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