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Favorite one-hit wonders

Discussion in 'The OT' started by JBKing, Aug 1, 2002.

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  1. Karl Foster

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    The Wonders - "That Thing You Do" :)
     
  2. Geronimo

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    Question Mark and the Mysterians----96 Teardrops
     
  3. Steve Mehs

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    Song2 by Blur (the woohoo song played at hockey games)
    We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
    Lets Get Together by Youngbloods
    Friends and Family by Trick Turner
    American Psycho by Treble Charger
    Clint Eastwood by Gorillizas
     
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    You're right, I totally forgot about "Out Of My Head" when I put Fastball in there. I've never heard of "Fire Escape" before, but I know that Fastball released a new CD 2 summers ago and it never quite caught on as much as the previous one had. That's probably why I thought of them as a one hit wonder.
     
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    Here's a few more that I just thought of:

    The Presidents Of The USA - "Lump"

    The Calling - "Wherever You Will Go"...I guess it's OK to label these guys as a one hit wonder now, it doesn't look like they're going to follow up to that song...

    Biggest one hit wonder fakeout: Sugar Ray!!!
     
  6. JBKing

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    Thanks for the link, James.

    Man, some of those songs suck! Disco Duck, David Soul-Don't give up on us baby, Kung foo fighting :rolleyes: Achey Breaky Heart :nono:


    here's some good ones, IMO

    Nick Lowe - Cruel to be Kind
    Boomtown Rats - LiveAid...no... I mean I don't like Mondays.
    Gary Numan - Cars
     
  7. James_F

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    Gary Numan. God I hate that song!
     
  8. Kevin

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    A few more:

    Blind Melon - "No Rain"...God what an awful song...

    Del Amitri - "Roll To Me"

    Deep Blue Something - "Breakfast At Tiffany's"

    Tal Bachman - "She's So High"

    4 Non Blondes - "What's Going On"...possibly one of the most annoying songs ever!

    The Flys - "Got You Where I Want You"

    Natalie Imbrugula - "Torn"

    Blessid Union Of Souls - "She Likes Me For Me"

    Faith No More - "Epic"
     
  9. Richard King

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    Minnesota based one hit wonders......

    Funkytown.... Lips Inc. (1980) A Minneapolis studio band. This was recorded at Sound 80 studios in Minneapolis. Sound 80 was the first commercial studio to use a digital multitrack. They were the testing ground for the 3M digital recording system. The company I worked for ended up in the building after the studio closed down.

    Liar Liar.... The Castaways (1965). This was a hit the Spring/Summer before I moved to Minnesota in Dec. '65. The Castaways played the first homecoming dance I attended at my new high school in Jan '66. I was impressed that they brought in national acts from California for a high school dance. They were actually a bunch of Minnesota natives from other nearby suburbs. :D They were on the Soma label, a local label owned by the Heilicher brothers who also owned the largest record distribution company in the country at the time (eventually became Pickwick International and the Musicland chain). If you have any (very) old Pickwick records in your collections you might see me on the back listed as mastering engineer as I worked in their studio for a year or so.

    Mule Skinner Blues.... The Fendermen. An early Minnesota based band, also on Soma.
     
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    One Tin Soldier - Coven (Who can listen to this song without tears coming to your eyes at the memory of a beautiful young girl, ice cream running down her face.:D )

    Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen(almost as good as the earlier 1960 Johnny Bond version my father had in 33 rpm vinyl that I sang along with as a boy.)

    In the Year 2525 - Zager and Evens (Stupid song that I love to sing with as loud as I can. :D )
     
  11. Steve Mehs

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    I forgot about that song, I love it!
     
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    The Presidents of the USA had several popular songs. "Peaches" was probably as big a "hit" as "Lump"
     
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    A couple for our senior music lover RKing :)

    Li'l GTO - can't remember who did that right now

    Little Cobra - ?

    little Honda - Hondelles

    Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks

    I thought the Fendermen were Cheeseheads.

    What makes them 1 hit wonders? is it they just got lucky with no/minimal talent or people with talent and it's just hard to get ahit? Styx might not have ever been heard if one DJ at WLS hadn't decided to play Lady until it caught on, at least according to Behind the Music.
     
  14. Richard King

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    I believe that would be Ronny and the Daytonas?
    That particular brain cell died, so I cheated and looked it up. Try "The Ripcords" which consisted of Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston among others.

    The Fendermen in fact were cheeseheads from Madison. Imagine that, foreigners on Soma records. :D By the way Soma was backwards for Amos, one of the two Heilicker brothers.

    I think one hit wonders normally come from a combination of luck and marketing. Talent isn't the largest portion of the required combination, if it were the artist would have more than one hit. Many of the one hit wonders mentioned are probably still playing the club circuit on a weekly basis. Some, as in the case of Lipps Inc that I mentioned above were not real bands, but simply people brought together in a studio to do the song. When (if) the song hits, another group of musicians may get together to do the follow up album under the same group's name.
     
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    Raindrops keep falling on my head - B.J. Thomas
    Green Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
    Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Lenny Welch
    Jingle Jangle - The Archies
     
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    I guess any Christmas song gets under my nerves. I can't stand listening to the radio that time of year.

    I'm happy Grandma got run over by a raindeer... :(
     
  17. Steve Mehs

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    3 great 1 hit wonders! All 3 are on my MP3 playlist :)
     
  18. Richard King

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    They also had a hit with Sugar, Sugar along with a few other small hits. The Archies was more of a studio band featuring Andy Kim (Rock Me Gently/Baby I Love You) and Ron Dante(sp?) (the voice on Tracy by The Cuff Links) than anything else. So, a studio group that was close to being a one hit wonder produced two solo near one hit wonder artists.
     
  19. Steve Mehs

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    How about Leader Of The Laundromat by The Detergents. I love that parody, my local oldies station used to play it every once in a while.
     
  20. Richard King

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    Dang It!! Who's that bangin' on that piano? :lol:
     
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