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#81 Posted on 13.7.04 0929.03
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I'm disappointed in ALL OF YOU that no one has thought to bring up "Whoomp! (There it is)". Whether they ever released a second single or not should be immaterial in this case.

Although really, there SHOULD be a distinction between "singer/group who had a second hit" and "they released another single and it flopped".

Anyone who falls under category B should by all rights still be eligable.
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#82 Posted on 13.7.04 1828.52
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Wasnt ONE STEP BEYOND a mild hit for Madness in the states? Hell I remember ECW using the music on occasion.

Also, lets say:
The Butthole Surfers with Pepper
Ah-ha Take On Me
General Public - Tenderness
Sly Fox- Lets Go All The Way
Monie Love- My Sister
Harold Faltermeyer - AXEL F (he's more of a composer, so that may not count, same as Jan Hammer with the Miami Vice theme and Vangellis with the Chariots of Fire theme)
Haircut 100- Love Plus One
Bow Wow Wow- I want Candy
Who was that 4 year old French kid who had a song about it being tough being a baby?
Buckner and Garcia - Pac Man Fever
Regina- Baby Love
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#83 Posted on 14.7.04 0056.04
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Lipps Inc. "Funkytown" Not sure if it was posted, but heeey might as well try eh?
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#84 Posted on 14.7.04 0724.15
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I give Young MC a lot of credit for actually naming one of his follow-up albums "Return of the One-Hit Wonder".

I'd like to thank him for "Bust A Move" as it is the only song I will do at karaoke bars. I thought the guy was talented and it's a shame he couldn't get another hit, despite releasing 3 albums after "Stone Cold Rhymin'"
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#85 Posted on 14.7.04 0741.54
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May I direct your attention to the good folks at Viacom doing your work for you: VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders.

Break it down!

Songs 100-81
Songs 80-61
Songs 60-41
Songs 40-21
Songs 20-1

Stop! Can't touch this.

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#86 Posted on 15.7.04 0821.47
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Also, lets say:
    The Butthole Surfers with Pepper


They did have a minor hit before that with "Goofy's Concern", which was also in a super cool commercial for the Super NES. Considering the lyrics of the song, I was always surprised it was both a minor hit and an advertising jingle, but the edited version of the song was still pretty cool.
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#87 Posted on 15.7.04 0840.57
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Breakfast Club's RIGHT ON TRACK
Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers I'M NOT YOUR MAN

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#88 Posted on 15.7.04 0928.59
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Heaven 17 " Let Me Go"


I usually don't jump into these listy threads, but this struck me as I sit here listening to "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" by Heaven 17.

Now I probably traveled in a different universe than most of you in the 80s, but Heaven 17 was a pretty influential band. Martin Ware and Ian Marsh were in the Human League before forming Heaven 17. Their other hits beside "Let Me Go" and "Groove Thang" (again, in my circle) were "Crushed by the Wheels of Industry," "Temptation," and "Come Live With Me." So, in my little world, Heaven 17 are far from one-hit wonders.

Thank you and please drive through.
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#89 Posted on 15.7.04 1002.14
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I remember a great video for a great song by the Butthole Surfers called "Who Was In My Room Last Night?" It seemed like they played that all the time on MTV back in the day.
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#90 Posted on 15.7.04 2352.03
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Butthole Surfers are far from one-hit wonders...there stuff frequently topped college radio playlists for years...plus they have two of the greatest spoof album names ever "Electric Larryland" and "Hairway to Steven". The Toadies also had another big hit with "I Come From the Water" and a minor hit with "I Burn".

After reading this thread I've got Folk Implosion stuck in my head...I'm the one natural one take it easy...damn that bassline is infectous.
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#91 Posted on 18.7.04 1841.15
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If you want to get meta, there's "That Thing You Do" by the One-ders.


    Who was that 4 year old French kid who had a song about it being tough being a baby?


Wasn't this an SNL skit with Jeff Richards?
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#92 Posted on 18.7.04 2110.05
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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    If you want to get meta, there's "That Thing You Do" by the One-ders.


      Who was that 4 year old French kid who had a song about it being tough being a baby?


    Wasn't this an SNL skit with Jeff Richards?

He means Jordy (geocities.com). He's ALMOST old enough to do porn! (Maybe in France 16 WOULD be old enough to do porn, who knows?)
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#93 Posted on 18.7.04 2248.57
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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Big Bad
      If you want to get meta, there's "That Thing You Do" by the One-ders.


        Who was that 4 year old French kid who had a song about it being tough being a baby?


      Wasn't this an SNL skit with Jeff Richards?

    He means Jordy (geocities.com). He's ALMOST old enough to do porn! (Maybe in France 16 WOULD be old enough to do porn, who knows?)


That song was huge in Quebec. I can still remember the video to this day...jeebus.
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#94 Posted on 19.7.04 0124.37
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The Jordy video got some love on Beavis & Butthead, too. May seem insignificant, but back in the day it was a good way to get your band noticed (just ask White Zombie).

Somewhat of a tangent, but VH1 lists Devo, Ratt and Quiet Riot as one-hit wonders? Devo was huge... 7-11 even used "Freedom of Choice" for an ad campaign. That ranks up there with Eddy Grant's influence on Montgomery Ward's Electronics deepartment.

Ratt... well, "Dance", "Back for More, "You're in Love", "Lay it Down", "Body Talk", even "Way Cool Junior" and "Lovin' you is a Dirty Job" were all AOR hits.

Quiet Riot had "(Bang Yer' Head) Metal Health".. another big hit from the same album. But, since "Feel the Noize" is currently being used in a FRENCH-FRY commercial, that's all anyone remembers. Quiet Riot's follow-up albums were legitimate flops (Condtion Critical, QR3, and the 1989 self-titled release..with a different singer!)-- but they were a TWO, not one-hit wonder.

The more I think about it, this is tough. The border get fuzzy between "mainstream hits" vs. "regular hits". And yes, I apologize for foolishy mentioning Christopher Cross and Chuck Mangione.
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#95 Posted on 19.7.04 0819.12
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    Originally posted by estragand
    The Jordy video got some love on Beavis & Butthead, too. May seem insignificant, but back in the day it was a good way to get your band noticed (just ask White Zombie).

    Somewhat of a tangent, but VH1 lists Devo, Ratt and Quiet Riot as one-hit wonders? Devo was huge... 7-11 even used "Freedom of Choice" for an ad campaign. That ranks up there with Eddy Grant's influence on Montgomery Ward's Electronics deepartment.

    Ratt... well, "Dance", "Back for More, "You're in Love", "Lay it Down", "Body Talk", even "Way Cool Junior" and "Lovin' you is a Dirty Job" were all AOR hits.

    Quiet Riot had "(Bang Yer' Head) Metal Health".. another big hit from the same album. But, since "Feel the Noize" is currently being used in a FRENCH-FRY commercial, that's all anyone remembers. Quiet Riot's follow-up albums were legitimate flops (Condtion Critical, QR3, and the 1989 self-titled release..with a different singer!)-- but they were a TWO, not one-hit wonder.

    The more I think about it, this is tough. The border get fuzzy between "mainstream hits" vs. "regular hits". And yes, I apologize for foolishy mentioning Christopher Cross and Chuck Mangione.


Well, when I think of a HIT I think top 40 at a MINUMUM. Thus, I believe Devo, while brilliant and relevant to the music scene of the 80s, were still technically a one hit band.

Quiet Riot, had at least top 40 hits with Bang Your Head and Cum on Feel the noize. While condition critical was a POS, the 1989 one was possibly thier best album, as Paul Shortino had a much better voice than Kevin Dubrow.

(sorry, I get all defensive of my hair bands and crappy 80s rock, so I gotta stick up for them whenever I see a need! LOL!)
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#96 Posted on 19.7.04 1049.59
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"The Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy. Nothing else close to hit status. How about Free and "Alright Now."
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#97 Posted on 19.7.04 1538.46
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I believe FREE would be excluded under the "former member of a band" rule, since it was Paul Rogers of Bad Company on vocals, which in turn also excludes THE FIRM from OHW contention.

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#98 Posted on 19.7.04 1817.30
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Yeah, this took me a while to get to...

A few corrections on other peoples choices...

Scritti Politti - Perfect Way
---Boogiedown to Tinseltown reached #12 on the modern rock charts about five years ago. WHAT? There was a new Scritti Politti cd? Why yes there was but it didn't sell well.

Blind Melon - No Rain
---Thier version of Three Is A Magic Number reached #14 on Billboard from the school House Rocks ROCKS! cd. This was after Shannon had killed himself though...

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy
---If you have heard ANY thing else from him, you would want to consider THAT a Bobby Mcferrin song. Listen to a Jazz station for one hour and you'll more then likely hear atleast two songs by him. His stuff usually lands in the top ten Jazz chart.

Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
---Geno was a big hit for them everywhere BUT in the states, damn us Americans.

Modern English - I Melt With You
---Hands Across The Sea and Life's Rich Tapestry both not only had video but were top 20 hits.

Rednex - Cotton-Eyed Joe
---Thier newer cd from 2002 charted in the top ten overseas. It was NOTHING like Cotton-Eye Joe, though, in that it did NOT suck. They've also had 11 consecutive top 20 hits in europe and in Germany alone, thier single Spirit Of The Hawk was #1 for a record 25 weeks.

Republica - Ready To Go
---Drop Dead Gorgeous was a top 40 hit in 1997 for them.

Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
---This is actually the only real 1 hit wonder I can think of from the past five years or so. All the put out was the single which consisted of remixes.

The Georgia Satellites - Keep Your Hands To Yourself
---Hippy Hippy Shake, if I remember right, was thier first charted single comming in at #8.

Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
---Europa and The Pirate Twins, Airwaves, Hyperactive!, Windpower; all of these were top 40 hits.

Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
---Thier cover of Johnny Cash's Ring Of Fire was a minor hit for them.

Wax - California
---In Spite Of Me was a Billboard top 100 single off the same cd AND thier first album in 1992 had two college radio singles.

Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
---Thier cover of ERASURE's A Little Respect charted higher.

White Town - Your Woman
---A remix for Why I Hate Drugs from his 2000 cd, Peek & Poke, charted higher on billboard dance charts. Also, the guy had EPs out the wahzoo since 1900, 7 years BEFORE america was introduced to Your Woman.

Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You
---Edwin collins may only be known as 'That guy from the EMPIRE RECORDS soundtrack, but the rest of the world knows him as lead singer from ORANGE JUICE, which were doing the whiny angst euro rock act a full 2 years before Morissey came along with The Smiths.

Paul Hardcastle - Nineteen
---He is regularly featured on the jazz, billboard charts with his Hardmasters series.

Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy
---Do Ya Feel was on the top 200 singles chart for a WHOPPING 2 weeks. It entered at #8 then fell to #129 the following week, then it fell off completely. It dissappeared rather quickly after selling almost 500,000 copies.

Tag Team - Whoomp There It Is
---You can EASILY forget Whoop(Back Again), but it was a top 20 hit for them.

Los Del Rio - Macarena
---Baila Baila was a top 100 hit for them.

4 Non Blondes - What's Up
---How can you NOT remember the top 40 hit, Hey Mr. President?

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Now for a few for you to include...

WHALE - Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe
COVEN - One Tin Soldier
THE MEN - The Church Of Logic, Sin, And Love
MARIA MULDAR - Midnight At The Oasis
BUCKNER AND GARCIA - Pac-Man Fever
UK VISION - Lucifer's Friend
THE NAILS - 88 Lines About 44 Women
OLLIE & JERRY - Breakin(There's No Stoppin Us)
? AND THE MYSTERIANS - 96 Tears
BALTIMORA - Tarzan Boy
SOHO - Hippychick
THE BELLE STARS - Iko Iko
WALTER EGAN - Magnet And Steel
THE MONROES - What Do Are The People Know
BUSTER POINDEXTER - Hot Hot Hot (NO! His time with the NEW YORK DOLLS doesn't count)
MUSICAL YOUTH - Pass The Dutchie
BOY'S DON'T CRY - I Wanna Be A Cowboy
ANITA WARD - Ring My Bell
DON JOHNSON - Heartbeat
LIVING IN A BOX - Living In A Box
SLY FOX - Let's Go All The Way
ZAGER & EVANS - In The Year 2525
STEAM - Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye
M/A/R/R/S - Pump Up The Volume
JOEY SCARBURY - Believe It Or Not(Greatest American Hero Theme)
THE STATUS QUO - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
UNIT 4+2 - Concrete And Clay

And lastly, the two biggest one hit wonders ever, that I can't believe no one has mentioned...

USA FOR AFRICA - We Are The World
BAND AID - Do They Know It's Christmas
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#99 Posted on 21.7.04 0300.14
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As far as Marcy Playground, I seem to remember another of their songs getting radio play. I'm not exactly sure of the title, but I think it was something along the lines of "St. Joe on the Schoolbus"?

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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#100 Posted on 21.7.04 1633.16
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    Originally posted by KitsuneStar
    As far as Marcy Playground, I seem to remember another of their songs getting radio play. I'm not exactly sure of the title, but I think it was something along the lines of "St. Joe on the Schoolbus"?

    Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.


That is correct. Dunno if it was big enough, but it did get play.
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