Classic One-Hit Wonders

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by delbert_trout » Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:46 am

Thought Black Velvet would top the list! :lol:
I like most of that album, and really like her follow-up album 'Rockinghorse' from a few years later.
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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by Fred83 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:14 pm

Cant forget star trekkin :lol:

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by psj3809 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:10 am

Fred83 wrote:Cant forget star trekkin :lol:
Urrgh dont remind me ! Even as a kid i hated that song

Cant standdddddddd novelty records. I mean Crazy Frog - why ? Theres probably people here who actually bought that, just shocking. Crimes against Humanity, should go straight to the Hague and face a court

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by joefish » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:33 am

The Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis (that was the KLF in disguise)
Doctor and the Medics - Spirit in the Sky (still better than the Norman Greenbaum version)

A few you'd probably count as well:

Hothouse Flowers - Don't Go
River City People - California Dreamin' (again, better than the The Mamas & The Papas)

I have albums of both of these, but whilst River City People's 'Say Something Good' is a decent album, there aren't any other 'hits' on it. And the Hothouse Flowers CD is dreadful. Depending on how much you remember you could probably list loads like this, like T'Pau (China in your Hand) and Was Not Was (Walk the Dinosaur), although both had other charting singles and multiple albums back in their time, even if you only remember them for one song.

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by Crunchy » Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:51 am

A classic one hit wonder is a song that comes from nowhere, is a hit, and then absolutely nothing from that artist ever dents the charts again.

There's no way that T'Pau can even remotely be classed as one hit wonders. China In Your Hand was their only number one but they had other top ten hits before and after that release.

Even Stiltskin managed another Top 40 hit after Inside.

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by thingonaspring » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:08 am

so did chesney hawkes :wink: and crash test dummies... and vanilla ice... and danny wilson... and deep blue something... and meredith brooks... and house of pain... and 2 in a room... and hothouse flowers... and river city people... and was (not was)... even the firm (star trekkin) did an arthur daley song before it...

and that's just in the UK - it's hard to define one hit wonder, particularly since some artists had success in other countries.

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by Crunchy » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:18 am

But T'Pau though?

You're having a laugh.

Anybody who had a string of chart hits can in no way whatsoever be called a one hit wonder. Stiltskin, Hothouse Flowers, Dr & The Medics etc etc, yes. One major hit that they're famous for followed by a minor "hit" that some people might know about followed by total chart obscurity says One Hit Wonder territory to me. But not a band that hit the top ten on at least three different occasions. Or any other band that did the same. Or any other band that consistently put singles into the top 40 without a top ten entry.

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by djcarlos » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:45 am

House Of Pain did ok after "Jump Around" I think....in fact, they have reformed and are playing Download this year! Or maybe Sonisphere.
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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by psj3809 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:17 am

djcarlos wrote:House Of Pain did ok after "Jump Around" I think....in fact, they have reformed and are playing Download this year! Or maybe Sonisphere.
Yeah i remember buying their follow up - Shamrocks n Shenanighans or something. Must admit i soon went off them when i saw that IRA sticker they had near the end of the video for Jump Around.

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by Liamh1982 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:49 am

Crunchy wrote:Or any other band that consistently put singles into the top 40 without a top ten entry.
Two great examples of this - AC/DC and The Cult.

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by che_don_john » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:12 am

Dum Dums - 'Everything'

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by Liamh1982 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:05 pm

Some faves of mine not already mentioned (no links - sorry! :( ):
Andreas Johnson - Glorious
Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The Hotstepper
The Knack - My Sharona
PM Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
Skee-Lo - I Wish
Belouis Some - Imagination
White Town - Your Woman

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Re: Classic One-Hit Wonders

Post by Katzkatz » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:30 pm

The Only Way is Up - Yazz and The Plastic Population

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