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  • The One-Hit Wonder Thread!

    My daughter pointed out to me that today is National One-Hit Wonder Day. Well, we needn't restrict ourselves to just this one day, right? Tell us you fave one-hit wonders!

    I'll start off with...

    "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet" by the Blues Magoos
    "Pop Muzik" by M
    "My Green Tambourine" by the Lemon Pipers
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  • #2
    "Midnight at the Oasis" by Maria Muldaur
    "In a Big Country" by Big Country
    "I Know There's Something Going On" by Frida
    "Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc.

    Music, thoughts, stuff, and... I guess that's all


    • #3
      Modern English "I Melt With You"
      "Many (bands)have retooled with that marketing concept in mind without understanding that the party experience is supposed to be for the audience and NOT themselves" - wheresgrant3

      Still HCBF's reigning "Sexiest Forumite"....Dont hate me because Im beautiful

      DRF On MySpace


      • #4
        Darn, and I didn't even get anyone a card.

        "Shaving Cream" Benny Bell

        “Music is well said to be the speech of angels... nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine."

        ~Thomas Carlyle


        • #5
          Darn, and I didn't even get anyone a card.

          "Shaving Cream" Benny Bell

          That was hilarious...and he even used the 1930s voice. I remember that song.

          I'll nominate a couple bubble gum classics, and a couple others:

          Hitchin' a Ride, Vanity Fair
          Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes, Edison Lighthouse (what's unique about this song?)
          One Fine Morning, Lighthouse
          Ooh Child, The Five Stairsteps
          Vehicle, Ides of March
          Ride, Captain, Ride, Blues Image

          I could go on for hours.

          And, "Green Tambourine" was a legitimately cool song. Speaking of psychedelia:

          Pictures of Matchstick Men, Status Quo
          Incense and Peppermints, Strawberry Alarm Clock
          My Space


          • #6
            "Axel F" Harold Faltermeyer
            "Layla" Derek and the Dominos
            "Reach out of the Darkness" Friend & Lover (I think it's so groovy now...)


            • #7
              In the Year 2525 - Zager and Evans

              Layla may have been Derek and the Dominos only hit, but somehow they don't strike me as a one hit wonder.
              I did a Google search on the letter "e".......the whole internet froze up.

              My MySpace page:


              • #8
                Here's a few that that have created much more great music than just their one hits:

                Yes ("Roundabout")
                Thomas Dolby ("She Blinded Me With Science")
                Herbie Hancock ("Rockit")
                Jane Child ("Don't Wanna Fall Im Love")
                Joan Osborne ("What If God Was One Of Us?")


                Enthusiasm powers the world.

                Craig Anderton's Archiving Article


                • #9
                  The Standells - Dirty Water
                  ? & The Mysterions - 96 Tears
                  Cause sometimes the rhetoric don't go with the contents


                  • #10
                    Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"

                    The Spiral Starecase - "More Today Than Yesterday"

                    The Cyrkle - "Red Rubber Ball"

                    Marmalade - "Reflections Of My Life"

                    The Neon Philharmonic - "Morning Girl"
                    “One who loves & understands nature will never be alone & will never be afraid.”
                    -Rachel Carson-


                    • #11
                      When the alarm clock went off yesterday morning they played "... the people out there turn the music into gold", was the song called "Gold"? Had Stevie Nicks on background vox, was it Jon Stewart?
                      Start by admitting, From cradle to tomb,
                      Isn't that long a stay.
                      Life is a cabaret, old chum, and I love a cabaret...


                      • #12
                        "Easy Livin" by Uriah Heep - beat Deep Purple at their own game.
                        "White Bird" by Its a Beautiful Day
                        "Java" by Al Hirt
                        "Walk Right In(Sit Right Down)" by Cannon/Woods
                        "Sugar Shack" by Jimie Gilmer and the Fireballs - if you were ever at any drive-in theater in the 60s you know this tune.
                        "You Were On My Mind" by We Five - electric twelve string pop masterpiece.
                        War is over if you want it.
                        - John & Yoko -

                        Nothing fails like success.
                        - Alan Watts - (based on Samsara)

                        "I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
                        -Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931-


                        • #13
                          Cars - Gary Numan
                          Super 8

                          In memory of our fellow drummer and forum friend, Cheeseadiddle-Nov 2008

                          "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
                          -- George Bernard Shaw


                          • #14
                            "Don't Say You Don't Remember" by Beverly Bremers
                            (A great Carpenters knock-off... gorgeous female backup harmonies on this record)
                            "Pop Muzik" by M
                            (What can one say?)
                            "Baby, It's You" by Smith
                            (Dig the great horn arrangement on this funky Bacharach gem... And why this lead singer didn't go on to a bigger career is a staggering mystery. She momentarily out-Janis'd Janis.)
                            "19" by Paul Hardcastle
                            (Remember the stunned, chilled feeling you got the first time you saw this video?)
                            "For The Love Of Him" by Bobbi Martin
                            (For sheerest camp value, this woman-as-doormat record can't be beat. Except maybe by)
                            "Born A Woman" by Sandy Posey
                            (Why the female victim of this record doesn't just snuff it is anybody's guess.)
                            "Heart And Soul" by T'Pau
                            (British pop perfection. Fine production. Still sounds hip.)
                            "Ma Belle Amie" by The Tee Set
                            (Part of that wonderful spate of Dutch hits we got in the 1970's...)
                            "Precious And Few" by Climax
                            (Corny maybe, but one of the best orchestral arrangements ever in a Top 40 record)
                            "We've Got To Get It On Again" by The Addrisi Brothers
                            (When was the last time you listened to the production values of this 1971 record with headphones? Wow!)
                            "I've Been Hurt" by Bill Deal & The Rhondells
                            (This is a ska groove before ska hit the USA... Groovy little YouTube video as well...)
                            "Incense & Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock
                            (In some ways, I adjudge this to be the best-- or at least the definitive-- psychedelic record made in the 60's. Now, if you watch the video on YouTube, you may be floored, as I was, to see that these boys were very clean-cut and white-bread looking!)
                            "Ariel" by Dean Friedman
                            (Kudos to you if you remember this great novelty record of 1978)
                            "How Do You Do?" by Mouth & McNeal
                            (Pretty innovative little record with great performances all 'round)
                            "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band
                            (The most sublime harmonies.... saddled with the dopiest lyrics.)
                            "Once You Understand" by Think
                            (OK, stop, check please. This is the ne plus ultra of kitsch one-hit-wonders. And-- admit it-- you relished it when it came on the car radio when you were a teen.)
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                            • #15
                              Cheap Trick - "The Flame"

                              Excellent band, great songs, and #2 only to The Beatles in my own book... However, they only had one #1 "hit" song - and they didn't even write it.
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