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max venable
01-30-2006, 05:58 PM
Here are a few that come to mind:

Tainted Love (Soft Cell)

Shake You Down (Gregory Abbot)

Keep Your Hands To Yourself (Georgia Satellites)

Come On Eileen (Dexy's Midnight Runners)

We're Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)

Yes, mine have an 80's slant to them...it's the music of my youth.

Ravenlord
01-30-2006, 06:07 PM
Runnin Through My Head-TATU

*****-Meredith Brooks(?)

Space Lord-Monster Magnet (a very underrated band)

Matt700wlw
01-30-2006, 06:09 PM
Technically, wouldn't "Touch of Grey" by the Grateful Dead be a one-hit wonder?

Probably not may favorite, but I like the Dead..

Maldonado
01-30-2006, 06:19 PM
Blind Melon
Kajagoogoo (spelling?)
Men at Work (OK, maybe a 2 hit wonder)
Zebra (anyone remember them?)

Red Leader
01-30-2006, 06:30 PM
Just from the 80's:

Gary Numan - Cars
Turning Japanese - The Vapors
Mexican Radio - Wall of Voodoo
On the Loose - Saga
Major Tom - Peter Schilling
Just Got Lucky - JoBoxers
Curly Shuffle - Jump In The Saddle Band
Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth
Radioactive - The Firm
Runnin Up That Hill - Kate Bush
19 - Paul Hardcastle
The Rain - Oran "juice" Jones
Let's Go All the Way - Sly Foxx
Pump Up the Volume - M/A/R/R/S
Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil
The Ballad of Jayne - L.A. Guns
Iko, Iko - The Belle Stars
Bang - Gorky Park

Red Leader
01-30-2006, 06:38 PM
90's:

No Myth - Michael Penn
Just a Friend - Biz Markie
Mentirosa - Mellow Man Ace
Hippychick - SOHO
Kiss Them for Me - Siousie and the Banshees
Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass
Walkin In Memphis - Marc Cohn
Ditty - Paperboy
Rump Shaker - Wrecks in Effect
Jump Around - House of Pain
I Got a Man - Positive K
What's Up - 4 Non Blondes
I Wish - Skee Lo
River of Deceit - Mad Season
Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand - Primitive Radio Gods
Closing Time - Semisonic
Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
Greenmind - Dink

KronoRed
01-30-2006, 06:42 PM
Fastball - The Way
Nada Surf - Popular
Beloved - Come Together

Posting these off a cd I have in front of me :lol:

Nugget
01-30-2006, 06:46 PM
Hey - got to take issue with the Oils being a one hit wonder. Maybe in the US but they are the 80's equivalent of AC/DC in Oz.

Didn't Kate Bush also sing the Power of Love from the 80's.

Everytime I hear one hit wonder I think of Fairground Attraction - hopeless song but it just sings out as being a one hit wonder. The kiss of death in the 80's was being on the best of or hot hits albums for the year.

bucksfan
01-30-2006, 06:47 PM
"You Don't Want Me Anymore" - Steele Breeze

"3 Strange Days" - School of Fish

"Church of Logic, Sin, & Love" - the Men

"What's Up" - Four Non-Blondes (EDIT : I see now this was included by RL above - my bad)

I apologize in advance if my "recent unhipness" has caused me to miss a 2nd true hit (or more!) by any of these artists. ;)

Red Leader
01-30-2006, 06:50 PM
Some older stuff:

Spirit In the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Mississippi Queen - Mountain
O-o-h Child - Five Stairsteps
Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
Magic - Pilot
Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart
Pop Musik - M

pedro
01-30-2006, 06:53 PM
"I don't like Mondays" - The Boomtown Rats

HotCorner
01-30-2006, 06:53 PM
Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth
Come One Eileen - Dixie's Midnight Runners
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Come Baby Come - K7
Jump Around - House of Pain
Children's Story - Slick Rick
Cantaloop - US3
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot
Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield
Sunglasses at Night - Corey Hart

pedro
01-30-2006, 06:55 PM
Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger

RFS62
01-30-2006, 06:58 PM
Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band

Doc. Scott
01-30-2006, 07:26 PM
Godfathers- "Birth, School, Work, Death"

Caulfields- "Devil's Diary"

Not really truly hits, but let's see if you've heard of 'em.

westofyou
01-30-2006, 07:40 PM
Drivers Seat - Sniff and the Tears

I like sex and candy - Marcy's Playground

I'd like you better if we slept together - Romeo Void

Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman

96 Tears - ? and the Mysterians

Here's where the story ends - The Sundays

Life in a Northern Town - Dream Acadamy

Tony Cloninger
01-30-2006, 07:44 PM
"Ebony Eyes"--Bob Welch

"Driver's Seat"-- Sniff'N'the Tears (or something like that)

"Magnet and Steel"--- Forgot the name of artist

"Making Time"-- The Creation

westofyou
01-30-2006, 07:48 PM
"Magnet and Steel"--- Forgot the name of artist

Paul Carrick IIRC

UKFlounder
01-30-2006, 07:55 PM
Drift Away - Dobly Gray

westofyou
01-30-2006, 07:58 PM
The Night the lights went out in Georgia - Vickie Lawrence.

redsfanmia
01-30-2006, 08:24 PM
867-5309 Jenny Tommy Tutone

MrCinatit
01-30-2006, 08:27 PM
couple which come to mind:
99 LuftBallons - Nena
I'll Melt The World - Modern English
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves
Run, Run Away - Slade (same guys who originally did...
Come On Feel The Noise - Quiet Riot.

westofyou
01-30-2006, 08:52 PM
Sad Eyes - Robert John

Nugget
01-30-2006, 09:01 PM
Three 80's classics.

A good heart - Feargel Sharky
Electric Dreams - Glenn Oakley and Giorgio Moroder
Lean on Me - Club Nouveau

pedro
01-30-2006, 09:23 PM
Quote:
"Magnet and Steel"--- Forgot the name of artist

Paul Carrick IIRC


Paul Carrick IIRC

Walter Egan

westofyou
01-30-2006, 09:32 PM
Quote:
"Magnet and Steel"--- Forgot the name of artist

Paul Carrick IIRC



Walter Egan

Right... Paul Carrick was that guy who played keyboard with Roger Waters and did a song while Roger sat at a table and drank wine.

RFS62
01-30-2006, 09:43 PM
The Rapper - The Jaggerez

RFS62
01-30-2006, 09:43 PM
Venus - The Shocking Blue

RFS62
01-30-2006, 09:44 PM
Vehicle - The Ides Of March

RFS62
01-30-2006, 09:44 PM
Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf

pedro
01-30-2006, 09:46 PM
Right... Paul Carrick was that guy who played keyboard with Roger Waters and did a song while Roger sat at a table and drank wine.

Of Ace, Squeeze, and Mike and the Mechanics fame.

cincinnati chili
01-30-2006, 10:15 PM
Luis Quinones... no, wait

Billy Bates

pedro
01-30-2006, 10:32 PM
Jay Ferguson - Thunder Island
Thunderclap Newman - Something in the Air

westofyou
01-30-2006, 10:34 PM
The Houston Astros

dman
01-31-2006, 07:20 AM
The Ballad of Jayne - L.A. Guns


L.A. Guns had some good rockers that did well chart wise, albeit not as good as "Jayne".
"Never Enough" and "Kiss My Love Goodbye" also did well.

max venable
01-31-2006, 09:22 AM
Luis Quinones...
You mean his rendition of the MC Hammer song...Have You Seen Her?

cumberlandreds
01-31-2006, 09:27 AM
Safety Dance---Men Without Hats

I know it was a stupid song but it had a good beat and it was easy to dance to.;)

Red Leader
01-31-2006, 10:06 AM
Right... Paul Carrick was that guy who played keyboard with Roger Waters and did a song while Roger sat at a table and drank wine.

:laugh:

Paul Carrick - Don't Shed a Tear

Cab fare to nowhere is what you are
A white line to an exit sign is what you are
Oh but I saw in you, now I see through

CHORUS:

Don't shed a tear for me, my life won't end without you
Long as the night will be, the sun will rise without you
A locked door on a candy store is what you are
A slim chance in tight pants is what you are
All that I loved you for, I want it more

CHORUS

You ain't giving what I'm not taking
I'm not missing what we ain't making
Oh but I saw in you, now I see through

CHORUS TWO TIMES

Don't shed no tears,
I don't need , I don't need
I don't need a thing



Such a good breakup song.

Johnny Footstool
01-31-2006, 10:31 AM
Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield was not a one-hit wonder -- far from it. He hit the charts with a number of songs in the early-to-mid 80's, including "Human Touch", "Don't Talk to Strangers", the unfortunate "Bop 'til You Drop", and my personal fave "Love Somebody".

My own one-hit-wonder list includes:"

Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
99 Luftbaloons (in the original Deutch) - Nena
Crash - The Primitives
Prime Mover - Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction (I don't know if this even qualifies as a "hit")
Song 2 - Blur (mandatory kickoff music at every NFL game)

vaticanplum
01-31-2006, 10:54 AM
Song 2 - Blur (mandatory kickoff music at every NFL game)

Oh, now I take issue with this one...Blur is an amazing band, they've been around for at least 15 years (and still going strong) and have seven albums to their credit. They are one of the most respected bands in Europe. Their members spawned Gorillaz as well as a couple of very interesting side projects. Here in America, yes that was their biggest hit and it kind of gets to me that it's what they're known for...but even here that's not the ONLY thing they're known for, they have a lot of fans and I daresay some other hit songs too. Girls & Boys, There's No Other Way...uh, these are well-known songs, right? I think?

bucksfan
01-31-2006, 01:09 PM
The Ballad of Jayne - L.A. Guns


L.A. Guns had some good rockers that did well chart wise, albeit not as good as "Jayne".
"Never Enough" and "Kiss My Love Goodbye" also did well.


Yeah, I don't know how to consider the metal/hair band that had the obligatory ballad that charted well. I was into that genre of music at the time, so from my POV then they are definitely not one-hit wonders. But I can certainly understand and those who consider them such.

Johnny Footstool
01-31-2006, 01:27 PM
Oh, now I take issue with this one...Blur is an amazing band, they've been around for at least 15 years (and still going strong) and have seven albums to their credit. They are one of the most respected bands in Europe. Their members spawned Gorillaz as well as a couple of very interesting side projects. Here in America, yes that was their biggest hit and it kind of gets to me that it's what they're known for...but even here that's not the ONLY thing they're known for, they have a lot of fans and I daresay some other hit songs too. Girls & Boys, There's No Other Way...uh, these are well-known songs, right? I think?

Ah, but Song 2 is the only song that charted in the U.S., hence the "one-hit wonder" title.

This principle can also be applied to decent bands like L.A. Guns (who made good music, but only produced one "hit") and incredible artists like Michael Penn ("No Myth" was one of his only hits, but probably the worst song on his "March" album).

We're talking strictly charted hits, here.

Tony Cloninger
01-31-2006, 02:16 PM
Technically....Jimi Hendrix was a 1 hit wonder........... how sad is that.

But you are not going to put him and Tommy James and the Shondels....or Paul revere and the Raiders in the same category. Even though the latter 2 had more "Hits"

westofyou
01-31-2006, 02:22 PM
Now don't be dissing Draggin the Line.

You want a 1- hit wonder?

Box Tops - The Letter (unless you consider Neon Rainbow a hit too)

IowaRed
01-31-2006, 02:32 PM
some of my favorites

In the Summertime-Mungo Jerry
Spirit in the Sky-Norman Greenbaum
Ooh ooh Child-5 Stairsteps
Looking Glass-Brandy
Popcorn-Hot Butter
Hot Rod Lincoln-Commander Cody...
Seasons in the Sun-Terry Jacks
Feelings-Morris Albert
Driver's Seat-Sniff n the Tears
Born to be Alive-Patrick Hernandez
Sausalito Summernight-Diesel
Whirly Girl-Oxo
Beat's So Lonely-Charley Sexton (had a couple other good songs but not big on the charts)
I Don't Mind at All-Bourgeois Tagg
Get Here-Oleta Adams
Pure-Lightning Seeds

redsfan30
01-31-2006, 02:40 PM
My main man, Lou Bega----Mambo #5.

Whoever did the Macarena.

vaticanplum
01-31-2006, 02:49 PM
Ah, but Song 2 is the only song that charted in the U.S., hence the "one-hit wonder" title.

Actually, both of the songs I mentioned did chart in the US -- There's No Other Way at #82, Girls & Boys at #59 -- as did Crazy Beat at #22 (which kind of shocks me honestly). Their last four albums have charted here as well, with Think Tank, the most recent one, the highest at #56.

I had to look all that up, I'm not quite enough of a freak to know that offhand.

Johnny Footstool
01-31-2006, 04:10 PM
You're kidding. "Crazy Beat" by Blur?

vaticanplum
01-31-2006, 04:31 PM
I know, right? I was working in the wondrous world of pop music at that time, and I do remember there being quite a build-up to that album, a four-year gap between albums, Coxon's departure and all of that -- but still, #22 really surprises me. I thought Out of Time was a bigger single but that didn't even chart. The only thing I can think of is that I'm pretty sure it was the first single off that album so maybe it was just very anticipated.

I do think I have this single kicking around at home somewhere, nice artwork. (Sorry this is so off-topic.)

edit: Just checked, it was the second single off the album. so much for that theory.

Red Leader
01-31-2006, 04:52 PM
Here's where the story ends - The Sundays



I really, really like this song. I also like their remake of the Stones' Wild Horses. :beerme:

gonelong
01-31-2006, 05:01 PM
That thing you do - Oneders

/just kidding

GL

Red Leader
01-31-2006, 05:03 PM
Immigrant Song - That cat viking web site version. :D

http://texastechie.com/HTML/fun/Vikingkittens.htm

Nugget
01-31-2006, 06:12 PM
Whoever did the Macarena.

I don't know about the US but this is a strange one. I was at school at the time and there was a craze going around at the time. A very senior politician even got up and did it on national tv. There was one song but two "bands" (I use that term loosely as what else can you use to describe two old guys trying to be hip) who sang the hit. I think the amazing thing is that it made number 1 here with each band sharing the spoils. Two or three weeks each.

IslandRed
01-31-2006, 07:34 PM
There was one song but two "bands" (I use that term loosely as what else can you use to describe two old guys trying to be hip) who sang the hit. I think the amazing thing is that it made number 1 here with each band sharing the spoils. Two or three weeks each.

That used to happen back in the '50s, too. There were two different versions of "Young Love" that were #1 on various charts more or less simultaneously... and in 1956, FIVE versions of "Mack the Knife" hit the Top 40 at some point.

redsfanmia
01-31-2006, 09:08 PM
You aint worth the salt in my tears by Morton Briley
Fine fine day by Tony Carey
In a big country by Big Country

Roy Tucker
02-01-2006, 05:33 PM
Little Black Egg - The Nightcrawlers
Wild Thing - The Troggs
Muddy Water - The Standells
Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

Red Leader
02-01-2006, 05:35 PM
All the Young Dudes? Would that be considered a one hit wonder?

KronoRed
02-01-2006, 05:38 PM
All the Young Dudes? Would that be considered a one hit wonder?
Maybe 1/2 a hit ;)

Roy Tucker
02-01-2006, 05:42 PM
Also...

Incense and Peppermint - Strawberry Alarm Clock
Little Girl - Syndicate of Sound
7 And 7 Is - Love

Heck, all of Nuggets. The sound track to my mid-teens.

westofyou
02-01-2006, 05:44 PM
WHAT?

No Vanilla Fudge?

Roy Tucker
02-01-2006, 05:50 PM
WHAT?

No Vanilla Fudge?
I had the 45 of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" that I about wore out. I know I wore out my "Best of Vanilla Fudge" 8-track.

And then I heard this In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida thing coming from my brother's bedroom.

pedro
02-01-2006, 08:01 PM
All the Young Dudes? Would that be considered a one hit wonder?


If you are talking about Mott The Hooples version then perhaps. Bowie, who wrote it, had a few hits I think. ;)

The Baumer
02-02-2006, 05:23 AM
My favorite one hit wonder is Nada Surf because not only did they score a hit song (Popular) but they followed it up with 3 spectacular albums (The Proximity Effect 1998, Let Go 2003, The Weight is a Gift 2005).