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newmod
06-14-2007, 08:49 PM
Title says it. Mine are connected to songs in the UK.

Band - Song:

White Town - Your Woman
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Men at Work - Down Under
Shampoo - Trouble
The Vapors - Turning Japanese
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Im the Urban Spaceman

Martha and the Muffins - Echo Beach (just came on my itunes, how could I have forgotten that one?)

Okay, Ill leave it there for now.

So what about yall?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
06-14-2007, 09:12 PM
Godley & Creme - Cry
The Undisputed Truth - Smiling Faces
Brewer & Shipley - One Toke Over the Line
Jud Strunk - Daisy a Day

robeiae
06-14-2007, 10:00 PM
Head East-Never Been Any Reason
Rossington Collins Band-Don't Misunderstand Me

Writer2011
06-14-2007, 10:02 PM
Don't Misunderstand Me--Rossington Collins Band

Ah Leah!--Donnie Iris

Run Runaway--Slade

Roger J Carlson
06-14-2007, 10:03 PM
That thing you do (Oneders/Wonders)

I know it's not a real one-hit wonder, but it's my favorite.

alleycat
06-14-2007, 10:07 PM
It's So Nice To Be With You by Gallery.

Here's the youtube version (apologizes for the Clay Aiken photos that goes with the song): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCYOuNOONFA

Fair warning: Don't watch the video. You'll barf.

robeiae
06-14-2007, 10:08 PM
Ah Leah!--Donnie Iris

That would have been my next choice. :)

aka eraser
06-14-2007, 10:18 PM
There's tons of 'em but offhand:

Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman
Tell Him - The Exciters
Laugh, Laugh - The Beau Brummels
Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin' Daddies
She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
Camera One - Josh Joplin Group
All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
How Do You Do - Mouth & Macneal
99 Luftballons - Nena
I Would Walk 500 Miles - The Proclaimers
96 Tears - ? & the Mysterians
Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
Venus - Shocking Blue
Stand By Me - Spyder Turner's version
Incense & Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
Hey Little Girl - Syndicate Of Sound
Western Union - The Five Americans
I Fought The Law - Bobby Fuller Four
Itchycoo Park - The Small Faces

I'm a fan/collector of one-hit wonders. I know I'm leaving out quite a few.

Nolita
06-15-2007, 03:54 AM
LOL it's funny because a one hit wonder in the US can be a hugely successful act in Europe, Asia, or even world wide. So these are USA one hit wonders for sure ;).

A-Ha - Take On Me
Rockwell - I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me


And I don't know if it was a hit but I luv Booby Trap by The Dickies. So catchy!

Beyond that I'm a Headbanger's Ball and 120 minutes girl, and the pop songs mostly didn't get play :P.

Chumplet
06-15-2007, 04:03 AM
I Think I'm Turning Japanese by I dunno who.

poetinahat
06-15-2007, 04:16 AM
Yeah, the Dickies -- they did a funny version of Nights in White Satin as well!


Martha and the Muffins - Echo Beach
Fantastic song. It's kind of a shame they never had more hits (except, in a minor way, Black Stations, White Stations or whatever it was called) -- this band was really, really good.

And who could forget C.W. McCall, and Convoy?

Jersey Chick
06-15-2007, 04:31 AM
Tarzan Boy - Baltimora (Although I always visualize a bottle of Listerine swinging on the vine.)

Damn, I know I like others, but I can't think of them now!

MMcC
06-15-2007, 04:38 AM
Dirty Water by The Standells (one of my all time favorite songs)
Brandy by Looking Glass
The Night Chicago Died by Purple Lace

larocca
06-15-2007, 04:49 AM
I'm Your Vehicle -- Ides of March
Dear God -- XTC (I think)
Feels So Good -- Chuck Mangione
Moscow -- Genghis Khan
The Final Countdown -- Europe
All You Zombies -- The Hooters
Shaddap Your Face -- Joe Dolce
Sign of the Gypsy Queen -- April Wine

Also, the aforementioned Head East, Rockwell, and Men At Work. I've owned and enjoyed Head East and Men At Work albums, but I can only remember the songs named here.

Nolita
06-15-2007, 04:49 AM
Ooooh

Funky Town by I think was The Real McCoy

larocca
06-15-2007, 04:50 AM
Oh, and is the guy I forgot named Edwin Starr?

War
HUH!
Good God, y'all!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Say it again

RG570
06-15-2007, 05:52 AM
The Final Countdown, for sure.

larocca
06-15-2007, 05:57 AM
4 In Legion will never again have a song as popular as "There's a Party in my Pants (and you're invited)," but I strongly suspect that never got any radio play outside of Tampa, Florida.

And as Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up.

benbradley
06-15-2007, 06:04 AM
This one played in Fuddrucker's just last night (they play the music loud there):
Blues Image - Ride, Captain, Ride

I peeked at the Lyrics World site, it appears that a good percentage of top 40 songs are one-hit wonders.

This one sounds quite Beatleish (well, a good bit of '60's stuff sounds Beatlish, but this one a little moreso):
The Knickerbockers - Lies

Here's one I only heard on the radio maybe once if at all, and of course it was a college radio station.
Bloodrock - D.O.A.

robeiae
06-15-2007, 06:07 AM
Sign of the Gypsy Queen -- April Wine

Sorry, but I have to throw a flag on that one. April Wine was huge for a couple of years. Just Between You and Me was a major hit, and they had a couple of other big ones, as well. That was in the U.S. They had even more success in Canada. Btw, I love April Wine, so don't get me wrong, here. I felt it necessary to defend them from the label "one hit wonders."

:)

And another band of a similar nature is Triumph. Definitely not a one hit wonder, but with a very similar chart history.

Mud Dauber
06-15-2007, 06:48 AM
Ah Leah!--Donnie Iris
One of my faves as well.

Also:

Praying Mantis - I can't remember who sang it
No Rain - Blind Melon
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
*Inside Out - Eve 6

*LOVE this song! :D

ETA: Rock and Roll part 2 - Garry Glitter
In the Meantime - Spacehog

TrainofThought
06-15-2007, 07:06 AM
Some of the artists were famous with other songs.

Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
Pop Musik - Marcus
Jenny - Tommy Tutone
Take On Me - a-ha
Obsession - Animotion
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
I Touch Myself - Divinyls
Mad About You - Belinda Carlisle
Mickey - Toni Basil
Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
Promises, Promises - Naked Eyes
Only the Lonely - Motels
Kids in America - Kim Wilde
Were Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
Do You Want to Touch Me There - Joan Jett
Cruel Summer - Bananarama
Manic Monday - Bangles

Writer2011
06-15-2007, 07:23 AM
Some of the artists were famous with other songs.

Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
Pop Musik - Marcus
Jenny - Tommy Tutone
Take On Me - a-ha
Obsession - Animotion
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
I Touch Myself - Divinyls
Mad About You - Belinda Carlisle
Mickey - Toni Basil
Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
Promises, Promises - Naked Eyes
Only the Lonely - Motels
Kids in America - Kim Wilde
Were Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
Do You Want to Touch Me There - Joan Jett
Cruel Summer - Bananarama
Manic Monday - Bangles

You've named a ton I would have too :)

Did you mean Pop Muzik by M better known as Robin Scott?

Kids In America--love that song

TrainofThought
06-15-2007, 07:29 AM
You've named a ton I would have too :)

Did you mean Pop Muzik by M better known as Robin Scott?

Kids In America--love that song:D I had to look up the singer of Pop Muzik and it showed Marcus, or maybe I'm so tired I typed the first name that showed up. ;) I love Kids In America. I use to blast it singing at the top of my lungs. Great song!

Writer2011
06-15-2007, 07:54 AM
I remember it too... "We're the kids, we're the kids in america..." Talk about a blast from the past..

Fox On The Run--Sweet

larocca
06-15-2007, 08:20 AM
I just remembered My Sharona by The Knack. It seems like that was more than one hit, but only because of the spoofs by other artists. My Bologna (Weird Al), Ayatollah (some band in Tampa Florida), Nine Coronas (Shockwave Flash video)...

benbradley
06-15-2007, 03:58 PM
I just remembered My Sharona by The Knack. It seems like that was more than one hit, but only because of the spoofs by other artists. My Bologna (Weird Al), Ayatollah (some band in Tampa Florida), Nine Coronas (Shockwave Flash video)...
I thought of The Knack too (and I remember the hype at the beginning when they were rumored to be an under-cover reunion of The Beatles, and the record label did little or nothing to dispell it), but I cheated and looked, they also did "Good Girls Don't" and another title I didn't recognize.

"My Sharona" was also covered (with the original words) on an album titled "Chipmunk Punk," by, of course, Alvin and The Chipmunks of '60's Christmas music fame.

poetinahat
06-15-2007, 04:15 PM
Knack Trivia: Their debut album broke the Beatles' record for fastest debut album to go platinum in the US. IIRC, "Meet the Beatles" took thirteen days; "Get the Knack" took seven.

Funny when those things happen -- like when Starland Vocal Band won their Grammy as Best New Group (for "Afternoon Delight")... and promptly sank without a trace.

tourdeforce
06-15-2007, 06:13 PM
Billy, Don't Be a Hero- Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods

aka eraser
06-15-2007, 06:23 PM
Fire - Arthur Brown ("You're gonna burn, burn, burn....")

You need to be nearly as old as me to remember that one though.

robeiae
06-15-2007, 06:29 PM
Fire - Arthur Brown ("You're gonna burn, burn, burn....")

You need to be nearly as old as me to remember that one though.
Unless you happen to be the the god of hell fire...

How about Long John Baldry?

Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll

Writer2011
06-15-2007, 06:29 PM
Lunatic Fringe--Red Rider

Roger J Carlson
06-15-2007, 06:30 PM
My vote for the most bizzare:

Timothy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_(song))by The Buoys

C.bronco
06-15-2007, 07:10 PM
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony

johnnysannie
06-15-2007, 07:30 PM
Dirty Water by The Standells (one of my all time favorite songs)
Brandy by Looking Glass
The Night Chicago Died by Purple Lace

That's PAPER LACE, not Purple Lace!!!!!:D

johnnysannie
06-15-2007, 07:33 PM
I thought of The Knack too (and I remember the hype at the beginning when they were rumored to be an under-cover reunion of The Beatles, and the record label did little or nothing to dispell it), but I cheated and looked, they also did "Good Girls Don't" and another title I didn't recognize.

"My Sharona" was also covered (with the original words) on an album titled "Chipmunk Punk," by, of course, Alvin and The Chipmunks of '60's Christmas music fame.

I was a college freshman when "My Sharona" burst onto the charts; The Knack also had a hit - not as big - with "Good Girls Don't (But I Do)" and charted with "That's What The Little Girls Do".

So not quite a one hit wonder (but close)

cray
06-15-2007, 09:44 PM
867-5309

cray
06-16-2007, 12:19 AM
Tommy Tutone, one hit wonder and thread killer.

MMcC
06-16-2007, 06:14 AM
Thanks and my apologies to paper-lacey people everywhere.

Another fave:

Hot Child in the City by Nicki Gilder

Major cool beach cruisng tune.

Shadow_Ferret
06-16-2007, 07:38 AM
I think I'd argue that some of the included bands were NOT one-hit wonders. Head East was a very successful boogie-type blues band long before they had "Never Been Any Reason." Chuck Mangione had a very successful jazz-fusion career with a fairly large catalog of music. And Bonzo Dog band, well, they were more of a fun comedy band with some really funny songs. I think Neil Innes of Monty Python fame was the major songwriter for them.

That said, my favorites:
Vehicle -- Ides of March
Sugar, Sugar -- The Archies
House of the Rising Sun -- Frigid Pink
Radar Love -- Golden Earring (although they did have a hit a decade later with Twilight Zone or something)

benbradley
06-16-2007, 08:54 AM
My vote for the most bizzare:

Timothy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_%28song%29)by The Buoys
As the contest-running DJ says on the radio, "No more calls, folks - we have a winner."

I remember that song very well, they DID play it on the radio, at least for a while, and i never heard anything about it being banned. But I was young at the time.

Holmes disguised the grim lyrics somewhat by juxtaposing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juxtaposition) them against a light, bouncy melody (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melody).
There's also D.O.A. that I already mentioned, which probably gets second place for macabre and bizarre.

Cassie
06-16-2007, 09:21 AM
Alive and Kicking Tighter, Tighter
Jaggerz The Rapper
Free All Right Now
Mountain Mississippi Queen
Free All Right Now
Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff
Brewer & Shipley One Toke Over the Line
Buoys Timothy
T. Rex Bang A Gong (Get It On)
B.W. Stevenson My Maria
Stories Brother Louie
Maria Muldaur Midnight at the Oasis
George McCrae Rock Your Baby
Ace How Long
Thin Lizzy The Boys are Back in Town

Writer2011
06-16-2007, 09:23 AM
Alive and Kicking Tighter, Tighter
Jaggerz The Rapper
Free All Right Now
Mountain Mississippi Queen
Free All Right Now
Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff
Brewer & Shipley One Toke Over the Line
Buoys Timothy
T. Rex Bang A Gong (Get It On)
B.W. Stevenson My Maria
Stories Brother Louie
Maria Muldaur Midnight at the Oasis
George McCrae Rock Your Baby
Ace How Long
Thin Lizzy The Boys are Back in Town
Talk about some good ones...I hear most of these on Sirius Sattellite Radio... But I love My Maria, such a good song...

Thin Lizzy also had Jailbreak

A. Hamilton
06-16-2007, 11:39 AM
I think I'd argue that some of the included bands were NOT one-hit wonders. Head East was a very successful boogie-type blues band long before they had "Never Been Any Reason." Chuck Mangione had a very successful jazz-fusion career with a fairly large catalog of music.

I was thinking the same thing. My brother was big on Head East way back, and Chuck is probably many popster's intro into jazz.
Others mentioned here;
Thin Lizzy still tours! (I saw them 2 years ago with Deep Purple and Joe Satriani-ehhh, it was disappointing, but they tried. However, Satch ROCKED :D)
Joan Jett had several, Jimmy Eat World did several on movie soundtracks, and The Bangles had Manic Monday and Walk Like an Egyptian.
And Free's songs were often covered by other bands. Wishing Well was covered by maybe 7 or 8 I think.

I was going to mention Golden Earring as well, but you beat me to it. Radar Love is a great highway song! (but DON"T buy the album/c.d.)

larocca
06-17-2007, 05:37 AM
Tommy Tutone - 8675309

CATastrophe
06-29-2007, 06:52 PM
Safety Dance - Men without Hats

I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses

Gravity
06-29-2007, 07:12 PM
In the Year 2525, by Zager and Evans

larocca
06-29-2007, 07:40 PM
I could say Electric Avenue by Eddie Grant, but that might be one hit too many.

Thank you to Phantom (looking at yo avatar) for In The Year 2525!

Along the same lines, what about "Don't Pull Your Love Out On Me Baby" by some band with four (four!) last names? Never mind that I can sing every word. One hit wonder.

Gravity
06-29-2007, 08:03 PM
Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds (I was a DJ on a Top 40 station, decades ago; this crap, I know). *G*

ChunkyC
06-29-2007, 09:39 PM
Only the Lonely -- The Motels


Lunatic Fringe--Red Rider
Red Rider is definitely not a one hit wonder. They have had a long career with many tunes on the charts up here in Canada. White Hot and Don't Fight It from their first album were just as big as Lunatic Fringe. LF was the one that broke through a bit in the US on the strength of the Vision Quest soundtrack, though, so most folks down there may only be familiar with that one tune even though they had other songs featured on TV shows like Miami Vice (What Have You Got To Do).

As Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, they had more hits, notably Big League, and released a total of seven albums before Cochrane went solo at the beginning of the 90s. They have reunited and were touring again recently if memory serves.

Yeah, I'm a fan. :)

Danger Jane
06-30-2007, 01:14 AM
All-Time favorite one hit wonder:

99 Luftballons. Nena. The GERMAN version.


Also:

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers

Obsession, Animotion

Tainted Love, Soft Cell

Our House, Madness

The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum), The Fun Boy Three

And We Danced, The Hooters

Send Me an Angel, Real Life

Talking in your Sleep, The Romantics

ETA: HOW COULD I FORGET - Come On Eileen, Dexy's Midnight Runners

newmod
06-30-2007, 04:02 AM
Boys, Boys, Boys - Sabrina (for the video ;))

licity-lieu
06-30-2007, 04:15 AM
Our House, Madness



but...but...but...they made heaps of great stuff!

Howabout: The Buggles 'Video Killed the Radio Star' Luuuuurved it!

ETA: Dang, ToT beat me to it.

OK, here's another -Hayzzy Fantayzie --that funny little shiny shiny song.

yesandno
06-30-2007, 04:20 AM
Hot Chocolate..."You Sexy Thing."

I know. I still like it.

L'Oiseau Noir
07-03-2007, 01:20 PM
"Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics.

That's a great song. :)

larocca
07-03-2007, 01:27 PM
Electric Avenue by Eddie Grant

ChunkyC
07-04-2007, 07:35 PM
"Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics.

That's a great song. :)
Yes indeed, but doesn't count as a one hit wonder. The Eurythmics have had tons of hits worldwide in a career spanning decades.

cletus
07-04-2007, 07:44 PM
Autograph - Turn Up the Radio
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky

larocca
07-05-2007, 07:47 AM
I'm Your Lumberjack by Jackyl

Remember how he made his electric guitar sound like a chainsaw? And then he vanished faster than Vanilla Ice.

larocca
07-05-2007, 05:23 PM
I think we're overlooking the obvious here. I've used it in classrooms in China to teach the English names for parts of the body. And it's definitely a one-hit wonder.

Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus

poetinahat
07-05-2007, 05:29 PM
We Are Family - Sister Sledge

I can't believe I didn't think of that one before.

newmod
07-05-2007, 10:08 PM
Autograph - Turn Up the Radio
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky

Dont forget Dr. and the Medics Spirit in the Sky

PrettySpecialGal
07-06-2007, 06:02 AM
Hot Chocolate..."You Sexy Thing."

I know. I still like it.


yeppers- one of my favorites.

larocca
07-06-2007, 03:25 PM
Disco Inferno by Tramp

Car Wash by Rose Royce

You're Fine, You're So Fine, You're So Fine You Blow My Mind Hey Mickey by that girl in the cheerleader uniform

Did anybody mention Tommy Tutone yet? Jenny Jenny or 876-5309, I forget which is the actual title

newmod
07-06-2007, 10:05 PM
Toni Basil or something wasn't it? The girl in the cheerleader uniform that is ...

ChunkyC
07-07-2007, 12:27 AM
Yep, Hey Mickey by Toni Basil. She was a choreographer and recorded that song on a lark. Boom, #1 everywhere. Then she disappeared, probably went back to choreography.

newmod
07-07-2007, 01:30 AM
Then she disappeared, probably went back to choreography.

If only Paula Abdul had followed her lead ...

ChunkyC
07-07-2007, 01:49 AM
LOL! No kidding, Paula's a One Twit Wonder.

Beware_of_Italics
07-07-2007, 02:31 AM
A-Ha - Take On Me
Rockwell - I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me

I love these also. I still remember the music videos to them. ;)

Lady Esther
07-07-2007, 03:53 AM
That thing you do (Oneders/Wonders)

I know it's not a real one-hit wonder, but it's my favorite.

Also my favorite.

BenPanced
07-10-2007, 12:17 AM
Lay A Little Lovin' on Me - Robin McNamara

Life Is A Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) - Reunion

Bop Girl - Pat Wilson (the video featured Nicole Kidman before she was !NICOLE KIDMAN!)

larocca
08-23-2007, 07:17 AM
Gino Vanetti - I Just Wanna Stop

Mjollnir13
08-24-2007, 06:53 PM
In a Big Country by Big Country.

I just had another but I can't remember it...ARGHHHHH!

larocca
08-24-2007, 07:33 PM
In a Big Country by Big Country.


Oh God, that was the ultimate. I bought the album and was like WTF?

larocca
09-15-2007, 02:28 PM
Keep Your Hands To Yourself by The Georgia Satellites

Dave.C.Robinson
09-26-2007, 07:39 PM
I wouldn't call Slade a One-Hit Wonder, as "My Oh My" was on the same album as "Run Run Away" and both songs charted in the US.

I do have to put in another vote for "Come on Eileen" though.

Salem
09-26-2007, 07:53 PM
The Promise--When In Rome
Sign of the Times--The Belle Stars
Digging Your Scene--the Blow Monkeys
I'd Really Love To See You Tonight--England Dan & John ford Cooley
Rock Your baby--George McCrae

wyntermoon
09-26-2007, 07:59 PM
Safety Dance - Men without Hats


I was singing that in the shower this morning! Whoa. TMI.

Only the Lonely by The Motels

We walked the loneliest mile
We smiled without any style
We kiss altogether wrong
No intention

wood pixie
09-28-2007, 11:16 PM
Don't Misunderstand Me--Rossington Collins Band

Run Runaway--Slade


I LOVE Run Runaway!!! Love their video on youtube.

I can't believe I am confessing this, but I also love Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners

I know these aren't true one hit wonders as they were more successful on the other side of the pond than here .... but, still, it is the songs that made them famous here.

KTC
09-29-2007, 12:03 AM
I was singing that in the shower this morning! Whoa. TMI.

Only the Lonely by The Motels

We walked the loneliest mile
We smiled without any style
We kiss altogether wrong
No intention

That's a great song...her voice is so haunting.

wyntermoon
09-29-2007, 01:25 AM
I have her new version on my myspace page, it gets better with age~~

Jacob
09-29-2007, 01:41 AM
Without question. "Baby Got Back"- Sir Mix Alot

johnnysannie
09-29-2007, 03:12 AM
All-Time favorite one hit wonder:

99 Luftballons. Nena. The GERMAN version.




Absolutely! That would be high on my list as well.

larocca
10-05-2007, 06:14 PM
The Barney Song!

I hate you
You hate me
Let's hang Barney from a tree

Everybody sing!

larocca
10-05-2007, 06:15 PM
Without question. "Baby Got Back"- Sir Mix Alot

The Jonathan Coulton version is also extremely cool -- it's so white -- and he's giving it away on his website. I love his music, though, so he's hardly a one-hit wonder.