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Poll: What's the coolest one-hit wonder?

"I Touch Myself" - The Diviynals 8 (12%)
"Closing Time" - Semisonic 4 (6%)
"What I Am" - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians 7 (11%)
"We're Not Gonna Take It" - Twisted Sister 6 (9%)
“867-5309/Jenny” - Tommy Tutone 9 (14%)
“She Blinded Me With Science” - Thomas Dolby 13 (20%)
Other? 18 (28%)
   Discussion: What's the coolest one-hit wonder?
A girl named Becca · 16 years, 8 months ago
I mean...even their *name* is "one-hit wonder." (OK, I know they're fictional....but come on, they're so the coolest.)

oO Well I try and try to forget you, girl, but it's just so hard to do..every time you do that thing you do. Oo
nate... Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
and that song was written by Fountains of Wayne.... what more could you ask for??
John J. Ryan Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
And sung by Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers!! Again what more could you ask for?
A girl named Becca Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Well...I could ask to not be earwormed...
But it's my own fault.
*Sigh.
*Hums....
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
I thought it was just written by Adam? I know that's picking a big nit, but....:)

FOW rock my socks! Wheee! :) I constantly have Red Dragon Tattoo in my head lately with all the Red Dragon movie ads on TV.
nate... Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Well, okay, yes... :)
sheryls Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Red dragon tatoo! is just about on me. i got it for you. so now do you want me? :D
beth-pseudocanuck! · 16 years, 8 months ago
my bro was in the indiana university marching [band] hundred for his 4 years there. when they do their run-on for the pre-show, they count off when they hit their opening mark. back when "jenny" came out, some wiseass decided to switch 6 and 7, making it "8-6-7-5-4-3-2-HUT!" and it STUCK. i think it's hilarious, because people who don't know the history are like "huh?"...that is, those who actually care enough about marching band to pay attention. but then again, the hundred ROCKS, so you HAVE to pay attention. :)
John J. Ryan Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Any Midwest (and Texas) Marching Band rocks by definition. If it's not football (or basketball in Indiana), band is a very worthy alternative, and has the same status as someone in sports.

In NJ, it's sports or nothing.
Agent Scully · 16 years, 8 months ago
That one is debatable since they had two hit videos on the Friday night videos fights on MTV in the 1980s that were winners for many weeks - We're Not Gonna Take it and I Wanna Rock from their album 'stay hungry.' (contrary to what VH-1's list states) If the second song never charted in the top 100, then they could be considered a one hit wonder. (however it did - the week of October 27, 1984 it was number 79)

Thomas Dolby also had other songs like "Hyperactive" which had heavy airplay on MTV in the 1980s after "She Blinded me with Science."

How about:

Tracey Ullman with They Don't Know
Taco - Puttin' on the Ritz
Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
Saga - On the Loose
JoBoxers - Just Got Lucky
Moving PIctures - What About Me?
Oxo - Whirly Girl
Shannon - Let the Music Play
Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
Re-Flex - The Politics of Dancing
Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
(all of these early 80s)

So what classifies as a one hit wonder? I'd like to know because there was a different classification in my Music206 Foundations of Jazz and Rock when I was in College along with Music205 American Popular Music.
Agent Scully Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Actually I take that back because Tracey Ullman did the song "Breakaway" which was another video that had heavy MTV airplay during the time of "They Don't Know." That was her first hit in England before "They Don't Know."
danced with Lazlo · 16 years, 8 months ago
Dude, we are *SO* not gonna take it!!!

Yeah! My theme song!
Agent Scully Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Those two videos with the actor from um...was it Animal House? Mark Metcalf who played Doug Neidermeyer.

"Alright mister what do you think you're doing?
You call this a room, this is a pigsty
I want you straighten up this area NOW!
YOU ARE A DISGUSTING SLOB
STAND UP STRAIGHT
TUCK IN THAT SHIRT
ADJUST THAT BELT BUCKLE
TIE THOSE SHOES

Twisted SISTAH what is that?!" *while he's spitting on his son*

I love that video!

:D

I voted for it every week on the Friday Night Video fights. :)
Rachel Beck · 16 years, 8 months ago
I found myself thinking, what about the Divinyls song "Pleasure and Pain"? What about Edie Brickell's "Me by the Sea"? Can there be a two-hit wonder? (Maybe I just grew up listening to weird radio.)

What about bands who _seemed_ as if they were going to be one-hit wonders, who kept releasing albums and developed significant cult followings? My prime candidate is Radiohead (because "Creep" got played so much when I was in high school, and they disappeared from the mainstream for a while), but I'd entertain other suggestions.
Josh Woodward Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Good point! I guess Weezer falls into this group as well. And there's this one band from Canada that had this hit awhile back.. "King of Spain" or something like that. Rumor has it they still have a cult following. ;-)
Agent Scully Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Who did that song "King of Spain?"

Mopy Frootloops?
Moxy Freeze-us?

damn, I can't remember!
Josh Woodward Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
i think it was barenaked ladies?
Agent Scully Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Aren't those Barenaked Ladies really ladies who are barenaked?

:o

And while we're at it, didn't they have only one hit? or was just one week?
ellen, formerly evil Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
I told a border guard how I knew my friends when travelling to Frucon, and says he:

"moxy-fruvous-king-of-spain?"

insidious.
Agent Scully Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Yup Rachel I was thinking the same thing with those two bands/singers as well.

I think one hit wonder is someone/band that has one song and then you never hear from them again.

Like the 1960s song "Reach out in the Darkness" by Friend and Lover. Where were they after that? If someone can find their follow up song, more power to them. :)
Rachel Beck · 16 years, 8 months ago
Dexie's Midnight Runners! oO Come on, Eileen... oO
Agent Scully Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
from BBConline

"Come on Eileen" was the biggest selling single in '82, it sold 1.2 million copies.

But I think they had other hits in England.
Mamalissa! · 16 years, 8 months ago
Great. Now *everyone* knows my locker combination.
Doktor Pepski, kommie · 16 years, 8 months ago
I guess everyone's too cool to say this is probably the most danceable 1 hit wonder. My feets just can't help it when the somg comes on. Very unique sound too! God bless thems aussies!
It's a girl! Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
This has always been one of my favorites along with "They Don't Know" (ok, maybe I just like the vid with Paul McCartney), "My Sharona", and "Safety Dance"

Me an 80s kid? Nah!
Kevin - King of WiFi · 16 years, 8 months ago
Maybe i just wasn't paying attention during the eighties when i was like... 5, but i dont think A-ha had anything big besides "take on me" hurry up and tell me if i'm wrong cuz oO i'll beee gonnnnnnnnnneeeeeeee in a day or twoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Oo
Agent Scully Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
You're wrong.

Second song and video by them was "The SUn Always Shines on TV."

It was a sequel to Take On Me.
nate... Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
again, he said "big"..... who ever heard of anything but "Take on Me" other than you?
Drea · 16 years, 8 months ago
Has to be Thomas Dolby :)

o/~ all my tubes and wires, careful notes o/~
· 16 years, 8 months ago
oO where ya from...you sexy thing....Oo

ok.. my fave, but I support the Oneders too.. much fun!
~J~
Agent Scully Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Not a one hit wonder.

They had other songs "Emma" and "Every 1's a Winner."

All found on Rhino's Super Hits of the 70s. :)
J. Andrew World · 16 years, 8 months ago
CW McCall's song Convoy is the Greatest one hit wonder ever!

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