bestest one-hit wonder ever in the history of the world.

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by spanglechick, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    hot on the heels of swarfella's novelty record thread, and further to a heated debate i was having with savage henry in the pub on saturday...

    which are your favourite one-hit wonders?

    i like Macarthur park - Richard Harris sings flat and repeatedly gets the title of the song wrong, for 7mins 20secs, surreal, mounrful lyrics about leaving a cake in the rain, backed by a full symphony orchestra.
    not to be confused with the donna summer cover.

    also Since Yesterday by strawberry switchblade. Pure goth-pop scottish-accented sweetness and edge. Plus a whole style, all their own, of polkadot ra ra skirts and cascades od polka dot and lace ribbons.

    For the purposes of this, we'll broadly describe a hit as reaching top 20.
  2. girasol

    girasol Ubuntu

    I heard it the other day on the radio, so it's the song that first came into my head:

    House of Pain, Jump Around

    Although it turns out they released 3 albums, so maybe it doesn't count...
  3. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Shampoo - Trouble :cool:
  4. keybored

    keybored #NeverUseTheInternetAgain

    and Everlast went on to release 3 solo LPs too (besides 1 pre-House of Pain flop).
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  5. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hanging On

    Desmond Dekker - Israelites

    Phil Phillips - Sea of Love

    Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky
  6. jugularvein

    jugularvein extra

    whigfield saturday night ----- dark days

    that nutstormer who did 'your woman'
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  7. keybored

    keybored #NeverUseTheInternetAgain

    Jyoti Mishra (AKA White Town). That Whigfield one did my box right in... this has set it off again. ARGH!:eek: :mad:
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  8. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    Nouma Nouma Song.
  9. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    2 from pop's ice age

    5 7 0 5 - cityboy
    driver seat - sniff n the tears (although i'm not sure that was actually a hit)
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  10. The_Reverend_M

    The_Reverend_M More bass, vicar?

    The 5, 6, 7, 8's - whoo hoh (or whatever it was called!) :)
  11. el_starkos

    el_starkos \m/(>.

  12. Dubversion

    Dubversion Gorn Enforced Holiday

    if it's one visit to the top 20, we can stop the nominations now:

  13. Andy the Don

    Andy the Don Wise men say only fools..

    Back to the baggy sound with The Soup dragons & I'm Free..:cool:
  14. Bazza

    Bazza New Member

    Desmond Dekker is a one hit wonder?!?! Didn't know that.
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  15. Dubversion

    Dubversion Gorn Enforced Holiday

    the whole one hit wonder thing is a bit suss, though. there are bands that might have 25 year careers and rarely release singles, or they may never chart. doesn't mean they're one hit wonders, really
  16. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    I can't believe he only ever charted with Israelites - what about You Can Get It If You Really Want?
  17. badseed

    badseed Mighty but thin.

    I had the same thought when I saw the thread title :cool:
  18. girasol

    girasol Ubuntu

    Sophie B. Hawkins, Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover

    used to like that one a lot.
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  19. upsidedownwalrus

    upsidedownwalrus RIP R.I.P.

    Agreed. Soup Dragons don't count as they had at least one studio album.

    An artist has to have literally one song that is a huge smash, and nothing else whatsoever, smash or not smash.
  20. Dubversion

    Dubversion Gorn Enforced Holiday

    that doesn't work either. Almost every band that has a smash hit will try and have another (i have the Althea & Donna follow-up single and album, for example)
  21. Reno

    Reno The In Kraut

    Three minutes of pure pop bliss, always guaranteed to cheer me up. :)

    I rather like Shame, Shame, Shame by Shirley & Company and I appreciate I Love to Love by Tina Charles for its blatantly gay subtext.
  22. DeadManWalking

    DeadManWalking Active Member

    And It mek
  23. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    mr oizo's flat beat is my number 1...
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  24. christonabike

    christonabike Elm Park Bencher

    Timbuk3 - The futures so bright, I gotta wear shades


    Srawberry Switchblade, as mentioned above


    Althea and Donna, as mentioned above

  25. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    heres a couple...

    Thunderclap Newman - Something in the Air
    Charles and Eddie - Would I lie to you
    Simon Duprees Big Sound - Kites
    Eddie and the Hotrods - Do anyhting you wanna do
    Whatshername - Ring my bell
    Errol Dunkley - OK Fred - well for the gen UK top 20
    Same for........Sugga Bugga Wogga Minott with Good Thing Going

    Almost any artist produced by Joe Meek
  26. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    Ref Althea and Donna

    Basically a pair of middle class Jamaican girls Errol T heard taking the piss out( at a bus stop apperently, tho that sounds......)of the Marcia Griffiths I'm Still in Love rythyms DJ version huge in Jamaica at the time, Three Peice Suit - Trinitys first biggy. Strictly speaking the artists were Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson with some daft girls having a laff on the rythym......

    Picky or what?
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  27. dynamicbaddog

    dynamicbaddog Well-Known Member

    I like that too! my mum had it and I used to play it lots when I lived at home, the lyrics were :cool: 'all the sweet green icing flowing down.....':D

    only other one hit wonder that I can think off that has'nt been mentioned already is Stan Ridgeway - Camouflage:)
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  28. zoltan

    zoltan Transnistria festishist

  29. Mutley The Dawg

    Mutley The Dawg New Member

    Gazza - Fog on the Tyne!
  30. zoltan

    zoltan Transnistria festishist

    Puts fingers in ears


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