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

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

  1. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    troggs had 5 top ten hits. And wild thing -which got to no 2 - wasn't even their biggest - it was with a girl like you - which got to number 1. And love is all around (a top 5 hit) is probably even better known than wild thing thanks to wet wet wet. Aslo Anyway that you want me (no 10) was covered by Spiritualised and is one of their best known songs.
    So - definitely NOT a one hit wonder band.

    Steppenwolf did loads of stuff other than "born to be wild" as well. Ditto Procol Harum

    "one hit wonder" - should really only apply to an artist for whom their hit was their only significant recording
     
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  2. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    And the beat goes on was their biggest hit (and was massive - Brittney spears did a version...)
     
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  3. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    Was the Spears version a cover of a cover then?
     
  4. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    creeping sheepishly away from musicthreads
     
  5. Can I have Freiheit - Keeping the Dream Alive?
     
  6. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

  7. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Dirty Laundry - Don Henley was a big hit, iirc

    Here's the Information Society with a completely unrelated ditty

     
  8. Spandex

    Spandex A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound

    That only got to 91 in the UK charts, which is hardly a hit. In her native Germany she was massive - had 11 top 20 hits and outsold Madonna.

    She had more success in the UK as part of Enigma.
     
  9. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Ah, I didn't think it was UK-specific, given the title of the thread. I wasn't living in the UK at the time, so I heard it a lot on the radio and the Music Box/MTV :)
     
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  10. Spandex

    Spandex A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound

    tbf, I don't think anyone did say it was UK specific, but if you open it up globally confusion will reign. There's loads of bands that have successful careers on their home turf, but only one hit somewhere else. There may be a country somewhere in the world where The Beatles only had one top 20 hit...
     
  11. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Thread title needs changing, in that case!
     
  12. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Hank Mizell - Jungle Rock.



    Recorded in 1958 without doing any business this became a club hit during the early 70s rockabilly revival and then a chart hit. Singles which become hits on the back of 'revivals' are often rather random choices but this one pretty much embodies the scene that rediscovered it, both musically and by being a virtually unknown rarity.
     
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  13. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    Some excellent tunes here (and I also liked being reminded of It's Immaterial). But for my money I think spanglechick is right, there isn't a better one than Strawberry Switchblade. Though I will admit that I was at a very impressionable age when it came out. (Hair! Polka dots! Heavy makeup!)
     
  14. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    The all seeing eye wasnt a cover, it just heavily sampled Buddy Rich. The spears version she actually re-did the vox with the same backing as the all seeing eye version (I think they got a production credit on the LP too).
     
  15. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    I thought “one hit wonders” released one song and then we’re never heard from again. Strawberry Switchblade released an album.
     
  16. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    Maybe, but they're not really known for any other single. So they did literally have one hit single.
     
  17. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5

    I feel deeply saddened that we are 4 pages in and no one has released the true greatest one hit wonder

     
  18. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    I saw rose macdowall from strawberry switchblade a couple of years ago - shes had a very odd post one hit wonder career singing for loads of industrial & neo-folk acts (including all the nazi ones)
     
  19. andysays

    andysays Defiantly non-premium member

    Seems to be on going confusion about what makes a one hit wonder.

    Surely the clue is that it's called a one hit wonder, not a one release wonder
     
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  20. londonkid

    londonkid Active Member

    Craig David was huge in UK then disappeared of the radar
     
  21. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Have we had this yet?

     
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  22. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    his first three albums went top ten, as did his last two. He had a single in the top ten in 2017.
     
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  23. Spandex

    Spandex A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound

    Craig David has had 19 top 20 singles :eek:
     
  24. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    It's a Sonny and Cher song
     
  25. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    I wasn't aware of that! The sample used by the all seeing eye is from the Buddy Rich version though (which is a banger)

     
  26. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    Aye, it's a very clever and well constructed song, but it's deffo a cover of Sonny & Cher, just very different and with added sample from other source. So I think it would be accurate to describe Spears' version as a cover of the All Seeing I version rather than a cover of the Sonny & Cher original
     
  27. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    I wouldn't call the all seeing eye song a cover though, any more than Ride On Time is a cover of Love Hangover, or Blueboy's Remember Me (which should probably be on this thread anyway) is a cover of Woman of the Ghetto...
     
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  28. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Kind of an archetypal one hit wonder. William DeVaughn - Be Thankful for What You Got.



    Written by DeVaughn, who paid towards the recording costs. Luckily for him the musicians on the session were the cream of the Philly Soul crew and the result was an absolute classic. Big hit in the US in 1974, only top 40 here in the UK. Ubiquitous on early soul pirate radio, the lyrics have often been quoted and there have been several covers. DeVaughn was seemingly undecided between showbiz and the church and ended up going back to the day job, with only the occasional toe dip into recording again.
     
  29. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    Love Sensation :p;)
     
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  30. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Yeah that.
     
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