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

Kaka Tim

Crush the Saboteurs!
mmmm, what constitutes a 'hit' is debatable. Procol Harum made zillions of records but really, only Whiter Shade of Pale counts...
Wild Thing (the Troggs) and Steppenwolf's Born to be Wild come to mind. Not exactly what you could call one hit wonders in the same way as The Archies woeful Sugar Sugar but still...could be me not getting this though.
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
 

krtek a houby

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The All Seeing Eye - Walk like a Panther (yes, yes, Tony Christie)
It's Immaterial - Driving away from home (um, not really a hit but I like it)
Bran Van 3000 -Drinking in LA and Don Henley - Boys of Summer

Giving up after this (should know better than to venture forth into music threads).
Dirty Laundry - Don Henley was a big hit, iirc

Here's the Information Society with a completely unrelated ditty

 

krtek a houby

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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.
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 :)
 

Spandex

A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound
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 :)
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...
 

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.
 

killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
Was the Spears version a cover of a cover then?
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).
 

Spymaster

Cockney Wanker
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!)
I thought “one hit wonders” released one song and then we’re never heard from again. Strawberry Switchblade released an album.
 

Poot

Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk
I thought “one hit wonders” released one song and then we’re never heard from again. Strawberry Switchblade released an album.
Maybe, but they're not really known for any other single. So they did literally have one hit single.
 

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)
 

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
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
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).
It's a Sonny and Cher song
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
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
 

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...
 

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.
 
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