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I nominate :

Edie Brickell- What I Am (Is What I Am)
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Britney Spears with the screams she made in her first five seconds.

Everything's been downhill since.
post #3 of 72
My all-time personal fave: The Vapors - "Turning Japanese"

Also:
M - "Pop Muzik"
DeeLite - "Groove Is In The Heart"
Icicle Works - "Whisper To A Scream"
Animotion - "Obsession"
EBN-OZN - "A, E, I, O, U & Sometimes Y"
Martin Briley - "Salt In My Tears"
Scritti Politti - "A Perfect Way"

Oh, and The Beatles - "She Loves You"

post #4 of 72
[quote]Originally posted by applenut:
<strong>I nominate :

Edie Brickell- What I Am (Is What I Am)</strong><hr></blockquote>

Aye! Good choice. In the interests of being different, I nominate the New Radicals.
post #5 of 72
Does "American Pie" by Don Mclean qualify?

I also like "Standing Outside A Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand" (AKA that song with the Bo Diddley "I've been Downhearted, Baby" sample) by Primative Radio Gods.

Heck, I could go on and on, a lot of my favorite songs fall into this category: Come on Eileen, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Life in a Northern Town, Afternoon Delight etc, etc, etc...

Jeff

PS, I miss Napster really bad all of a sudden.
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post #6 of 72
Don't know for sure...but:

"Rock this Town" - Stray Cats
"(I Love) Rock and Roll" - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
"Rock and Roll Highschool" - Ramones

Don't know for sure about the last one...still, I haven't listened to commercial radio since the '70's...

How can a Beatles song be a one hit wonder? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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post #7 of 72
[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
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DeeLite - "Groove Is In The Heart"
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That is the ultimate one-hit wonder. Great tune and video!

J :cool:
post #8 of 72
Artman, the Beatles thing was a JOKE!

And I have to question the Stray Cats and Joan Jett entries:

Stray Cats also had hits with "Stray Cat Strut" and "(She's) Sexy + 17". They also had singles of "Runaway Boys" and "I Won't Stand In Your Way" (a cool doo-wop thing). Those last two weren't HUGE hits, but they got quite a bit of MTV play.

As for Joan Jett, "I Love Rock & Roll" was her first (and most recognized) hit, but remember "Crimson and Clover", "Bad Reputation", "Do You Wanna Touch Me" (why yes, Joan, actually I do...) and "The French Song".

And, like <a href="http://www.benatar.com/" target="_blank">Pat Benatar</a>, <a href="http://www.joanjett.com/" target="_blank">Joan Jett</a> is still out there, playing her butt off and hasn't slowed down. And she's quite sexy in a "man, she might kick my ass if I don't behave..." kind of way.



Yeah, suddenly I'm missing Napster pretty bad too! I use Limewire and I've snagged some good stuff, but it seems very "hit or miss".

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The Grateful Dead.
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"It's even worse that it a-ppears...."

I know he's had many more than one, but I nominate Eddy Money as the KING of cheesy puff-rock (not to be confused with cheesy poofs, little-kid-rock, or Sean "puff-diddy-nack-paddy-whack-give-yo-ho-a-bone" Combs).

Man I remember in early high school I thought the guy was the king of makeout rock - a true genius in a cheesy age. But after hearing a few oldies but not-so-greaties, and some of his videos - I'm fvcking embarrased I even know who he is.



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post #11 of 72
"She was shakin'..."

I always thought Eddie Money had a stupid look on his face when he sang. A cross between facial paralysis and just having been beaten up in a bar fight.

Although, that one song he had, "Think I'm In Love", is pretty cool. Nice solo...we used to play it, back in the day.



Other than that, he can go to hell. Especially that stuff he did in the late 80's and 90's ("Take Me Home Tonight" and so forth).

Ugh...
post #12 of 72
The McCoys - Hang on Sloopy, The Kingsmen - Louie, Louie ? & The Mysterions - 96 Tears

Those would be my choices.
post #13 of 72
Oh yeah, it you wanna go back in time a bit (I was just hanging around the 80's, because that was my musical "coming of age" era).

But I LOVE older stuff too (60's and 70's):

60's
The Rivieras - "California Sun"
The Troggs - "Wild Thing"
The Trashmen - "Surfin' Bird"
Ronny & The Daytonas - "Little GTO"

70's
Sammy Johns - "Chevy Van"
Melanie - "Brand New Key"
Starland Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight"
Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"



SO many more...good ones too! I've been downloading this crap from Limewire lately. Talk about bringing back memories...
post #14 of 72
Don McLean had 3 hits so he doesn't count.

Mungo Jerry-In the Summertime

Shocking Blue-Venus

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post #15 of 72
Don McLean: "American Pie", "Starry, Starry Night" and what else?

I can't think of the third one.
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post #17 of 72
I've never heard Starry, Starry Night, is it any good? I'm guessing by looking at the lyrics it's about Van Gough...

Dang, if any of the file-sharing programs worked for me, I'd love to check it out. American Pie is my all-time favorite song most days. (In My Life, Beatles the others.)

Of course, I could actually BUY a Mclean compilation CD sometime, too, I guess.


Jeff

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post #18 of 72
I think "Starry, Starry Night" is a beautiful song.
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post #19 of 72
Damn you, sjpsu! I was going to say New Radicals. I even fired up "Jehovah Made This Whole Joint For You" for the occassion.

They are my #1, definitely.
#2 is "No Rain" - Blind Melon

I will set my own criteria as "actual good song, it's a shame they didn't catch on and are unappreciated".

I'll second:
"What I Am" - Edie Brickell
"Standing Outside A Broken Phonebooth" - Primitive Radio Gods

I'll add:
"Big Country" - Big Country
"Red Right Hand" - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
"Fast Car" - Tracy Chapman
"Cannonball" - The Breeders
"Caught By The Fuzz" - Supergrass
"Grey Walls" - Richard Thompson
"Superman's Dead" - Our Lady Peace
"In The Meantime" - Spacehog
"Too Far Apart" - Wilco

And my one absolute guilty pleasure:
"Blue (Dah Ba Dee)" - Eiffel 65

*runs and hides in shame*

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post #20 of 72
Aw man, I LOVED Big Country (bummed that Stuart Adamson bought it recently...found dead in a hotel room, no less...).

Anyway, I always loved "Fields of Fire". They released it as a single and a video, but, of course, it didn't seem to make near the impact that "In A Big Country" did. Believe it or not, "Fields of Fire" is even MORE rousing and stirring and has tons of the signature "electric guitar sounding like bagpipes" thing going on!

Anyone remember this song? I can stick it in my iTunes share folder or something.

And yes, "Cannonball" by The Breeders. ASS KICKING track! Would I be going to far if I said that song makes me...well, you know...randy. Frisky.

post #21 of 72
Don't feel so bad Rat, I bought the cd single of Blue while I was on vacation in Amsterdam. Never thought that tune would make it big here.
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[quote]And yes, "Cannonball" by The Breeders. ASS KICKING track! Would I be going to far if I said that song makes me...well, you know...randy. Frisky.<hr></blockquote>

No way, because <a href="http://ohiobio.org/kdeal.jpg" target="_blank">Kim Deal</a> is hot and she rules.

Never heard "Fields of Fire".


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Thanks for the vote of confidence.

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[quote]Originally posted by groverat:
<strong>Never heard "Fields of Fire".[ 06-18-2002: Message edited by: groverat ]</strong><hr></blockquote>

If you want to check it out, it's in my iDisk public folder, all there by itself...can't miss it!

Can you get to that from a PC? I don't know...I'm asking. When you snag it, let me know so I can remove it. It's taking up 4MB.

post #25 of 72
No, but I can give you a place to upload it if you like.

Go ahead and take it off, that 10MB is very precious, I understand.

You have a private message.

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post #26 of 72
You have "Fields of Fire", floating loose there. You can file it however you need to. Grabbed some Jay Farrar stuff and poked around a bit to see what was what.

You want to talk about a "so bad it's good" collection? I've got an EXQUISITE collection of early 80's/MTV one-hit brit/synth/new wave nonsense, plus some cool American early 80's stuff like Romeo Void, Josie Cotton, etc.

Then I got all that cheesy 70's goodness: "Afternoon Delight", "Chevy Van", "Summer Breeze", "Dream Weaver", etc.



I LOVE that crap!
post #27 of 72
[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
<strong>Don McLean: "American Pie", "Starry, Starry Night" and what else?

I can't think of the third one.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Castles in the Air. My personal fav of his..........
post #28 of 72
[quote] "Fast Car" - Tracy Chapman <hr></blockquote>

I actually liked her song "Give me one reason" better than Fast Car. Social Issued based songs have a hard time getting good radio play but it's a sacrifice that many artists make to sing "their" music.
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post #29 of 72
I think VH-1 did a special on this a few months ago.

Don't forget Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "relax". Especially in the Ultra-rare Brian DePalma directed video.
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post #30 of 72
Don't forget the one that launched MTV: "Video Killed the Radio Star," by the Buggles.
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post #31 of 72
I'm shocked no one has mentioned this:
"Tainted Love" by whoever the hell did it. HUGE one hit wonder.
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post #32 of 72
Just thought of another one!
"I'll be there for you" by the Rembrandts.
In other words, the "Friends" song.
I personally wouldn't call it a good song but I would say that is definetly the biggest fairly recent one hit wonder.
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post #33 of 72
[quote]Originally posted by Flounder:
<strong>I'm shocked no one has mentioned this:
"Tainted Love" by whoever the hell did it. HUGE one hit wonder.</strong><hr></blockquote>

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Didn't the "Friends" song become a hit because of the tv show? I think that's a thread in the making.......
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oops....... :o

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post #35 of 72
Fine Young Cannibals, She drives me crazy,
All the Breeders' songs,(25 hit wonders...?)
Suzanne Vega, Tom's diner (remixed one, way funky)

Amd LOTs of techno tracks, but I'll spare you.
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post #36 of 72
That VH 1 deal was pretty weird. It seemed like half the songs were disco, and they didn't list many tunes before that era.

Number One on their chart: The Macarena!
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post #37 of 72
"Pictures of Matchstick men" -by the Status Quo
"Hold Your Head Up" --by Argent
"Too Little Too Late" --by The Dream Syndicate (from their first, only good (great) album)

Nick Cave has an underground following "Red Right Hand" is an anomoly.
He Had kind of a hit in the early eighties -though it too was very undrground-with his band the Birthday Party doing a song called "She's Hit"

Don MaClean also did "Vincent"
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post #38 of 72
[quote]Originally posted by pfflam:
<strong>Don MaClean also did "Vincent"</strong><hr></blockquote>

"Starry, Starry Night" and "Vincent" = same song.
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[quote] I think VH-1 did a special on this a few months ago. <hr></blockquote>

They edited that at my job, nothing like eating lunch and hearing the same fifteen second snippet of a song over and over again.

I'll add three more Doctor and The Medics - Spirit in The Sky, Whale - Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe and Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Rocket F111.

BTW I actually saw Frankie Goes To Hollywood and it was a kick ass show.
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