December 29, 2006
One Hit Wonders! Cuz the Weather outside is frightful!
As the snow continues to fall outside (some 10 new inches on top of the 15 received 4 days ago) Ginger and I are sitting in front of the TV watching VH1's countdown of "One Hit Wonders!" Its actually quite entertaining hearing a number of very well known and loved songs and trying to identify the artist(s). Kind of like watching an extended version a Time Life Solid Gold Hits commercial (with commentary).
Weird... The way a "One Hit Wonder" is determined is, the band or singer can only have one song topping into the top 40. Get this... Jimi Hendrix is considered a "One Hit Wonder!" with "All Along the Watch Tower" being his only song that cleared that #40 mark. Amazing considering the genius he was.
But he is destined to join the ranks of
- Wild Cherry (Play that Funky Music White Boy)
- Gary Newman (Cars)
- Kajagoogoo (Shy)
- Twisted Sister (We're Not Gonna Take it)
- Falco (Rock Me Amadeus)
- Sugar Hill Gang (Rapper's Delight)
- DeLite (Groove is in the Heart!)
- Thomas Dolby (Blinded Me with Science)
- Starland Vocal Band (Afternoon Delight)
- Ah-Ha (Take On Me)
The list has subsequently been taken down from the VH-1 pages but here is an archive of the listing. Kind of fun going down memory lane.
I have to admit, I'm still a bit disappointed that Devo is also on the list with "Whip It" being their "One Hit" charting at #14 (and listing at #24 on the VH-1 countdown). "Working in a Coal Mine" missed by 3! And evidently "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" (Booji Boy Label) only made #41 on the UK Charts!
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Posted by: jcarmichael | Dec 30, 2006 12:16:40 AM
P.S. Just noticed the GJT '05 Airshow pics...those are great. We were there! Need to talk about our Tailhook Blog. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by: swampwitch | Dec 29, 2006 10:22:15 AM
we watched that too!! It's funny how those songs were bona fide hits - most EVERYBODY knows them word-for-word. It's gotta be depressing for the folks that wrote/performed them to never have another...
Posted by: lafaminit | Dec 29, 2006 8:38:11 AM
Great list...can't wait to get home and add all of these to my iPod! "Whip It" was a favorite Jazzercize song...brings back wonderful memories of aching muscles and heavy breathing.
Posted by: swampwitch | Dec 29, 2006 1:24:32 AM
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