one hit wonders
Thursday, Sept. 25 is National One-Hit Wonder Day, and while everyone knows that Minnesota has a long history of pop music hitmakers stretching from the heydays of Prince and Bob Dylan all the way back through the Andrews Sisters in the 1940s.
While alt-rock emerged shadows of the mainstream primarily on the basis of breakout album bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers, like most other genres of popular music, the sound has more than its fair share of one-hit wonders.
The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dazz Band[/lastfm] were the sum of two bands that played the clubs of Cleveland during the 1970s. By the early ’80s, they were on Motown, hitting the R&B charts and warming up for […]
Born of a friendship formed at Leeds Art College, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Soft Cell[/lastfm] was a project for which Marc Almond and David Ball had less-than-top-ten expectations. Imagine their surprise when “Tainted Love” hit the top of the […]
A tumultuous band subject to the tumultuous whims of leader Kevin Rowland, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dexy’s Midnight Runners[/lastfm] were a hit many times over in the UK. In the US, however, they’ve never managed to break free from the category known as […]
With a name like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kajagoogoo[/lastfm], it had to be good. At least once, anyway.
Though they had a string of hits in the UK over the course of more than 15 years, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Big Country[/lastfm] found only one hit in the US…and we all know which one that is.
From the bedroom to the bathroom to the pop Top 20. So went the path traveled by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]“Weird Al” Yankovic[/lastfm] to find his hit, “Eat It.”