One hit wonders

Vangelis - "Chariots of Fire" (Polydor, 1982)

One-Hit Wonders: Vangelis’ “Chariots Of Fire”

We’ve all done it: run in faux slo-mo down the driveway to the sounds of “duh-da-da-da-dah-dah” in our minds.

That would be the theme to “Chariots of Fire.”

02/22/2012

The Dazz Band - "Let It Whip" (Motown, 1982)

One-Hit Wonders: The Dazz Band’s “Let It Whip”

The Dazz Band 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 their lone single to make the pop charts.

02/17/2012

Soft Cell - "Tainted Love" (Sire, 1982)

One-Hit Wonders: Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”

Born of a friendship formed at Leeds Art College, Soft Cell 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 U.S. pop charts.

02/15/2012

Kevin Rowland (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

One-Hit Wonders: Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ “Come On Eileen”

A tumultuous band subject to the tumultuous whims of leader Kevin Rowland, Dexy’s Midnight Runners 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 One-Hit Wonders.

02/06/2012

Kajagoogoo - "Too Shy" (EMI, 1983)

One-Hit Wonders: Kajagoogoo And “Too Shy”

With a name like Kajagoogoo, it had to be good. At least once, anyway.

01/27/2012

Big Country - "In a Big Country" (Mercury, 1983)

One-Hit Wonders: Big Country and “In A Big Country”

Though they had a string of hits in the UK over the course of more than fifteen years, Big Country found only one hit in the US… and we all know which one that is.

01/26/2012

"Weird Al" Yankovic Says "Eat It" (YouTube)

One-Hit Wonders: “Weird Al” Yankovic And “Eat It”

From the bedroom to the bathroom to the pop Top 20. So went the path traveled by “Weird Al” Yankovic to find his hit, “Eat It.”

01/20/2012

Jane Powell and Dick Moore (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for AFTRA)

One-Hit Wonders: Jane Powell

An actress best known for her role in the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Jane Powell scored her lone Top-40 hit in 1956 with a cover of Bing Crosby’s “True Love.”

01/05/2012

Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" (from the author's collection)

One Hit Wonders: Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky”

We keep hearing this one of the TV so let’s go back to ’69 and reconsider Norman Greenbaum, who joined the class of One Hit Wonders with his song, “Spirit in the Sky.”

01/01/2012

Kit Carson - Band of Gold (Capitol, 1956)

One-Hit Wonders: Kit Carson And “Band Of Gold”

Considering her stage name was the same as the American frontiersman and her one hit had the same name as a Motown tune famous in later years, it’s no wonder no one remembers Kit Carson and her one hit “Band of Gold.”

12/26/2011

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