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Guest Blog: Is It Any Wonder? [NeedaHobby]

June 30th, 2009

First and foremost, I would like to thank Ed for this opportunity to be a guest blogger. I'm thankful for making new friends through this blog, even though we have never met IRL. Thanks Ed for creating that environment!

So anyways, I think I might've mentioned before that I am a huge music lover. I have a collection of close to a 1000 CD's (it's hard to get an exact number because hubby and I merged collections after we got married – we had lots of duplicates to sell!). I know, I know, in this day and age, you would think that I would just download the songs. But, I guess I'm old-skool in that I would rather buy the CD and rip the songs into MP3's. There's just something I like about having the "hard copy" with CD artwork and liner notes.

There are certain artists (U2, Madonna, REM come to mind) that are able to crank out hit after hit, album after album with tons of success. But, what about those artists who (sadly) hit their prime after only one song? The 1980's seem to have had a lot of one-hit wonders. I'm not sure if they necessarily had a lot more than other decades, or that I just remember them because they were songs I grew up with.

I think most will remember "Take on Me" by A-ha.

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What about "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo?

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Or, "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats?

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And, Soft Cell's, "Tainted Love"?

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Got any one-hit wonders to add? If you have a website link, or a story related to that song, please share that too. And, to help Ed's post count, let's try posting one song per post. !O7VHVW

118 Responses to “Guest Blog: Is It Any Wonder? [NeedaHobby]”

  1. kuya.d:

    Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever


  2. kuya.d:

    Al B. Sure! - Nite and Day


  3. kuya.d:

    Jon B - Someone to Love


  4. kuya.d:

    @EMM386 - Debbie Deb...oh no! Dance daze, she had another song called "lookout weekend" that was super similar to "when I hear music".


  5. kuya.d:

    Ed will be all J that you hit the century mark Hobbz!

    Last one for me...bringing it booty style ( just the way Leerz likes it! ) ...Afrorican with "give it all you got"


  6. kuya.d:

    Oops...post 99 was actually supposed to be to @moch!

    @EMM386 - I meant to say that The Heights song was a good one...for the life of me, I can't remember the show except that it came out after 90210 (the original) was big. 90210 soundtrack featured - Love Is by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight (they were each four hit wonders or something).


  7. kuya.d:

    Promise! That was it already!


  8. skycastles:

    @kuya - Whoa, Jon B. Forgot about that dude!!


  9. NeedaHobby:

    @tita -

    Hobbz: does it really matter what Marky Mark's character's name was?

    Maybe that's why I can't remember his character's name ... I was distracted. 😉

    @Maki - you listed more of my faves with "99 Luft Balloons" and "Lady in Red". And, "Maniac"! Do you remember the dance? And, I remember those off-the-shoulder sweatshirts (w/ cut-out neckline) and leggings being all the rage. What were we thinking?!

    @uncz - 2-hit wonders, huh? How about...
    "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" & "Careless Whisper" - Wham!
    "Roseanna" & "Africa" - Toto
    "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" & "Brand New Lover" - Dead or Alive

    @kuya - Al B Sure - I seem to recall having that CD in college. 😉


  10. NeedaHobby:

    So, I just wanted to thank everyone for posting their songs and comments. You guys make the blog fun day in and day out. I just wanted to end by listing some other one-hit wonders (which I don't think were mentioned yet):

    "True" - Spandau Ballet
    "Obsession" - Animotion
    "Cars" - Gary Numan
    "Don't Dream it's Over" - Crowded House
    "Always Something There to Remind Me" - Naked Eyes
    "Glamorous Life" - Sheila E
    "Tempted" - Squeeze
    "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - Deep Blue Something
    "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" - Us3
    "One of Us" - Joan Osborne

    I think the Crowded House and Naked Eyes were one-hit wonders, but I could be wrong. Anyways, thanks again everyone!


  11. kuya.d:

    @Hobbz - Al B just came out with a brand new CD . He even happens to have a re-make of MJ's Lady in my Life.

    And Cantaloop ... Iddybiddybop ... Funky! Funky!


  12. EMM386:

    @Maki - You don't remember Dreaming?

    I was only dreaming
    I was only trying to catch your eye
    I was only wishing you would notice me
    Instead you said good-bye


  13. EMM386:

    Howzabout Q Lazzarus & Garvey - Goodbye Horses
    AKA the song that Buffalo Bill the serial killer dances to in Silence of the Lambs.


  14. Syxx:

    Marcy Playground--Sex and Candy

    I must be around the same age as Skycastles.


  15. Syxx:

    Faith No More-- Epic


  16. Syxx:

    Speaking of Crazytown, I absolutely cannot stand "Butterfly". They took one of my favorite instrumentals, "Pretty Little Ditty" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers and butchered it with their trite lyrics. Okay yeah, a lot of songs now days are like that, but I really liked the original.


  17. NeedaHobby:

    @Syxx - thanks for listing your songs! Yeah, whatever happened to Marcy Playground and Faith No More? Those were some cool songs.

    BTW, I have to retract my Spandau Ballet song. My hubby told me that they had more hits other than "True". Of course, I don't remember them. :roll:


  18. skycastles:

    @Syxx - Marcy Playground is a good one! Gosh, I remember one of my friends just loving their song. Think this came out my soph year of high school . . . not exactly sure though.