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Howard Hughes
4th May 2005, 23:49
Following on from the embarrasing records thread, what do you think was the best one hit wonder? Surely the much maligned proclaimers, 500 miles would have to be right up there!!

My personal favourite is Benny Mardones-Into the night.

What's yours?

Cheers, HH.


4th May 2005, 23:52
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky

THE best.


Howard Hughes
4th May 2005, 23:53
Not bad Jerry!

Cheers, HH.


Atlas Shrugged
4th May 2005, 23:59
The Driverside Airbags, a local band from my home town of Ivanhoe in NSW, once recorded a song called "The Old EH has Trouble Turning Left "

Never quite made it to "hit" status, but certainly left an impression, especially on their tour of Menindee in 1979.


4th May 2005, 23:59

I'll see your Proclaimers and raise you Bourne and McLeod - Communicate.


I actually like 500 miles...

5th May 2005, 00:27
Quite liked Sam Browne - Stop and Dee C Lee - See The Day.

There were many though in the sixties - who can remember Napoleon XIV? - They're Coming To Take Me Away :p



PS - Wasn't their track Letter From America a bigger hit than 500 Miles?

5th May 2005, 00:39
Ahhh, now this is where clarification is going to be required (I thought the same thing a Whirly).

For it to be classified a hit, did it have to be number one or just in the top 40?

Which country are we talking about?

Do cover versions count?

Just want to be sure I'm playing by the rules. ;)

5th May 2005, 00:47
I'm with Jerry and Spirit in the Sky.


Baby Its You - the name of the group escapes me, but it was a brother and sister act. He played keyboards and she had enormous b****ts.................

Miguel Rios - Song of Joy

Hedgehoppers Anomymous - Its Good News Week (60's song)

Also very partial to Wizzard - See My Baby Jive.

The interesting issue is that when I mentioned them (Wizzard) as a one hit wonder - someone advised that they did have some other "minor" hits in the UK (I think it was).

Pigboat and I discussed (off line - we Music Quizmeisters do that behind your backs you know :hmm: ) about a quiz with one-hit wonders, but the differences between his in Canada and mine her in Oz made the propisition quite difficult.

5th May 2005, 00:55
Nena - 99 Red Balloons

Barry Mann - Who Put The Bomp

Booker T & the MG's - Green Onions

Johnny Tillotson - Poetry in Motion


5th May 2005, 01:45
He played the keyboards and she had enormous b****ts..
Surely wasn't The Captain & Tenille. She had little bitty t****es. :D :E

Agree with scran that a one-hit-wonder is something relative. I've heard a true one-hit-wonder is an artist or group that had one song that hit number one and then they disappeared forever from the charts. Brooklyn Bridge comes to mind.

Anyway, here's mine.

To Know Him Is To Love Him/Teddy Bears
Angela Jones/John D. Loudermilk
Seeman/Lolita (In German)
Petula Clarke had a French cover version of that song that was just as good, but she's hardly a one-hit-wonder.
This Time/Troy Shondell
Key Largo/Bertie Higgins
Angel Of The Morning/Merilee Rush
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away/The Silkie

Onan the Clumsy
5th May 2005, 02:01
Jerry Rafferty - Baker street

Nena - 99 Red Balloons Is that where 99 luft balloons comes from?

5th May 2005, 02:12
Jerry Rafferty - Baker street

OtC - have you heard the Foo Fighters cover of it? Normally I hate remakes, but it ain't half bad.

5th May 2005, 02:13
Piggy - think they were Canadians - the group was call Promises

Did a google on it....it was number 349 on a top 500 hits of the 70's list on one site........ (but her t*ts would have made number 1 with a bullet!!!!!!!!!!!)

"You're here with me now but your saying you can't see me no, no more" ..etc

VFE - Booker T and the MG's - what about "Time is Tight"?

Was my theme music when I was a DJ on RAAF Radio Butterworth way back when.......:{

tony draper
5th May 2005, 02:35
Was going to say Lee Harvey Oswald, but I believe he had two, besides it would be in bad taste, but its 3.30 am and one has insomnia so buggah it.

Mostly Harmless
5th May 2005, 02:38
Da Da Da - Trio
I want Candy - Bow Wow Wow
Voices - ?
Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
Radar Love - Golden Earing (okay, I know they had 2 hits)

Just to name a few.

5th May 2005, 02:44
Booker T & the MG's backed up Neil Young on the song Let's Roll, about the attempt to recapture control of UAL 93.

5th May 2005, 03:05
Never thought of Gerry Rafferty as a one hit wonder. ;)

Scott McKenzie (?)'s San Francisco should also rate a mention :)

scran - not a bad theme tune. I used to use Commodore's Machine Gun for the outro at the Beachcomber, then shifted to Mamma's Waiting (Kenny Rogers) :E

Howard Hughes
5th May 2005, 04:48
For it to be classified a hit, did it have to be number one or just in the top 40?

Which country are we talking about?

Do cover versions count?

Just want to be sure I'm playing by the rules.

OK, seeing as I started the thread, I can make up the rules with a little help from Jerricho, now let me see....

Needs to be a number 1 (in any country)

Can be a cover version, as most songs are these days anyway.

Artist must not have had a second song in the top 40 of the country where it had the original number 1.

Ok enough rules now back to the topic...

Cheers, HH.


PS: There could be a whole new thread on best ever cover version!
I'll start, Big Yellow taxi by Counting Crows, far better than the original even....(sorry to all you seventies types)

5th May 2005, 05:33
Something in the air. Thunderclap Newman. Heard it today on one of those God-awful radio stations that play only songs from the 70's that tradesmen seem to play at full volume from their work truck.

B Fraser
5th May 2005, 06:34
It has to be John Otway and "Cor baby, that's really free"

Top Bloke :ok:

5th May 2005, 06:47
Telstar -- The Tornados.

5th May 2005, 06:55
zaeger and Evan's - In the year 2525
Country Joe and the Fish - The Fish cheer
Men with out hats - safety dance (worst one in my book)


5th May 2005, 06:57
Did Sabrina's Boys Boys Boys make it to number 1? I can't remember. I can vaguely remember the video though. :D

Pinky the pilot
5th May 2005, 07:12
'Tar and cement' Verdelle Smith
'Sukiyaki" Kyu Sakamoto

You only live twice. Once when
you're born. Once when
you've looked death in the face.

5th May 2005, 07:25
Fred Wedlock - Oldest Swinger in Town
The Piglets - Johnny Reggae
Zager and Evans - In the Year 2525
Middle of the Road - Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep


5th May 2005, 08:50
500 miles??? Surely you've seen Shrek and heard the song "I'm on ma way..from misery to happiness today.....ah ha (ah ha) ah ha (ah ha)......I'm on my way..........." and you must've heard "Sunshine on Leith"???? :* One hit wonders they are not.

5th May 2005, 09:03
Nena - 99 Red Balloons

(she was on tv a year or so ago - still a stunning women)

5th May 2005, 09:13
Nena: certainly not a ONE hit wonder here in Germany! Never liked her very much, though.

2525 - brings back memories....

5th May 2005, 12:21
Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs

Just Like Romeo and Juliet - The Reflections

I Love the Flower Girl - Cowsills

MacArthur Park - Richard Harris

I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four

To Sir, With Love - LuLu

What Does It Take - Junior Walker and the All Stars

5th May 2005, 12:27
Stiltskin - 'Inside' (from the Levi's advert). Good song, terrible album. In fact, Levi's seem to have a habit of producing one hit wonders, see Babylon Zoo.

5th May 2005, 12:50
You can't really see the t1ts:

And... "I Fought The Law (And I Won)" by the Dead Kennedys.... but, come to think of it, this wasn't a hit and should rather go in the Cover Versions thread anyway.... :}

5th May 2005, 13:16
How about Radar Love by Goldern Earring or Run Run Run by Jo Jo Gunn

(They were one hit wonders in the UK)

Biggles Flies Undone
5th May 2005, 13:18
Grandpa by Clive Dunn :}

5th May 2005, 15:49
Marquee Moon by Television.

I'd have agreed with the suggestion of Cor Baby that's Really Free, but Otway had another hit last year here in the UK.

I wish Westlife, Boyzone, etc had been one hit wonders!

flying bizzie
5th May 2005, 17:07
The Connels with 74 / 75..............quite a good song i thought:ugh:

5th May 2005, 17:56
let's not forget John Prescotts favourite group, Chumbawumba with Tubthumping........... :E

Rabid Dog
5th May 2005, 19:25
Martha and the Muffins, with Echo Beach. I think it was a hit in both Canada and Australia.
I Ran by Flock of Seagulls (pity they didn't flock off earlier).
Pacific State, by 808 State (alright, someone will pick me up on Ribick's Cube, but I don't think it was known to anyone).
Farewell Aunty jack by Thin Arthur.
JFE, Booker and the MGs had a hit with Muleskinner Blues (later covered by the Cramps). I heard Green Onions on the radio, earlier today! I even have a cover of this done by The Blues Brothers.
The best version of I fought the law, is by the Clash (especially the six gun bit).
Have I bored you all enough yet?

5th May 2005, 19:32
Three pages and No-One has mentioned 3 absolute gems.....

Leutenant Pigeon with "Mouldy old Dough"
The England World Cup Team (1970) with "Back Home" and of course Benny Hill with "Ernie the fastest Milkman in the West"

(ok wheres my coat.....):p

Richard Taylor
5th May 2005, 19:37
2 ladies from the 80s:

Fern Kinney: Together We are Beautiful
Phyllis Nelson: Move Closer

Sure both went to No.1,never to be heard of again...

eastern wiseguy
5th May 2005, 19:38
Turning Japanese.....The Vapors
And whilst not strictly one hit wonders Stiff Little Fingers ALTERNATIVE ULSTER

Just had an afterthought ....My Boy Lollipop by Milly(takes me waaaaay back:ok: )

5th May 2005, 21:10
(Hi Ho) Silver Lining, by Jeff Beck?

Fire, by Arthur Brown (complete with his hat on fire).

Jilted John, by Jilted John.

Love me, Love my dog, by someone I can't remember, but that fits into the other category of records in the collection to be ashamed of..... :yuk:

5th May 2005, 21:59
Mine would be amongst some of the above

Silver Machine by Hawkwind.

6th May 2005, 14:42
What about this one from 1991......

Chesney Hawkes - "I am the one and only......"


6th May 2005, 14:46
Think it was Peter Shelley who sang 'Love me, love my dog'. That wouldn't be the Peter Shelley who was in the Buzzcocks, however.

6th May 2005, 14:47
Plastique Bertrand with Ca Plane Pour Moi


Ian Corrigible
8th May 2005, 16:07
Nice pi$$-take from MC Hammer on the downside of being a one-hit wonder:

US Nationwide ad (http://www.nationwide.com/assets/wmv/Hammer.wmv) (1.2 MB)



8th May 2005, 18:51
Groovin' With Mr. Bloe - Mr. Bloe

9th May 2005, 07:45
Vapors: "Turning Japanese"
Boomtown Rats: "I Don't Like Mondays"
M/A/R/R/S: "Pump up the Volume"
Edison Lighthouse: "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"
Cameo: "Word Up"

Gouabafla, the great Pete Shelley had a hit with Homosapien and I think he did the soundtrack to a John Hughes film (Some Kind Of Wonderful or Pretty in Pink?)

Richard Taylor
9th May 2005, 12:32
Boomtown Rats one-hit wonders :confused:

It's a RAT TRAP!!!

Windy Militant
9th May 2005, 13:06
Mike Harding with 'The Rochdale Cowboy'

Althea and Donna 'Up Town Top Ranking'

Jasper Carrot ' Funky Moped/ Magic Roundabout'

9th May 2005, 13:11
A 'One Hit Wonder' BenThere? Oh please!!! (http://www.lulu.co.uk/).

9th May 2005, 13:28
Les Crane - Desitarata

Still thinking of more that havnt been posted yet

9th May 2005, 14:53
In case anybody's wondering what happened to John Otway, he's planning a World Tour (http://www.johnotway.com/wtdiary.html) next year, chartering a B767 (painted up as Ot-Air) to fly him and his fans on a concert tour that includes the Carnegie Hall, Caesar's Palace, the Sydney Opera House and the Red Lion pub in Dubai, with comfort stops in Tahiti and Bangkok, and a view of the eclipse over Turkey.

The man's a maniac, but an endearing one.

Darth Nigel
9th May 2005, 15:11
B767 for him and his fans?

Surely you could put him and 'is fans in a Cessna 172 and still have room for the pilot.

9th May 2005, 15:57
I saw 2-unlimited playing at a student union a few years ago.....still as crap today as it was back then...........

"no no no no no no no no no no no no, no no no there's no limit! no no no no no no no no no no no no there's no limit!"

classic :rolleyes:

Richard Taylor
9th May 2005, 18:02
6 no's too many McAero ;)

Is Vic There? Department S.Not a big hit but I remember it from my school days. Is Vic There? Is Vic There? Is Vic There (ad infinitum)