80s "omg I loved that one" one hit wonders mix tape thread

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I like that Rocky Burnette song, but I'd never heard it before just now.

Speaking of Rocky...

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 04:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

LOL I forgot about that!!!

He looks like the saxophone-on-the-beach guy from the Lost Boys

VegemiteGrrl, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 04:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

I dunno if she had more hits in other places, but "Touch Me" is the only thing I remember Samantha Fox for in the US..

However, youtube just reminded me of "Naughty Girls Need Love Too". Oh well.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 04:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok.

Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 06:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Total Ceolo - I eat cannibals.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 10:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not sure if this was a hit in the US but it got to No. 5 over here (also big across Europe apparently):

Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 10:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Jimmy the Hoover - Tantalise

Cluster the boots (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 11:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Aw I was going to open my posts today with "I Eat Cannibals"

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 11:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Scritti Politti - Perfect Way

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 11:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Madness that in the US, er, Madness was a one hit wonder. But what a wonderful hit!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 11:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Has Spandau Ballet made an appearance yet?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 11:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have that Rocky Burnette song on a 45 at home, amazingly enough.

SteakNique (®2011 Ulillillia) (Phil D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 12:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

SteakNique (®2011 Ulillillia) (Phil D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 12:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Has Spandau Ballet made an appearance yet?

Let's hope not!

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 12:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

P. sure this was Rainbow's only Top 40 in the US. (It peaked at 40 lol.)

SteakNique (®2011 Ulillillia) (Phil D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 12:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

I know Deep Purple is hardly a one-hit wonder but it blows my mind that this nearly made the Top Ten in the year of Bruce, Madonna and Prince.

SteakNique (®2011 Ulillillia) (Phil D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 13:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ollie & Jerry - "There's No Stoppin' Us (Theme from 'Breakin')"

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 13:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days

(actually they had another hit or two... this was the only one to make it to ·1 tho...)

Moka, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 13:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

I would have sworn "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" was a bigger hit.

Yeah, in the US anyway "Dance Hall Days" hit 16 and "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" hit 2 and "Let's Go" hit 9.

Their best song, "Fire In The Twilight" from "The Breakfast Club" soundtrack, wasn't a hit at all ;_;

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 13:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Fire in the Twilight is great.

VegemiteGrrl, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 14:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, in the US anyway "Dance Hall Days" hit 16 and "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" hit 2 and "Let's Go" hit 9.

To Live and Die in L.A. peaked at #41 and still gets loads recurring airplay despite Everybody Have Fun Tonight being more popular.

Leopard on the Cheetos Bag (MintIce), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'd include Benjamin Orr's 'Stay The Night' here but I don't know if that technically counts as a One Hit Wonder because of Orr's vocals on The Cars 'Drive'. Two hit wonder then? Sure.

Leopard on the Cheetos Bag (MintIce), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

I would count it.

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

I would too, and it's a better song than "Drive."

There I said it.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Orr-sung Cars singles that hit the Top 40: "Just What I Needed, "Let's Go," "Why Can't I Have You," "You Are The Girl."

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

huh

I don't think I realized until just now that he sang all of my favorite Cars songs

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ric Ocasek's a one hit wonder too! "Emotion in Motion," remember.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh how come noone has mentioned this one:

Don Henley - Boys of Summer

Moka, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Because Henley had a lot more hit singles?

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Orange Juice - Rip it Up

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 21:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

They did release several albums and still have some present-day cache, though.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 21:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 22:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

xxpost I had never that Orange Juice track and it immediately reminded me of Annie's "Me Plus One".

daavid, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

daavid, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Love love love this song:

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

at what point did we wander away from posting hits

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

because I have a shitload of things I would post but they are not hits at all

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

except for this, this was a hit:

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh man, Joboxers, had forgotten about that song! (Although I remembered the Trouser Press review starting "Responsible for a brief Dead End Kids fashion fad in Great Britain...")

Hardcore Bangage (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Daryl Hall's "Dreamtime" is a good choice.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Eurogliders went to #21 on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock tracks chart, Cock Robin went to #35, and Joboxers went to #36.

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

"I don't remember this son" != "not a hit"

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was under the impression we were using high placement on the Hot 100 as criteria, not every ancillary Billboard chart that contains songs we like

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

I am not trying to be Judgy McDouchebag, I just didn't think those charts were in play

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

The very first song you posted on this thread went all the way to #37 on the Hot 100, so uhhhh . . . xp

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

I consider Top 40 to be high placement, mostly because that's where the countdown starts.

This is basically jumping up and down upon and mooning the "please don't be a pedant" request but the whole conversation/thread started because we were reminiscing about quirky mid-80s Top 40 songs; I was surprised you were posting stuff that never hit the top 40 and mostly asking if the floodgates were open for me to be a pathetic goth.

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

(although Gene Loves Jezebel didn't chart as high as I thought they did ;_l)

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is that an emoticon of, like, Ace Frehley crying?

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:12 (3 years ago) Permalink


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