Conspicuously similar follow-ups to hit singles that became hits in their own right, but are now mostly forgotten because people only remember the first hit

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Everyone remembers "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex, but did you remember their next hit was "Old Pop in an Oak", which is practically the same tune?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YuJZzuHDf8

Tuomas, Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:54 (five years ago) link

Fatboy Slim followed "Rockafeller Skank" with "Gangster Trippin":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9NwzOPHpE0

Tuomas, Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:55 (five years ago) link

Ice MC followed "Think About the Way" with this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8dpA83LvmM

Their choruses even rhyme! "Think about the way, it's a rainy day..."

Tuomas, Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:57 (five years ago) link

After they moved it, Reel 2 Real & Mad Stuntman then wanted to know if you could feel it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LBRGbpS_Bw

Tuomas, Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:58 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DArOHb1dN6U

PaulTMA, Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:06 (five years ago) link

It'd be nice if you mention to what tune it's a follow-up... ("Unbelievable", right?)

Tuomas, Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:12 (five years ago) link

unbelievable

international mons day (wins), Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:17 (five years ago) link

Oops I Did It Again was pretty similar to Baby One More Time and I think its title deliberately acknowledges this.

Supposed Former ILM Lurker (WeWantMiles), Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:47 (five years ago) link

Entire career of Modern Romance to thread.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:57 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKy9ulkIPgo

PaulTMA, Thursday, 21 November 2013 14:08 (five years ago) link

^^^ that's the follow-up to Kung-Fu Fighting, if anyone was wondering

PaulTMA, Thursday, 21 November 2013 14:08 (five years ago) link

I don't think it's that forgotten, but many of my friends are surprised to learn about the existence of "Together Forever" by Rick Astley. I think it's the better song!

Vinnie, Thursday, 21 November 2013 14:36 (five years ago) link

Oops I Did It Again was pretty similar to Baby One More Time and I think its title deliberately acknowledges this.

Oops was the more famous song, wasn't it?

I was surprised to hear that Thomas Dolby had a pretty sizeable hit with "Hyperactive!" - he's kind of the definition of a one-hit wonder

frogbs, Thursday, 21 November 2013 14:48 (five years ago) link

Wot was the deal with Bros' 'Too Much' and 'Madly In Love' having the same vocal line at the end of the choruses? This is important

PaulTMA, Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:01 (five years ago) link

Oops was the more famous song, wasn't it?

no?

Number None, Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:29 (five years ago) link

Oops was the more famous song, wasn't it?

Strangest comment I've ever read on ilx.

ewar woowar (or something), Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:45 (five years ago) link

how about "Gonna Make You Sweat" -> "Here We Go (Let's Rock and Roll)"

deX! (DJP), Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:46 (five years ago) link

great thread

✓B (Matt P), Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:46 (five years ago) link

Robin S - love for love

ewar woowar (or something), Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:47 (five years ago) link

Hanson - Where's The Love?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK5obmgq6u0

MarkoP, Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:53 (five years ago) link

Any song by Aqua that wasn't Barbie Girl.

MarkoP, Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:54 (five years ago) link

Ten years from now:
PSY- Gentleman

MarkoP, Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:56 (five years ago) link

I heard "Doctor Jones" at a bar mitzvah! Teenagers still dig it!

anyway. Maybe my memory of Britney Spears is not good but "Oops" was the one I seemed to hear referenced all the time. Also a lot catchier (imo)

frogbs, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:00 (five years ago) link

Lou Bega got so much action he couldn't even remember the girls names after awhile...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFYbm0_Xem0

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:00 (five years ago) link

Well maybe just "Lollipop Candyman" then.

MarkoP, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:01 (five years ago) link

Is "Hey You" remembered outside of Canada?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyMNCqhRNOM

MarkoP, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:02 (five years ago) link

Did not know that Aquarium actually released 7 singles. "Roses are Red", "My Oh My", "Barbie Girl", "Candyman", "Doctor Jones", "Turn Back Time", and "Good Morning Sunshine", surprisingly NOT "Calling You" which is one of the most stupidly catchy songs ever written.

frogbs, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:10 (five years ago) link

Whether or not "Oops!" was a bigger hit, I don't think people have forgotten it and only remember "Hit Me", so it doesn't fit the spirit of this thread. Other examples are OTM though... Like that Hanson song, I remember it now, but I'd totally forgotten about it before this thread! And it has pretty much the same chords as "Mmmbop", doesn't it?

Tuomas, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:13 (five years ago) link

Oh man, I remember five of those singles, frogbs. Would probably also recall the two other ones if I heard them. Denmark in the nineties was a bad time and place to grow up in.

Frederik B, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:28 (five years ago) link

The videos were all good though! I have heard a few of the Aqua "sound-alike" bands, it seems like most of them either didn't really get Aqua's sense of humor or didn't have a very good grasp of English. In particular I remember "Tarzan and Jane" which is a good example of "bad-catchy" (as opposed to Aqua who I generally like). I can't imagine how much garbage must've been flying around Denmark at the time.

frogbs, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:37 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIhNlE4DYO8

Hit #7 on Billboard as the follow-up to "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"

Josefa, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:39 (five years ago) link

Four Tops - It's the Same Old Song

ablaeser, Friday, 22 November 2013 03:51 (five years ago) link

xpost - practically all the songs on that particular album (Boots) are about aggressively dumping some deadbeat guy, including gender-switched versions of the Beatles "Run For Your Life" and Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe". The CD reissue spoiled it with three songs that didn't have this theme.

everything, Friday, 22 November 2013 03:56 (five years ago) link

He's got a girl in paris, he's got a girl in rome, he's even got a girl in the vatican dome -- that made my night

i wish i had a skateboard i could skate away on (Hurting 2), Friday, 22 November 2013 04:18 (five years ago) link

The sequel to Hoots Mon - not a carbon copy but the vocal bit is a real give away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUqh0tUtyQw

everything, Friday, 22 November 2013 04:50 (five years ago) link

Four Tops - It's the Same Old Song

― ablaeser, Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:51 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Pretty much the apotheosis of this phenomenon.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 22 November 2013 04:52 (five years ago) link

Every Everclear song I've heard

brimstead, Friday, 22 November 2013 05:05 (five years ago) link

Poker Face

Lambo Sedan (Whitey on the Moon), Friday, 22 November 2013 05:26 (five years ago) link

Follow-up to "Expressway to Your Heart." Not a huge hit (made it to #33).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vNbOntxgxU

timellison, Friday, 22 November 2013 05:41 (five years ago) link

"The Wedding Is Over" Roy C

Mark G, Friday, 22 November 2013 06:54 (five years ago) link

practically all the songs on that particular album (Boots) are about aggressively dumping some deadbeat guy, including gender-switched versions of the Beatles "Run For Your Life" and Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe". The CD reissue spoiled it with three songs that didn't have this theme.

Yeah. But "How Does That Grab You Darlin'" is not on Boots, it's on the follow-up album, How Does That Grab You?

Josefa, Friday, 22 November 2013 07:08 (five years ago) link

Also, it's a fine example in that its arrangement is clearly made to resemble "These Boots".

Tuomas, Friday, 22 November 2013 09:32 (five years ago) link

Do people still remember "Original Prankster" by The Offspring?

MarkoP, Friday, 22 November 2013 16:07 (five years ago) link

Four Tops - It's the Same Old Song

This is the Four Tops song I hear the most often.

deX! (DJP), Friday, 22 November 2013 16:08 (five years ago) link

also lol "Poker Face"? if only people had forgotten that song

deX! (DJP), Friday, 22 November 2013 16:09 (five years ago) link

Weird, I can count the times I've heard it on the radio on one hand. Way dwarfed by "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)."

xp

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 22 November 2013 16:12 (five years ago) link

Is there a thread for the related topic of "Follow-ups to hit singles that became hits in their own right, but are now mostly forgotten because they were middling ballads?" (Ie: Tiffany's Could've Been)

MarkoP, Friday, 22 November 2013 16:13 (five years ago) link

it may be early for this but

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASO_zypdnsQ

katherine, Friday, 22 November 2013 16:44 (five years ago) link

Someone remind me what the follow-up to I'm Too Sexy was called

Papa Roachford (NickB), Friday, 22 November 2013 17:04 (five years ago) link

Deeply Dippy?

deX! (DJP), Friday, 22 November 2013 17:05 (five years ago) link

LMFAO: Party Rock Anthem and Sexy And You Know It.

Siegbran, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:20 (one week ago) link

Rather than "Sorry for Party Rocking"?

everything, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 02:01 (one week ago) link

Motorhead's "Motorhead" (taken from Hammersmith and a hit in 1981) sounds a lot like its immediate predecessor "Ace of Spades", but that's cheating because Motorhead had a very distinctive musical vision.

The song "Motorhead" predates the band Motörhead; Lemmy wrote it for Hawkwind. It was the B-side of "Kings of Speed," from the Warrior on the Edge of Time album. Hearing the original, with sax and violin, is pretty wild.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khwWrGhVNvI

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 02:38 (one week ago) link

Another Eurodance example: E-Rotic followed their first hit "Max Don't Have Sex with Your Ex" with "Fred Come to Bed", a song that was extremely similar right down to the title/chorus rhyming a guy's name with a sex word. Their third single, "Sex on the Phone", was somewhat different (though obviously still sex-related, as that was their gimmick), and probably nowadays people only remember "Max" and maybe "SotP", but not "Fred".

Tuomas, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 10:10 (one week ago) link

How Soon Is Now.....Shoplifters of the World Unite

fetter, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 12:31 (one week ago) link

Tone Loc -Funky cold Medina after wild thing.

BrianB, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 22:22 (one week ago) link

Apparently there was a follow-up to Gangnam Style that went to #5 in the US and may as well not exist as far as the popular consciousness goes.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:20 (one week ago) link

Lieutenant Pigeon, "Desperate Dan", #17, Dec. 1972

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXJHNtkEnmY

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:26 (one week ago) link

Chicory Tip, "What's Your Name", #13, May 1972

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeA1T71cR4U

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:29 (one week ago) link

... couple of tracks for any Earl Brutus fans out there.

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:29 (one week ago) link

Apparently there was a follow-up to Gangnam Style that went to #5 in the US and may as well not exist as far as the popular consciousness goes.

― Matt DC, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:20 AM (eight minutes ago)

also, something something juggalos

Ten years from now:
PSY- Gentleman

― MarkoP, Friday, November 22, 2013 3:56 AM (five years ago)

just six years, but marko otm

― flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Wednesday, October 16, 2019 4:51 AM (three weeks ago)

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:31 (one week ago) link

Pretty sure that almost everybody under 30 still remembers Gentleman.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:01 (six days ago) link

29-year-old here who remembers that it exists, but couldn't sing a note if my life depended on it

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:21 (six days ago) link

We can say "Gentle-Men!" but that's about it.

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:08 (six days ago) link

not a Fela Kuti cover I take it

nashwan, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:25 (six days ago) link

How Soon Is Now.....Shoplifters of the World Unite

this is stretching the definition of follow-up a bit, there were 6 singles in between these 2

Tone Loc -Funky cold Medina after wild thing.

I would think Funky Cold Medina is the more well known of these 2? I may think wrong of course

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:46 (six days ago) link

It was in the UK, but I think he's more known as the "Wild Thing" dude.

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:48 (six days ago) link

I think the same the way as the Colonel tbh

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 13:26 (six days ago) link

"Forget About You" by the Motors was the conspicuously similar follow-up to "Airport" and doesn't get much airplay these days, although I actually prefer it to the earlier hit.

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 13:42 (six days ago) link

Conspicuously similar to the theme from "Grandstand" iirc

Cornelius Fondue (Matt #2), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 13:43 (six days ago) link

Always loved "Airport" tbh.

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 13:45 (six days ago) link

It was a classic of the little-explored "pub synth" micro-genre.

Cornelius Fondue (Matt #2), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 13:48 (six days ago) link

Oh, for some reason I was humming that "I Believe" song by EMF, and thinking that it's not that song that goes "You're Unbelievable"

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 14:17 (six days ago) link

Animotion’s “I, Engineer” isn’t quite “Obsession” but mostly duplicates it (without anything as catchy as that synth riff).

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 14:19 (six days ago) link

oh damn I just remembered how "Tarzan and Jane" went and now I want to kill myself

frogbs, Thursday, 7 November 2019 15:44 (five days ago) link

Hey monkey! Get funky!

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 7 November 2019 19:46 (five days ago) link

Oh, for some reason I was humming that "I Believe" song by EMF, and thinking that it's not that song that goes "You're Unbelievable"

look up what their final single was when they split up

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Thursday, 7 November 2019 21:32 (five days ago) link

I had a roommate who used to play World of Warcraft and listen to garbage Europop & Nightcore all day. like the same 5 songs over and over. "Tarzan and Jane" has permanently scarred me. if you're gonna go that route at least put on something respectable like Scooter!!! all I can think now is I AM JANE AND I LOVE TO RIDE AN ELEPHANT

frogbs, Thursday, 7 November 2019 21:43 (five days ago) link

WHY DO YOU KEEP IG NOR ING ME

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 7 November 2019 22:03 (five days ago) link

Sometimes I think you're me, frogbs. I also had a roommate who would play Eurodance trash all the time: E-Rotic, Toybox, etc. At first, we'd laugh together about how dumb it was, but after the joke wore on me, he'd still be playing the shit out of it. He's an awesome dude and one of my best friends to this day but I think he's still very into that music

Vinnie, Friday, 8 November 2019 00:05 (four days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gg5LOd_Zus

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 10 November 2019 14:26 (two days ago) link

It's not a follow up but I happened to notice the other day that "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)" by Lee Dorsey is a crafty re-write of "Working in a Coal Mine".
That's probably the most obvious one, but Toussaint and Sehorn recycled licks from "Coalmine" in several other Dorsey sides ("My Old Car" among others).

― a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, November 4, 2019 12:34 PM (six days ago) bookmarkflaglink

"sneaking sally thru the alley" comes to mind

budo jeru, Sunday, 10 November 2019 17:31 (two days ago) link

Does anyone remember “Daisy Petal Pickin’” by Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs? Bcuz apparently that was a hit, although I’ve never heard it in the wild.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Sunday, 10 November 2019 18:29 (two days ago) link

Nope.

Lee Dorsey example(s) seems good, never noticed before.

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 November 2019 18:34 (two days ago) link

Back when Aqua was hitting with Barbie Girl this satire comedian made a sketch where they talked about how they really wanted to prove that they were more than a 'Barbie-band'. Cut to five years later and their next hit is 'Slime, I'm a can of slime, play with me, I'm a can of slime'. And now they really want to prove they are more than just that 'slime-band'. Five years later. 'Tetherbaaaaalllll! Teeeeeetherbaaaalllll!'

In the real world it only took Aqua three years to follow up the album Aquarium and the hit Barbie Girl, with the album Aquarius and the hit Cartoon Heroes...

I don't think there was ever any risk that they would develop into The Cardigans, their sound was too thin, and the split between the artists and the eye candy was too stark. René Dif was a punchline almost immediately.

Frederik B, Sunday, 10 November 2019 18:47 (two days ago) link

Yeah, but "Turn back time"

Mark G, Sunday, 10 November 2019 19:32 (two days ago) link

YMCA / In The Navy...?

Israelites / It Mek...?

fetter, Sunday, 10 November 2019 21:09 (two days ago) link

I'm pretty sure "In the Navy" isn't forgotten, it's probably the best known Village People single after "Y.M.C.A.".

Tuomas, Monday, 11 November 2019 08:28 (yesterday) link

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Mr. Raffles

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Monday, 11 November 2019 08:47 (yesterday) link

Tuomas otm.

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Monday, 11 November 2019 10:19 (yesterday) link

"Prove Your Love" by Taylor Dayne was very similar to "Tell it to my Heart". Both singles peaked at number 7 on Billboard, but I think most people only remember the first hit. She did have other hits that I think are still played, like "Love Will Lead You Back" from her second album.

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 11 November 2019 15:44 (yesterday) link

“Crossroads”/“1st Of Da Month”

Siegbran, Monday, 11 November 2019 16:09 (yesterday) link

“I Wish”/“Top Of The Stairs”

Siegbran, Monday, 11 November 2019 16:10 (yesterday) link

"René Dif was a punchline almost immediately."

Wikipedia's image of him is very orange:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Dif#/media/File:Ren%C3%A9DifGade.JPG

With the result that if I Google him, the internet believes that he looks like this:
https://i.imgur.com/gB94mJ0.jpg

Many years from now I will wonder why there was a screen grab of Rene Dif on my hard drive.

Ashley Pomeroy, Monday, 11 November 2019 20:18 (yesterday) link

"Pure Shores"/"Black Coffee"

Number None, Monday, 11 November 2019 20:52 (yesterday) link

“Black Coffee” is hardly forgotten (and I might love it even more than “Pure Shores” these days).

breastcrawl, Monday, 11 November 2019 21:01 (yesterday) link

COME PICK MY ROSES

frogbs, Monday, 11 November 2019 21:02 (yesterday) link

forgotten by the general public I mean

I know it's beloved around these parts

Number None, Monday, 11 November 2019 21:04 (yesterday) link

“Crossroads”/“1st Of Da Month”
― Siegbran, Monday, November 11, 2019 8:09 AM

'tha crossroads' was the follow-up in this case. and it was stupid popular by comparison to 'first of tha month.'

also i thought 'top of the stairs' was the better song, but i was a teenage cornball. still am, afaict.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 11 November 2019 21:16 (yesterday) link

Baccara's "Sorry I'm A Lady", essentially a rewrite of "Yes Sir I Can Boogie", was top 10 in the UK and #1 across half of Europe and seems largely forgotten nowadays.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MgX84NR7x0

Cornelius Fondue (Matt #2), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:17 (eight minutes ago) link


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