Friday, September 25, 2015

One-hit Wonders!!

One-hit wonders refer to those with a single career success — from the playing fields to book publishing and everything in between.

But today, National One-Hit Wonder Day, is reserved for glorifying that special category of artists with one Top 40 hit or signature song.
Among the more recent staples of the not entirely flattering category are: Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love,” Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby,” Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy,” Los del Río’s “Macarena” and Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?
The “one-hit wonder” label isn’t so easy to remove. Take the Norwegian band, A-ha. It’s famous for “Take On Me,” a No. 1 smash on the Billboard chart in 1985.
The band followed it up with a second Billboard Top 40 single, “The Sun Always Shines on TV,” and is still touring and recording (the ban released its 10th album, “Cast in Steel,” this month). But the band rarely fails to make a “one-hit wonder” chart.
“For us, you have to make peace with that song because it’s stronger than you in a way,” Morten Harket, a band member, recently said. “It’s not going away.”
The one-hit phenomenon is beginning to fizzle a little. Songs are staying on the chart longer, taking up space that would be going to new hits and the next potential contender for greatest one-hit wonder.