One-Hit Wonderful: "The Snake" by Al Wilson

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This track could’ve easily been a Where Have I Heard That Song Before? but as it’s Friday, and I fancy getting at least some of my rocks off, I thought now was the right time to share Al Wilson’s ‘The Snake’. Now, ‘The Snake’ was a minor hit in ’68 but, on rerelease in ’75, went on to sell a bucketload thanks to the growing Northern Soul scene. Sadly, the memory has been tarnished by its appearance on a Lambrini ad, but that shouldn’t put the scuppers on this fantastic slice of soulful pop.
[video:owtherdrove]

One-Hit Wonderful – 'Echo Beach' by Martha and the Muffins

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Since ITV put their new soap Echo Beach on, I’ve not been able to get Martha and the Muffins‘ hit of the same name outta my head. Quite annoying really as it’s hardly one of my favourites. Anyway, Martha and Co are hardly the coolest-looking bunch, but ‘Echo Beach’ was a hit back in 1980. Capturing the attention of the post-punkers and pop fans alike, this track of drudgery and dreaming the day away struck a chord with many before disappearing without much trace… although it’s something of a cult classic now.
[video: Barsopen1970]

One-Hit Wonderful: "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" by Whale

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Back in the mid-to-late ’90s, all kindsa tunes sneaked into the charts on the blindside thanks to Nirvana kicking the door open. One act who definitely utilised the dozing security guard was the brilliantly bonkers Whale, who brought braces (those on yer teeth, not for yer trews) back to the fore. Their big one-hit was the oddball racket of “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe”. You don’t get to type that every day, I can tell you. Anyway, click “play” and dance around like a wet tea-towel (that’s exactly what I’ve been doing).
[video:dkdsdm]

One-Hit Wonderful: "Cannonball" by The Breeders

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“I’ll be your whatever you want. The bong in this reggae song.” What the hell does that mean? Who cares. Pop music does NOT have to make sense. If it did, we would have been denied the sublime stoner rock of ‘Cannonball’ by The Breeders. The Breeders were born from a Pixie and a Throwing Muse and, over the years, have had a rather fluctuating line-up. In ’93 the band hit big and featured Kelley AND Kim Deal. Twins? In a rock group? Groovy! Anyway, enough spout, let’s look and listen to one of the finest one-hitters in history.
[video:Anevrisme]

One-Hit Wonderful: Crabby Appleton – "Go Back"

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I’m getting slightly obsessed with Crabby Appleton’s “Go Back” at the moment. Those preposterous haircuts. The dafter monicker. Man, there’s nothing to dislike about this band. Thankfully, under all that hair and teeth lies a cracking one-hit wonder which is part prog work-out, part big soulful chorus. Hitting the US Top 40 in 1970, this is a firecracker of a single that needs to be reassessed!
[video: vesaja]

One-Hit Wonderful – "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans

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Zager and Evans’ “In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)” went to the top spot in the UK and in US… so this was a proper hit. Heard of it? Chances are you ain’t… which is a shame because this slice of orchestrated gloom-pop is as wonderful as it gets! Big, bold and no chorus, this song looks into the future and scares the pants right off ya! With each jump in time (and subsequent key change) they paint ever more depressing pictures, getting to “the year 9595, I’m kinda wonderin’ if Man is gonna be alive. He’s taken everything this old Earth can give, and he ain’t put back nothing… whoa whoa”… or should that read woe-woe‘?
[video:ZagerEZPlayGuitars]

One-Hit Wonderful – Mr Oizo's "Flat Beat"

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Ah. Mr Oizo Remember him? Oizo came to the attention of the public at large with his sublime squelchy disco banger, Flat Beat, which featured Flat Eric on a Levi’s ad. Of course, Oizo didn’t just down tools… he continued (not to the same commercial success) with a variety of odd records and LPs including Moustache (Half a Scissor), Last Night A DJ Killed My Dog and Nazis. His skewed view of the world cut through his unique brand of techno, winning many over who would normally baulk at the notion of techno. So with that, let’s revisit his big choon. Here’s Flat Beat.
[video: BloodShed]

One-Hit Wonderful – Soho's Hippy Chick

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Soho-Hippychick.jpgSoho were, in essence, a pop trio, but most notably, Soho featured twin sisters Jacqui Cuff and Pauline Cuff. They hit it big with their baggy anthem, Hippy Chick which landed fully formed in the Top 10 in the early 90s. On first listen, you may find yourself going ‘hang on!’… that’s because the ditty features a heavy sample of The Smiths‘ “How Soon Is Now?” sequenced over a Soul II Soul rhythm.
Hippy Chick was one of the big tunes played at the legendary Spike Island gig by The Stone Roses, which cemented it in the hearts of the baggy acid-teds. In true one-hit wonder style, the group vanished from the face of the earth after the single dipped out of view… so… let’s roll back the years and give it another spin. There’s a nice video over the jump taken from the great lost pop programme, The Chart Show… check out those graphics!

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One-Hit Wonderful: The Mike Flowers Pops Orchestra – "Wonderwall"

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This lava-lamp cover of “Wonderwall” by The Mike Flowers Pop Orchestra could have easily gone into the Under The Covers section, but somehow it fits better in the One-Hit Wonderful slot. This tune, a pastiche of all those cheesy-listening LPs you see in charity shops up and down the country, appeared slap-bang in the middle of Oasis’ imperial period, thus making it a true one-hitter. The band disappeared off the radar after this hit; still, it allowed frontman Mike Flowers to joke, “1998 was quite a big year for me, I appeared on Blue Peter and Through the Keyhole”.

[video: zeprefel]

One-Hit Wonderful – A one hit wonder quiz!

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Normally in the one-hit wonderful section, you find a series of great (and not so great) one-hitters, set to give you nostalgia or hopefully, to let you in on some lost pop classics. Today is a little different as I found a quiz! 34 clips of one-hit wonders blurt out of the speakers… but how many can you name? Be warned, some of them are not strictly one-hit wonders, but that shouldn’t stop your fun. I got 25 right (not bad I think). How well are you gonna do? Answers can be found over the jump. [video: darwenus]

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