leave your inhibitions at the door
You know what a “one-hit wonder” is, right? No, I’m not talking about that last batch of Ganja you just scored. It’s when a musical act has a giant, outrageously popular song that everyone can’t get enough of. Everyone is singing it, dancing to it, jamming out in the car with the windows down to it. You start to think, “Wow – these guys may be the next Beatles” and believe that you’re going to be listening to that artist’s music, like, forevs. Then…
Nothing. It seems they fell off the face of the earth.
You want examples? Consider the following –
- Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight”
- Feist’s “1234”
- James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”
- Alicia Bridges’ “I Love the Nightlife”
- Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians “What I Am”
All of the above songs were huge hits when they came out. But I’m sure that none of you can name anything else these artists did that was even half as popular. Now, I know what some of you are saying – “I bought the whole album and every song on is as good as or better than the one that got popular.”
Sorry, they’re still one-hit wonders. Artistically they could’ve been solid but, unfortunately, art doesn’t always prevent obscurity. Luckily for you there’s probably a state fair or shopping mall near you that’ll host them.
But what about the ones that had more than one really popular song? Through determination, hard work, and general gumption (and probably a helluva lot of luck) they manage to get TWO really big songs on the charts. You don’t hear about them much, which is a shame! They did something the one-hit wonders couldn’t do, and that deserves some recognition, no? Obviously, I’m not saying they should get as much kudos as acts like U2, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, or Coldplay. But they gotta get a little more than a pat on the back, right?
I can’t think of a better way to give two-hit wonders the admiration and respect they deserve than to feature them on … a food and wine blog.
For this first go-around, I have to go with Rob Base. He, along with DJ E-Z Rock came out with two really popular songs in the late 80s.
The first was the monster hit “It Takes Two” -
That’s gotta be one of the greatest dance songs ever. Over the years I’ve seen it used in movies, on TV, in commercials, and even in other songs. It was so ubiquitous that there was a lot of confusion about who exactly Rob Base was. Luckily, someone put this flowchart together –
That song was soon followed-up by “Joy and Pain.” It wasn’t nearly as big as “It Takes Two,” but it was big enough to get two annoying white chicks to make their own video for it -
So turn up the volume on these babies and get your office mates in the conference room on the dance floor. It’s time to JAM!!
Are you Rob Base? Do you have any favorite two-hit wonders?