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Two-Hit Wonders: KT Tunstall

A few months ago, I wrote about how Rob Base and others like him deserve some kudos for having the necessary qualities (= luck) to double the success of one-hit wonders like Gary Numan and Kajagoogoo.  And I guess it’s about time to include Gotye in that one-hit category.

If you think about it, Two-Hit Wonders are pretty special.  The number of musicians that have a whole collection of hits is probably too high to count.  But these guys – although unintentionally – stopped at exactly 2!!!

This time around, I’ll lay down some estrogen for you with KT Tunstall.  She burst onto the scene in 2006 with “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” –


I really didn’t dig the song when it came out but, in hindsight, I’m starting to appreciate it more – rollicky, soulful, guitar-based, great hooks.  And she wasn’t all that bad looking, either –


Of course, she’s not as hot as Anne Hathaway



And why do I mention Anne Hathaway?  Was it another completely gratuitous use of the picture, like that one time?

Nope, not all.*

Anne Hathaway was the star of the terrific movie “Devil Wears Prada”  which, and I know this will completely shock you, I loved!  Anyway, KT Tunstall’s second hit, “Suddenly I See,” was used in the opening credits.


That song was really catchy.  Like “Walking on Sunshine” catchy.  I swear I must’ve heard that her on at least a dozen shows and commercials.

Since then?  Nada mucho.

I did see her on TV a couple years later performing songs from a Christmas album she put out.  I used to think that Christmas albums by rock or pop stars was the kiss of death for their careers.  But the more I think of it, they’re probably made because the artists couldn’t come up with anything else that anyone would buy.  The only thing worse is when they put out a collection of “standards” – old-assed songs from the likes of Frank Sinatra and such.  I’m looking at you, Rod Stewart.

Anyway, since Christmas is only days away,  I’d post one of the songs from that album.  It’s the classic Hawaiian Christmas song “Mele Kalikimaka”


Nothing like a Hawaiian-themed song to put me in the proper state of mind to say…

WARM wishes to all of you this holiday season!!



* OK, maybe including that picture of Anne Hathaway was a little gratuitous.



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8 comments on “Two-Hit Wonders: KT Tunstall

  1. Liza in Ann Arbor
    December 20, 2013

    I think you’re forgetting her hit Hold On. They still play that one too. Her first album, Eye to the Telescope, is one of my top 5 “couldn’t survive without it on a desert island” CDs. Give it a listen. But you’re right, she did kind of disappear.

  2. Stefano
    December 20, 2013

    Happy holidays to you too, but no dissing Kajagoogoo! 😉

    • mrsugarbears
      December 20, 2013

      Oh how I loved them. 🙂

      • Stefano
        December 20, 2013

        Same here! Too – shy, too shy, hush hush, eye to eye… 😉

  3. ksbeth
    December 20, 2013

    thank you and u2!

  4. talkavino
    December 22, 2013

    Happy Holidays!

  5. The Daily Sampler
    December 22, 2013

    I loved Suddenly I See until it was paired with every commercial airing in 2007. And somehow, I ended up with every single KT Tunstall album on my iTunes and I never, ever don’t skip forward when one of those songs come on.

  6. the winegetter
    December 24, 2013

    Happy holidays!!!

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