Thursday, July 17, 2008

OPC: Interactive and Lovin' It

Last year, OPC held its first One-Hit Wonder Week, where we told the stories behind the songs and artists of some of our favorite one-hitters. Based on the success of that special offering, we're doing it again this year. This year, though, we are soliciting suggestions from the famously fractious OPC readership as to which songs deserve that infamous OPC treatment.

Last year, we did:

"You Were on My Mind," by We Five

"Fade Into You," by Mazzy Star

"O-o-h Child,"
by the Five Stairsteps

"Undercover Angel,"
by Alan O'Day

by Chumbawamba

What's it going to be this year? Leave your ideas in comments, or send them c/o the author. Thanks.


Pike said...

Gary Numan's "Cars" always takes me back.

Scraps said...

"Magic" by Pilot.

Mark Lerner said...

The other day I heard Stars on 45 and was just thunderstruck at how weird it was that it was ever a hit. Please dig deep and find what must be a fascinating backstory. For instance, why begin a medley with 2 non-Beatles songs, followed by about 7 or 8 Beatles songs?

Gavin said...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils, "Jackie Blue."

Scraps said...

"Magic" and "Jackie Blue": two great 1970s songs featuring falsetto! At least, I think that's falsetto in "Jackie Blue".

Which part of "Jackie Blue" is the chorus, anyway? If it's the part with the words "Jackie Blue" in it, not only does it begin the song -- after the guitar into -- but it's one of those great hardworking choruses that change the lyrics every time through.

T. Nawrocki said...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils actually had another hit, even if you don't confuse them with Amazing Rhythm Aces: "If You Wanna Get to Heaven" went to Number 25 in the summer of 1974.

Incredibly enough, Stars on 45 had another hit, too: "Stars on 45 III," which was a medley of Stevie Wonder songs. That hit Number 28 in 1982, although I can't say I ever remember hearing it.

We'll have to wait for the judges' decision on whether those two acts qualify as one-hit wonders.

Scraps said...

Shoot. I'm a purist: If anything else made the top 40, it's not a one-hit wonder.

Pike said...

That doesn't make you a "purist."

I'm a purist. I don't use electricity or telephones and I think buttons are lavish and proud.

Upside: If you get into trouble in town, sometimes Harrison Ford is there to beat the shit out of the people who mock the purists.

(Was there really a point to my posting this? I'd vote no. I'd like to apologize. I won't, but I'd like to.)

MJN said...

I am impressed that you were able to post that comment without the use of electricity.

T. Nawrocki said...

I am impressed that he's able to leave the house without buttons.

Presuming he ever leaves the house.

Pike said...

Well, the joke's on you, Mr. Know-it-all. It's a squalid apartment, not a house! Who's laughing now?

(Damn. It's probably still you.)