Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Step Right Up. Swing the Hammer. Ring the Bell.

It's generally not a good thing to be recognized as a one hit wonder, unless of course you build dry stone walls and split stones for a living. Then if you can split them single handedly and often enough with just one blow, people may be impressed and not only consider you to be a one hit 'wonder' but think of you also as a bit of a 'rock star'. The unfortunate people in history on the other hand, who for one reason or another, got only one kick at the can musically (or is that one swing of the cat, or one recipe for that cake they left in the rain ?) probably wouldn't enjoy the notoriety associated with being on the many one-hit-wonder lists so feverishly documented and posted on all those heartless websites one finds on the internet.

Never mind rock stars, even classical composers are not exempt from this indignity. The name Pachelbel comes to mind. Poor old Johann (did you even know his first name?) His 'Canon' written in 1680 scored a big hit in the music world for him back then, and still does even today, but relatively speaking the common consensus amidst the general public is that he never fired another shot. Maybe he did write an 'artillery suite' perhaps or a 'musical musket' but alas his only well-known piece was a bit of a loose canon that sunk any aspirations of staying afloat musically.

It is probably not a good thing ( if you want to go the distance or develop an extensive repertoire) musically speaking, to start with a hit that has a title analogous to hitting the mark, ( ie. taking aim at something for first time) or anything generally having to do with 'big bangs'. Handel may have been pushing his luck with his Royal Fireworks Suite especially if they/it had fizzled, but then he already had a few 'hits' under his belt.
This week I will be taking a whimsical 'waller's swing' at 'one hit wonders' of the rock world . There are several that I can't wait to get my 'hands' on.
Please feel free to make suggestions (in the comments box) of any of your favorite 'single hits' too, for us to go ahead and 'knock'


  1. How about Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus?

  2. “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco is a good one!

    B L

  3. "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" (Country Joe and The Fish)


  4. Macarena was the only song I can think of by Los del Rio.

    William P.

  5. Ha!!
    Groove is in the Heart by Dee Lite
    Hand in the Hand of the Man...(hippies)
    Wiggle it..just a little bit (2 in a room)
    Mama was born in a Hog Hole (The Rimmingtones)
    (ok..made that last one up) jscott

  6. Not a one hit wonder, but can't resist Fred Astaire, Cheek to Cheek jscott

  7. How about Bill Haley and the Comets "Rock Around The Clock"