As a child, I fell in love with Rupert Holmes ‘Piña Colada Song’, a jaunty tune about infidelity, rudeness and general relationship apathy that rhymes “in the rain” with “half a brain”.  Ralph Waldo Emerson it ain’t, is what I’m saying, but it did preface my love for goofy one-shot superheroes like Skateman and the half-season of ‘Automan’ I saw in middle school.  All in all, most of the space on my MP3 player is occupied by bands that never hit big again, interspersed with The Monkees entire discography and a bunch of George Carlin monologues.  In a fit of what is probably actually irony, one of them is ‘That Thing You Do’, a song from a movie that satirizes the entire idea of the one-hit wonder, leading us to today’s earwormy query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a deep love for The Strawberry Alarm Clock of ‘Incense And Perppermints’ fame, but that may just be the name, asking: Who or what is your favorite one-hit wonder?


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  1. I’ve got a few I really like. “Take on Me” by A-ha, “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell (which I was actually singing in the shower this morning), “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum and “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas.

    • The music video for A-ha’s “Take on me” is still my all time favorite. The use of rotoscoping and comic panels plus being decidedly 80’s, it just hits all the marks.

  2. As far as music goes, I’d have to say Steppenwolf’s “Magic carpet ride”. If only because of the connection to ST: First Contact.
    I had already liked it before the movie used it, but the way that scene went off with the song was quite enjoyable.

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