Welcome to GUBU.ie - if you're new here check out Housekeeping for more info. Any queries contact us. We're aware of an issue that our activation emails are not getting through to a handful of gmail users. If you registered but did not receive an activation email, let us know. If you're not so new here, you can dismiss this message.

One hit wonders of the 1980s

The universal language of mankind
nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#26

Post by nlgbbbblth »

And this wonderful tune from earlier in the decade (1981)

Mountain
Posts: 202
Joined: Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:36 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#27

Post by Mountain »

Who hasn't danced around a kitchen or bedroom to this one...

User avatar
Del.Monte
Verified Username
Posts: 934
Joined: Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:11 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#28

Post by Del.Monte »

Glad to say that I missed the music of the '80s and 90's in a haze of alcohol and trainspotting - actual trains! :mrgreen:
Country Mac
Posts: 70
Joined: Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:39 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#29

Post by Country Mac »

gugleguy wrote: Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:38 pm Japanese Boy
Soooo not my cup of tea but I love that stupid song! :D

Plus, looking back, she was gorgeous.
Mountain
Posts: 202
Joined: Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:36 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#30

Post by Mountain »

nlgbbbblth wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:01 am 1986 - described as "too good for the charts"

I think there was a time when everyone was in love with Anna Lacazio.

Interestingly, they had a second single chart in the Irish top 40, but not the UK.

Here is a classic, PhD's only hit, though obviously their singer went on to have solo success...

nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#31

Post by nlgbbbblth »

I have the first two Cock Robin albums, Both very solid.

PhD track is a classic.
nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#32

Post by nlgbbbblth »

1987 - compiled on Now 10.

nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#33

Post by nlgbbbblth »

You'll find this synth pop classic on Now 7. Summer '86

nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#34

Post by nlgbbbblth »

They should have done more together. 1983.

Dec A Wash
Posts: 92
Joined: Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:55 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#35

Post by Dec A Wash »

nlgbbbblth wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:43 am They should have done more together. 1983.

Apparently, The Assembly was a project involving keyboardist Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) and recording engineer and producer Eric Radcliffe. They got Feargal Sharkey as guest vocalist and the plan was to use different vocalists for each song. Unfortunately, other than the instrumental B Side featuring Vince, there were no further recordings.
nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#36

Post by nlgbbbblth »

A whole album worth of different vocalists would have been great. The 12" mix of Never Never is excellent as well.
Mountain
Posts: 202
Joined: Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:36 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#37

Post by Mountain »

Vince Clarke must have some record for hits with different bands, DM, Yazoo, the Assembly and Erasure.

Bit like Fatboy Slim, formerly of the Housemartins, Beats International, Pizzaman and Freak Power, think he's had no. 1s in 4 different guises.
Dec A Wash
Posts: 92
Joined: Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:55 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#38

Post by Dec A Wash »

Mountain wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:45 pm Vince Clarke must have some record for hits with different bands, DM, Yazoo, the Assembly and Erasure.

Bit like Fatboy Slim, formerly of the Housemartins, Beats International, Pizzaman and Freak Power, think he's had no. 1s in 4 different guises.
Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, was involved with No. 1s in 3 different guises: with The Housemartins, with Beats International and as Fatboy Slim. He did not get to No. 1 with Pizzaman or Freak Power. We are crossing into the 1990s here!
Dec A Wash
Posts: 92
Joined: Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:55 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#39

Post by Dec A Wash »

A one hit wonder in the UK (in terms of Top 40 anyway) - I Love Rock and Roll by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.

nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#40

Post by nlgbbbblth »

That was my first 7" single
Dec A Wash
Posts: 92
Joined: Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:55 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#41

Post by Dec A Wash »

I was never particularly keen on it to be honest.
User avatar
peasant
Verified Username
Posts: 135
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:53 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#42

Post by peasant »

One from Germany that doesn't have balloons in it :mrgreen:


User avatar
peasant
Verified Username
Posts: 135
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:53 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#43

Post by peasant »

and one from France without taxis :mrgreen:

nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#44

Post by nlgbbbblth »

Another German connection - also one hit wonder

Mountain
Posts: 202
Joined: Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:36 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#45

Post by Mountain »

One from Australia that wasn't used in a Neighbour's wedding.

Mountain
Posts: 202
Joined: Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:36 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#46

Post by Mountain »

It was such a great decade for sophistipop, Black, Curiosity Killed the Cat, Level 42, Sade and this one hit wonder...

nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#47

Post by nlgbbbblth »

Yes, the sophisti-pop era was fabulous. You might like my updated take on the genre - here (with playlists)
Mountain
Posts: 202
Joined: Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:36 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#48

Post by Mountain »

nlgbbbblth wrote: Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:01 am Yes, the sophisti-pop era was fabulous. You might like my updated take on the genre - here (with playlists)
Well it has Roxy Music, Simple Minds, Nik Heyward, The The and Joe Jackson, so it looks rather excellent.
Dec A Wash
Posts: 92
Joined: Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:55 pm

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#49

Post by Dec A Wash »

First appeared on an album in 1979, but a hit in 1980: Echo Beach by Martha and the Muffins

nlgbbbblth
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:35 am
Contact:

Re: One hit wonders of the 1980s

#50

Post by nlgbbbblth »

Correctly categorised as an 80s hit.

This contrasts with The B-52s Love Shack which although included on Cosmic Thing (released July 1989) didn't come out as single in UK / Europe until March 1990. But is often incorrectly included on 80s compilations.
Post Reply