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One hit wonders of the 1980s

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Well, it seemed an obvious leap after the 1970s thread.

Not only their one hit, but their debut single too, and still a classic....

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Two shout out at me and make me wonder how many other really crap daft songs were hits in the 80's



And almost worse and no comment on this thread..

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Knocked Two Tribes off the top of the charts in Ireland. Only for Two Tribes to get revenge the following week.
The single version still hasn't made it to CD / digital.

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The ideal thread for this slab of doom-laden synth pop. If this was by anybody else other than two uncool footballers, it wouldn't have been dismissed. One of my favourites of the decade.

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An Italo scorcher from summer 1983

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Always loved this, think Moroder said it was his best work. Mind you, hated the film...

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Mountain wrote: Mon Oct 11, 2021 3:39 pm Always loved this, think Moroder said it was his best work. Mind you, hated the film...

They had a minor hit with You Don't Know, which reached 39 in the Top 40. I think if it at least reaches the Top 40 it counts as a hit.
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Here is a beaut from the 1980s - The First Picture of You by the Lotus Eaters:

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Dec A Wash wrote: Mon Oct 11, 2021 5:57 pm Here is a beaut from the 1980s - The First Picture of You by the Lotus Eaters:

It's a great song, and a great video

Here's an Irish band that had it all, the looks, the big power ballad, the video on MTV, the big label and slick production...but just the one hit...

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Always loved this track from Blancmange:

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Cyclepath wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:08 am Always loved this track from Blancmange:

Not a One Hit Wonder I'm afraid. Altogether, Blancmange had seven Top 40 hits in the UK. Two of the others (Blind Vision and Don't Tell Me) made the Top 10, just like Living on the Ceiling.
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Dec A Wash wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:47 am Not a One Hit Wonder I'm afraid. Altogether, Blancmange had seven Top 40 hits in the UK. Two of the others (Blind Vision and Don't Tell Me) made the Top 10, just like Living on the Ceiling.
I'll take your word for it! the 80's were... um, a bit of a blur for me :?
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It Bites released plenty of singles but they only had one proper hit - Calling All The Heroes

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Not bad but 1974 was the year the music died.
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Del.Monte wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:11 pm Not bad but 1974 was the year the music died.
Why? What's special about 1974?
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Del.Monte wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:11 pm Not bad but 1974 was the year the music died.
I hate Abba too!

Great call with It Bites - Calling all the Heroes

Here's a real one hit wonder that was pretty seminal on sampling and house music...

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That last one put me in mind of this other space single that made it to No.1. in the 1980s. As a fan of the original Star Trek I also like this effort.

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Well Stan had another minor hit with his band, Wall of Voodoo, and it's become a bit of an alternative favourite...



On the subject of cult one hit wonders...popular on MT USA

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Dec A Wash wrote: Mon Oct 11, 2021 5:48 pm They had a minor hit with You Don't Know, which reached 39 in the Top 40. I think if it at least reaches the Top 40 it counts as a hit.
Correct. My definition of a one hit wonder is someone who only hit the UK top 40 once.
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One of my favourites. January 1985

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1986 - described as "too good for the charts"

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