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(Rolling Stone)   They might have had more than one hit, but they didn't have more than one album. Here are the 40 greatest one album wonders of all-time   (rollingstone.com) divider line
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2021-05-18 4:21:10 AM  
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2021-05-18 4:21:41 AM  
So basically those fall into three categories:
-Actual one album wonders.
-Bands/singers where someone died so they couldn't record another (like Buckley).
-Supergroups and side projects (Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominoes, Temple of The Dog, Lauryn Hill).

Must suck to be stuck in the first group with the other two.
 
2021-05-18 4:25:03 AM  
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Also one of my favorite band names. ^_^

There's a lot of new wave goodness packed into this album ... but their only genuine hit was Drivin'.


PEARL HARBOR AND THE EXPLOSIONS - DRIVIN' (1979)
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Pearl moved to England in the early 80s, and continued to perform for awhile as 'Pearl Harbour', minus The Explosions.
 
2021-05-18 4:55:20 AM  
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Another "one fun album-and-done" group was The Mo-Dettes.

As the title implies, this was basically a compilation of post-punk songs from various singles and EPs they'd done in the late 70s/early 80s ... the biggest hit of which was White Mice, sung near-incomprehensibly by swiss lead singer Ramona Carlier.

Mo-Dettes - WHITE MICE / WHITE MOUSE DISCO - RARE VIDEO
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2021-05-18 5:15:17 AM  
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2021-05-18 5:22:20 AM  
With the exception of the last three, and a couple of others, I was like "Who?".

It seems to me that in most cases, they deservedly only had one album, because they sucked.
 
2021-05-18 5:26:53 AM  
I never miss an opportunity to comment on "One hit wonders" because no one has ever heard of Hermann Szobel, and I happen to have a copy of that record (on vinyl, original release) and I enjoy lording my superior taste in music over all you plebes.

And now here it is, on a list!

Hermann Szobel, 'Szobel' (1976)

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So, for you Jazz Farkers, go find it.  This is a seriously mind bending piece of work.  I rank it right up there with Kind of Blue and Brilliant Corners.

Dude is also a movie worthy character.  He basically did this album because his uncle was an executive at the studio.  Then he dropped off the face of the earf.   He showed up in Jerusalem as one of those nutty street prophets many years later.

So there ya have it.  You can go lord your superior music tastes over the plebes now.  You are welcome.
 
2021-05-18 5:31:36 AM  
Sub Sub/Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (full version)
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Went full Richie Edwards after that
 
2021-05-18 5:59:18 AM  
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The only good one
 
2021-05-18 6:01:27 AM  
Before you click on the link, just know that the Blind Faith album is on the list.

Yes... that one.
 
2021-05-18 6:05:09 AM  

dittybopper: With the exception of the last three, and a couple of others, I was like "Who?".

It seems to me that in most cases, they deservedly only had one album, because they sucked.


Pretty much this. I recognized maybe four albums on the list.
 
kab
2021-05-18 6:22:23 AM  
Them Crooked Vultures
 
2021-05-18 6:31:00 AM  
I have 16 from the list. These should've made the top 40:

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Not a great album but "So You Ran" has a killer Boston-like chorus:

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2021-05-18 6:39:36 AM  
The Thorns - Runaway feeling
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list is lacking without The Thorns
 
2021-05-18 6:40:59 AM  

Ezy Ryder: I have 16 from the list. These should've made the top 40:

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Not a great album but "So You Ran" has a killer Boston-like chorus:

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Shakes tiny fist.
Had to listen to the music before posting
 
2021-05-18 6:47:44 AM  
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2021-05-18 6:52:04 AM  

Ezy Ryder: I have 16 from the list. These should've made the top 40:

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Not a great album but "So You Ran" has a killer Boston-like chorus:

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Really liked Arc Angels. Hasn't heard from Charlie Sexton since his pictures for pleasure album. Had the thorns album as a double- same songs, one acoustic one electric. Would also add this one
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2021-05-18 6:56:39 AM  
Sex Pistols?

Umm.. wasn't there a 2nd album (and a movie)?

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2021-05-18 6:59:28 AM  
Huh, I thought minor threat and op ivy had more shiat than that.
 
2021-05-18 7:01:18 AM  

Keller: Ezy Ryder: I have 16 from the list. These should've made the top 40:

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Not a great album but "So You Ran" has a killer Boston-like chorus:

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Really liked Arc Angels. Hasn't heard from Charlie Sexton since his pictures for pleasure album. Had the thorns album as a double- same songs, one acoustic one electric. Would also add this one[Fark user image image 199x196]


Little Village was a great add.

Charlie Sexton never lived up to the hype surrounding that 1st album of his, but if you haven't heard this one from Doyle Bramhall II, it's great:

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I'm a big Los Lobos fan so I should probably add David Hidalgo's old-time blues side project too:

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2021-05-18 7:07:06 AM  

Ezy Ryder: Keller: Ezy Ryder: I have 16 from the list. These should've made the top 40:

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Not a great album but "So You Ran" has a killer Boston-like chorus:

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Really liked Arc Angels. Hasn't heard from Charlie Sexton since his pictures for pleasure album. Had the thorns album as a double- same songs, one acoustic one electric. Would also add this one[Fark user image image 199x196]

Little Village was a great add.

Charlie Sexton never lived up to the hype surrounding that 1st album of his, but if you haven't heard this one from Doyle Bramhall II, it's great:

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I'm a big Los Lobos fan so I should probably add David Hidalgo's old-time blues side project too:

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Houndog, amazing album cover 😮
 
2021-05-18 7:35:32 AM  
If they are counting side projects, I'm fond of this one:
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2021-05-18 7:35:42 AM  
I guess they're sorta technically right about the Buckley.  But you should do what I've done: get your hands on Live at Sin-e and forget all about Grace.  You can also throw away Van Morrison's version of The Way That Young Lovers Do, and you'll probably also have the best version of Drown In My Own Tears.

/really wish I could've seen this dude live, but I only discovered him a few years before he died and I was, at that point in my life, too broke to travel for live music.
 
db2
2021-05-18 7:39:16 AM  
There's really no way to top a two-man heavy-metal band featuring Billy Joel playing a Hammond organ hooked to Marshall guitar amps.
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2021-05-18 7:50:28 AM  
Operation Ivy is top ten.
 
2021-05-18 7:51:25 AM  

kab: Them Crooked Vultures


That and Probot.

Them Crooked Vultures live (full show) | Rockpalast | 2009
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2021-05-18 7:51:57 AM  

dittybopper: With the exception of the last three, and a couple of others, I was like "Who?".

It seems to me that in most cases, they deservedly only had one album, because they sucked.


They weren't advocating murderinh politicians when your side was doing to lose, so you weren't paying attention.
 
2021-05-18 7:52:05 AM  
I would have included X-ray Spex (ignoring the weak sauce album the re-formed group put out years later)
 
2021-05-18 7:53:24 AM  

stuartp9: Sex Pistols?

Umm.. wasn't there a 2nd album (and a movie)?

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Not really an album so much as a collection of Pistols and Pistols-related material compiled after the fact.
 
2021-05-18 7:55:07 AM  
The Good, the Bad and the Queen is a great album. Glad to see it on the list.
 
2021-05-18 8:16:54 AM  
How did they miss this:

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2021-05-18 8:21:52 AM  
Rockpile is a great album.  Edmunds and Lowe were signed to different labels so they couldn't record together which kinda hurts the band and their ability to create music.
 
2021-05-18 8:28:23 AM  
Loved seeing Scratch Acid on there.
 
2021-05-18 8:34:02 AM  
I've heard of, I think, 6 of those groups...and most of those were super groups, which shouldn't count.

I've always felt that The Refreshments were underrated with Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy.
 
2021-05-18 8:37:51 AM  
I'll add a band I used to go see all the time. One album and split ... shows were great fun.

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2021-05-18 8:47:06 AM  
Fark music threads are always a hoot.

"I don't know that album, so it sucked. I don't know that artist, so they suck."

How weak.
 
2021-05-18 8:49:09 AM  

Rent Party: I never miss an opportunity to comment on "One hit wonders" because no one has ever heard of Hermann Szobel, and I happen to have a copy of that record (on vinyl, original release) and I enjoy lording my superior taste in music over all you plebes.

And now here it is, on a list!

Hermann Szobel, 'Szobel' (1976)

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So, for you Jazz Farkers, go find it.  This is a seriously mind bending piece of work.  I rank it right up there with Kind of Blue and Brilliant Corners.

Dude is also a movie worthy character.  He basically did this album because his uncle was an executive at the studio.  Then he dropped off the face of the earf.   He showed up in Jerusalem as one of those nutty street prophets many years later.

So there ya have it.  You can go lord your superior music tastes over the plebes now.  You are welcome.


I was seriously into Jazz fusion in the 80s and had this album (it's long gone now). His story is similar to Jaco Pastorius in the fact he was such a troubled person.
 
2021-05-18 8:50:38 AM  
So, Eric Clapton was part of three of them?

/ He really is band poison
 
2021-05-18 9:00:52 AM  

Weidbrewer: I've heard of, I think, 6 of those groups...and most of those were super groups, which shouldn't count.

I've always felt that The Refreshments were underrated with Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy.


Clyne made a second record as The Refreshments, something like "And the Horse They Rode in On"
 
2021-05-18 9:12:58 AM  

Another Government Employee: So, Eric Clapton was part of three of them?

/ He really is band poison


Three proto-Pearl Jam bands, too. Green River split to form Mudhoney and Mother Love Bone. Mother Love Bone split after Andy Wood's death. The remaining members played with Cornell as Temple of the Dog while they were recording as Mookie Blaylock. And Mookie Blaylock became Pearl Jam.
 
2021-05-18 9:16:24 AM  
Oh, so like, aliases?

All I listen to are pretty much one-offs.
 
2021-05-18 9:21:00 AM  
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2021-05-18 9:24:37 AM  
The Monks had an album other than Bad Habits. Huh.
 
2021-05-18 9:35:51 AM  

LewDux: Sub Sub video

Went full Richie Edwards after that


Holy Jesus, I have Valium Jazz on permanent rotation in my car's mp3 flashdrive from an issue of Volume CD/magazine back in like '96 as the only thing I've ever even heard of from Sub Sub.
 
2021-05-18 9:43:55 AM  
My contribution:
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2021-05-18 9:46:29 AM  

dittybopper: With the exception of the last three, and a couple of others, I was like "Who?".


Nah The Who has a couple of hits
 
2021-05-18 9:51:08 AM  

Slow To Return: ted with Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy.


So they did....The Bottle & Fresh Horses, apparently.
 
2021-05-18 10:17:29 AM  
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2021-05-18 10:21:04 AM  
TRAINWRECKORDS: "MTV Unplugged No. 2.0" by Lauryn Hill
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There actually was a second Lauryn Hill album...kind of. It was basically just the recording of her MTV Unplugged 2.0 session, which was pushed out by her record company because they wanted something to hold people's interests until Lauryn finally released a proper second album. It is...incredibly uncomfortable to listen to, to say the least. There is a reason why people don't hold this up like Miseducation.
 
2021-05-18 10:24:40 AM  
Margo Guryan once retweeted me joking that Nancy Pelosi's strange "Good morning. Sunday morning" televised appearance was in response to someone off camera asking her her favorite song by Margo.

/Random story, bro
 
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