Ah yes, one-hit wonders! You don’t know what I’m talking about. I know you’re used to hearing that phrase in terms of those musicians and/or bands that came on the scene, had a popular song, and was never heard about from the public at large again. Well, yeah, that’s one style of one-hit wonder. The one I want to point out today is of this brand: those musicians and/or bands that came on the scene, got popular, had one good song, and stayed in the public eye after-the-fact. Yes, people will say this is subjective, of course, but on my site it is truth!
Here are three one-hit wonders.
Rainy Day Women #12 and 35 – Bob Dylan
When I was in The Corps, I purchased quite a few tapes when I first hit the School of Infantry. I grabbed a walkman w/ headphones, and would listen to all kinds of stuff when on liberty around the barracks. I bought a tape by Bob Dylan, because I had never really listened to him, and decided to give it a shot. I ended up not digging the album, minus this song. I’m pretty sure it’s something that I listened to while in high school, but didn’t know the name of the song itself. I thought it was a misprint when I first read it on the back of the case haha So, even though I wasn’t in a position to be able to smoke and what-not while in the military, I loved the actual fun, open sounding style of the song. Still do. Don’t like any of his other crap.
Come Together – The Beatles
I imagine that I like this song because of the rhythm section. I’m not much of a person for lyrics, honestly, so I haven’t even listened to the words in this tune. I like the overall feel of the song though, with the more upbeat chorus part, and then the drop into the verse kind-of-thingy. The band Badge that I was a part of actually did a cover of Helter Skelter by The Beatles (something else still not uploaded). I think I’ve heard the song once, maybe twice? I couldn’t tell you how it goes because it was something the guitar player wanted to cover, and I didn’t know crap about the tune. The reason I didn’t know crap about it was because, well, I don’t like The Beatles (minus our second guitarist in 13th Apostle)! So yeah, the only good Beatles tune ever was Come Together.
Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones
This song has a special significance for me. When I was a kid, my dad and I watched this television series called Tour of Duty, which was an awesome show about the Vietnam War. During the first and/or second season, they used Paint It Black for the intro. This song always takes me back to that. Besides that, the music itself is awesome. I’m not really sure what he’s talking about, but whatever! All the other Rolling Stones songs that came out prior to and before this one? Garbage.
And there you have it, three of my favorite one-hit wonders!