One Hit Wonders

Season 1 Episode 3

VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders: Hour 3

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 08, 2002 on VH1



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Archive footage)
      Jamie Walters: I was like, "You either gotta change the character [on Beverly Hills, 90210] or you gotta let me off the show, because I'm trying to sell tickets on our tour, and there's teenage girls out there who think I'm an abusive guy, you know? And they hold up signs saying, like, Leave Donna alone."

    • Henry Rollins: I think ["Lovefool"] was a combination of pretty girl with a neat hook, and when you see a pretty girl sing "tell me you love me", when does it ever really happen in your wretched life? Never.

    • (Archive footage)
      Bobby McFerrin: I got to the point where I couldn't sing ["Don't Worry, Be Happy"] any more. And I haven't, in about ten or eleven years.

    • Ed Lover: Rockwell "Somebody's Watching Me" was a hit for one reason: Michael Jackson sang the chorus.

    • Narrator: [David] Naughton never tried to top his first hit, focusing more on acting. His future looked bright after co-starring in the blockbuster American Werewolf In London in 1981. But subsequent bombs like Mirror Mirror III and Hot Dog: The Movie earned Naughton the dubious honor of being a one-hit wonder in two mediums.

    • (Archive footage)
      Cub Koda: I gotta believe ["Smokin' In the Boys' Room"] was a hit, just 'cause it was the truth. Everybody knows someone smoked in the boys' room. It was just everyday American.

    • (Archive footage)
      Tommy Heath: The lawyers warn us that you can't put out a phone number song any more. You know, you're supposed to say 555-5555. [It] just doesn't work.

    • Legs McNeil: I think there was an authenticity [in "More More More"] because [Andrea True] had been a porn star, you know? So she knew what she was talking about. She actually sounds like she's having sex.

  • Notes

    • The Heights' song "How Do You Talk To An Angel" made it to the #1 spot on the charts two weeks before the show was cancelled.

    • When Falco's song "Rock Me Amadeus" first grabbed the #1 spot on the charts in 1986, Heart's "These Dreams" was at the #2 spot and Atlantic Starr's "Secret Lovers" was at the #3 spot.

    • Bobby McFerrin's voice was the only instrument used on his song "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

    • On November 12, 1999, Gary Glitter pleaded guilty to 54 counts of downloading and possession of child pornography. It was discovered when he took his computer to a repair shop, and the repairman found the porn and in turn notified the police.

    • Vicki Sue Robinson sang many commercial jingles; most notably, "JCPenney, doin' it right!"

    • Rockwell is the son of Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records -- the very label that Rockwell was on. It is still debatable whether or not that was an attempt to jump-start his career.

    • Martha Wash sang lead vocals on songs such as C&C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat" and Black Box's "Everybody Everybody" and "Strike It Up", but models were used in the videos to lipsynch her parts. She sued and won the case.

    • In 1996, Haddaway's song "What Is Love" started being used in a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live. The sketch was eventually turned into a movie, A Night At the Roxbury.

    • Tommy Tutone's song "867-5309/Jenny" is based on an actual phone number of an actual friend of the band's named Jenny.

    • Andrea True stopped singing because she ended up with three goiters in her throat, causing her to undergo a serious operation.

    • Andrea True pursued an acting career in New York before switching to music, but because acting jobs were scarce, she turned to adult films.

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