One Hit Wonders

Season 1 Episode 4

VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders: Hour 4

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 09, 2002 on VH1
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VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders: Hour 4
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One hit wonders #40-21.

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Chumbawamba using their money to raise awareness for environmental abuses of the auto industry is pretty hypocritical, because don't they travel in cars, buses, etc, when they go on tour?

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Gary Numan: Becoming famous was so much easier than staying famous.

      • Rob Parissi: [The] second album sold much less than the first, the third album sold much less than the second, and the fourth album... [Chuckles] I think it was out there and maybe all the copies came back except for, like, six. My mom has three.

      • Rob Parissi: [Wild Cherry] would play our usual sets, which was, like, rock/dance stuff, but there were some black people in the audience, and they would come up and start kidding us, and saying, "You white boys gonna play any funky music?"

      • (Archive footage)
        Alice Nutter: Selling records is not as important as actually being truthful. And [Chumbawamba are] not going to change the principles of a lifetime just to get our record in the shop. It's not worth it to us. We don't care.

      • Rob Base: Hopefully in the future we can have our own label, and try to guide some of these artists the right way--the way that we should've been. Just make sure you have an accountant and a good lawyer.
        DJ E-Z Rock: And even if you've got a good lawyer, hire another lawyer to watch that lawyer.

      • Narrator: It's hard to say what got more play in 1991: EMF's song "Unbelievable", or the debate over what their mysterious acronym of a name meant.

      • Taffy Danoff: [The Starland Vocal Band Show] was so bad, that I ran into Paul Shaffer, and I told Paul to tell Dave [Letterman] not to worry about it, because we don't put the show on our résumé either.

      • Taffy Danoff: [Starland Vocal Band] got two of the five Grammys; one was Best New Artist, so that was basically the kiss of death, and I feel sorry for everyone who's gotten it since.

      • Narrator: ...As "Bittersweet Symphony" was making waves, it came to light that the song included a sample of the symphonic recording of The Rolling Stones song "The Last Time", which The Verve used without permission.
        Keith Richards: What am I supposed to be, flattered? You know, [we had] been ripped off.

      • Shatner: Not to toot my own horn too much, but I've gained accolades in nearly every artistic discipline -- from film and TV to my science fiction writing -- and while I believe my cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man" deserved to make the pop charts, hey, I'm okay with the fact that it didn't. Really I am.

    • NOTES (15)

      • The Numan Principle is a band that strictly does covers of Gary Numan songs. Whether or not the band is still in existence is not known.

      • Gary Numan originally belonged to the punk band Tubeway Army. One day when he went into the studio with them to record a new album, he found a synthesizer someone left behind from a previous session, which eventually led him to record "Cars".

      • Rob Parissi (of Wild Cherry) sued Vanilla Ice for his remake of "Play That Funky Music" without giving him credit and won a settlement of over $500,000.

      • Suzi Quatro had a recurring role on Happy Days as Leather Tuscadero.

      • Musical Youth's song "Pass the Dutchie" is loosely based on Mighty Diamond's song "Pass the Kouchie" (the latter is obviously a drug reference). Musical Youth insist that passing the dutchie is about passing a cooking pot, which caused a lot of skepticism. There may be some truth to this explanation, however, as a cooking pot is properly called a dutch oven.

      • EMF stands for "Epsom Mad Funkers" (although it was rumored to stand for "Ecstacy Mother Fuckers"). The name was shortened to EMF after the full name wouldn't fit on a poster.

      • Buster Poindexter is the alter ego of David Johansen, former vocalist of The New York Dolls.

      • One year after Baz Luhrmann scored big with "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)", Chris Rock did a parody of the song and called it "No Sex (In the Champagne Room)".

      • The success of "Afternoon Delight" prompted CBS to give Starland Vocal Band their own variety show, but it was cancelled after five weeks.

      • Starland Vocal Band originally claimed that their song "Afternoon Delight" was about a type of dessert, but the song is actually about having sex in the afternoon.

      • For some reason, radio stations had no problem playing Meredith Brooks' song "Bitch".

      • "Turning Japanese" (by The Vapors) refers to the facial expression a man gets while he is masturbating.

      • Modern English's song "I Melt With You" was never actually a chart hit.

      • MTV listed "Bittersweet Symphony" as being one of the greatest videos ever made (the video was directed by Walter Stern).

      • The Verve were sued by The Rolling Stones' publisher for sampling their song "The Last Time", without permission, for "Bittersweet Symphony". The Stones' publisher won 100% of the publishing rights.

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