DRC Madness #30 - Two-Hit Wonders

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I'll be gone the whole weekend but I want to get the discussion started about DRC Madness #30.

BACK STORY

It's based on the "Are they a one-hit wonder" thread, where we've been collecting artists who had two top 40 hits and asking "are they subjectively a one-hit wonder these days?"

The original concept was deciding if Brownsville Station is only remembered today for "Smokin' In The Boys Room" or do people today also remember their other top 40 hit "Kings Of The Party".

That led to discussions like this:
-These guys are subjectively a one hit wonder. That second hit is LONG forgotten by most.
-Having a definition of "one-hit wonder" status that depend on "everybody" remembering the song is a crime against art.


Eventually the idea started to solidify:
-Every oldies station in the 1980s, '90s and early 2000s played "Incense & Peppermints" but ignored "Tomorrow". Strawberry Alarm Clock was not a one-hit wonder in 1968 but certainly can be considered as such in 2021.

Things got more contentious, however, when technicalities put artists like Nirvana and Pink Floyd into the "only 2 top 40 hits on the pop chart" category despite massive airplay and sales. Also it was controversial when members of very successful bands were listed because they only have two top 40s on the Hot 100 like Lyndsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac and Pete Townshend of The Who.

Despite valid points being made all around, I have assembled a list of 136 artists who, from a strictly technical standpoint ONLY, have only had 2 top 40s on the Hot 100. And from this comes our game! Where's the biggest injustice with that "Two Hit Wonder" label?

Here are the metrics:

At least one of the songs charted between 1970 and 1993. Who needs 55 mumble rappers from the 2000s clogging up the game, right? Let's stick to the years we all know best.

Why 136? It's my plan to avoid this:
"Why is Monty Python going up against The Three Stooges for best comedy teams of all time in the first round? Meanwhile, I have to choose either Shmeckey Shmeckton or Lenny Loserface to advance to round two??".

To solve this, we're going to pre-select the "GREAT EIGHT" who will enter the competition halfway through the madness. They are the chosen ones who automatically advance past the first 4 rounds, as nominated by us. We'll narrow 128 down to 8. Then round 5 will be the widdled-down 8 versus the "great 8".

TLDR??

If you got bored with all that stuff and skipped it, this is all that matters:

PICK FIVE OF THESE ARTISTS YOU WANT TO AUTOMATICALLY ADVANCE TO ROUND 5 (OF 8).
I'LL COUNT UP THE VOTES PER ARTIST.
THE 8 WITH THE MOST VOTES BECOME 'THE GREAT EIGHT' AND SKIP ROUNDS 1-4

10,000 Maniacs
2 Live Crew
A Taste Of Honey
a-ha
Alannah Myles
Albert Hammond
Alias
Andrew Gold
Ann Wilson
Another Bad Creation
Art Of Noise
Basia
Berlin
Beverly Bremers
Billy Paul
Blue Magic
Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Swede
Bonnie Pointer
Boy Meets Girl
Brenda Russell
Brick
Brownsville Station
Candi Staton
Chilliwack
Chris DeBurgh
Clash
Club Nouveau
Crowded House
CW McCall
Damn Yankees
Dan Hill
David Geddes
De La Soul
Dead Or Alive
Dickie Goodman
Dream Academy
Eddie Murphy
Eddy Grant
EMF
Enigma
Escape Club
Extreme
Falco
Fat Boys
Five Man Electrical Band
Gap Band
General Public
George McCrae
Gerardo
Geto Boys
Gloria Gaynor
Golden Earring
Great White
Henry Gross
Hues Corporation
Icehouse
Inner Circle
Janis Ian
Jay Ferguson
Jeremy Jordan
Jermaine Stewart
Jesus Jones
Jigsaw
Jim Henson
Joe South
John Parr
Johnny Hates Jazz
Johnny Kemp
Joshua Kadison
Jude Cole
Kenny Nolan
Kiki Dee
Kim Wilde
KLF
Level 42
Lindsey Buckingham
Living Colour
Looking Glass
Love Unlimited Orchestra
Madness
Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch
Mary MacGregor
Matthew Wilder
Maxine Nightingale
Men Without Hats
Michael Morales
Michael Sembello
Murray Head
Neneh Cherry
Night
Nirvana
Nu Shooz
Patti Smyth
Pete Townshend
Phoebe Snow
Pink Floyd
Poppy Family
Quiet Riot
Radiohead
Ratt
Rembrandts
Ricki Lee Jones
Robbie Dupree
Rockwell
Romantics
Silver Convention
Skid Row
Slade
Sophie B Hawkins
Soul Asylum
Soul II Soul
Spin Doctors
Squeeze
Stacey Q
Steel Breeze
Sugarloaf
Suzanne Vega
Swing Out Sister
Tara Kemp
Teena Marie
Tesla
Til Tuesday
Tionne Watkins
Tommy Page
Tommy Tutone
Tone Loc
Tracy Chapman
Triumph
Tubes
Ugly Kid Joe
Vanilla Ice
Vixen
White Lion
Will To Power
Young MC
 
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"Breaker, breaker, one-nine. This here's the Rubber Duck. Mercy sakes, good buddy, those are a lot of names! I just hope yours truly gets one of the votes."

Yes. He gets one of my votes.

C.W. McCall
Joe South
Blue Magic
Dead Or Alive
Spin Doctors
 
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Picking 5 from that list, wow! I’m familiar with quite a few, some artists/bands sounds familiar. Here are my five.

10,000 Maniacs
Nirvana
Pink Floyd
Quiet Riot
Radiohead

Thanks for hosting sadchild. Looks like it’s going to be an interesting madness.
 
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sadchild

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I'll close nominations on 6/6, because IRBS will be voting 6/5 and Scotch just got back too.

Here's a tag for other users I think are generally active on here who haven't made their choices (if they want to).

@JHDK
@Jon
@kingchuck69
@Kryptonite
@geosync
@MonoStereo
@MadisonRadio1
@goreds2

And of course anyone else who wants to pick 5 "two pop hits" artists that should automatically advance to round 5.
 
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Nirvana and Pink Floyd? Boo!

Blue Oyster Cult
Enigma
Living Colour
Squeeze
Vanilla Ice
 

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These are all super ridiculous:
10,000 Maniacs
Berlin
Clash
Nirvana
Pete Townshend
Pink Floyd
Radiohead
Squeeze
Suzanne Vega
Til Tuesday
Tracy Chapman

But if I have to pick just 5, it's
Nirvana
Pete Townshend
Pink Floyd
Radiohead
Squeeze
 

sadchild

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Here are the 11 I've narrowed it down to.

10,000 Maniacs
Clash
De La Soul
Extreme
KLF
Lindsey Buckingham
Nirvana
Pink Floyd
Radiohead
Ratt
Suzanne Vega

If the Hot 100 were really accurate (and couldn't be manipulated), I think each of these acts should have had AT LEAST four songs in the top 40.

Now I just have to somehow remove six of them. (Of course those six will still be in the madness, they just will have less chance to skip the first four rounds)
 

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It was tricky getting down to 5.
Several of the bands I know of more than 2 or 3 songs, so I tried to think of the songs that the general public would know. That made it a little easier.
 
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sadchild

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I am about to shutdown my computer for the trip. I assume this voting will still be happening on 06/05?
Once IRBS selects his 5 nominees, I'll move to the next step.
Anyone else who wants to elect bands to skip the first four rounds, please get your list in soon.
Thanks!


I meant to tag @hwkn in my earlier post.

As for me, my difficult "narrowing-down to five" is:
10,000 Maniacs
Clash
Lindsey Buckingham
Nirvana
Pink Floyd

(#6 Ratt, #7 De La Soul, #8 Radiohead, #9 Suzanne Vega, #10 Extreme)