Friday, October 24, 2008

Old School Fridays: One Hit Wonders

Since there are so many cool one-hit wonders to choose from, it was hard to narrow down my selections. As many of you know, there are many definitions as to what constitutes a one-hit wonder. The criteria I used is as follows: a recording act who had only 1 song reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.

For my first choice, I went with a song that peaked at #5 in 1968... "Girl Watcher" by The O'Kaysions. When I was a kid, their soulful sound led me to think that they were a Black group. As you can see from the clip below, I was mistaken. Just like other one-hit wonders before and after them, The O'Kaysions suffered from a lack of direction. This led to their break-up the same year that they had their one shining moment. According to Wikipedia, The O'kaysions have since reunited, with only one member from the original line-up.

My second one-hit wonder is by The Breakfast Club who, before they hit it big, had a female drummer in their line-up. The female drummer then left to form her own band and eventually struck out on her own in a quest for solo success. In case you were wondering, the female drummer's name is Madonna. If anyone has information as to whether or not her solo career ever worked out, please let me know. Anyway, The Breakfast Club were all over MTV and radio in 1987 with their one hit, "Right On Track" (which peaked at #7). This is one of my favorite songs and videos from the 1980s; it's too bad they weren't able to come up with a successful follow-up. Before The Breakfast Club called it quits in 1988, American Idol judge Randy Jackson joined them as their bass player.

This meme was developed by Marvalus View and Ms. Grapevine. The rules are simple:

1. Anyone can participate; any music genre
2. Old School is defined as music created before 1999
3. No offensive words allowed, please use edited radio version
4. Post a video of your favorite Old School song to take us back down memory lane
5. Add your name to the meme list so that others can check you out
6. Have fun & don't forget to leave comments for other participants

If you want to join in on the fun, click here.

You can watch the clips for both "Girl Watcher" and "Right On Track" in the player below.


pjazzypar said...

I was in just entering junior high school when the O'Kaysions song was popular. WOW I never knew they were white until today! Good choices.

(¯`·._.·[***Fresh&Fab***]·._.·´¯) said...

although ive never heard of this, it was enetrtaining to watch

hope u have a gr8 weekend

Kristi Mantoni said...

Boy, that name Madonna sure sound familar. I'll let you know if I find out anything.

One of my fave One Hit Wonders is "What's Up" by the 4 Non Blondes. One of the lines starts with "25 years of my life is still..." and I was 25 when it was popular!

Candy Minx said...

I loved this video. I love the set...with the flowered wallpaper background.

I actually came running to your blog tonight for a sad reason. I am so upset about Jennifer Hudson and the tragedy of her loss today. I thought maybe you might have written something today. I'm going to post a song of her over at my blog. What a terrible news close to home...

Malcolm said...

Pjazzy: Thanks! I was just reading the comments to the clip for "Girl Watcher" on You Tube and saw that many other people also thought the group was Black.

Fresh and Fab: Thanks for stopping by.

Kristi: I knew I could count on you. Please keep me posted on whatever you find out about that Madonna chick. Don't get me started on "What's Up". I love that song! I actually had the album (Bigger, Better, Faster, More) on cassette.

Candy: The little dance that the lead singer for The O'Kaysions does at the end of the clip cracks me up.

I found out about the Jennifer Hudson story during my radio show last Friday. I was shocked to say the least.

Believer 1964 said...

I enjoyed the "Girl Watcher" video. I too am familiar with their soulful style. It’s all good!

Sorry for the delay in visiting.

Malcolm said...

Believer 1964: I'd love to hear some of The O'Kaysions other material for comparison's sake. As for your late visit, I'm just glad that you made the effort to stop by even though this OSF is from the week before last. It's hard as hell for me to keep up sometimes with other blogs too so I can relate.

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