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#1
The other time I was watching VH1 and it was a countdown of the "100 greatest one hit wonders", and I noticed alot of those bands had some really capable or great bassist. Has anybody other than me noticed that one hit wonder bands some really cool bassists? Like for example:

Kajagoogoo
Blind Melon
Faith No More (I wouldn't consider them here, but they were on the list)
Crash Test Dummies (Not great, but he sang and played somewhat interesting lines)
Edie Brickel and the New Bohemians
and plenty others.
#2
More for bass lines than specific bassist, from the era of one hit wonders (1960s and early 70s). I could add more, but I need to get a move on...

In a Gadda da Vida (Iron Butterfly)
Summertime Blues (Blue Cheer)
Liar Liar (Castaways)-this one also has a farfisa organ!! Coolness abounds!
Chicka Boom (Daddy Dewdrop) ok its 1971, but lets not split hairs here...
Jungle Fever (Chakachas) also 1972, but funky as hell
#3
Remember that New Radicals Band.. 'You only get what you give' or something. Their bassist was pretty imaginative.
#6
Some of those bands have/had talented musicians, but they just were not able to keep the level of the song that made them a one-hit-wonder... say, they just got lost somehow... sad
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Hunt down and kill whoever compiled that list.


Technically, they only had one hit. They might've been a popular band and had influence, but that doesn't mean they charted much.
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Technically, they only had one hit. They might've been a popular band and had influence, but that doesn't mean they charted much.

Then technically was Jimi Hendrix a one hit wonder?
#12
First off, I LOVE the Crash Test Dummies. They had 3 songs in particular (Superman's Song, Mmm mmm mmm mmm, and Keep a Lid on Things) that I found to be fantastic.

As far as one hit wonders go, one band that really struck me as exceptional was a band called Hocus Pocus, and their song Focus (or is it the other way around?). It was as if they got their one hit and called it a day. The bass doesn't really standout, but the band as a whole is great.
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Then technically was Jimi Hendrix a one hit wonder?


Yeah. In fact, I believe they mentioned him on that show.

That just proves that being a one hit wonder doesn't reall mean anything.
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As far as one hit wonders go, one band that really struck me as exceptional was a band called Hocus Pocus, and their song Focus (or is it the other way around?). It was as if they got their one hit and called it a day. The bass doesn't really standout, but the band as a whole is great.


It's Hocus Pocus by Focus, and damn right, that song is fantastic!

I wish more bands did yodelling... and the other stuff the singer does in that song.
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#16
It depends on the criteria for judging one hit wonders, normally popular album based bands don't feature on the list even if they only had one singles chart hit.
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#17
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I kinda depresses me, so many quality bands (I don't mean bass wise, but music wise) and fall into obscurity.


I was just listening to 4 Non Blondes the other day...
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Level 42 had some great bass lines. Something About You, was there only major hit.
pop music with classic funk bass. very nice.



They weren't a one-hit-wonder, they were big in the 80's.
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I just love those VH1 countdowns, sometimes they make me wonder if the voters lived in the same decade as I did. God knows on the top 100 songs of the '80s I certainly didn't consider Bon Jovi to be #1.

Anyways--many great bands have their brief moment in chart history and yet have very viable careers (Devo comes to mind) and some people who have very influential careers never even chart (Velvet Underground comes to mind, since the CD happens to be playing on my stereo right now..). And then you have to consider that there are a multitude of charts beyond the Billboard 100, that cover all sorts of markets and genres. The college radio chart comes immediately to mind, and there are tons of artists who have charted there without busting beyond the lower fifty or below on the main Billboard chart.

And I amd sorry, I just can't take any list seriously that has William Shatner as the host...
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And I amd sorry, I just can't take any list seriously that has William Shatner as the host...


I think it adds to its credibility.
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Level 42 had some great bass lines. Something About You, was there only major hit.
pop music with classic funk bass. very nice.



Level 42 definately have great basslines however as you said they never really conquered the U.S but they had many hits in the U.K
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I was just listening to 4 Non Blondes the other day...


I love that one good song they have!
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Good 'ol Bill, method acting at its finest..

The other guilty pleasure from that list, at least for me, is Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky". Not exactly complex musically, but has that great rock anthem quality that makes it a fun cover tune.
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And I amd sorry, I just can't take any list seriously that has William Shatner as the host...


Really? Wierd, I cant take any list seriously that doesnt have William Shatner as the host.
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Really? Wierd, I cant take any list seriously that doesnt have William Shatner as the host.


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Don't make me take out my copy of "The Transformed Man" album now and force you all to listen to it 24 hours without respite!!


Shame on you for owning that.
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It was an effective discipline tool when the kids were young...."You better behave or we'll make you listen to Transformed man again."

Though it is probably banned under the geneva convention at this point!!!
#29
You should get some Spock albums. Spock>Captain Kirk.
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#30
Hmm, "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" (Nimoy) vs "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Shatner)? Yeah, Nimoy wins hands down. Plus he even issued a music video for the song!
#31
I think a duet would be the best, I mean if they wanted to get rid of people just send them a tape of the two of them on a song together.
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I think a duet would be the best, I mean if they wanted to get rid of people just send them a tape of the two of them on a song together.

If you threw Sulu into the mix it would blow their minds.
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#34
or hed just blow them

it just shows that talent doesnt always mean that you'll have hits hits
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If you threw Sulu into the mix it would blow their minds.



^Along with Nichelle Nicholls (Uhura) who actually could sing and toured with Ellington and Lionel Hampton.
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I never watched Star Trek so I don't know who she is
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#38
Oh my god, a duet with The Shat and the guy who plays Picard ( I cant believe I cant remember his name.....).
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God, yes, between the Star Trek and Star Wars references that get thrown about, you may have a point here....

And didn't Patrick Stewart narrate a version of Peter and the Wolf? (ok, I guess I hit extreme geekdom with that one...)
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