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Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent

Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent

When Ted Nugent finally put to rest the Amboy Dukes and their psychedelic one-hit wonder, “Journey to the Center of Your Mind,” the “Motor City Madman” became a solo artist on Epic Records. His self-titled debut album was a huge seller and featured one of his most famous songs, the 8-minute-plus “Stranglehold.” His second solo album (my personal favorite), the blistering Free-For-All featured a pre-fame Meat Loaf on some of the songs. Yes, Meat Loaf … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I’m breaking my own rules here today by highlighting a song that many would consider a one-hit wonder, but did not actually reach the Billboard Top 40. The inspiration is a question by one-hit wonders fan, Jane Doe 123 (somehow I think that is not Jane’s name on her birth certificate) where she asks: “What was that one song ( I don’t know the name or artist/band ) where in the music video he is in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Rock

Love Hurts – Nazareth

Love Hurts – Nazareth

The Everly Brothers were one of the most popular artists of the early rock era. Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles and even Hall and Oates were just a few artists who were heavily influenced by them. “Bye-Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown” and “All I Have to do Is Dream” were only a few of the Everlys’ big hits. Certainly their most famous song was “Wake Up Little Suzie” in 1957. The lyrics about a teenage couple … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Journey to the Center of Your Mind – The Amboy Dukes

Journey to the Center of Your Mind – The Amboy Dukes

Editor’s note: Another post from our resident heavy metal one-hit wonder expert, Jim Barton. Just after Blue Cheer thrashed and bashed their way up the Hot 100 with “Summertime Blues,” The Amboy Dukes, featuring a young Ted Nugent, unleashed their own hit with the proto-metal “Journey to the Center of Your Mind,” which peaked at Number 16 in the summer of 1968. That makes The Amboy Dukes a one-hit wonder. Even this early in his career, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Rock

Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer

Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer

Editor’s note: This is the first contribution from Jim Barton, a die-hard music fan and one-hit wonder watcher. What was the first heavy metal song? “Rock Around the Clock” kicked off the rock era with a bang in 1955 (of course, when “Rock Around the Clock” became a hit, nobody realized at the moment the new musical revolution that would quickly take the entire planet by storm), but of course metal didn’t burst onto the scene … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Rock

Tired of Toein’ the Line – Rocky Burnette

Tired of Toein’ the Line – Rocky Burnette

For a brief time in the late 1970s and early 1980s, rockabilly was cool in the United States. The brilliant “Cruel to be Kind” by Nic Lowe hit #12 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1979, making Lowe a one-hit wonder. The Stray Cats had a buncha hits in 1983 that ultimately led to fame and fortune for guitarist and lead singer Brian Setzer who became a one-hit wonder himself when “Jump, Jive and Wail” reached … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock