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Posted on Dec 31, 2011 6:31:40 AM PST
Zaplightning says:
No I haven't , and I'd go also.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2011 7:50:07 AM PST
The whole point of this thread is not just obscure, but obscure that were also minor to moderate hits.

Anyone can list obscure tracks.

Note to Richard Kimble: Keep deflating the posts. Some people need to do their research before posting, and not just post as knee-jerk reactions to something they read.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 8:19:23 AM PST
E. Joy says:
Question of Temperature-Balloon Farm

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 10:30:27 AM PST
Kil Roi says:
I Love You Period - Dan Baird

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 2:13:27 PM PST
Woody Thomas says:
"Back When My Hair Was Short" - Gunhill Road

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2011 5:32:44 PM PST
Captain says:
Yeah Lisa, you and Richard definitely get where I'm coming from. Great list. And I admit the use of the word hit was precisely the opposite of what I'm looking for, sorry about that. Songs that are really good, but definitely not hits. There.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I'm listening to all that are available on itunes and Amazon, bought a few, got a nice list of obscure greats going. Rock and indie and alt definitely work.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 6:30:21 PM PST
Captain says:
The list so far...thanks everyone.
Sausalito Summernight
Major Tom
The Three Little Pigs
Hobo Humpin...
Jump Right In
Bruise Violet-whoa, go to the head of the line
Sadie-Kurt's back

"...More? ;) Yeah, there wasn't a lot of homework gettin done as a child haha."

Absolutely Lisa, let's see whatchagot.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 6:41:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2011 6:45:37 PM PST
Odd that someone mentioned Frozen Ghost, who's one chart single barely reached the top-70,
but I didn't notice anyone mentioning the one-hit wonder group that they evolved from, Sheriff,
who's only chart single was the #1 "When I'm With You".
Which was a hit on it's second release after only making #61 on it's first release.

I personally consider a hit to be a top-40. Casey had to have played it on his show.
If you've got more than one top-40, I don't consider you a one-hit wonder.

There's already been a number of corrections,
but I noticed a few that got mentioned that I don't think got corrected.

01) Steel Breeze ~ Their followup to "You Don't Want Me Anymore" was "Dreamin' Is Easy", which got to #30.

02) Jigsaw ~ Their followup to "Sky High" was "Love Fire", which got to #30.

03) Tommy Tutone ~ "867-5309 / Jenny" was the lead single from their second album.
.....................................But the lead single from their first album was "Angel Say No", which got to #38.

04) Sugarloaf ~ How anyone named them and "Green-Eyed Lady" really baffles me.
...........................Since they returned four years later with a second top-10 single, "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You".

05) Gallery ~ They certainly don't belong since since all three of their Hot-100 singles all the top-30.
........................"I Believe In Music" got to #22 ..... and ..... "Big City Miss Ruth Ann" got to #23.

I don't recall anyone mentioning these, and they shouldn't, since all had a second top-40:

01) Lee Michaels ~ He only had two Hot-100 singles, but both were top-40s. "Can I Get a Witness" stopped at #39.
02) Jay Ferguson ~ A year & a half after "Thunder Island", the leadoff 45 from his next album, "Shakedown Cruise", hit #31.
03) Brownsville Station ~ A year after "Smokin' In the Boy's Room", they hit #31 with "Kings of the Party".

A few of my favorites that had multible Hot-100 singles, but managed only one top-40:

01) Starz ~ "Cherry Baby" (#33) was the only top-40 out of six Hot-100 singles. The next closest was "Sing It, Shout It" (#66).

02) Chris Rea ~ "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" (#12) ws the only top-40 out six Hot-100 45s.
..............................His next closest was "Diamonds" (#44).

03) The Youngbloods ~ "Get Together" was their only one of three Hot-100 singles to make the top-40.

Two of my very favorites that had a top-40 hit, but never returned to the Hot-100:

01) Sweathog ~ "Hallelujah" (#33)
02) Chi Coltrane ~ "Thunder and Lightening" (#17)

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 6:50:43 PM PST
Hinch says:
"Neanderthal Man" by Hotlegs, an English pop band that was later relaunched as 10cc. The song, initially created only as a studio exercise to test drum sounds on new recording equipment, sold over two million copies and reached No.2 in the UK and No. 22 in the US. It reached No.1 in Italy and Germany and was a major hit in Australia, Canada, France and Japan.

I still have the 45 rpm.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 7:10:26 PM PST
Kil Roi says:
Dominique - The Singing Nun

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 8:46:02 PM PST
M. Flanders says:
The original example of "Stars" by HUM immediately made me think of "Don't Wanna be Here" by Cool For August. It got airplay on my local station in 1997-98 but I don't really know anyone else who remembers that song, though I thought it was quite good. Is that the sort of thing you're looking for?

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 8:45:50 AM PST
One of my favorites is "The Grooviest Girl in the World" by the Texas-based Fun and Games, which was released in late 1968 and hit in early '69.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2012 10:21:43 AM PST
Captain says:
Yes it is. That's a good song.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 11:11:06 AM PST
Let me just say this about Gallery...I think it's a damned shame that they're lumped in with the one-hit wonders simply because oldies radio refuses to acknowledge their other two Top 40 hits, both just as good as "Nice To Be With You".

One thing people should know about Gallery was that they weren't an actual band when they did "Nice..." was just Jim Gold and Dennis Kovaricky, plus their some of their friends from the Funk Brothers...yep, moonlighting Motown musicians! They just cut the song with no hope of anything happening, only to see it take off like wildfire, leading them to put together an actual band to capitalize.

And I think their version of "I Believe In Music" is less cloying than Mac Davis's original version...Mac wasn't too happy that they changed one line in the song ('God loves you when you sing' to 'Tell me what you see'), but I guess if he made some cash out of the deal, he probably can't b---h too much about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2012 11:20:22 AM PST
M. Binder says:
Green Jelly is far from obscure. And if you give a listen to "Cereal Killer Soundtrack", you'll find it's better than most metal claiming to be 'music'. Yes, that's how I meant it. GJ, btw, are absolute genius.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2012 11:22:10 AM PST
Hinch says:
I didn't know Gallery had any other top 40 songs. iIt's so Nice is the only one I remember ever hearing. Reminds me of Bobby Bloom, another oner hit wonder...."Montego Bay"

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 12:49:29 PM PST
Bobby Bloom charted three times after than, one of those being an old demo that Roulette dusted off as a cash-in.

He was part of the Imaginations that had a song called "Mr. Lonely" (no relation to the Bobby Vinton tune) and also recorded as Bobby Mann for his first Kama Sutra single (that label would also issue two other singles by him as Bobby Bloom). He also co-wrote a few hits for Tommy James & the Shondells, one of which was "Mony Mony".

Whether he would've had another hit as a writer or an artist, we may never know...Bloom died in 1974, aged 31, from an accidental shooting.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 12:54:06 PM PST
I failed to mention this about Sheriff...they had been disbanded for about five years when that track became a hit!

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 6:23:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2012 6:38:56 PM PST
A group that I liked alot from the late '70s and early '80s that only had one top-40 record was The Rockets.

My favorite song by them was "Can't Sleep" (#51),
their first chart single and the leadoff single from their second album.

"Oh Well", the old Fleetwood Mac song and the next single after "Can't Sleep", was their biggest hit, getting to #30.

Two of the six members were part of Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels.

Another member, Dennis Robbins, found more success after leaving The Rockets in the Country Music market.
In 1987, Dennis Robbins charted low with a pair of Country singles on MCA Records.
The second of the two, "Two of a Kind (Workin' on a Full House)", which he also wrote only got to #71.
But it became a #1 Country single when Garth Brooks covered it in 1991.

In 1989, Dennis Robbins fronted a short lived group called Billy Hill. They only charted two singles in the Country chart.
But the first and biggest, "Too Much Month At the End of the Money", reached #25 on a 17-week run.

After Billy Hill, Dennis Robbins resumed his solo career again and did a couple of Country albums on Giant Records.
They provided three Country chart singles, two in 1992 and one more in 1994.
The first in 1992, "Home Sweet Home", was by far the biggest of any of his solo singles by reaching #34.
(((Note: "Home Sweet Home" is NOT the Motley Crue song, HaHa))).

Oh, and another error that I don't recall if it got corrected or not.
Someone named "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass.
Looking Glass returned the top-40 a year later with the similar Brandy-like structured "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" (#33)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 6:34:47 PM PST
Hinch says:

Thanks for the info! I never knew that. I knew he died, but I didn't remember the cause.
Never knew he co-wrote Mony Mony.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 3:55:32 PM PST
K. Cooper says:
How about "timothy" by the Buoys/ It didn't get a lot of airplay due to its subject matter (cannabllism)>
written By Rupert Holmes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 12:14:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2012 12:18:19 AM PST
doodah man says:
I Love You -People

That was so obscure that I couldn't find it for the longest time (except for my scratchy old 45). The Zombies originally wrote it and released it in '66, hitting #60 in the U.S. charts, but was made a "hit" by the band 'People', reaching #14 in the U.S. charts in '68 and #1 in Japan.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 12:40:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2012 12:44:38 AM PST
Capitol actually released the People album on CD back in the early to mid 90s.
Then a few years later group leader Larry Norman reissued the album again on his own label,
but this time with a bonus track, the "single" version of "I Love You".

It took me a very long time and they weren't easy to find, but I finally have both CD releases.

Before I found them though, I'd had "I Love You" on two different various artists CDs,
one being one of the Time-Life CLASSIC ROCK series.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 4:23:12 AM PST
Kil Roi says:
K. Cooper, nice one by the Buoys.
But they did have another "hit" that ranked No. 84-- "Give up Your Guns"

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 11:40:42 AM PST
Zaplightning says:
Tiptoe Through The Tulips - Tiny Tim
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