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(Not one hit wonders, but) Albums with One Song that became so popular that it overshadowed the rest of the album

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Initial post: Mar 6, 2012, 9:05:39 AM PST
J. Coco says:
Of course there are many one hit wonders, but which particular albums that you like a lot, or albums by favorite artists of yours, come to mind that contain a song that became so popular that the rest of the album was basically overlooked or overshadowed?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 9:28:11 AM PST
Gena Chereck says:
Fountains of Wayne's 'Welcome Interstate Managers' (the album that gave us "Stacy's Mom") immediately comes to mind.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 10:18:53 AM PST
S. Rice says:
Talking Heads - Remain In Light overshadowed by 'Once In A Lifetime'
Pixies - Surfer Rosa overshadowed by 'Where Is My Mind?'
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Psychocandy overshadowed by 'Just Like Honey'
Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space overshadowed by the title song
Pulp - Different Class overshadowed by 'Common People'
Echo And The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain overshadowed by 'The Killing Moon'

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 3:10:46 PM PST
fpr says:
S. Rice, wow, what an impressive list. I don't agree with you on any of those, however. Since these were not "main-stream" records, how did one song overshadow anything listened to only by cool college kids?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 3:47:41 PM PST
Good call on Fountains of Wayne! Every song on that album is great! My pick would be "Moving Waves" by Focus. It opens with the heavy metal yodeling masterpiece "Hocus Pocus", and then all the rest is pretty much beautiful classical melodies and themes, almost no rock (except part of Eruption). One of my all time favorite albums for sure!

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 3:49:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2012, 7:10:26 PM PST
Grandpa Tom says:
Summertime Dream-Gordon Lightfoot (Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald)
Sundown-Gordon Lightfoot (Sundown)

Top of mind...

55 and still sunny in the Twin Cities.....Going to walk my Labrador....


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 3:56:43 PM PST
S. Rice says:
It sounds like you are familiar with the albums on my list, so they must be mainstream enough. The thread was to list albums that were as good as the songs that overshadowed them. A lot of the songs on my list were later used on soundtracks and commercials which is why I think the original albums got overshadowed.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 4:36:10 PM PST
Bob Bykowski says:
"Go All the Way" on the Raspberries' self-titled debut album.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 4:43:42 PM PST
happyfunball says:
Good examples, but I have to disagree with the Tom Petty album. "Runnin' Down A Dream" still gets lots of airplay and is a well known song, at least here in the midwest

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 4:51:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2012, 4:54:04 PM PST
Bob Bykowski says:
Grandpa Tom,

'Out of Our Heads' from the Stones also had "The Last Time", which was a pretty sizeable hit. And 'Bookends' from S&G had "America", which also became pretty well-known.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 5:01:12 PM PST
The Faces' A Nod's As Good As A Wink - Stay With Me
Something Else By The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
The Byrds' Untitled - Chestnut Mare
Al Green Gets Next To You - Tired Of Being Alone
Kraftwerk's The Man-Machine - The Model
Alice Cooper's Love It To Death - I'm Eighteen
The Dandy Warhols' - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia - Bohemian Like You

...and no doubt many more!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 5:15:50 PM PST
KBIC says:
Not sure about The Pixies though. I heard Gigantic before Where Is My Mind?

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 5:17:47 PM PST
KBIC says:
I would list Radiohead, Creep from Pablo Honey

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 5:28:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2012, 5:30:20 PM PST
MarcoVG4 says:
Warren Zevon - the Excitable Boy album overshadowed by "Werewolves of London". I know there was some other airplay - "Lawyers, Guns and Money" mostly - but they play "Werewolves" endlessly.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 6:05:24 PM PST
ZzBridges says:
Smoke On The Water - Machine Head - Deep Purple
Black Betty - Ram Jam - Ram Jam
Run Run Run - Jo Jo Gunne - Jo Jo Gunne

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 6:22:22 PM PST
JJMMWGDuPree says:
Do albums that were turkeys except for one track count?

If so:- Everything is Everything - Everything is Everything - Overshadowed by 'Witchi tai to'

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 6:25:41 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
Good one!

I'd add Nick Lowe's 'Labour Of Lust' -- primarily known for the new-wave hit "Cruel To Be Kind," but chock-full of great tunes (I think "Dose of You," "Skin Deep" and "Love So Fine" are especially overlooked...). :)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 7:02:59 PM PST
Grandpa Tom says:
Yep. I sure goofed. Upon further study, there were 5 or more singles released.

It is a GREAT album!

Hope your night's great,

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012, 7:08:20 PM PST
Grandpa Tom says:
Hi, Robert.

Yes, I goofed on both these, too. There were multiple singles from Bookends, (Mrs. Robinson, Fakin It, At The Zoo, and Hazy Shade of Winter), all charting from #1-23, so all were indeed hits. America was released in 1972 from the Greatest Hits release.

The Last Time slipped my radar. Guess I should think prior to posting.

Hope your night's great.....


Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 7:35:03 PM PST
Sex and candy-Marcy playground-(eponymous)
Everybody Hurts-Automatic for the People-REM
Lovefool-First band on the Moon-The Cardigans
Bittersweet Symphony-Urban Hymnes-The Verve
Paper Planes-Kala-M.I.A.
Hella Good-Rock Steady-No Doubt
The distance-Fashion Nugget-Cake
Cinnamon Girl-Everybody Knows This is Nowhere-Neil Young
Steady as She Goes-Broken Boy Soldiers-The Raconteurs
Little Lion Man-Sigh No More-Mumford and Son

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 7:42:32 PM PST
Nate s. says:
The Knack - (GET THE KNACK) - "My sharona"
The Cars - (SHAKE IT UP) - "Shake it up"
Moody Blues - (SUR LA MER) - "I know you're out there somewhere"
The Kinks - (STATE OF CONFUSION) - "Come dancing"
A Flock of seagulls - (A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS) - "I ran"
Chris DeBurgh - (INTO THE LIGHT) - "Lady in red"
Dead or alive - (YOUTHQUAKE) - "You spin me right round"
Adam Ant - (STRIP) - "Strip"
ELO - (ELDORADO) - "Can't get it out of my head"
Human league - (DARE) - "Don't you want me"

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 8:42:45 PM PST
The Rembrandts - (L.P.) - "I'll Be There For You (Theme From 'Friends')"
Originally added to the album as a "Bonus Track", the song was so popular that it not only overshadowed the album,
but unfortunately the group's entire musical output!

Posted on Mar 6, 2012, 10:20:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2012, 10:22:21 PM PST
What's Wrong with This Picture? - Andrew Gold (overshadowed by the song "Lonely Boy")
Deceptive Bends - 10cc ("The Things We Do for Love")

Posted on Mar 7, 2012, 5:55:38 AM PST
Mountain- Climbing! ("Mississippi Queen")
Veruca Salt- American Thighs ("Seether")

Posted on Mar 7, 2012, 6:32:29 AM PST
carnola says:
Don McLean - American Pie
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