Andy Warhol said everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, but if you ask one-hit wonders, they’ll say you’re lucky to get 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Before reality TV started turning ordinary folks into stars, there was no faster path to the peak of celebrity — and no more direct route back to the depths of obscurity — than being a one-hit wonder.
Today is National One-Hit Wonder day, and we salute those wise creators who didn’t bore us by producing more cookie cutter products.
Granted, there are probably good reasons why folks like Los Del Rio, the two middle-aged Spanish guys who took "Macarena" to No. 1 in 1996, never followed up their big hit, and the world was surely okay with making C.W. McCall’s 1976 hit "Convoy" the only No. 1 song dedicated to CB radio.
Their song even spawned a dance to go along with it and I learned it on the playground at Overstreet Elementary which is across the street from my house.
But we come here to praise one-hit wonders, not to bury them. For every one-and-done novelty like "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees or annoyingly catchy and cloying tune like Charlene’s 1983 smash "I’ve Never Been To Me," there is a stone-cold classic like "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc. or "Sex And Candy" by Marcy Playground.
Music writer Steve Rosen thinks all of them have a place and deserve a special day: Sept. 25 to be exact, which he declared as National One-Hit Wonder Day in 1990.
Rosen has a special love for those acts who came in, made their statement and didn’t hang around — even the embarrassing songs like the aforementioned "Macarena" or even "Afternoon Delight" by the Starland Vocal Band.
"You have to take the kitsch with the classics," he told Weird News. "It’s interesting to hear a song like ‘Disco Duck’ and wonder what people were thinking."