Who deserves to shake one-hit-wonder status?

9230__sunshine_lRemember Sunshine Anderson? Remember her saucy 2001 hit, "Heard It All Before"? And remember how she went "poof!" and disappeared shortly after that song exited the charts? Well, good news, PopWatchers: Anderson is back with a jaunty new single and video called "Something I Wanna Give You," (playing at the Beauty N the Beat blog) and just like that, she’s reclaimed her status as the go-to R&B diva for woman-done-wrong anthems. (I’ve been humming her "Get your coat/ Get your hat/ Get your knapsack" line all morning.)

Anyhow, with Sunshine (hopefully) poised for a comeback, it got me thinking about all the other one-hit wonders of the world who deserve a second chance at stardom. At the tippy-top of my list (just edging out Imani Coppola) is Deee-Lite; I still listen to their World Clique, Infinity Within, and Dewdrops in the Garden discs on a regular basis, and I’m always amazed by how fresh and current they sound (even though the first of those CDs is 16 years old). The only thing that amazes me more, though, is that "Groove Is in the Heart" was Deee-Lite’s only big hit. Which brings me to the question: If you could give a major-label contract to any one-hit wonder, who would it be, and why? Give a shout-out to your favorite forgotten artists in the comments section below.

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  • Joshua

    I’d have to give my contract to Bilal, who had a minor hit with “Soul Sista,” but whose stunning second disc has been covered with industry cobwebs for a couple of years now. Thanks for the link to the “Good Beat” video, by the way, I like this mix even better than the album version.

  • john

    Deee-lite RULES.

  • RayT

    I always wished Fefe Dobson hadn’t disappeared. I thought it was so great to see a black artist– specifically a female one– doing rock music, not feeling the need to bog down her lyrics with the ubiquitous “featuring (insert male rap star)” subtitle. Her songs “Take Me Away” and follow-up single “Everything” were so great.

  • dma69

    There was a singer named Gregory Abbott that a single called “Shake You Down” that I still hear on the radio now and again. I never understood why he didn’t become a bigger star. He had a great voice.

  • Theo

    I think Bree (“David Duchovny”) Sharp is either on a tiny independent or label-less altogether, and she’s frakkin’ brilliant.
    She completely beats the pants off other female singer-songwriters that got more play (Sheryl Crow, etc.) – which, if you’ve ever seen Bree, is a rather pleasant thought. :P

  • Phil

    SunShine Anderson’s “Something I Wanna Give You” has been getting some love since early summer in San Fran on KMEL. The album, according to BillBoard.com is set to be released in January 2007, & tentatively titled “Sunshine at Midnight”. SunShine is also now being managed by Beyonce’s daddy dearest, Matthew Knowles, and there is a super hot club mix of the track by Junior Vasquez.
    I actually saw Imani Coppola performing as partof an opening act for Gnarls Barkley in August. I really can’t recall the name of the group because it was actually grating on my ears. She was like the “singer” of this mash-up kinda collective. I usually remember stuff like this, but I was so put off by the band’s sound that I tried to wipe it from my memory. Perhaps someone else who caught them and enjoyed them might be able to share?
    And they weren’t one hit wonders but remember the R&B trio from a few years back, Blaque (“808″, “Bring It All To Me” Feat. JC Chasez)? They were protege’s of Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes of TLC, put out a successful debut cd on Columbia, but then after Left-Eye passed they were signed to Elektra, but they never released their sophomore disc, and now that Elektra folded into Atlantic Records last year, its anybody’s guess if they’re even still signed…
    And oh yeah, rember the blue eyed-soul singer Remy Shand that released his debut out on Motown Records a few years ago??

  • Ellipsian

    “Shake You Down” RULES! “A-weh-o-weh” (that’s, “Well, well” to you and me.)
    For my money, Sir Mix-a-lot earned his Grammy and a whole lot more: the man didn’t deserve to be written off as a one-hit man. “Baby Got Back” is almost universally loved by the public at large, and for that matter, there are few songs that can get a bunch o’ white people flowin’ along (at least for the first verse) like they just can’t get enough of large posteriors.
    On the rock front, the nearly forgotten Verve Pipe may have only had a hit with “The Freshman”, but their 2001 release “Underneath” is a pop-rock masterpiece with nary a clunker on the whole album.

  • Derek

    While Nada Surf is still on a label, most people still think of them for their one hit “Popular.”
    Their last two albums (especially The Weight Is A Gift) have been ridiculously good. Anyone who loves good, catchy rock music should check them out, as the band has really grown and isn’t anything like the one song they’re known for.

  • Phil

    Fefe Dobson was set to release her long delayed sophomore disc this summer, but the promotional singles (“This Is My Life”, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head”) that were released to radio failed to take-off & the album received a few critically bad reviews so Island/Def Jam indefinitely shelved the release AGAIN.

  • zac

    absolutely the cardigans should be ruling the charts more. their last 3 albums have been amazing, and just a lot more strong and more tuneful than the one hit “lovefool” they had in the states. check out “you’re the storm” or more currently “I need a fine wine…” for proof they are making some of the best music around.

  • Todd

    How to choose just one? There are loads of one-hit wonders that deserved better than they got, but I’ve narrowed it down to five.
    One, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. I loved “What I Am.” Doing that whole acoustic, folky, hippie thing wasn’t going to get them really far, but they deserved much better. They were fantastic.
    Two, Dionne Faris, formerly of Arrested Development. “I Know” was a great little R&B/pop hit. They were another band that was pretty much destined to be short lived and I’m sad that it was her fate to follow.
    Three, Deep Blue Something. They were overshadowed by Blues Traveler and Hootie during that mid-to-late 90s happy rock movement, so they only ever got to release “Breakfast at Tiffanys.” Their CD pops up in dollar bins all the time and is well worth the investment.
    Four, Vertical Horizon. Granted, they had a few minor hits after “Everything You Want” (I personally liked “You’re a God”), but nothing that really matched that first song. Another of those happy rock bands that sadly bit the dust.
    Fifth, Digable Planets. What is with all of these bands that try to do something different, and why isn’t the public more supportive? “Rebirth of Slick” was such a cool jazz fusion song. They were amazing and destined to fail. Such a shame.

  • Todd

    I’ll second the Cardigans too and add “My Favorite Game” to the list of songs to check out. Made a minor splash in the US, but deserved better.

  • Ellipsian

    I gotta weigh in and agree on Vertical Horizon, Todd. “Everything You Want” as an album was a catchy, hook-laden, melodic pop-rock masterpiece, and their follow-up (unfortunate and undeserved) flop, “Go”, was no less than the same. Both highly recommended. They remind me af the Verve Pipe’s “Underneath”…ever heard of it?

  • dave

    i’d like to add three to the list:
    blu cantrell’s “oops! hit em up style” is a highly enjoayble song. her first album (“so blu”) was great – she had all the buzz around her. and then – oops – she kind of disappeared. she had a great single “breathe” that i really enjoyed, but it never reached the sucess of “oops.” i think she has the pipes and the sass to big a big star.
    i’d also like to shot out for nine days to come back. they hit big with “absolutely (story of a girl),” and then vanished as well. their first album, “the madding crowd,” was deliciously great pop-rock. their second album? shelved. and then they were dropped from epic. in a world of maroon 5’s and train’s, i don’t see why nine days aren’t up there.
    last, but not least, where’s bbmack? still making hits in europe, i bet. i’d like to see them have another song or two in america. sure, they were cheesy brit pop. but damn – those harmonies. coming from cute boys with british accents? i’m in!

  • exiene

    I love deee-lite and had all the cd’s too. World Clique should have been bigger and Dewdrops was a few years before Madonna’s Ray of Light so the public wasn’t ready yet so thanks for bringing them up. As for one hit wonder i’d like to see back…can’t think of one yet, I’m stuck listening to deee-lite bye

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