Friday Lyric Quiz, 442 (In Which I Briefly Address Pop Music’s Fickle Mistress)

It’s my personal opinion that the biggest disappointment to befall a pop act (other than complete and utter failure and obscurity, of course) is the phenomenon of the two-hit wonder. Sure, one-hit wonder status is nothing to cheer about, but for the most part, those acts are remembered for the dubious honor itself.  Thomas Dolby. Modern English. Eddy Grant. Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Baja Men. Nena. Lou Bega.  Eagle Eye Cherry.  I could go on for weeks, folks.  
Two-hit wonders? Imagine the scenario: a certifiable hit is achieved. Then, relieving everyone associated with the act, the sophomore slump is averted, and another song is welcomed onto the airwaves. Suddenly – BOOM! That’s all she/he/they wrote. Obscurity descends, without even the catchy “one-hit wonder” title. It’s sort of the worst of both worlds (although maybe the money is a tad better).  

Some of today’s two-hit wonders may still have another single left in them (remember when Train just had “Meet Virginia” and “Drops of Jupiter” to their credit?) But for the most part, these guys are hanging with two-hit wonders of yore, like Del Shannon.  May he rest in peace.

Bonus points if you can name the artists’ OTHER single.

Friday Lyric Quiz #442

1.  “I take that back: hope you’re doing fine, and if I had a dollar, I might give you ninety-nine” (early 90s)

2.  “Oh, I know your back hurts from working on the tractor, how do you take your coffee my sweet” (late 90s)

3.  “The road has got me hypnotized and I’m speeding into a new sunrise” (mid-70s)

4. “You claim you still care for me, but your heart and soul needs to be free” (late 80s)

5. “Smack it up, flip it, rub it down, oh, no” (early 90s)

6. “The candles blew and then disappeared, the curtains flew and then he appeared” (mid-70s)

7. “Wasted days, and sleepless nights, and I cant wait to see you again” (mid-80s)

8. “She want to come on stage and do her little dance, so I said chill for now but maybe later, you’ll get your chance” (late 80s)

9. ” Is there any just cause for feeling like this? On the surface, I’m a name on a list” (late 80s)

10. “Just get yourself untied, are you gonna do it?” (mid-80s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #441

1.  “Who’s got their claws in you, my friend, into your heart, I’ll beat again” (mid-90s)
Crash Into Me, Dave Matthews Band

2.  “All I want is to see you smile, if it takes just a little while” (late 70s)
Don’t Stop, Fleetwood Mac

3.  “Anything that’s dead shall be regrown and your vicious pain, your warning sign, it will be fine” (mid-2000s)
The Adventure, Angels & Airwaves

4. “You wanna hear about my new obsession, I’m riding high upon a deep depression” (mid-90s)
I’m Only Happy When it Rains, Garbage

5. “I’d hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain” (late 80s)
Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns N’ Roses

6. “When you’re happy like a fool, let it take you over. When everything is out, you gotta take it in” (early 2010s)
Good Life, One Republic

7. “Well, you started off with nothing and you’re proud that you’re a self-made man” (early 70s)
Stuck in the Middle With You, Stealers Wheel

8. “To have you with me I would swim the seven seas I need you as my guide in my life” (late 80s)
We’ll Be Together, Sting 

9. “If you are the desert, I’ll be the sea, if you ever hunger, hunger for me” (late 80s)
Father Figure, George Michael

10. “Seems the road less traveled, shows happiness unraveled” (late 90s)
If You Can Only See, Tonic


4 thoughts on “Friday Lyric Quiz, 442 (In Which I Briefly Address Pop Music’s Fickle Mistress)

  1. eddy grant i know had another hit with “romancing the stone ” from a movie . so fail , on that part . get your facts straight

    • But it wasn’t a “hit” hit. It charted at 26. I consider “hits” 20 and above … 🙂 But thanks for keeping me honest.

  2. well , by your standards then Modern English had no hits in the U.S. . melt with you never made into the top 40 . Again fail

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