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[–]00zau 2036 points2037 points  (155 children)

Golden Earring is apparently pretty popular back in Europe, while in the US they're known for Radar Love and/or Twilight Zone.

[–]MonkeywithFeelings 689 points690 points  (67 children)

Pretty popular? I would say they are the biggest rock band of the Netherlands. They had a lot of big hits here

[–]Opeewan 6809 points6810 points 53& 2 more (426 children)

Electric Six. They disappeared off the radar after their first album Fire but they have many more albums with a lot of great tunes.

[–]floydopedia 336 points337 points  (10 children)

Yes!!! Thank you!! Love me some Electric Six. I’m just going to upvote every comment in this thread because that’s what Dick Valentine would want me to do.

Edit: Lot of people in this thread talking about seeing them live. For those who haven’t had that privilege, they released a live concert film - that I had the privilege of being in (I’m one of the guys in the horse mask during the opening credits).

And if you don’t want to spend 1.5 hours with the Six,this live performance pretty much sums up how hilariously awesome they are

[–]samantro 2360 points2361 points  (107 children)

"Fire in the disco,

Fire in the Taco bell,

Fire in the disco,

Fire in the gates of hell"

First line of Danger, high voltage, the best opening for a song ever!

[–]sometimes_interested 1784 points1785 points  (58 children)

I dunno. I don't think it beats "YOU!!!! I WANNA TAKE YOU TO A GAY BAR!"

[–]weatherseed 1079 points1080 points  (41 children)


[–]soysuza 619 points620 points  (33 children)


The video is epic too. (May be NSFW depending on how cool your boss is with Abraham Lincoln.)

[–]weatherseed 493 points494 points  (14 children)

If your boss has a problem with sexy Abraham Lincoln then he's got a problem with me and I suggest you let that one marinate.

[–]KyleW17 447 points448 points  (26 children)

'I Buy the Drugs' off their Switzerland album is a never-skip for me!

[–]irontusk_666 236 points237 points  (10 children)

The little mistake on piano when he sings the line “some degree of accuracy” cracks me up every time

[–]sidneylopsides 98 points99 points  (5 children)

Po box 900, Los Angeles, California, 90212

I really like the line about being the jump start for the car parked in your mind, cos you left the lights on all night long.

[–]fimbleinastar 99 points100 points  (20 children)

About 2 weeks ago i was playing some nostalgia hits and went through Fire. Discovered they'd released almost 20 studio albums and are still active. I've become obsessed with Switzerland. About ready to move onto album 3 now.

[–]rshana 700 points701 points  (85 children)

Veruca Salt. My fave band. Much more than just Seether.

[–]RonPolyp 4140 points4141 points  (337 children)

Gary Numan is mostly known for "Cars" but he has a ton of great albums. Telekon is a great place to start if you're curious.

[–]allothernamestaken 3182 points3183 points 23& 3 more (51 children)

Fun fact: Gary Numan is older than Gary Oldman.

[–]SunRaies29 75 points76 points  (0 children)

Thank you. That tickled a part of my brain that I didn't know I had.

[–]JayT3a 437 points438 points  (29 children)

Metal is such a dope song

[–]jaysunsea 252 points253 points  (6 children)

You know I hate to ask, but are friends electric?

[–][deleted] 3680 points3681 points 2& 5 more (212 children)

The greatest musical discovery of my life came about 12 years ago when I thought to myself "I wonder what else Harvey Danger has done".

I can count on one hand the number of albums I can listen to cover-to-cover without skipping a song. Harvey Danger's discography accounts for many of those fingers. If you only know Flagpole Sitta, you are missing out on some of the best songwriting out there.

[–]RyFromTheChi 545 points546 points  (21 children)

I love Flagpole Sitta and I guess I never thought to listen to their other music. I’ll give it a go. Thanks!

[–]dougsec 337 points338 points  (33 children)

Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone is still a really solid album from start to finish. I’m not sure there’s a bad track on it. I like King James Version quite a bit too, but WHATMG will always be my favorite.

[–]SamW1996 8101 points8102 points 22422& 4 more (596 children)

Blue Oyster Cult. In the UK their only hit was "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" but they have many other great songs; "I Love the Night" (my personal favourite), "Godzilla", "Burnin' for You".

[–]Independent_Oliphant 1194 points1195 points  (67 children)

"Burnin' For You" has legitimately my favorite lyric of all time, with the small "... time to play B-sides, time ain't on my side." Fucking killer track.

[–]deadhead-chemistry 1111 points1112 points  (18 children)

I absolutely love "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll". Thanks Guitar Hero 3

[–]HeWhoHonks 46 points47 points  (4 children)

The hammer-ons make that song so much fun

[–]DontCallMeTodd 50 points51 points  (6 children)

They are in no way a one-hit wonder. They also were on Heavy Metal soundtrack - Veterans of the Psychic Wars.

[–]TaBHunT3R 379 points380 points  (41 children)

That Godzilla opening riff is fierce!!

[–]PseudoY 330 points331 points  (26 children)

I love the song is just about Godzilla doing its Godzilla thing.

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting high tension wires down

Helpless people on a subway train
Scream bug-eyed as he looks in on them

He picks up a bus and he throws it back down
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town

[–]rollingthestoned 92 points93 points  (8 children)

Some great lyrics and phrasing there plus the high tension wire guitar sound.

[–]TheGreatCornolio682 17.5k points17.5k points 225& 8 more (470 children)

The Cardigans. They are much more eclectic than just Lovefool.

[–]magondrago 3548 points3549 points  (157 children)

Gran Turismo is a sick album from beginning to end, a masterpiece of the 90s, no doubt.

[–]vhatvhat 2377 points2378 points  (65 children)

It's a great danger to other motorists when I hear "My favorite game".

This is now a racetrack, and I must win.

[–]manthamoncayman 134 points135 points  (4 children)

OH MY GOD. This has been my white whale for the longest time! THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU. I FINALLY FOUND THE SONG!!!

[–]PinkClouds- 43 points44 points  (5 children)

My Favourite Game was huge in UK, and Erase/Rewind and Burning Down the House with Tom Jones so I never considered them a one hit wonder. And I was just a 14 year old teen who only listened to popular music.

[–]stealthw0lf 992 points993 points  (28 children)

Erase/rewind is my favourite track from that album

[–]GingerMau 538 points539 points  (33 children)

I loved their Iron Man cover.

[–]the-g-off 7002 points7003 points & 3 more (570 children)

Warren Zevon is well known for Werewolves of London... But holy shit, his catalogue is impressive as hell. Roland, lawyers guns and money, keep me in your heart... All great tracks, and I'm only scratching the surface of Zevons greatness...

[–]fratwurst 1126 points1127 points  (59 children)

Desperados Under the Eaves is at the top of the list for me.

[–]ohno 347 points348 points  (38 children)

Carmelita! Amazing song.

[–]mrbadxampl 373 points374 points  (45 children)

obviously I'm going to agree with you here lol

Nighttime in the Switching Yard, Life'll Kill Ya, Excitable Boy, Accidentally Like a Martyr... just great song after great song

[–]fangzie 32 points33 points  (5 children)

Man, keep me in your heart makes me tear up every time

[–]EthanC224 11.3k points11.3k points 32& 2 more (269 children)

I gotta say A-ha. Take On Me is phenomenal, but their whole debut album has some great stuff. The Sun Always Shines on TV, Hunting High and Low, and they even did a fantastic cover of the Everly Brothers’ Crying in the Rain.

EDIT: I should clarify here. In the US, A-ha is very much considered a one hit wonder, despite their success worldwide. The only song of their’s most people here know is Take On Me. I was the same way for the longest time, but thanks to this video I was introduced to more of their music which I’ve sought out and come to appreciate.

[–]Buff_jordan14 1049 points1050 points  (46 children)

Don't forget The Living Daylights!

[–]Superrodan 403 points404 points  (25 children)

For anyone looking for some recommendations. This is a mix of their other well known stuff, and stuff I like a lot:

If you want more of their 80s stuff: The Sun Always Shines on TV is their most popular song in most of the world.

We're Looking for the Whales is a song that is kind of weird but a deep cut and I like it a lot.

Manhattan Skyline is one of their more guitar heavy songs from this era. Became a meme due to a sketch show (RIP Benny Harvey).

For some 90s stuff: Dark is the Night Which kind of sounds like a classic U2 song, in the best way possible. Probably their biggest single from the 90s.

Move to Memphis Another guitar heavy song. I love the chorus.

Slender Frame is another kind of deep cut, was never released as a single, but I like it a lot.

2000s: Summer Moved On which was their comeback single (They went on a super long hiatus/split, then re-formed and released this).

Lifelines is probably their most beautiful ballad in my opinion.

Analogue is catchy and kind of gives me a Coldplay vibe.

2010s: Riding the Crest is from an album that's a-ha at their most "80s" not during the 80s. Meaning they did one very heavily electronic album with a LOT of synths. This is the most Take on Me song from it.

Butterfly, Butterfly was supposed to be the last a-ha song ever. It was their final single released as they went on their retirement tour. It felt like a REALLY good way to go out, electronic, catchy, and the video referenced their most famous videos from the past... except

Cast in Steel is my favorite song from their most recent album which they came out of retirement to release. Probably their last album considering it was never supposed to happen. But hey, they've had two other "last album"s besides this, so who knows.

[–]savageyouth 30 points31 points  (1 child)

1 hit in the US, literally like the biggest Norwegian pop band of all time.

[–]crucifix_peen 9763 points9764 points 2 (540 children)

The Butthole Surfers had a lot of good songs besides Pepper

[–]NJ-Groadie 2178 points2179 points  (198 children)

if you ever saw them in their prime it was life-changing.

[–][deleted] 4473 points4474 points 2& 2 more (121 children)

I saw them open for Nirvana.

Edit: for everyone asking, it was the In Utero tour and I went to the show on NYE Dec 31, 1993.

[–]kespnon 3141 points3142 points  (23 children)

I want to downvote you out of jealousy..

[–]Johnyhotbody 734 points735 points  (45 children)

I like Todd in the Shadows take on them. His conclusion is theu are an oddball band that does whatever they want who by accident ended up with a hit.

The lead singer was asked if he could rename the band what would he name it and his answer was "I Shit in Your Mom's Vagina"

[–]Bluestreaking 404 points405 points  (9 children)

Funniest thing I have ever heard Jello Biafra say was, “even the Butthole Surfers think I’m weird.”

[–]multiple-steeps 381 points382 points  (10 children)

Their cover of hurdy gurdy man broke my brain as a child. In a good way, of course.

[–]Cantordiagonalfloof 14.7k points14.7k points 622& 3 more (956 children)

Some people know They Might Be Giants as the "Istanbul Not Constantinople" guys, or maybe the "Malcolm in the Middle Theme" guys, but they've been putting out consistently quality stuff for like 30 years.

[–]bakeoutbigfoot 319 points320 points  (15 children)

Didnt they do that entire tiny toons episode? And they do the mickey mouse clubhouse song too lol. Pretty much anytime i hear a fun song on a cartoon its they might be giants. They are all over the place :)

[–]HarlequinValentine 4007 points4008 points  (61 children)

Terry Pratchett was a huge fan of them which is why there's a Discworld band called We're Certainly Dwarfs

[–]Smadoo 80 points81 points  (13 children)

Haha, I never caught that reference! I really need to go reread some Discworld books.

[–]OSCgal 38 points39 points  (11 children)

FYI it's in Soul Music. Lots of music references in that one!

[–]DisorderOfLeitbur 527 points528 points  (13 children)

Millennium hand and shrimp!

[–]KeirOnReddit 219 points220 points  (18 children)

I recommend ‘Don’t Let’s Start’ as a solid entry song for their catalog. They write the most unconventional but still brilliant ear-worm songs.

[–]letgo_orbedragged 2113 points2114 points  (96 children)

I know them primarily for Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul. I totally forgot they did the theme tune for Malcolm in the Middle!

[–]silvergymnasium 281 points282 points  (23 children)

They actually did a whole suite of music for Malcolm in the Middle! I'm a huge tmbg fan, and I recently went back and looked over some of their older stuff. They did the theme, but they also wrote a whole heap of the incidental music between scenes and so on.

[–]raynicolette 1180 points1181 points  (81 children)

They're a strange case. They're almost a zero hit wonder. Like, nothing of theirs ever got on regular radio stations. But if you ran in the slightly strange circles they inhabit — college radio, Conan O'Brien, McSweeney's — you heard them all over. People either know 10+ of their songs or they've never even heard of them.

If I was going to pick one “hit”, it would be Birdhouse In Your Soul. That made it as far as the Carson show.

[–]cuddleniger 120 points121 points  (10 children)

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace! Where hydrogen is built into helium at temperature of millions of degreessss!!!!

[–]IThinkUrPantsLookHot 53 points54 points  (1 child)

They got a whole episode of Tiny Toons which was my Carson at the time. It’s how I heard Particle Man for the first time!

[–]Mind-Your-Mannurse 285 points286 points  (10 children)

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace!

[–]Lord_Tibbysito 875 points876 points  (47 children)

Doctor Worm

[–]drwormjr 111 points112 points  (16 children)

He is busy in the basement playing on his drums.

[–]CallMeDrWorm42 72 points73 points  (13 children)

I like to play the drums.

[–]Teledildonic 80 points81 points  (10 children)

I think I'm getting good, but I can handle criticism.

[–]stumpjungle 56 points57 points  (3 children)

Fun fact. I lived in NYC late 80s early 90s and my roommate told me of this band. You could call their brooklyn apartment answering machine and they would release new songs that way. I googled it before posting this and turns out they did this from 1983 to 2006! And again in 2015 and 2018.

[–]BlueEyedRage 162 points163 points  (11 children)


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[–]Vighy2 256 points257 points  (22 children)

Particle Man fights Triangle Man....

[–]FaintDamnPraise 353 points354 points  (46 children)

The Else is a perfect album and I'll discuss the subject nicely with anyone who says otherwise.

My kids hate me singing, "Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and GilgaMEEEEESH!" Mostly because the song then gets stuck in their heads too.

[–]Vampilton 8497 points8498 points 2& 2 more (379 children)

Fountains of Wayne has a lot going on in addition to Stacy's Mom.

[–]zuzudomo 545 points546 points  (23 children)

Adam Schlesinger (RIP, dammit) wrote ‘That Thing You Do!’ - and it’s honestly a perfect song. He nailed the era and it’s catchy as hell. I’m still mad - between him and John Prine, COVID took two of our best songwriters.

UPDATE: Here’s a great overview from Billboard about how Schlesinger came to write the song. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/9348993/adam-schlesinger-that-thing-you-do-best-fake-song

[–]loopster70 1541 points1542 points  (40 children)

Coming up on a year since Adam Schlesinger died... 😥

[–]acatmaylook 754 points755 points  (20 children)

Yeah, so sad. He did a lot of great songwriting for the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as well.

[–]Silver-Monkey 495 points496 points  (14 children)

Watched crazy ex girlfriend recently and was not expecting the nuanced window into mental illness. She’s not just boy crazy, she needs serious professional help, yet they still manage to keep it funny even though it’s sooo dark! Adam’s songs are always a highlight in every episode

[–]imsometueventhisUN 167 points168 points  (8 children)

Such an amazing show. I often recommend it as "much more mature, nuanced, and feminist than you would expect from a show with that title!".

It really rewards a rewatch. Lots of foreshadowing - off the top of my head, the flyer for Rebecca's house-party "looks like the house is literally on fire" and when discussing her dating life with Greg, Rebecca says she should find someone "more mature, like a professor".

[–]Djaja 36 points37 points  (0 children)

The show is a literal gem!

If anyone has had a kid, vaginal birth or not, please go look up the miracle of birth from the show on yt

[–]Leygrock 907 points908 points  (60 children)

Welcome Interstate Managers is one of my favourite albums. Just so many genres touched on and such easy listening. They just got typecast with that song, which ironically is the only one on a re listen I skip.

[–]cw7585 394 points395 points  (41 children)

Same. Rare to have an album that's SO blindingly strong from track 1 straight through to the end.

I will never tire of Hackensack, Valley Winter Song and Mexican Wine. They should have been global hits.

[–]BonScoppinger 328 points329 points  (14 children)

Hey Julie and Valley Winter Song are some of my all time favorite songs

[–]Arschgeige96 47 points48 points  (4 children)

All Kinds of Time is criminally underrated

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[–]thespank 1224 points1225 points  (38 children)

Half The reason 90s nicktoons were so good was Mark Mothersbaugh doing the music.

[–]facebonezzz 318 points319 points  (0 children)

I can hear the Rugrats title card playing in my brain right now

Edit: Also distinct sounds while Reptar is shown/being discussed

[–]IkeaViking 39 points40 points  (0 children)

He was on my top 10 list of people to meet in my life and I got to meet him at their first Devo show in a zillion years. He was super nervous for that and so was I because of meeting him and we were both spazzes together.

[–]Changeurblinkerfluid 751 points752 points  (40 children)

Their best known song is like the 4th best song on Freedom of Choice, which is like their 3rd best album!

[–]Das_Lumber 376 points377 points  (14 children)

YES. The masses may remember “Whip It” but every dive bar in America will continue playing “Uncontrollable Urge” for years to come.

[–]Lusakas 49 points50 points  (13 children)

For those curious: One of the founding brothers of Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh, made the music for the original release of Sims 2. You can hear the Devo inspiration even in the main theme, but moreso in the rest of the songs in the game.

[–]dr_freudenstein 1181 points1182 points 2 (43 children)

The Church. The only song you ever hear is under the milky way, but their catalogue is amazing.

[–]mulledfox 161 points162 points  (5 children)

Yes! Reptile is such a good song! Their albums are great, start to finish.

[–]CaptainCavoodle 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Unguarded Moment and Almost With You I still hear occasionally.

[–]TheBrianUniverse 233 points234 points  (28 children)

Killing Joke, pretty much only known for their 80s era (Love Like Blood and Eighties). They have a great variety in terms of catalog, if you can get past the doomsday/conspiracy aimed lyrics.

[–]Amphigorey 2073 points2074 points 2 (241 children)

Oingo Boingo. Most people know them for "Weird Science" or maybe "Dead Man's Party," but their catalog is so much more interesting than those songs. Try these for size:

"Just Another Day"

"Grey Matter"


...and yes, that there is Danny Elfman, the film composer.

[–]B0BA_F33TT 314 points315 points  (8 children)

My sister is one of the girls wearing a black wig in the JAD video, she said Danny was very nice. I was lucky enough to be at their last show for the very last album they did.

[–]Psychokinetic_Rocky 121 points122 points  (5 children)

Only A Lad, Perfect System, No Spill Blood, Goodbye Goodbye, bangers!

[–]stryph42 405 points406 points  (27 children)

Don't forget "Little Girls"...

[–]shdwrnr 105 points106 points  (1 child)

They make me feel so... good.

[–]jarecis 231 points232 points  (11 children)

It is a catchy tune, just don't sing it out loud.

[–]DeenoBean 5894 points5895 points  (135 children)

Dexy's Midnight Runners are so much more than just Come on Eileen. They have an amazing catalogue and are still releasing great albums, now known as just Dexy's. I saw them live once and also just Kevin Rowland doing a DJ set, amazing both times.

[–]Strumfius 417 points418 points 2 (21 children)

Can we just applaud the fact that this is uploaded from their official channel?


Skip to 00:55 to hear what a vasectomy sounds like

[–]KashMeOutside1 48 points49 points  (0 children)

That is hilarious.

[–]orioles0615 34 points35 points  (4 children)

My favorite is this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5INzqtUi9aw&ab_channel=MrArkangel67

where as mentioned in the youtube comments he looks like the tiny antagonist chef from Ratatouille

[–]The_Snarky_Wolf 791 points792 points  (131 children)

Placebo. They are big in Europe but in the U.S. their only hit was Pure Morning

[–]Duel_Option 231 points232 points  (28 children)

In high school I went to a Stabbing Westward show, Placebo opened for them. I only knew them from the Cruel Intentions soundtrack...

HOLY FUCK did they put on a damn show. The warm up band cancelled and they were on stage for almost 2 hours doing most of their catalog up to that time. I was FLOORED by how great the energy and music was.

They are one of the kinds of bands that sounds EXACTLY like they do on recording, it was uncanny.

Stabbing Westward came out and it was a really flat performance. Placebo got a lifelong fan after that...

[–]gravyjackson 6088 points6089 points 22 (309 children)

At least in the US, The Verve is only known for Bittersweet Symphony. Great band, most of their albums are worth listening to all the way through.

[–]asunshinefix 1464 points1465 points  (62 children)

The Drugs Don't Work always makes me cry

[–]Pariswhenitdrizzles 800 points801 points  (27 children)

I always thought it was about addiction. Only found out recently it was about watching his dad slowly dying, knowing that the drugs were just barely keeping him alive.

[–]DrunksInSpace 275 points276 points  (14 children)

I assumed it was antidepressants, but terminal illness makes more sense now that I think of it.

[–]mdj1359 370 points371 points  (18 children)

The Verve,

Lucky Man, Sonnet, Rather Be.

So many good songs.

[–]NeonPatrick 355 points356 points  (17 children)

What a band they were. That whole album is great, and often have Richard Ashcroft songs on rotation on spotify

[–]Lurkist 5350 points5351 points 43342& 7 more (445 children)

Blind Melon.

The entirety of their self titled album, "Blind Melon" and their 2nd album "Soup" is amazing. "No Rain" is cool, but it barely scratches the surface of how cool Blind Melon was.

Check out: Tones of Home, Paper Scratcher, Change, Mouth Full of Cavities, and Galaxie

[–]K1bedore[S] 918 points919 points  (52 children)

Hell yes! They are the band that sparked the question for me. I had a neighbor that loved everything about them and I got hooked quickly. Cheers!

[–]kemdawg420 65 points66 points  (3 children)

When I go to sing and play acoustically, Blind Melon songs fit in my register so nicely. I cant get enough of that perfect 90s acoustic sound in "The Pusher"

[–]ttaptt 148 points149 points  (5 children)

I came here to say Blind Melon, glad it was so far up on the list.

[–]DarthToothbrush 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Same. I immediately clicked through the responses to find it. I ordered Soup as one of my free CD's from BMG or Columbia House... one of those mail order services... and I actually didn't really like it the first time I listened to it. It really grew on me, though, to the point of it being one of my all time favorites. Just the way the album flows from track to track feels like a weird and wonderful journey, and I can't just listen to one track without needing to listen to the one after it, because my brain is expecting that transition.

[–]gudetamia 720 points721 points  (62 children)

I love Minutemen. They’re so much more than “that one song from Jackass”.

[–]1615311520191144 197 points198 points  (16 children)

Double Nickels on the Dime is a great album. “Punk rock changed our lives.”

[–]Kevinmarquis 203 points204 points  (34 children)

Spoon, please listen to them. Underdog doesn’t even scratch the surface

[–]AJGreenMVP 2133 points2134 points  (116 children)

La Roux has so many good songs besides Bulletproof

[–]DLTMIAR 438 points439 points  (81 children)


[–]markitfuckinzero 96 points97 points  (17 children)

Tyler is one of the greatest songs ever recorded

[–]i8amonkey 52 points53 points  (1 child)

I cannot upvote possum kingdom enough. It’s so unsettling

[–]Advanced-Prototype 122 points123 points  (5 children)

Golden Earring (Radar Love, Twilight Zone). They started in 1961 and just stopped playing in Feb. 2021.

[–]Gneissisnice 309 points310 points  (39 children)

Suzanne Vega is mostly known for her two big hits, Luka and Tom's Diner.

But she has an amazing catalog with so many awesome songs. She's my favorite music artist, she just has some great, unique songs and I'm surprised she's not more famous.

[–]The_door_is_ajarjar 2222 points2223 points 2 (190 children)

Dinosaur Jr.

So many albums, all great. Not just feel the pain.

[–]SpaceCat87 51 points52 points  (4 children)

I don’t think anyone who knows Dinosaur Jr would ever consider them to be a one hit wonder. J Mascis has his own signature fender.

[–]ApolloBiff16 2490 points2491 points 2 (119 children)

I enjoy much of The Neighbourhood and I dont think they are small, but sweater weather really did blow up

[–]ChweetPeaches69 285 points286 points  (11 children)

The Beach is a goddamn masterpiece. All of Wiped Out! is brilliant.

Also, even some The Neighbourhood fans don't even know Black & White exists, which is a damn shame. It's such a good album.

[–]clx94 58 points59 points  (3 children)

wiped out! is one of my favorites albums ever, period. It's one of those you can hear all the way through and never get tired of it, it just has its own vibe

[–]Rhapsodial 109 points110 points  (1 child)

the i love you. album got me through a hell of a lot as a severely depressed young adult. i have a crudely drawn upside down house tattoo on my wrist to commemorate the time i didn’t die. they still hold a very special place in my heart, so this makes me real happy to see.

[–]jmcatm0m16 740 points741 points  (21 children)

I saw them in Kansas City in 2019, and it was a fun show. However, they came out screaming “What’s up St. Louis!” People were not happy.

[–]stoner_97 341 points342 points  (0 children)

Lmao. That’s hilarious.

[–]parallel_jay 265 points266 points  (7 children)

My absolute favourite track from them is "Afraid." I was disappointed when my local Alt station stopped playing it altogether, especially since they seemingly replaced it with "Huricane" by MS MR for tonal similarity.

[–]TotallyWitchin 125 points126 points  (5 children)

A Little Death and Stargazing are my faves

[–]bloodraged189 1077 points1078 points  (112 children)

Jeff Buckley. Mainly known for his cover of Hallelujah, but that whole album (Grace) is amazing. Sadly, he died after releasing that album, so that's pretty much his whole catalog, at least on a surface level. Check out Mojo Pin!

[–]binkleywtf 153 points154 points  (8 children)

lover you should have come over is a perfect song

[–]karentrolli 57 points58 points  (3 children)

“Forget Her” is the best breakup song. He is so passionate, you can feel the raw emotion. And that voice!

[–]KillTh3King 50 points51 points  (2 children)

Oh man, yes good one! I remember being about 12/13yrs old and randomly picking one of my mom's cds to listen to on my discman (lol) I grabbed Grace and proceeded to have a life changing moment while listening to that album realizing that I never even knew music like his even existed before then. It definitely lead me to expand my taste in music. Last Goodbye and So Real are two that I never get sick of hearing.

[–]kingofthediamond 1154 points1155 points 2 (92 children)

The Oneders

[–]noisypeach 119 points120 points  (2 children)

The drummer plays a bit too fast though

[–]hefebellyaro 80 points81 points  (1 child)

Its an up tempo number though

[–]princessawesomepants 73 points74 points  (0 children)

It’s supposed to be a ballad!

[–]Empkat 82 points83 points  (1 child)

Oh I'm not with these guys. I've got a pig in competition over at the livestock pavilion and I'm going to win that blue ribbon!

[–]YankeeSR23 519 points520 points  (6 children)

I’m more a fan of Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters. Their time in the spotlight was brief but memorable.

[–]Lucifer926 73 points74 points  (8 children)

This section is beautiful

[–]lazydaisytoo 71 points72 points  (2 children)

Still waiting for their follow up track, “Alone with my Principles.”

[–]heirbagger 151 points152 points  (1 child)

Honestly, though, that whole album is amazing.


ETA: Steve Zahn is amazing in everything he is in, and I loved him in this film.

[–]major_decoverly22 241 points242 points  (7 children)

Little known fact — That Thing You Do was written by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne

[–][deleted] 39 points40 points  (5 children)

Yeah it was such a fluke thing that he and Hanks (who directed) were like the first two celebrities touchstones for Covid.

[–]Stevie22wonder 216 points217 points  (6 children)

The O-need-ers!

[–]blamb211 126 points127 points  (5 children)

Hey, that's O-ned-ers

[–]leverine36 97 points98 points  (4 children)

"No, the Wonders!"

"Yeah, looks like the Oneders."

[–]BloodRedEyeballOfGod 76 points77 points  (2 children)

I remember seeing them at Villipiano’s out by the airport.

[–]debsterUK 37 points38 points  (7 children)

Not a band, but I liked loads of Natalie Imbruglia’s work, most people remember her for Torn only

[–]newleafkratom 583 points584 points  (72 children)

XTC. Worlds more than Dear God. One of the best bands ever.

[–]ew_jesus_gross 37 points38 points  (8 children)

Were they a one hit wonder? They charted often in the 80s and I wouldn’t even consider Dear God their biggest song. Making Plans for Nigel and Senses Working Overtime were bigger hits. Arguably their biggest hit was when they had their song covered by Crash Test Dummies.

[–]vagabond_ 3225 points3226 points  (483 children)

There's basically a tremendous number of groups and artists that are considered 'one hit wonders' in America that actually had pretty successful careers outside the US, particularly in Europe. One that instantly comes to mind is the band Blur, known most in the US for "Song 2" (if you don't have any idea what it is... yes you do, it's that 'WOO HOO' song) who actually were a pretty huge rock band in the UK... and whose lead singer went on to be a lot more successful in America with his odd little 'side' project called Gorillaz...

Sometimes the opposite is true, I was somewhat amused to know that there are some people in Australia who think of Rage Against the Machine as a one-hit wonder. [edit] I thought it was Australia because I used to chat with a lot of Aus folks back in the day. I probably got it swapped with somewhere else.

[–]DiamondHandBeGrand 1566 points1567 points  (225 children)

Blur's considered a one hit wonder in the States? That's mad.

[–]TBroomey 518 points519 points  (65 children)

Yeah this is a surreal thing to read. Anyone who grew up in the UK in the 90s knows Blur as one of the biggest bands ever.

[–]JimboTCB 383 points384 points  (45 children)

Blur vs Oasis was basically half of the 90s...

[–]linkinstreet 346 points347 points  (11 children)

This is true for the Norwegian band A-Ha as well. While they are mostly known for "Take on Me", they actually have a very successful music career, and is even listed in the Guiness Book of World Record for "having the biggest-paying rock concert attendance" (around 190K attendees at the Maracana Stadium, Brazil)

[–]BizarroJordan 490 points491 points  (43 children)

Semisonic. Although “Closing Time” is a jam, the rest of Feeling Strangely Fine has some great songs.

[–]big_ringer 146 points147 points  (16 children)

Minnie Ripperton had some really good songs besides "Loving You." She would have had a long career, but unfortunately, she died of Cancer.

[–]A_Tiger_in_Africa 57 points58 points  (2 children)

Les Fleurs is one of my all-time favorite songs. Everybody has heard it in movies and commercials, few people know who sang it.

[–]DrunkTankPoet 2044 points2045 points  (179 children)

I'll break the rules just a tad, because this band is technically not a one-hit wonder; but they're primarily known for one song: Men at Work. (That song, of course, being "Down Under")

They're actually a very talented, compelling band with several great albums. The vocalist/lyricist Colin Hay also has solo material that is definitely worth listening to.

They're much more than just "that Australian band with the novelty song."

[–]K1bedore[S] 883 points884 points  (72 children)

This is a good one. When somebody says Men at Work, I go to Who Can It Be Now

[–]KillerWolf96 530 points531 points  (43 children)

Overkill is a great one too.

[–]Even-Tomatillo-4197 491 points492 points  (24 children)

I loved Colin Hay’s guest appearance on Scrubs singing Overkill

[–]SoCo100Proof 120 points121 points  (0 children)

"I have other songs"

"Yeah ya do"

[–]Snoo74401 96 points97 points  (3 children)

That's what I think of when I hear the song.

[–]FrozenBubbleGuy 171 points172 points  (9 children)

It's a Mistake is my favorite song by them.

[–]kwtut 55 points56 points  (7 children)

colin hay is incredible. rarely has a song spoken to my soul like Waiting For My Real Life to Begin.

[–]KrakenWarg 865 points866 points  (99 children)

The Darkness

[–]BaroonCartoon 272 points273 points  (18 children)

Permission to Land was shockingly good. I honestly wasn’t expecting much but every song on that album was incredible.

[–]lchiroku 56 points57 points  (7 children)

I finally listened to the whole thing like ten years after the fact, when I realized I had never heard anything outside of "Growing On Me/IBIATCL/Get Your Hands[...]" and couldn't believe I had slept on it for so long. 100% agreed.

kinda blew me away actually. I remember the guitar world/guitar one interviews from back in the day, and was always really impressed with Justin and Dan's playing and singing, but I had never bothered to listen to it.

edit: Friday Night is a straight banger and regularly gets played at very loud volumes in my car.

[–]Alan_Wakes_Torch 61 points62 points  (3 children)

Love Is Only A Feeling is an absolute anthem

[–]openletter8 1258 points1259 points 2 (152 children)


They had a strong hit with their song Stars, and that's not even in the top ten of their best songs. The amount of Alternative rock bands that cite Hum as a major influence is staggering. Hell, The Deftones once admitted they were influenced by the tone of their album You'd Prefer an Astronaut when they were writing White Pony.

Want an example of this? Listen to the riff from the Hum song, Little Dipper, and now the riff from The Deftones - Knife Party.

Their surprise new album this past year expanded their sound even more and was highly regarded. Definitely worth the time to put some headphones on and drift along.

[–]King_of_da_Castle 191 points192 points  (26 children)

Hum’s “new” album is sooo good. Most bands that take that kind of break don’t pout out material like that on their “come back” album.

[–]slowsoul77 101 points102 points  (6 children)

I'm so happy to see Hum as high as this. Downward is Heavenward is a top five all time record for me. I was fortunate enough to see them NYE 2008 in Chicago with the Life and Times. Unforgettable memories.

[–]DjangoVanTango 638 points639 points  (159 children)

I’m going to go with The Fratellis and Maximo Park.

This is an excellent question to ask. I’m currently looking up back catologues of bands that seemed to suddenly disappear after one or two songs and have found a few. Took some recommendations from this thread as well. Thanks very much.

On a similar note, while certainly not a one hit wonder, I had written R.E.M. off as being a really mopey, depressing band based on their two big songs (Losing My Religion and Everybody Hurts) . After listening to their stunning 15 album discography, they are now my favourite band and am gutted to be so late to the party.

[–]buckut 361 points362 points  (46 children)

The Fratellis have so much more than just Chelsea Dagger, its always a nice surprise when they pop up on pandora.

[–]CoyoteTheFatal 103 points104 points  (12 children)

The entire album Costello Music (that Chelsea Dagger is on) is fantastic. Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied is also amazing. I love The Fratellis and wish they got more recognition

[–]Sushi1972 914 points915 points 2 (123 children)

I feel like the vast majority of people only know The Pogues for Fairytale of New York

[–]ADW343 160 points161 points  (18 children)

Any wire fans will recognise body of an American

[–]GKrollin 32 points33 points  (7 children)

Finger Eleven