Monday, May 14, 2007

Statute of Limitations?

I was talking to a co-worker this morning, and he wryly injected a few lyrics into our conversation. I answered his original intent, then exclaimed:

Oh, that was from Radar Love, wasn't it?!?

He grinned, and said that it was. How smart of me to recognize his wit. :-)

We started talking about Golden Earring, the band that recorded Radar Love. We could only remember two of their songs, Radar Love and Twilight Zone. We couldn't remember when they were released (see here for details), but got thinking...

Two hit singles...

At least a decade apart (or so we thought at the time)...

If you didn't listen to music regularly, you might not even know that the band performed both songs...


What's the statute of limitations on being called a "one hit wonder"? Is it possible to be a "one hit wonder" twice-over?

Inquiring minds want to know. Do you know of any other bands like that?


Scottius Maximus said...


This is a great question! I say no way it is a one-hit wonder. It falls into a newly formed genre of "two-decades-two-hit wonder." Or we could call it "two-hit wonder one-decade-removed. Golden Earring may be alone in the category.

There are several artists who had hit singles a decade apart, but I can think of none that had only two hits.

Rick said...


Thanks for the new category. Unfortunately for you, as you mentioned, there aren't enough candidates for the award to even merit its own VH-1 show. So much for the royalties. :-)