The Weekly Music Thread Visits One-Hit Wonderland

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This week’s discussion prompt: Which artists that are widely considered to be “one-hit wonders” deserve better?

This question may seem overly familiar to anyone who follows YouTuber Todd in the Shadows and his ongoing series of videos One Hit Wonderland, where he focuses on artists with “one-hit wonder” status and the song they’re best known for, as well as examining their other material to determine if they “deserved better” – that is, if they deserve to be known for their work beyond the single song they’re famous for. It’s a well-researched and entertaining series, and the videos (which generally clock in at around 15 to 20 minutes) are interesting and enjoyable to watch. I’m also a big fan of Todd’s other main series of videos Trainwreckords, which as the title indicates focuses on albums that were massive commercial and/or critical flops. Odds are I’m preaching to the choir here, but if you haven’t checked it out yet I highly recommend his channel.

Anyway, my choice for artist that deserves better is Cornershop, who are remembered primarily for their 1997 hit single “Brimful of Asha” (and the Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim remix that followed soon after). The album which “Asha” originally appeared on (When I Was Born for the 7th Time) is brilliant from start to finish; however, even though it received widespread critical acclaim at the time of its release (and even topped the list of Albums of the Year for SPIN Magazine in the same year that this came out) it seems to be largely forgotten about these days. Furthermore, the Cornershop albums that came before and after this one (Woman’s Gotta Have It and Handcream for a Generation, respectively) are also excellent.

And with six additional albums (their newest is due out in March), plus dozens of singles, EPs, side projects and collaborations, there’s plenty more to explore and enjoy.

As always, any and all music-related topics are welcome. Have fun, and rock out with yr guac out!