2) THE AWESOME ONE-HIT WONDER
The rarest of breeds, the Awesome One-Hit Wonder (A.O.H.W.) is also the most difficult to comment on. It is also easily confused with Category Three, the “Inexplicable” One-Hit Wonder, or I.O.H.W. To differentiate between the two, understand that the A.O.H.W. must be viewed, strangely enough, as a negative. Here, the question is not “Why?” — as it is for the I.O.H.W. Rather, the question is “Why not?” As in — this person is obviously talented and has had a long career, but has never made another hit song. Why not? “Fast Car” is clearly an awesome song, Tracy wrote it by him/herself, and Tracy Chapman is still out there performing somewhere. And yet he/she has never had another hit… why not?
The answer is that there is no answer .
THE MORAL: Sic transit gloria mundi.
OTHER EXAMPLES: “Hey Ya” by Outkast, “Battleflag” by Lo-Fidelity All Stars, “Spin Spin Sugar” by the Sneaker Pimps, “Common People” by Pulp, “Wonderwall” by Oasis, “Song 2? by Blur, “If You’re Feeling Sinister” by Belle and Sebastian. It might be noted here that the A.O.H.W. trends dangerously close to fan/non-fan territory. If you’re a fan of Oasis (as I am), you could easily argue that they had other “hits.” “What about ‘Champagne Supernova’?” you might say. But unless you’re a fan, you don’t actually remember that song. “Wonderwall” is the only Oasis song that anyone remembers, and even then you’d have to jog most people’s memory, and remind them that they liked it in the first place. It might also be noted that most of these bands are English, for some reason , , .