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70 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
Wonder Why EP. 42: Sir Mix A Lot
It's a trip back to the early 90s to celebrity an ode to a female body part. What Queen did for "Fat Bottomed Girls," Sir Mix A Lot continued with the number 1 hit "Baby Got Back." Emerging from the Pacific Northwest, Sir Mix A Lot gained traction as a solid rapper with his first two albums before becoming a household name with his third album. On this episode, @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb break down the first three albums to see if Sir Mix A Lot should be remembered as a gimmick rapper or if he's an underrated flow master.
67 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Wonder Why EP. 41: The Outfield
"Josie's on a vacation far away." Most fans of '80s music can tell you that is the opening line to The Outfield's Top 10 song, "Your Love." But how many know The Outfield had four other top 40 hits? Not only did they have multiple hits, the hits came from four different albums.
66 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Wonder Why 40: Flock of Seagulls
Going back to the '80s for another new wave one hit wonder. This month it's the Flock of Seagulls who hit the charts in 1983 with the song "I Ran" along with two follow up hits that don't have the same following today. The bigger question to come out of the episode is the a group of seagulls isn't actually called a Flock. So, what are they called?
67 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Wonder Why EP. 39: Brownsville Station
Anyone who grew up in the '80s knows the song "Smokin' in the Boys Room." But how many know the Motley Crue version was a cover of a 1973 song by the band Brownsville Station? On this episode of Wonder Why, we look at a band who had some success in the early 1970s and then seem to have faded from the musical landscape.
59 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Wonder Why EP. 38: ? And the Mysterians
This month's selection for Wonder Why may not be the weirdest song we've had on the show but I'm willing to bet it's the weirdest performer (at least by name) we'll have the show. Who is ? and the Mysterians? Are they Marvel superheroes about to get their own entry into the MCU? Not that we're aware of at this time. What we do know is ? and the Mysterians originated in Michigan and went on to have two Top 40 hits in 1967. The biggest hit was the #1 song, "96 Tears." Should they have had more success post 1967? How long did they last as a band? What is the longest time between releasing a single and still performing it in concert? Some of these questions are answered on this episode of Wonder Why
71 minutes | May 25, 2021
Wonder Why: EP. 37: Arrested Development
Continuing the 2021 series of musical artists that aren't really one hit wonders, we go to 1992 for a band who had three songs on the billboard chart for over a year and then nothing. While hard core or gangsta rap was taking hold in 1992, Arrested Development emerged on the scene as conscious rappers.
66 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Wonder Why EP. 36: Simple Minds
While anyone who grew up in the '80s, can't forget the Scottish band, Simple Minds, most American music listeners probably aren't aware the band has a 40+ year career that is still going. On this episode of Wonder Why, the exploration of artists primarily known for one hit while having multiple hits continues with a enlightening discussion of a band with 20 studio albums. Should Simple Minds be better known in America? How does their latest release compare to their biggest hit? Are they comparable to an world famous Irish band? These questions are raised and addressed on this episode.
79 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Wonder Why EP. 35: The Rembrandts
2021 moves rapidly along with the "Not Quite" One Hit Wonder series. This month we examine probably the biggest television theme song of the last 30 years. The Rembrandts' song "I'll Be There For You" became a hit after the breakout success of the NBC sit-com "FRIENDS" in 1995. What most people probably don't know is The Rembrandts had a higher charting song four years earlier. Even more shocking was finding out the history of The Rembrandts goes back to 1978 and has a connection to the Two Coreys (Feldman and Haim). Join @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb as they examine the discography of this power pop duo to find out why they are mainly known for a 45 second TV theme song.
70 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Wonder Why 34: Digital Underground
Continuing the series of mistaken one hit wonder, this month, the Wonder Why series looks at the hip-hop group Digital Underground. Breaking out in 1990 with the song "The Humpty Dance," it was easy to write off Digital Underground as a gimmicky rap group. However, upon looking deeper, one finds the DU were carrying on a tradition started by funk legends P-Funk. The success of "The Humpty Dance" led to a unique opportunity for the band as well as hoping launch the career of one of the biggest rap stars of the nineties. A minor hit would follow a couple of years later.
71 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Wonder Why 33: Rupert Holmes
The unofficial fourth season of Wonder Why kicks off with a new theme for the year. Instead of looking at technical "One Hit Wonders," for 2021, the focus is on Artists that have more than one hit but are primarily known for one hit. The first artist on the list is Englishman, Rupert Holmes. Scoring a number one hit with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song), Rupert had a couple more hits before transitioning to a second (and third) career.
72 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Wonder Why 32: Foster the People
How soon is too soon to label a band a one hit wonder? That's the question asked by this episode of Wonder Why as we delve into the success, or lack thereof, for Foster the People. Busting onto the scene in 2011 with "Pumped Up Kicks," a song that reached number three on the Billboard chart, success seemed likely for the Alt-Pop band. Surprisingly in the following 9 years, Foster the People have had limited success on the main charts. They did come close to another Top 40 hit falling just two spots shy. @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb examine three studio albums to try and understand the challenges Foster the People have failed to overcome to achieve more hits. Their conclusion puts the blame less on Mark Foster and group and more on the state of the modern day music industry.
63 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Wonder Why 31: The Vapors
Rising to fame quickly in the late '70s, The Vapors achieved one hit wonder status with their song "Turning Japanese." After the success of that song and lack of success with a follow up album, the band went their separate ways. On this edition of Wonder Why, @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb looking into the history of the band and examine the other songs on their albums to try and discern why long term success eluded The Vapors.
62 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Wonder Why 30: Mark Morrison
In time to tie in with a popular Google ad, this episode of Wonder Why examines the career of "Return of the Mack" singer, Mark Morrison. Like other One Hit Wonders, Morrison had a successful career outside of America but only manged to land one song in the Top 40 back in 1997. Hosts @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb look at the career and personal life of this British singer to try and decide why he only managed one hit in the USA. There are similarities to an American R&B singer that may help explain the lack of continued success.
67 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Wonder Why 29: Murray Head
We have a first and a second on this episode of Wonder Why. This is the second time we're talking about an artist that technically has two Top 40 hits. The first is neither song appears on a studio album by the artist in question. How did Murray Head come to have two hits? And why didn't he have any hits from his own albums? What connection does he hold to Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Listen to this episode of Wonder Why to get the answer to these questions.
69 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Wonder Why 28: M (Robin Scott)
Hoping in the One Hit Wonder time machine, this episode of Wonder Why travels back to 1979 to explore the career of the hardest artist to Google, M. Achieving a number one hit with the song "Pop Muzik," M (AKA Robin Scott) quickly climbed the Billboard charts and then, almost as quickly, faded from the spotlight. @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb break down the pre and post "Pop Muzik" career of M to see why he only had one hit. The reason may surprise you.
63 minutes | May 26, 2020
Wonder Why 27: Crash Test Dummies
On this episode of Wonder Why, we look at probably the most uniquely titled one hit wonder. "Mmm mmm mmm mmm" by the Canadian group Crash Test Dummies hit the top ten in 1994. With the distinct vocals of singer Brad Roberts, the very descriptive song stood out from the rest of the songs on the charts at the time. Why didn't the follow up songs chart well? Why did future Crash Test Dummies albums fail to make much of a dent in America? @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb break down the career and try to figure out why the band became a subject for Wonder Why.
65 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Wonder Why 26: Walter Egan
We've achieved something never expected on Wonder Why. We've found a one hit wonder that host @chadsmart has never (at least he thought) heard. Yes, @MikeDeKalb was able to stump Chad with the 1978 Walter Eagan hit, "Magnet and Steel." Who is Walter Eagan? How did he come to have a top ten hit? What did he do after that hit? Where is he today? What do Flying Burritos, Rumors and an all sister group have to do with this story? All those questions are answered on this episode of Wonder Why
61 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Wonder Why 25: Tom Cochrane
Hang the fuzzy dice from the mirror, make sure the gas tank is full and lets hit the open road cause "Life is a Highway." On this episode of Wonder Why, @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb look at the career of Canadian superstar Tom Cochrane. From his early days in the band Red Rider to being a solo superstar, Tom Cochrane's career has span over 40 years.
70 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Wonder Why 24: Mary Jane Girls
Before Flo Rida talked about his house, the Mary Jane Girls were inviting guys over to their house. Put together by musician Rick James, the Mary Jane Girls were a group assembled partly out of planning and partly out of necessity. On this episode of Wonder Why, @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb break down the career of the Mary Jane Girls who just barely qualified for consideration for this series. Also, how many reference to Extreme can Chad work into one episode?
67 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Wonder Why 23: Nine Days
This is the story of a podcast. That examines one hit wonders and tries to understand why they didn't have a follow up hit. This month, @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb examine the hit from 2000 "Story of a Girl" by the Long Island band Nine Days. One quick observations Chad and Mike notice is how music from this era is very interchangeable. Along the way, Mike makes a discovery that blows Chad's mind and could become a recurring theme on future shows. At the start of the show, Mike pays homage to Rush drummer Neil Peart who passed away a few weeks before the recording of this episode.
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