99 Red Balloons--: And 100 All-time One-hit Wonders

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Citadel Press, 2003 - Music - 209 pages
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A unique history and ranking of the most fascinating Top 40 one-hit wonders from 1960 to 2000 Did you know that Marc Cohn ("Walking in Memphis") fronted the band that performed at Caroline Kennedy's wedding reception? And did you realize that the Spiral Starecase's 1969 classic "More Today Than Yesterday" was featured in an episode of Ally McBeal? Here is the ultimate book for anyone who loves pop music and one-hit wonders. From the 60s to the 90s, 99 Red Balloons profiles and ranks all the best and only the best one-hitters. Dream Academy ("Life in a Northern Town"), Mott the Hoople ("All the Young Dudes"), Deee-Lite ("Groove is in the Heart"), Right Said Fred ("I'm Too Sexy"), Doris Troy ("Just One Look"), and Devo ("Whip It"), here are all the best-loved greats from the era of JFK to the Bill Clinton years. Each chapter spotlights, a specific one-hit wonder, including sample lyrics and chart position. Following, the popular radio countdown format, 99 Red Balloons starts with the 101st all-time best one hitter (Katrina & the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine") and counts all the way down to #1 (Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis"). Sidebars such as "Roll Over, Jerry Garcia, and Tell Janis Joplin the News" point out that even revered artists such as the Grateful Dead ("Touch of Grey"), Janis Joplin ("Me and Bobby McGee"), Jimi Hendrix ("All Along the Watchtower"), and Sinead O'Connor ("Nothing Compares 2 U") are "technically" one-hit wonders, since they've only charted with one song. Music fans will discover some of the most bizarre trivia about pop music: Tony Burrows was the front man for five bands (Edison Lighthouse, White Plains, Brotherhood of Man, The Pipkins, the First Class), all ofwhich were one-hit wonders. Controversial, informative, and entertaining, 99 Red Balloons is the book that no music lover can afford to be without.
 

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Contents

101 Walking on Sunshine by Katrina the Waves
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100 How Bizarre by OMC
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99 Please Come to Boston by Dave Loggins
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98 Im Too Sexy by Right Swift Fred RSF
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97 Just One Look by Doris Troy
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96 Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder
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95 Whats Up by 4 Non Blondes
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94 Jarzan Boy by Baltimora
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49 The Promise by When In Rome
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48 Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin
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47 Rock On by David Essex
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46 Tired of Toein the Line by Rocky Burnette
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45 Mouth by Merril Bainbridge
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44 Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto
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43 One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head
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42 How Long by Ace
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93 Drivers Seat by Sniff n the Tears
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92 One of Us by Joan Osborne
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91 Sea Cruise by Frankie Ford
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90 In a Big Country by Big Country
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89 Closing Time by Semisonic
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88 All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople
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87 Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil
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86 What I Am by Edie Brickell New Bohemians
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85 Magic by Pilot
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84 Tender Love by Force MDs
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83 Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik
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82 Turning Japanese by The Vapors
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81 Counting Blue Cars by Dishwalla
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80 Everyones Gone to the Moon by Jonathan King
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79 Voices Carry by til tuesday
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78 Back for Good by Take That
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77 Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz
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76 Seasons In the Sun by Terry Jacks
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75 Key Largo by Bertie Higgins
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74 You Gotta Be by Desree
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73 Judy in Disguise With Glasses by John Fred His Playboy Band
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72 Talk It Over by Grayson Hugh
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71 Missing by Everything But the Girl
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70 Shake You Down by Gregory Abbott
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69 I Can Help by Billy Swan
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68 Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
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67 Just Like Romeo Juliet by The Reflections
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66 Waiting for a Star to full by Boy Meets Girl
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65 Life Is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
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64 Dirty Water by The Standells
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63 Whip It by Devo
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62 I Know by Dionne Farris
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61 Pump Up the Volume by MARRS
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60 Precious and Few by Climax
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59 She Blinded Me with Science by Thomas Dolby
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58 I Love the Nightlife Disco Round by Alicia Bridges
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57 Our House by Madness
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56 Ive Been Thinking About You by Londonbeat
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55 Keep on Dancing by The Gentrys
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54 The Curly Shuffle by Jump n the Saddle Band
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53 In the House of Stone and Light by Martin Page
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52 Signs by Five Man Electrical Band
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51 Groove Is in the Heart by DeeeLite
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50 Kansas City by Wilbert Harrison
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41 Kiss Me Deadly by Lita Ford
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40 Breakfast at Tiffanys by Deep Blue Something
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39 A Little Bit of Soap by The Jarmels
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38 More Than Just the Two of Us by Sneaker
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37 Black Velvet by Alannah Myles
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36 Romeos Tune by Steve Forbert
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35 Brandy Youre a fine Girl by Looking Glass
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34 99 Luftballons 99 Red Balloons by Nena
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33 California Sun by The Rivieras
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32 Breakout by Swing Out Sister
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31 King of Wishful Thinking by Go West
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30 I Cant Wait by Nu Shooz
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29 Lotta Love by Nicolette Larson
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28 Cantaloop Flip fantasia by Us3
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27 Take on Me by aha
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26 Im Gonna Be 500 Miles by The Proclaimers
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25 Dancing In the Moonlight by King Harvest
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24 Someday Someway by Marshall Crenshaw
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23 Have I the Right? by The Honeycombs
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22 Right Here Right Now by Jesus Jones
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21 Keep Your Hands to Yourself by The Georgia Satellites
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20 More Today Than Yesterday by The Spiral Starecase
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19 Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
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18 Get a Job by The Silhouettes
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17 Life In a Northern Town by The Dream Academy
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16 You Get What You Give by New Radicals
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15 Personally by Karla Bonoff
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14 Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me by Reunion
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13 The Impression That I Get by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
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12 Pipeline by The Chantays
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11 Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners
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10 Get Here by Oleta Adams
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9 Marys Prayer by Danny Wilson
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8 Smoke from a Distant Fire by The SanfordTownsend Band
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7 I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis
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6 True by Spandau Ballet
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5 I Touch Myself by Divinyls
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4 Beach Baby by The First Class
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3 Into the Night by Benny Mardones
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2 Stay by Maurice Williams The Zodiacs
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1 Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn
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Conclusion
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About the Author
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Brent Mann is the author of 99 Red Balloons ... and 100 Other All-Time Great One-Hit Wonders. He worked as a Top-40 disc jockey in the late 70s through the mid 80s. He has been a professional writer for almost twenty years, writing comedy material for Jay Leno and National Lampoon. In addition to comedy writing and performing, Mann has been a speechwriter for several high-tech corporations. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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