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VH1's One Hit Wonders of the 80's...just my 2 cents worth, again

Has anyone watched the VH1 Top 100 One Hit Wonders of the 80's? I wonder about those who vote these songs on this survey. Once again, I feel some songs are questionable, because they have had another hit or two as well:

Pretty Poison - Catch Me (I'm Falling) (#8, 1987) - This Philly-based (though formed in New Jersey) hit the Top 40 again in 1988 with its follow-up, "Nightime", peaking at #36. Pretty Poison would NOT be considered a one-hit wonder act.

Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait (#3, 1986) - That same year, the Portland, Oregon-based duo hit the Top 40 again with its follow-up. "Point Of No Return", peaking at #28. They could have been a 3-hit wonder, but they missed the Top 40 in 1988 with "Should I Say Yes?", getting as high as #41. So, technically, Nu Shooz is NOT a one-hit wonder act.

The Outfield - Your Love (#6, 1986) - This British pop trio hit the Top 40 3 more times in the 80's; "All The Love In The World" (#19, 1986), "Since You Been Gone" (#31, 1987), and "Voices Of Babylon" (#21, 1989). And managed a Top 30 hit in 1990 with the #21 hit "For You". The Outfield is NOT a one-hit wonder act.

Til Tuesday - Voices Carry #8, 1985)- This Boston-based band, fronted by Aimee Mann, hit the Top 40 again in 1986 with "What About Love" (#26). Technically, Til Tuesday is NOT considered a one-hit wonder act.

Johnny Kemp - Just Got Paid (#9, 1988) - This Bahamas-born singer hit the Top 40 again in 1989, with the #36 hit "Birthday Suit", featured in the movie "Sing". Johnny Kemp is NOT a one-hit wonder act.

Chris DeBurgh - Lady In Red (#1, 1986) - His debut US single, "Don't Pay The Ferryman", hit #34 in 1983 (but hit #44 in the UK). Chris DeBurgh would NOT be considered a one-hit wonder act.

Robbie Nevil - C'est La Vie (#2, 1986) - Nevil followed "C'est La Vie" up with 2 more Top 20 hit singles in 1987; "Dominoes" (#14), and "Wot's It To Ya" (#10). And another hit in 1989 with "Back On Holiday" (#34). He had one Top 40 hit in the 90's with "Just Like You" (#25, 1991). Robbie Nevil is NOT a one-hit wonder act.

Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance (#3, 1989) - The big sister of Eagle-Eye Cherry ("Save Tonight") had one more Top 10 hit that same year with "Kisses In The Wind", peaking at #8. Neneh Cherry is NOT a one-hit wonder act.

Billy Vera & The Beaters - At This Moment (#79/1981, #1/1982) - Prior to "At This Moment", Vera & The Beaters' "I Can Take Care Of Myself" hit #39 in 1981. So, technically, Billy Vera would NOT be considered a one-hit wonder act.

Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me (#2/1983 {Hot 100}, #1/1983 {R&B}) - The son of Motown Records CEO Berry Gordy did manage one more Top 40 hit in 1984 with the "Obscene Phone Caller", peaking at #34. Rockwell would technically NOT be considered a one-hit wonder act.

Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round {Like A Record} (#11, 1984) - 1986, they had another Top 20 hit with "Brand New Lover", peaking at #15. Dead Or Alive would NOT be considered a one-hit wonder act.

Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance (#3, 1983) - This Montreal-based band hit the Top 20 again in 1987 with the quirky "Pop Goes The World", hitting #20. Men Without Hats in NOT a one-hit wonder act.

Animotion - Obsession (#6, 1985) - The band managed another Top 40 hit that same year with the #39 peaked "Let Him Go". In 1989, with 2 different lead singers (Cynthia Rhodes and Paul Engemann), Animotion hit #9 with "Room To Move", which was featured in the Dan Aykroyd-starred film "My Stepmother Is An Alien". Rhodes portrayed the character Penny Johnson in the film "Dirty Dancing", while Engemann was in the band Device, who had only one Top 40 hit with "Hanging On A Heart Attack" (#35, 1986), and another charted single with "Who Says" (#79, 1986). While Device is considered a one-hit wonder act, Animotion is NOT.

Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny (#4, 1982) - They had another Top 40 hit prior to "867/5309", which was "Angel Say No" (#38, 1980). Technically, Tommy Tutone would NOT be considered a one-hit wonder act.

a-ha - Take On Me (#1, 1985) - This Norwegian-based trio had another hit that same year with "The Sun Always Shines On TV", which hit #20. a-ha would NOT be considered a one-hit wonder act.

A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran {So Far Away} (#9, 1982) - This UK-based band, led by brothers Mike & Ali Score, had 2 more songs hitting the Top 30 that same year; "Space Age Love Song" (#30), and "Wishing {If I Had A Photograph Of You} (#26). So, technically, A Flock Of Seagulls in NOT a one-hit wonder act.

Now here's something tricky. For example, Peabo Bryson had only one solo Top 40 hit with "If Ever You're In My Arms Again" (#10, 1984), but hit the Top 10 twice as part of a duo ("Brave New World" with Regina Belle - #1/1992; and "Beauty & The Beast" with Celine Dion - #9/1991), and the Top 20 with Roberta Flack ("Tonight I Celebrate My Love" - #16/1983). Would Peabo Bryson be considered a one-hit wonder as far as solo singles but had a few hits as part of a duo?

Once again, major kudos to the ever accurate Wikipedia!
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