One-hit wonders: always annoying, right? Wrong. Sometimes the acts behind one-hit wonders have done more than enough to earn their Number One. Yep, even Psy. But part of the one-hit wonder deal is fading into obscurity afterwards – so we decided to find out the latest news for each of the acts behind these 10 chart-topping gems…
10 Psy – ‘Gangnam Style’ (2012)
A cultural phenomenon. Shifted over a million copies, despite only being at Number One for a week.
Where is he now? Currently working on a “new direction” for album number six.
9 Spiller – ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’ (2000)
A soaring dance stormer.
Where are they now? Spiller have released four (non-charting) singles. Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is working on her sixth solo album.
8 Mr Oizo – ‘Flat Beat’ (1999)
House music masterpiece that made a star of puppet Flat Eric.
Where is he now? Mr Oizo – aka Quentin Dupieux – released fifth album ‘The Church’ last year.
7 M/A/R/R/S – ‘Pum Up The Volume’ (1987)
R/e/a/l/l/y/ q/u/i/t/e/ g/o/o/d/!
Where are they now? Only ever intended as a one-off collaboration between 4AD artists AR Kane (who reformed this year) and Colourbox.
6 The Mash ‘Theme From Mash (Suicide Is Painless)’ (1980)
A no-no at weddings, this one.
Where are they now? Writer Johnny Mandel, now 89, releases orchestral jazz albums.
5 Buggles – ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ (1979)
Pop duo fronted by Trevor Horn.
Where are they now? Horn went on to produce everyone from Grace Jones to Robbie Williams.
4 Anita Ward ‘Ring My Bell’ (1979)
This disco diva lit up dancefloors from Detroit to Doncaster with this.
Where is she now? Released the single ‘It’s My Night’ in 2011. It didn’t chart.
3 Althea & Donna – ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ (1978)
A bona fide reggae pop classic, by two teenagers from Jamaica.
Where are they now? The album was reissued in 2001, but A&D have disappeared into the ether.
2 Nizlopi – ‘JCB Song’
Endearing folk-pop track about a kid hanging with his dad in a truck.
Where are they now? The duo, whose ex guitar tech Ed Sheeran cites as an influence, tour this autumn.
1 The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – ‘Fire’ (1968)
Mad psych-rock sung by a man who set fire to his head at gigs.
Where are they now? Reformed in 2000 for album ‘Tantric Lover’, and played at this year’s Bestival.