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Slinkee Minx

This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘Summer Rain’ by Slinkee Minx. A cover of Belinda Carlisle’s 1990 hit, Slinkee Minx’s version reached #5 in 2004 and is know to have at least 25 remixes.  A dance act from Melbourne who formed in 2001, Slinkee Minx are Annemare Failla, Michelle Palmer and Belinda Tartaglia.

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The Swingers

This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘Counting the Beat’ by The Swingers. A Number 1 smash hit in 1981 the group was formed around Phil Judd, a founding member of Split Enz and Bones Hillman who went on to be an integral part of Midnight Oil until his passing last year but ‘Counting the Beat’ was a classic OHW.

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Looking Glass

This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)’ by Looking Glass. The group was formed in New Jersey in 1969 and was active from 1969 to 1974 and then again from 2003. ‘Brandy’ was savagely lampooned in an episode of the Simpson and used creatively in the movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. A classic one-hit wonder.

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Traffic

This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘Hole in My Shoe’ by Traffic. Traffic were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in April 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. They began as a psychedelic rock group and diversified their sound through the use of instruments such as keyboards like the Mellotron and harpsichord, sitar, and various reed instruments, and by incorporating Jazz and improvisational techniques in their music.  Although never really a singles band, ‘Hole in My Shoe’ reached #18 in 1967. Composed by guitarist Dave Mason, it features a spoken-word mid-section by Chris Blackwell’s stepdaughter, Francine Heimann, in which she tells a little story about a giant albatross.

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Los Del Rio

This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘Macarena’ by Los Del Rio. Los del Río (“Those from the River”) are a Spanish latin pop and dance duo which was formed in 1962 by Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones. Recorded in 1995 the song was a number 1 smash here in Australia in 1996 and a worldwide success.

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New Radicals

This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘You Get What You Give’ by the New Radicals. From Los Angeles the band is centered around Gregg Alexander. The track become enormously popular in Australia when it was used to great effect in a Mitsubishi car commercial. The song reached #17 in 2003.

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In-Grid

This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘You Promised Me (Tu Es Fortu)’ by Italian dancer, singer-songwriter In-Grid (Ingrid Alberini). A #7 hit in 2003 it was produced by dance music producers Larry Pignagnoli and Marco Soncini.

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Edison Lighthouse

This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Grows)’ by Edison Lighthouse. A smash #1 in 1970. Edison Lighthouse was fronted by English vocalist Tony Burrows. Tony is a OHW champion having been in four other bands that where all OHWs (White Plains, Pipkins, First Class and Brotherhood of Man)

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Fairground Attraction

This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘Perfect’ by Fairground Attraction. A smash #1 in 1988. Fairground Attraction was a London band (1987-1990) featuring Scottish singer Eddi Reader.

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The Traveling Wilburys

Traveling Wilburys were an English–American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. Originating from an idea discussed by Harrison and Lynne during the sessions for Harrison’s 1987 album ‘Cloud 9’, the band formed in April 1988 after the five members united to record a bonus track for Harrison’s next European single. When this collaboration, ‘Handle With Care’, was deemed too good for such a limited release, the group agreed to record a full album. The song is an Adelaide One-Hit Wonder reaching #4 in 1988.