Here It Goes Again

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Date Aired
March 17, 2019
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Todd plays "Here It Goes Again" on the piano.

A one-hit retrospective

Todd: Welcome back to One Hit Wonderland, where we take a look at bands and artists known for only one song. Still doin' the requests, I got two to go. It'll have taken me a whole year to do these requests because I am not bright. (The word "DUMMY" with an arrow pointing at Todd flashes on screen.) I am not doing this again any time soon. And today's request is another one that falls into one of those gray zones (the words "ONE HIT WONDER" cover the screen) where we have to argue about how we define the word "hit" (a question mark appears following the word "hit", then the letters disappear), and the word "one" for that matter.

Video for Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out"

Todd (VO): Yeah, indie rock is one of those areas where the term just kinda... breaks down, because (Modest Mouse's "Float On") the bands in it tend to have deep, deep followings who know their work inside and out, even if you, the uneducated pleb, only know the one song.

Video for the Dropkick Murphys' "Shipping Up To Boston"

Todd (VO): Like, you tell a fan of the Dropkick Murphys that they're a One Hit Wonder and you will get your ass kicked. (Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta") Even that last episode I did, I got Harvey Danger fans all up in my business telling me to listen closer to those second and third albums.

Todd: And then there's the additional confusion where these bands' one hit tends not to be big through sales or airplay...

Video for Peter Björn and John's "Young Folks"

Todd (VO): ...they catch on through the blog-o-sphere, or... (iPod commercial featuring jagged garage rock song) commercials or (poster for the film "Drive") film soundtracks or other non-traditional means.

Todd: ...or memes, in this case.

Video for OK Go's "Here It Goes Again"

Todd briefly imitates the first pose struck in the video with his piano.

OK Go: Aw here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again, (no) oh, here it goes again

Todd (VO): By the technical definition, OK Go is completely and totally a One Hit Wonder. Here It Goes Again is their only song well-known by the general public, is their only song to crack the Top 40, nothing else of theirs has even come close...

Todd: ...I feel very comfortable calling them a One Hit Wonder. But boy, does that hit have a big asterisk next to it.


OK Go: Starts out easy, somethin' simple, somethin' sleazy...

Todd (VO): Here It Goes Again barely even exists as a song. It's a video first and foremost, the song is almost incidental. Their claim to fame is that one viral clip of the four of them dancing on treadmills, which became one of the first big hits on a little website called (YouTube logo) "YouTube". Giver of life. Destroyer of worlds.

Todd: Just think...


Todd (VO): Without OK Go, perhaps YouTube does not become the (collage of various YouTube videos) monopolistic overlord of video content. And I could by plying a more respectable trade like...

Todd: ...panhandling or, insurance fraud.


Todd (VO): Which raises the question: can you really be called a "One Hit Wonder" if your hit... wasn't really successful for being music? Is that how you're supposed to use that phrase?

Todd: For that matter, using that label to describe OK Go doesn't really take into account the band's (clips of various OK Go videos, starting with This Too Shall Pass) bizarre post-hit afterlife, by any measure one of the strangest and most singular careers in all of entertainment. There's basically no one who does what OK Go does. And all of it...


Todd (VO): ...predicated from a single take of them dancing in their garage.

Todd: ...What a weird band. But that's the request I got, and that's what we're gonna look at. OK? (claps) Go.


OK Go: Aw here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again, (no) oh here it goes again

Before the hit

Todd: I was into OK Go before they were big.

Video for "Get Over It"

Todd (VO, singing): Love stinks...

Todd (singing): Yeah, yeah!

OK Go: Hey!

Damian Kulash: Get, get, get, get, get over it

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