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One Hit Wonderland

One Hit Wonderland 2013

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One Hit Wonderland is where ToddInTheShadows takes a look at "one-hit wonders" of the past. In each review, specific segments include "Before the hit" (covering the artist's history before the hit), "The big hit" (a short review of the hit itself); "The failed follow-up" (for when it all went wrong for the artist); "Did they ever do anything else?" (originally "Did they have any other noteworthy songs?", to look at what else the artist has done); and "Did they deserve better?" (Todd's final say on the matter). Just as in Todd's Pop Song Reviews, Todd is enshrouded in shadow to enhance his mystery. In the beginning of every episode, he is seen playing his piano, which he has been playing for many years; and is usually playing the song that is featured in the review. The shadows conceal who he is as he could be just about anyone from a government spy to a humble church official.

In 2015, Todd opened a tier on his Patreon page that allowed four fans who paid $40 or more per video to request bands to do episodes on OHW for. These bands are Eiffel 65 (Blue (Da Ba Dee)), John Parr (St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)), Hanson (MMMBop), and The Vapors (Turning Japanese; changed from James Blunt, which itself was changed from Rage Against the Machine).


Episode Number Episode Title Description Date Released
1 "Take On Me" - a-ha Todd's new one-hit wonder retrospective series. Come, check out these Norse gods' only work before they disappeared in a day or twooooooo... April 7th, 2012
2 "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-a-Lot He was long, and strong, and down to get the friction on... but was there more to Sir Mix-a-Lot than his love of big butts? April 29th, 2012
3 "Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas In 1974, everybody was kung fu fighting, but what ever happened to Carl Douglas, the man in the silly karate outfit behind the song? May 29th, 2012
4 "Come On Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners Come found out who Dexy is and why he or she had people running at midnight! July 28th, 2012
5 "Rico Suave" - Gerardo RRRRRRRRRRRRRICO... SUAAAAAAAVE August 23rd, 2012
6 "Achy Breaky Heart" - Billy Ray Cyrus The man behind the mullet. Beware: Vintage country cheese ahead September 11th, 2012
7 "The Safety Dance" - Men Without Hats They said we could dance if we wanted to, but that they wouldn't be friends with us if we didn't. Who were these men without hats? September 28th, 2012
8 "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry In 1976, Wild Cherry stood up for the funkiness of white boys everywhere, but what ever happened to them? October 25th, 2012
9 "Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris" Pickett What ever DID happen to the Transylvania Twist? October 30th, 2012
10 "Tubthumping" - Chumbawamba They got knocked down. Did they ever get back up again? November 28th, 2012
11 "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" - Elmo & Patsy Grandma got run over by a reviewer. December 19th, 2012
12 "Party All the Time" - Eddie Murphy Before Norbit, before Pluto Nash, before Daddy Day Care, Eddie Murphy was embarrassing himself with his music, and it was less than o-tay. February 27th, 2013
13 "Closing Time" - Semisonic Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. But what ever happened to Semisonic, the band who dropped some timeless wisdom on us? March 30th, 2013
14 "Me and Mrs. Jones" - Billy Paul Todd gets soulful with a look at this heartbreaking soul classic, and how its singer Billy Paul got completely hosed by his record label. April 10th, 2013
15 "It's Raining Men" - The Weather Girls The Weather Girls would like to inform you that there is some good news in the ongoing man-drought afflicting our single women. May 10th, 2013
16 "Cotton Eye Joe" - Rednex Where did you come from, Rednex, and where did you go? May 29th, 2013
17 "Unbelievable" - EMF They're unbelievable, OH!! ...or were they? June 17th, 2013
18 "I Ran (So Far Away)" - A Flock of Seagulls WARNING : Category 5 Eighties Hair approaching July 22nd, 2013
19 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers Ayyy wooed woak five hundrrrred maiyls and ayyyyyyyy wooed woak five hundrrred moawr... July 28th, 2013
20 "To Be With You" - Mr. Big Hair metal's last glorious day in the sun. August 20th, 2013
21 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" - Iron Butterfly Wait a minute... this sounds like rock and/or roll. September 8th, 2013
22 "Who Let the Dogs Out" - Baha Men It's time to answer the age-old question. September 28th, 2013
23 "Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell Rockwell felt like somebody was watching him, but they weren't watching him for very long. October 22nd, 2013
24 "Smooth Criminal" - Alien Ant Farm Alien Ant Farm's career could have gone a whole lot smoother. November 10th, 2013
26 "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" - Dead or Alive Like a record, baby. December 22nd, 2013
27 "Walking in Memphis" - Marc Cohn I'm goin' to Graceland. February 7th, 2014
28 "How Bizarre" - OMC How bizarre! How bizarre, how bizarre, how bizarre! Now get that out of your head... February 28th, 2014
29 "Float On" - The Floaters All right, all ready?

(For April Fools Day, it starts with him playing and talking about "Float On" by Modest Mouse)

March 31st, 2014
30 "Ghetto Supastar" - Pras Ghetto superstar, that is what he definitely wasn't. April 17th, 2014
31 "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" - Nine Days Admit it, the first line of this song instantly started playing in your head, didn't it? May 9th, 2014
32 "Groove Is in the Heart" - Deee-Lite WEEOOOOOOOOoooooOOOOOOOOO pop! snap snap snap one two three PBLBLBLBL May 29th, 2014
33 "Just a Friend" - Biz Markie YOU YOU GOT WHAT I NEEEEEEEEEEEED BUT YOU SAY HE'S JUST A FRIEND June 20th, 2014
34 "Informer" - Snow In-foooooooooooor-mah! YanosaydiggadosaynoIgoblaaaaam a licky licky boom down! July 22nd, 2014
35 "Hooked on a Feeling" - Blue Swede Ooga chaka ooga chaka ooga ooga ooga chaka. August 17th, 2014
36 "Maniac" - Michael Sembello Just a steel-town girl on a Saturday night, looking for Todd in the Shadows' Halloween episode! October 30th, 2014
37 "Lullaby" - Shawn Mullins Everything's gonna be all right, as long as your expectations for your career aren't too high. November 30th, 2014
38 "Word Up" - Cameo Got a weird thing to show you so tell all the boys and girls. March 3rd, 2015
39 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" - Eiffel 65 I’m blue da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die March 31st, 2015
40 "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" - John Parr Who the heck is St. Elmo anyway? May 12th, 2015
41 "MMMBop" - Hanson mmmbopdubadopbopdubopdoobydopbopdubopmmmbopdopdooooo Yeah? Yeah. August 2nd, 2015
42 "Turning Japanese" - The Vapors Is this song about what you think it is? I really don't think so... December 15th, 2015
43 "Butterfly" - Crazy Town Sugar! Baby! *Note: Released on CA on January 3rd, 2016. October 20th, 2015 (YT) (October 19th on Vimeo)
44 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" - Meco An elegant dance song for a more civilized age.

Note: Starting with this episode of any Todd in the Shadows series, his piano faces the right for the first time since 2011.

December 16th, 2015 (on YT)
46 "Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire You just don't get enough pop songs about the complete and total annihilation of the human race, you know? April 2nd, 2016
47 "Ridin'" - Chamillionaire They see me reviewin', they hatin'... May 3rd, 2016
48 "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" - The Darkness Hello The Darkness, my old friend... June 2nd, 2016
49 "Living in a Box" - Living in a Box Spoilers: It's about living in a box. July 1st, 2016


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