The perfect book - if only I could play the symbols,
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This review is from: We Could Have Been the Wombles: The Weird and Wonderful World of One-hit Wonders (Paperback)
This is a really entertaining read, managing to combine an in-depth analysis of one-hit wonders with a fabulously clever and amusing writing style. It's the sort of humour I like to employ myself wherever possible, whether it be to brighten up an advertisement in the small ads or to ensure that the person dealing with my tax return has a few laughs. This is the sort of writing I like.
The author has thoughtfully decided to categorise his one-hit wonders thus;
1. Costa Del Awful - Summer Hits
2. Complete Turkeys - Christmas Hits
3. I Hate That Duck - Puppet and Cartoon Hits
4. Stick to the Day Job - Celebrity Hits
5. No Words For These - Gibberish and Instrumental Hits
6. Laughter Tracks - Comedy Hits
7. We'll Be Right Back After This Break - Advert Hits
8. Too Much Too Young - Child Star Hits
9. Reach for The Remote - TV and Film Hits
10. Brief Encounters - Smooch Hits
11. Remember Me? - Dance Hits
12. Ooh Vicar - Saucy Hits
13. Eurostars - Continental Hits
14. Funny Peculiar - Bizarre Hits
15. The One and Onlies - 80s Greaties and 90s, aah... Fineties Hits
16. Rock Bottom - Just Awful Hits
17. Singled Out - Great Hits
The songs are indexed by title and by any strangeness associated with them. That's quite a surreal experience that is, making your way down that list. The author has also very genorously provided details of places where you can find these songs in order to play them for your own pleasure / your neighbours' despair.
There are a series of symbols just below each entry in this particular Hall of Shame, but there are more than thirty of those so I found them to be more of a distraction than anything else. In fact, trying to remember what they all stand for is a bit reminiscent of a school test. Glasses, glue, a magpie, a teddy bear... what's all that about then? It is explained, sort of, but it is all way above my head. For instance, a broom that seems to be sweeping away a musical note in association with 'Diamond Lights', by Hoddle and Waddle, meant only one thing as far as I was concerned - certainly having heard them murdering that song. Yet, the broom actually stands for 'Day job'. Because Glenn and Chris came to the world of the One Hit Wonder from an entirely different occupation. There really ought to have been a compost heap there as well of course, where the two footballers could have dumped their musical careers on the way out. After all, what's another symbol, when you have this many?
This is the sort of book you can dip in and out of very easily and it can be read repeatedly without losing any of its entertainment value. It is far more pleasant to spend time with than most of the songs discussed within its pages, let's put it that way. You never know, after a few hundred collective trips from cover to cover perhaps even those symbols will start to make some kind of sense? Or perhaps not.