Skip to comments.'Hit Me Baby' Brings Back 80s 1-Hit Wonders
Posted on 06/03/2005 11:12:36 PM PDT by freedom44
Did you ever wonder what happened to some of those one-hit wonders like Vanilla Ice, Tommy Tutone and Flock of Seagulls?
NBC did too, so they are bringing them back in "Hit Me Baby One More Time." What do they look like? What do they sound like?
We tracked down hitmakers from the past to take the stage to perform one more time and you can be the judge.
For three weeks, the former Top Ten artists will perform their trademark hit song along with one of today's current hits. At the end of the night, the live audience votes for their favorites! Watch "Hit Me Baby One More Time," Thursday nights at 9 on NBC 10.
Here is a list of the performers so you don't miss your favorite!
Episode 1: Thursday June 2, 9 p.m.
Arrested Development Tiffany Flock of Seagulls Loverboy Cece Peniston
Episode 2: Thursday June 9
Sophie B. Hawkins Wang Chung Irene Cara Cameo Night Ranger
Episode 3: Thursday June 16
The Motels The Knack Tommy Tutone Vanilla Ice One Band To Be Determined
Hit Me Baby One More Time Is A Ratings Success
Thursday night's debut of "Hit Me Baby One More Time" hit the highest adult 18-49 rating for a new summer unscripted series premiere in two years, winning its slot among all adult viewers under the age of 50, according to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.
From 9-9:59 p.m. ET, the premiere of "Hit Me Baby One More Time" (4.7 rating, 13 share in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) scored the highest debut rating for a new unscripted summer series since June 3, 2003 (Fox's "American Juniors") and matched NBC's best 18-49 rating for a summer reality series debut in nearly three years ("Meet My Folks" on July 22, 2002). "Hit Me" improved the time period by 62 percent in adults 18-49 versus NBC's performance on the same night last year (4.7 vs. a 2.9 with comedy encores).
"Hit Me Baby One More Time" was #1 in adults, men and women 18-49 and adults, men and women 18-34, beating all competition including CBS' "CSI" rebroadcast and ABC's "Charlie's Angels" encore. "Hit Me" built on its 18-49 lead-in by 57 percent (4.7 vs. 3.0).
"Hit Me Baby" is the #1 primetime telecast of the week to date in adults 18-49 and is also tied for the highest 18-49 rating of any primetime telecast since the end of the May sweep (tying the May 26 encore telecast of CBS' "CSI").
Loverboy was a crackup and Flock of Seagulls flopped. Arrested Development stole the show.
I'm thinkin' Adam Ant is no Longer Ready For Prime Time.
These guys got back together? They were great!
Not to nitpick, but Loverboy and Wang Chung were not one-hit wonders. Not defending them, mind you, just that they each had more than one hit. I also think the Knack had more than one hit, or maybe they just had one hit and one unforgettable classic expression of teen hormonal angst ("Good Girls Don't").
I know the title 'one hit wonder' is not exactly true. I've heard VH1 call Men at Work a one-hit wonder, but they had four songs on on billboard top 20 and also Midnight Oil.
Cory Hart's, "I Wear My Sunglasses At Night" comes to mind.
Or how about Samantha Fox and "Touch Me." I suspect that her audience couldn't sing you the chorus to that song to save their lives.
These stories remind me of why we disconnected the t.v. As Groucho Marx once said, "Television is very educational... every time someone turns it on, I go into the other room and read a book."
wasn't his song, "Never Surrender" a hit? i loved that song... he opened for Hall and Oats back in 1984...
Go away, Dave.
yes--how could Men At Work be considered One-Hit wonder? even their second album had a couple of good songs--including my favorite, "Overkill." they sounded terrible in concert... very disappointing...
Please, do your Safety Dance for us.
I can't tell you how grateful I am that Mr. Ant has gracefully bowed out of the "scene". It is quite annoying to see old artists trying their darndest to look young and hip. It is no different than putting lipstick on a pig.
Although I'm aware of a run-in or two that Mr. Ant has had with the law, he looks like a dignified man in that photo. Much more deserving of our attention then when he slapped that silly war paint on his face, wearing that military uniform while prancing about as if he had ants in his pants(pun intended) all those years ago. :^)
I do recall "Never Surrender", but I don't believe it was a hit. I may be wrong.
Gary Newman's "Cars," and Aldo Nova's "Fantasy," and Toni Basil's "Mickey," (i think they're all one-hit wonders) remind me of high school football games...
i'm probably the only one who liked it...
Overkill was alot of peoples fav
I wonder what he thinks of the French?
Damn he's way too old to be dressed like that.
I'm thinking of "Don't worry, be happy" and I REALLY wish I weren't.
[Freepmail me to get on or off this Not-A-Ping-List.]
Wang Chung had a number of hits, and they had a number of songs that made it into a bunch of successful movies. In fact they did the soundtrack to the movie "To Live and Die in LA," which IMHO is a pretty awesome movie.
oh, why did i have to check in before i went off to bed? thanks a lot...
This is PRECISELY what I'm talking about.
Why must people behave in such a revolting manner?! There is nothing, absolutely nothing alluring, graceful or dignifying about that. It is rather offensive.
Dave and Van Halen created memorable hits, the persona worked then, but no more. It's old, as he is-older. Music doesn't have to end, but the "youthful" image does.
i also liked, "It's a Mistake." i remember when, "Who Can It Be Now?" was all the rage... my brother would not stop, or i guess--could not sto--singing it... it was very annoying...
I bet I know the cause: umbrella guy! he has not been holdng the umbrella properly. I hope jackson fires him and gets a new umbrella guy. maybe jackson could put an ad on monster.com
The best cop movie until Heat.
Oh, great, now it's stuck in my head...
Never saw "To Live and Die in LA" except the bits in the Wang Chung video. But, "Heat" is a great film. Wildly underrated.
Please pardon my ignorance, but I know there's a joke in that post somewhere.
Not an 80s musical group, but you get my drift.
I'm very scared. Is that a photoshop? Is it recent? Is he smuggling a baked potato in those "pants?"
In the city I live in, when that song was out in the 80's they had to disconnect the phone number of the person who had that number and give him another number.
People would ring up and say...
"Hello, is Jenny there ?"
I just love that. Pinging the little lady.
"Heat" and "Ronin" should be packaged together in a DVD 2-pack.
I'd buy it.
I have "Heat" and "Ronin" on the shelf right behind me. You have great taste in guy flix.
I believe you are confusing the potato with the cucumber in Spinal Tap.
Now that was a hilarious satire on the "rock" culture.
The poster family for hairdressers of the 80's.
(that would be the male equivalent of a "cameltoe")
I'm aware of that famous, foil-covered cucumber. But a baked potato is shorter and more, well, malleable.
(You forced me to say it...)
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