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One-Hit Wonder Day? Here are a few from Wisconsin


We don’t celebrate all the fake holidays.

National Pizza Day? Sure. Math Storytelling Day? Not so much. 

It turns out that today is Math Storytelling Day, but we prefer to look at another designation for Sept. 25.

It’s National One-Hit Wonder Day for some reason as declared by someone who must have some level of authority. 

It was on Headline News this morning, so that’s good enough for us. 

In celebration, we decided to take a look at the one-hit wonders that emerged from the Dairyland.

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk 3: Timbuk 3 was formed in Madison by Pat MacDonald and his then wife, Barbara K. MacDonald. Their bright moment arrived in 1986 when the single climbed to 19 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Its title reached 1980s catchphrase status, creating a song more memorable than many that topped at 19 through the years.

“Better Days (and The Bottom Drops Out)” by Citizen King: The Milwaukee alternative rockers peaked at 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999. It was their one and only hit, but they rode quite a wave with it. The song was just about everywhere including the pilot episode of “Malcolm in the Middle.”

“Mule Skinner Blues” by The Fendermen: The pop/rockabilly duo hit number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was their lone hit and before “one-hit wonder” was coined as a descriptor for what they accomplished. The act consisted of Niagara’s Jim Sundquist and Milwaukee’s Phil Humphrey.

“Thunder and Lightning” by Chi Coltrane: The first single off the Racine native’s debut album was her lone hit, reaching 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.