Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for "Kiss Him Goodbye"

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

Most people aren't going to know who the heck Canadian a capella group, The Nylons, are. But their remake of the classic "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" is one of those songs that you might hear at some big sporting event. The original song was a hit for the band Steam in 1969. British pop trio Bananaramma even released their own version back in 1983.

In 1987, The Nylons released the single and shorted the title to "Kiss Him Goodbye." It peaked at #12 on the US's Billboard Charts. It was their only big hit, but the song itself has been remade so many times, I've lost count.

Even though the group has been hit-less for 27 years and experienced many changes (they've had 12 total members come and go), they're technically still together and have released 22 albums up until 2011.

Like I said, at any big sporting event, you'll hear people sing or chant the chorus whenever somebody strikes out or loses, so their legacy lives on.


13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think sporting events is the only place I've ever heard this.
You are really finding some obscure songs and bands!

farawayeyes said...

Who doesn't know this song? I have heard this version, and like it, and I have heard of The Nylons.

Your Challenge posts are really fun.

D.G. Hudson said...

Hey, I know who the Nylons are Jay! I have seen them three times. They were totally excellent. We heard them outside in an open bowl type stage and inside at a club. We also liked their song about the Amazon desecration, and all the doo-wop songs they did.

I think they are under-appreciated. Very nice choice. We do remember many One Hit wonders.

Pat Dilloway said...

That's always a good song for taunting a rival who's being eliminated from a playoff series.

Morgan said...

Are you kidding??? I TOTALLY know who the Nylons are! I owned a couple of their CD's when I was a teen! Loved them!

mooderino said...

Never heard this version before. Like the original though.

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Moody Writing

mooderino said...

Never heard this version before. Like the original though.

mood
Moody Writing

G. B. Miller said...

I know with the original, Steam was essentially just one person with a bunch of studio musicians.

A-Z Challenge at Father Nature's Corner

Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

I've never heard of the Nylons. Great song, great theme, Jay!!!

Robin said...

In 1982 The Nylons recorded an album called One Size Fits All. I loved that record. My freshman year of college, we would blare that cassette tape (yes, I said cassette tape) while we sat around and did things like play euchre (a card game). I think we wore the tape out we played it so often. This song ranks among my all-time favorites.... though it is a hard call...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIouR1qhYe4

Tony Laplume said...

It never even occurred to me that this might have been a pop song at some point...

Rusty Carl said...

Wait... that's a real song? I mean, I thought it sort of always existed outside of time. Like, it was a barsong that no one ever new who wrote it... it just always was.

So, I've now learned something.

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