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!
YES! We made it to the final one hit wonder.
Back in late 1997, swing music was on the verge of making a big comeback. The Cherry Poppin' Daddies' "Zoot Suit Riot" was a big part of that wave. The music video was on MTV all the time, and it slowly gained momentum on the radio. It was a big hit here in the States, but didn't go international.
The song refers the Zoot Suit Riots back in 1943 when a Latino youth was killed in Southern California. White servicemen stationed in L.A. and Latino youths often clashed, and the violence spread to cities across the U.S. A zoot suit was an over-sized suit many of the young Latinos wore during the time time, which white military men called "un-patriotic."
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies were known to mix ska and swing out on the West Coast, and "Zoot Suit Riot" was their fourth album. Their follow up was more ska, and it failed. The band broke up in 2000. They got back together in 2002 and released a rockabilly-swing album last summer.
I was never a big fan of the whole swing revival, and the music video for this song really creeps me out. I'm pretty sure it's the evil clown's fault.