One Hit Wonderland: "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Dop)"
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Never knew there was so much to the Scatman.
Some of scatman john's later songs are honestly pretty sad
Without watching the video, all I'm gonna say
That "Scatman World" was a better song
He actually touched on that subject in the video - the author thinks it's weaker due to the lack of scat-singing and just not being too unique
Todd in the Shadows mainly focuses on songs that were one hit wonders in the USA.
He looked at Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil despite them being well known in Australia.
I honestly miss early 2000's-2010 dance music like this
he even had a concert here (judging from the vintage ads i saw), a year before he died
I'll never forget the slew of 'Super Mario 64 Bloopers' videos that appeared in the early days of YouTube that used this song.
It's a running theme with Todd In The Shadows requests, people request artists that are not actually one hit wonders; but since he's been doing this for a while, it's kind of limiting
I remember when this song saw a huge rise in the internet culture of the mid 2000's fucking loving this song. I listened to the albums, found other hits and kid me was quickly turning into a huge fan.
Sadly, I got to the point where I wanted to know more about Scatman John and began to look him up online. I remember reading how much of an awesome guy he was, getting awards from the National Stuttering Association, making donations to various charities and just being an all around wonderful human being. Then I learned that he had died. I built this image up in my head of this guy, thinking he was still alive, still being an amazing person only to find out he had been dead for several years. Sure I've heard of other celebrities dying while I was growing up, but something about his music and his life really clicked with me.
I must have been 9 or 10 at that point and it was the first time I had come to the realization that death doesn't care how much of a good person you are. I remember after having read that a wave of emotion came over me and I began to cry. At that time, I couldn't explain why I was reacting like this.
I know it's a strange circumstance to have this pivotal moment in life to happen with a funny internet video, but Scatman John's legacy really hit me in a profound way at a young age.
lmao are you serious right now? that's like calling Oasis a one-hit wonder because people sing "Wonderwall" all the time, or calling the Backstreet Boys a one-hit wonder because people sing "I Want It That Way" all the time.
Scatman John had at LEAST two other massive hits on top of "I'm The Scatman" (Everybody Jam and Scatman's World), just because you don't think people remember him for anything other than the one song you presumably think is famous doesn't make him a one-hit wonder
Just going off of charts it doesn't seem to be the case for America?
Also todd says multiple times that he's fine doing something if culturally, they really only have one song that is well-remembered.
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Just gonna go on record and say I only knew Scatman John from one song, and I'm sure plenty others (like the guy who requested Todd review him) are the same.
Only 57 when he passed away. Fuck cancer.
I first knew him from the song featured in the video, and later checked out his other music.
He always had cool album covers.
I love this song so goddamn much, it's almost embarrassing. I can have it stuck in my head for a week (as I will, considering this video) and smile all week.
Todd has mentioned before that chart success is not really what defines a one-hit wonder, it's their impact in the general consciousness. A-Ha, for instance, has been quite successful ever since 1985 but ask anyone to name a song that isn't Take On Me and you'll most likely get silence. Ask people to name a Scatman John song and most people are gonna struggle to name more than Scatman.
Also, Everybody Jam was not a massive hit, get that shit out of here. It charted in just 3 countries, barely cracked the top 50 in Germany and the US Dance chart.
This happened to me but in regards to Fred Rogers. I must have been 10 or so when he passed away in 2003, and despite being old enough to sort of conceptualize death, a celebrity/famous person's death never really affected me, even familial deaths hadn't been an ordeal, since they were distant relatives. Mr. Rogers passing away was probably the first death that ever made me cry. Literally same way and everything, I think I was reading a newspaper snippet or a short posthumous biography at my parents' work when it really hit me.
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