What Makes a One-hit Wonder?

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The term "one-hit wonder" gets thrown around a lot, and - yes - you probably are using it correctly, but Chuck Bryant went to the trouble to really define what makes a one-hit wonder in the article this episode is based on. Join him and Josh as they get to the bottom of this disparaging term.

Josh: Chuck?

Chuck: Yes.

Josh: We are on TV.

Chuck: That is right. One more week, dude, we have one final marathon in the Stuff You Should Know television show marathon marathon.

Josh: Yes, dude, hours upon hours of us. So basically we want you to go to Science channel. We want you to sit in your couch or set your DVRs. Well it's better if you're just sitting there watching it while it goes on but, of course, if they want to watch it later whatever. While you're watching this, make sure you have plenty of snacks. You're in comfortable pajamas. It's cold outside, maybe light a fire. If you don't have a fireplace, maybe bring a 55-gallon drum into your living room. Who knows? Just make yourself cozy, sit back and spend hours watching our TV show.

Chuck: Yeah, it starts Saturday March 9th. That is this Saturday is our final marathon. It is starting at noon again and classics are airing and then we have the final two regular season episodes featuring Mr. John Hodgman.

Josh: Yes, an episode you wrote.

Chuck: That's right, and also the original pilot for this season, which is airing 10th, which is very unique.

Josh: Another episode you wrote.

Chuck: Then the Lost Pilot that we shot last year...

Josh: I'm not sure we should be showing that.

Chuck: It's a little weird that it's on TV, but I think it's kind of cool that people are going to see the origins of this whole thing.

Josh: Yeah. Let us know what you think.

Chuck: So this Saturday March 9th, Science channel. Set your DVRs. You can also get these on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and [inaudible]. It's the last shows of the season. That will be all ten plus the bonus.

Josh: Yeah, and then if you're just so jazzed up and cranked up over Stuff You Should Know TV, go to stuffyoushouldknow.com and see behind the scenes clips, read blogs from the characters like Marcus, Steve, Jerry, Jerry the Imposter.

Chuck: That's right.

Josh: Yeah, you'll love it. There's just so much TV stuff out there, it's ridiculous.

Chuck: Okay. So should we get podcasting?

Josh: I thought we just did.

Chuck: Okay, let's go.

Josh: Hey and welcome to the podcast. I'm Josh Clark, there's Charles W. (Chuck) Bryant. Say something!

Chuck: Mmm...

Josh: I didn't even say, say something funny, I just said say something.

Chuck: I know. I froze.

Josh: Yeah, it's alright, man.

Chuck: It's a good quality in a broadcaster, to freeze up on the air.

Josh: A professional talker.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: Yeah. How you doing?

Chuck: I'm great.

Josh: Freezing.

Chuck: I'm good, man. This is a fun goofy little topic and we haven't done one like that in a while.

Josh: This was a fun article, written by a guy named Charles W. Bryant, a writer for the site.

Chuck: Yeah. I will go ahead and say one thing I was disappointed in in this article, and I would still like to see someone tackle this, in documentary style maybe, is the psychology of being a one-hit wonder.

Josh: Oh, like what it does to your psyche [inaudible].

Chuck: Yeah. Is it better to have that one hit and fade away and at least you had that, or is it better to have never, you know... I would be really curious to see a series of interviews with one-hit wonders to see how they feel about it.

Josh: You're saying is it better to have hit and lost than never to have hit at all?

Chuck: Exactly, and I couldn't really find anything on that.

Josh: I'm sure there's one or two who, like, listen to the podcasts and if you do, write in and let us know how it is. We're interested.

Chuck: Lou Baker.

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: At the very least, Lou Baker listens.

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: The fake Lou Baker.

Josh: So Chuck, I want to commend you for this article because you really, like... this is a tough one. With [inaudible] articles, we typically take a topic that is... has a lot of research done on it, it's very well defined and then we deconstruct it. This one is, like... I looked on the Internet and if you type in 'one-hit wonder', there is, like, zero scholarly work done on it.

Chuck: For good reason!

Josh: Yeah. Well I mean it's interesting though too. Like, you brought up the psychology of being a one-hit wonder.

Chuck: Yeah, there should be a something like that.

Josh: Why hasn't anyone ever done a study like that? There is nothing. It's all just lists.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: You know I actually did find one good website. It's called one-hitwonderscentral.com and they have everything. You can play, like, every song, and they have it by year who the one-hit wonder was from, like, the '60s to the 2000s, maybe '50s.

Chuck: Some of the greatest songs to me are some of the one-hit wonders.

Josh: Sure and I mean that's the point. You know, a one-hit wonder's just something that everybody liked at one time; we just didn't like whatever else they were making, right.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: At least there's a large collective group. Anyway, back to me commending you.

Chuck: Okay.

Josh: You had to take something that was really amorphous that everybody knew and would know if you go wrong and whip it into shape, like a definable shape, and you got it right. I think you did a great job with this article.

Chuck: Thank you, man. I appreciate that.

Josh: The first thing you pointed out was that no one is 100% certain of the origin of this phrase.

Chuck: That's right.

Josh: But we figured out that it first came in print in 1977, right?

Chuck: Well that's what phrases.org says, and I couldn't find anything to dispute it, but a writer there wrote the sentence in July '77 about Abba. Instead of becoming what everyone expected, a one-hit wonder, they soon had a string of hits behind them.

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: Although the website, phrases.org, does say it appears to have already been a used phrase but this is the first time they've seen it in print.

Josh: Right. There actually is, like, a definition for 'one-hit wonder'. Like, there's a hit, I guess, you define a hit. It's got to be on the... because we're so American-centric, it has to be on the Billboard top 100, and specifically in the top 40, to be considered a hit, right?

Chuck: Yeah. Technically for, like, when most people... like there have been books written about one-hit wonders, and that's usually what they say.

Josh: Okay. So that wasn't just you or anything saying that?

Chuck: No...

Josh: I thought it was a great definition.

Chuck: No, it's a good definition but that's the generally held definition. Then that's where it gets really blurry, as we're about to find out...

Josh: Right well...

Chuck: ...in many ways.

Josh: Yeah, you make a point that there's a lot of one-hit wonders, by that definition, who are legendary musicians.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: Like Jimi Hendrix.

Chuck: One hit.

Josh: Janis Joplin.

Chuck: One hit.

Josh: Garth Brooks.

Chuck: As Chris Gaines?

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: That's his only Billboard hit.

Josh: Yeah, that's his only Billboard top 40 hit.

Chuck: Yeah, but he had country hits.

Josh: Just lived on the country top 10, but yeah, as... in the mainstream top 40, his only hit was as Chris Gaines, with the haircut and the moustache.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: Man that was...

Chuck: Yeah. I don't know what that song was even.

Josh: I don't either.

Chuck: Beck.

Josh: Yeah. The Dead.

Chuck: The Dead, The White Stripes, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Devo, some, like, iconic bands and musicians that have only had one hit. Then you've got artists who'd never had that hit but are still considered one-hit wonders because what you end up realizing is, despite the definition of what a hit is, a one-hit wonder is something different. It's just an artist and a song who captured something for a moment in time. It doesn't matter if it was a top 40 hit.

Josh: Right. Like, you say Wall of Voodoo's Mexican Radio.

Chuck: Absolutely! It's not a top 40 hit.

Josh: No but that's definitely a hit, in the zeitgeist as you put it.

Chuck: Absolutely!

Josh: Who else?

Chuck: "I'll Melt With You," Modern English.

Josh: Hey, that song's so...

Chuck: The Weather Girls, "It's Raining Men." You would say all of these are definite one-hit wonders and none of them had top 40 hits.

Josh: Right. So but sticking to the strict definition, I mean that still works too, right? Like the Penguins, Earth Angel?

Chuck: Yeah, in the '50s.

Josh: Right. In the 60s you had "Summertime Blues" by Blue Cheer. They really spent blue, like on their one thing, their one shot was covered in blue.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: Blue Cheer did "Summertime Blues."

Chuck: "Green Tambourine," remember that song?

Josh: No. Maybe I could look it up.

Chuck: "My Gre-en Tam-bou-rine." It was very psychedelic.

Josh: No.

Chuck: The Lemon Pipers, it's one of the songs where, sort of like in the '70s, Argent's Hold Your Head Up. Like, everybody knows that song. I bet 99 people out of 100 have never heard the band, Argent.

Josh: No.

Chuck: They probably think, oh, wasn't that the guess who or...?

Josh: Wasn't that Joe Dirt?

Chuck: Or yes, wasn't that Joe, was it?

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: Oh really! I never saw that movie.

Josh: WHAT!

Chuck: I never saw Joe Dirt.

Josh: Oh man, such a great, like, keep-your-chin-up movie. It's so good.

Chuck: Really!

Josh: You can hate David Spade. You can hate all of that kind of comedy but that movie has such, like, it's got heart. It's a cute movie. It's on Netflix streaming.

Chuck: Yeah. I had friends that worked on it and that's where I had my Gary Busey insider story.

Josh: Oh yeah.

Chuck: Yeah, I think I told you. He was supposed to play the father and if you'll notice in the film he does not play the father.

Josh: No, it's done by one Fred Ward.

Chuck: Yeah. So Gary Busey was on set for a day and it didn't work out. I wish I could tell the whole story.

Josh: He made it into Black Sheep with Chris Farley and David Spade.

Chuck: Was he in that?

Josh: Yeah, he was, like, the crazy guy that lived in a school bus in the woods. It was the part he was born to play.

Chuck: Exactly!

Josh: Please don't come to our office, Gary Busey.

Chuck: All right, so that was the '50s, and that's generally when the rock era in the '50s is when people say you can start talking about things like one-hit wonders.

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: Like some guy who had one big band hit in the 1930s.

Josh: Although I'm sure they were there, sure.

Chuck: That's true. There has been one song that was a one-hit wonder for two bands, which is interesting.

Josh: Oh yeah, let's hear it.

Chuck: "Funky Town."

Josh: Really?

Chuck: Yeah. Lipps, Incorporated in the 1980 and then, I don't know if you remember Pseudo Echo, they did a version of that in 1986.

Josh: No.

Chuck: It was a little more electric and upbeat and that was a bona fide top 40 hit as well. People couldn't get enough of "Funky Town."

Josh: I hope that whoever wrote that, like, really cashed in.

Chuck: Yeah, I do too. So the '60s, all right, now the '60s was the Green Tambourin, '70s, songs like "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum.

Josh: Yeah, that's a good song. It was in Apollo 13.

Chuck: "One Toke Over the Line."

Josh: I literally wrote shudder next to that.

Chuck: What, like...

Josh: (shudder sound)

Chuck: Oh you hate that song?

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: It's pretty bad. Brewer and Shipley.

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: "Seasons in the Sun" - great song - Terry Jacks. Never heard of the guy.

Josh: No, nor have I.

Chuck: Nor have I.

Josh: You also make the point that the '70s were lousy with disco one-hit wonders. In our disco episode, we talked about why - because it was all producer-driven rather than artist-driven.

Chuck: Exactly! I didn't even bother to, like, list it in here.

Josh: You can just name a disco song and there you have it.

Chuck: The '80s, of course you had bands like Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" and "Oh, Mickey, You're So Fine," Tony Basil, "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow, "Kajagoogoo," remember what song?

Josh: I don't remember but...

Chuck: Too Shy.

Josh: Is that who that was?

Chuck: Too Shy Shy.

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: So the '80s was lousy with it but a lot of the songs are great songs, and a lot of the artists in the '80s were popular in other countries and are known as one-hit wonders here in the US.

Josh: I was reading an article on, I think Cracked, maybe, about one-hit wonders and they were saying, A-Ha had "Take on Me," which was a hit here in the United States but that was it, but they were, like, one of the top-50 grossing bands of all time, worldwide.

Chuck: Really?

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: Well A-Ha falls into another weird category, which is a band that's known as a one-hit wonder who actually had a quieter second hit. Josh: Oh really?

Chuck: Yeah. They had a song called "The Sun Always Shines" on TV that was a top 20 hit, I think.

Josh: Wow! I don't remember that one.

Chuck: Nobody does.

Josh: They're good though.

Chuck: No, they're awesome.

Josh: Then remember Right Said Fred, "I'm Too Sexy?"

Chuck: Huge in England.

Josh: Yes. "I'm Too Sexy" was actually only hit number two in England. They had another one that hit number one, but here in the States, I think it hit number one here.

Chuck: I think so too.

Josh: Then that was it for Right Said Fred.

Chuck: The same with Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Josh: Oh yeah, Relax.

Chuck: They were really big in Europe and Gary Numan.

Josh: That was a good song, though. That song holds up.

Chuck: Cars.

Josh: Go back and listen to Cars. That dude was a good musician.

Chuck: Well he was hugely popular and still tours today.

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: He's one of those guys that's, like, please don't call me a one-hit wonder. I've had a long successful career. Look at my house.

Josh: It's a car!

Chuck: No, I think it's, like, a mansion.

Josh: No, he lives in his car. It's where he feels safest.

Chuck: Got you. He can lock all his doors. Falco and Nina were really big in German-speaking countries.

Josh: Yeah, yeah, I could see that.

Chuck: Had the "99 Red Balloons."

Josh: Luftballons.

Chuck: Luftballons, and then Falco's...

Josh: Rock Me Amadeus.

Chuck: Yeah, huge hit here.

Josh: It didn't occur to my young brain that that wasn't from the Amadeus soundtrack because, remember it came out at about the same time as the movie.

Chuck: Oh yeah.

Josh: I just thought it was part of the soundtrack, part of the movie soundtrack.

Chuck: Yeah. Well the point with this though is that one-hit wonder is sort of a derogatory term to throw on an artist so a lot of these people are, like... in America are like your jerks. I was huge in Europe or maybe some other country and you talk about one song...

Josh: Americans just go, you on.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: Who cares!

Chuck: So much for your one hit. The '90s, Crash Test Dummies, remember those dudes.

Josh: Mmm.

Chuck: Well that was the song.

Josh: Oh yeah.

Chuck: Mm, mm-mm.

Josh: Yeah, that's right.

Chuck: The Macarena, even though I don't even like to count that as a song.

Josh: What about Faith No More's, Epic.

Chuck: Yeah. You see that's a band that, hugely critically popular and had a big cult following, but, yeah, just the one hit.

Josh: Yep, Epic.

Chuck: That's the name of it, right?

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: "You want it all but you can't have it."

Josh: I remember hearing that song the first and, like, this is the coolest thing I've ever heard.

Chuck: Yeah, and that lead singer, what's his name, Mike something, he's, like, super respected. He's been in other bands.

Josh: Yeah, like Mr. Bongo.

Chuck: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Josh: Had a big cult following, and not just among cults, even, like, among people who aren't in cults.

Chuck: All right, so that's music. That's an overview.

Josh: Yeah, you make a really good point in this article that, like, one-hit wonder, that derogatory term isn't just aimed at people only in the music industry, although that's where the lion's share of it is, but it shows up in sports. You pointed out a couple of them, couple of instances.

Chuck: Yeah, well if you ever have a one hit in baseball, then you've been a complete and utter failure but a couple of guys who've had one hit and that hit was a home run.

Josh: Which is pretty cool.

Chuck: Which is pretty interesting.

Josh: Who was it, there was a guy named, oh Chris Jelic, whose name I recognize for some reason, and I don't follow the Mets or anything but I guess I just saw that bit of trivia before that he had one hit and it was a home run.

Chuck: Yeah, maybe so.

Josh: There was a guy who didn't have a hit named Eddie Gaedel. He had one plate appearance in a 1951 game for the Yankees and he was a little person and they put him against the St. Louis Browns and he drew four consecutive balls and got a walk.

Chuck: Really?

Josh: Yeah. His jersey's in the Hall of Fame and it's... you can't see me doing this right now, but I'm rubbing my face. His number was one-eighth.

Chuck: Really?

Josh: Yeah. He was, I guess you could say, a one-hit sports wonder.

Chuck: It was a fun story until then.

Josh: I mean that was his jam; that's what he got paid for and he was aware that he was a little person, so he got money off it.

Chuck: What about the art world, the design world? There's a very famous person?

Josh: Yeah, Harvey Bell, who has the perfect name for what he did.

Chuck: Why is it the perfect name?

Josh: Harvey Bell, it sounds like the creator of the smiley face.

Chuck: Yeah, the iconic '70s smiley face. He created that as a marketing campaign?

Josh: It sounded like an internal morale campaign for State Mutual Life Assurance Company and it took off. I don't know if the company made the money or what, but he was paid $240 for it.

Chuck: He never had another artistic hit?

Josh: No. I looked to see if there were any other artists who were considered one-hit wonders. I found some but I didn't recognize any of them. I did recognize one, Grant Wood, the painter of American Gothic.

Chuck: Oh yeah!

Josh: He painted that and he won all sorts of prizes, became like this cause célèbre all over the art world, and the media started digging into his life and realized that he was a middle-aged bachelor. He was living with his mother and sister and, like, wanted to know more about that. All of a sudden he just, like, really couldn't handle the limelight. It was a pretty sad story. I think I read an article about it on Mental Floss; it was worth reading.

Chuck: So he never painted again?

Josh: I don't think he ever went for the gusto, or if he didn't just stop painting altogether; I don't remember the end of the article.

Chuck: Well the art world certainly has a lot of people super famous for a single painting but they may have been very revered in other areas.

Josh: Right. Like Faith No More.

Chuck: That's right.

Josh: He was the Faith No More of the art world.

Chuck: I told you I saw The Scream, this last trip to New York.

Josh: Oh yeah and you were like [inaudible]. Chuck: Yeah, it was just like [inaudible].

Josh: I can see what you're talking about. You build something like that up in your head, see it everywhere and then just to see the real one, it's either going to go one of two ways. You're going to be underwhelmed or amazed.

Chuck: You know, I completely agree. That's been what's happening to me with art because you know how I feel about art.

Josh: I know how you feel about art.

Chuck: I love it. What about books?

Josh: Yeah, To Kill A Mockingbird.

Chuck: Yeah, that's the one most often cited as the one-hit wonder because Harper Lee wrote one book.

Josh: Yeah. That's one of those rare ones where I actually think the movie's better than the book.

Chuck: Oh yeah?

Josh: I love the book; it's one of my favorite books of all time.

Chuck: You are so [inaudible].

Josh: I hadn't read it in a while and I went back and read it and then I watched the movie shortly after and I was, like, holy cow, the movie's better than the book.

Chuck: Yeah, I mean Gregory Peck; I mean talk about one of the best casting.

Josh: All of those actors were amazing, every single one of them.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: It was good stuff.

Chuck: She wrote the one book and she worked on a second for a while called The Long Goodbye but shelved it. Then in the 1980s she started another book and never finished that one either. I guess she just...

Josh: Procrastinated.

Chuck: No, I think she just... I don't know. I don't know if anyone has an answer why she never wrote again.

Josh: Same with Salinger.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: Catcher in the Rye that was it. Except he wrote short stories too but, like, he never published another novel.

Chuck: Now we'll never know.

Josh: John Kennedy Toole, Confederacy of Dunces. How often do you think about that book? Just in your normal life?

Chuck: How... I don't know.

Josh: Almost never, maybe?

Chuck: Yeah, a couple of times a year maybe, when it's, like, a movie will be in the works that never happens.

Josh: Okay. I was thinking about that movie, that book yesterday.

Chuck: Oh really!

Josh: And I hadn't read this article yet.

Chuck: Have you read it?

Josh: No.

Chuck: It's good. I think a lot of people had these expectations because it's known as like his genius work after this guy committed suicide, and it is really good, but I don't think it's like one of the greatest books of all time or anything.

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: So what happened to him, do you know?

Josh: No. I've never read the book. I don't know much about it. I know it's like a wacky Southern gothic novel. He lives with his aunts or something like that.

Chuck: Yeah, this crazy character in Louisiana.

Josh: It's always grabbed my attention because it's just like a perfect title and then the guy's name is perfect as well.

Chuck: John Kennedy Toole?

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: The character.

Josh: His daughter.

Chuck: Got you. Well he killed himself. He clearly now suffered some sort of mental illness and could not get published and that drove him to eventually commit suicide in 1969, and his mother made it her life's work to get it published and did so in 1980. Then his second book was published, Neon Bible, I think in 1986 and that was made into a movie.

Josh: So he's not a one-hit wonder then?

Chuck: Well Neon Bible wasn't a huge hit but, yeah. I would say he's a one-hit wonder.

Josh: You also bring up movies too, man.

Chuck: Yeah, and on books again, Sylvia Plath is on here for The Bell Jar. I kind of wish I hadn't put this in here because she was a well-known poet.

Josh: That's why I hadn't mentioned it.

Chuck: She did write the one book and then, what did she do, stick her head in the oven or something.

Josh: I don't know how she killed herself. Virginia Wolfe drowned herself, right? Sylvia Plath hung herself; she hung herself I think. Chuck: Did she?

Josh: It sounds right.

Chuck: I can remember that scene in Wonder Boys where Toby McGuire rattles off the famous celebrity suicides; it was really great.

Josh: That was a great movie.

Chuck: Joseph Heller with Catch-22; that's certainly a one-hit wonder. So yeah, movies, I mean there are more directors and actors that you could even mention that had one hit, but legits, super, super hits, people like Michael, is it Chimino, or Cimino?

Josh: Cimino, I think, although if you're speaking in the Italian, it'd be Chimino.

Chuck: Chimino (Italian accent).

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: He did The Deer Hunter, of course, won Best Picture and four other Academy awards.

Josh: Didi mao!

Chuck: Hah?

Josh: Didi mao! That's what they tell them when they're, like, making them play Russian roulette.

Chuck: Didi mao?

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: Except they probably scream it, yeah. Boy, that scene was so intense.

Josh: Yeah, it was.

Chuck: I saw that very young.

Josh: Oh, really?

Chuck: I was too young to be seeing that movie in retrospect.

Josh: Like it made an impression on you?

Chuck: Oh yeah, huge. Yeah, he famously made Heaven's Gate as his follow up, which was one of the notorious disasters, along with Ishtar and Waterworld of all time's...

Josh: Was Heaven's Gate a Warren Beatty movie, too, or is that Heaven Can Wait?

Chuck: He was in Heaven Can Wait and Ishtar. He was in Heaven's Gate.

Josh: So what about Heaven's Gate, what was that about?

Chuck: I think it was a Western, if I'm not mistaken. Yeah, and it was just a notorious failure and a very expensive one. Then Cimino never - he made a few other movies but you haven't heard of many of them. He did Year of the Dragon, with Mickey Rourke, which was his only, like, other notable movie.

Josh: That's supposed to be a good one.

Chuck: Yeah, but it was far from a hit.

Josh: I got you.

Chuck: You know what I'm saying?

Josh: Yeah.

Chuck: Then my favorite, Steve Gordon, one of my favorite movies of all time.

Josh: I've not seen it.

Chuck: You didn't see Arthur?

Josh: Not only have I not seen the original Arthur, I haven't seen the remake that includes their friend Hodgman, as a candy store manager, I believe.

Chuck: Yeah that was terrible, by the way.

Josh: Not Hodgman's bit.

Chuck: No, Hodgman was great, but the remake was really bad.

Josh: Was it?

Chuck: It was so sad because Arthur is one of the movies that I hold very, very dear to me, and Steve Gordon wrote and directed it and then died afterward and it was the only movie he ever made.

Josh: By his own hand?

Chuck: No, I think he had a heart attack or something, and died young, youngish. It was just so, like, a gut-wrenching experience watching the remake for me.

Josh: Why did you watch it? For example, I think Red Dawn is one of my favorite movies of all time; there is not a chance that I will ever see the remake of Red Dawn.

Chuck: Well, I'm not either, and I learned after Arthur

Josh: So that's the one that taught you the lesson?

Chuck: Yeah. I'm not going to watch anything that was really precious to me if they reboot it or remake it again, never again.

Josh: Sounds like Hodgman taught you a valuable lesson,

Chuck: I like Russell Brand, you know, and I thought they made Helen Mirren, John Gielgud's character and was just enough of a spin, and I was, like, that could be interesting. Then everything about the movie was just some new little spin to make it different, and it was like, hey, let's make the man a woman, let's make the white guy Puerto Rican. It was like Louis Gooseman and it was just bad, so bad.

Josh: I got you.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: Well that's it for Arthur.

Chuck: Yeah.

Josh: If you want to learn more about Arthur, you can type Arthur into the search bar. Isn't that what this podcast is about, I forgot?

Chuck: Yeah, it's Arthur, Dudley Moore.

Josh: One-hit wonders, that's what it was. You should read this article by Chuck, it's a good one. You can type one-hit wonders in the search bar at howstuffworks.com and it will bring up this article, again, a commendable article.

Chuck: Thanks very much.

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Josh: You can also use it on your phone, tablet.

Chuck: We were walked through Go to Meeting with the Go To Meeting people and it was really pretty great, I got to say.

Josh: Yeah, and we are sold on it. So we say try Go to Meeting free for 30 days. Use this special offer, visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use the promo code STUFF.

Chuck: S-T-U-F-F and that is gotomeeting.com.

Josh: Right. Not it's time for Listen to Mail.

Chuck: Josh, I'm going to call this we're going to give this guy's wife a tongue lashing.

Josh: Oh, gees, what's she do?

Chuck: You'll see.

Josh: Okay.

Chuck: Dude's I've been an avid listener since shortly after its inception; I'm a huge fan. I especially enjoy listening to it when I'm stressed out. It always soothes my nerves to hear your banter. Over the years, I've tried to convince my now wife, Elizabeth, to listen. Unfortunately, she always insists that you two are stoners and that your witty repartee is contrived.

Josh: It's so far off.

Chuck: She makes me change over to this American life at Radiolab, great choice, but your podcasts I download to fill the time between stuff. You should never release this. I've repeatedly informed her that you guys are not stoners; you've done frequent podcasts on the ill effects of drugs and this has not convinced her still. I listen with envy when you read letters during Listen To Mail about couples who enjoy listening together.

Josh: That's so sad.

Chuck: I know. If I'm not mistaken, one pair even became engaged during a to Listen to Mail segment. We don't know about that yet.

Josh: I'm not vouching for that.

Chuck: It recently struck me that perhaps if you were to give Elizabeth a shout out at the end of the show, she might be impressed enough to become a fan as well. If you could say hi to Elizabeth at the end of the show, you'd be contributing to my marital bliss.

Josh: Wait a second, wait a second, do you realize what's going on here?

Chuck: We're being manipulated.

Josh: Yeah, to say hey to somebody who doesn't even like us.

Chuck: I know.

Josh: I feel like there should be some money exchanged for this.

Chuck: Well, no, I feel instead of saying hi to Elizabeth, she needs to get a tongue lashing for these baseless accusations of us sitting around, like, in a garage smoking marijuana and just, like, talking.

Josh: Yeah, that's BS!

Chuck: That's someone who's never listened to the show. We have banter. We might go off on tangents...

Josh: We might say 'like' 5 million times in a sentence.

Chuck: ...but we're sitting around smoking weed, just rambling.

Josh: Yeah, we're just relaxed.

Chuck: A lot of work goes into the show.

Josh: Sure.

Chuck: So Elizabeth...

Josh: Mellow out, dude!

Chuck: Yeah, seriously. Maybe you need to go into the garage. So anyway, this guy's a neurologist and he said the alien hand syndrome part struck close to his heart.

Josh: Awesome!

Chuck: Devon, if this doesn't do it, then Elizabeth can just go and listen to some American Life on Radiolab. Josh: Yeah, let her hang out with Ira Glass, it's cool.

Chuck: I'm sorry for your marriage because it is clearly headed in the wrong direction.

Josh: I think we had her until just that last sentence right there.

Chuck: No, she's great. I'm sure she'll [inaudible].

Josh: We'll find out. Let us know, Devon, will you. If you want us to say something specific to somebody you know, we very well might do it if you ask. We might. We have before. You can tweet to us at @syskpodcasts. You can join us on facebook.com/stuffyoushouldknow. You can send us an email to stuffpodcast@discovery.com and you can always find us at our home on the Internet, stuffyoushouldknow.com.

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Duration: 30 minutes