Between late 1979 and the end of 1989, there were nearly 500 (real) one-hit wonders of the 80s that reached the BILLBOARD Hot 100 just one time, a list that includes Soft Cell, Gary Numan, Timbuk 3, The Church, Bronski Beat, Nik Kershaw, The Buggles, The Waitresses, Ultravox and two different bands named The Silencers. Once a week, I’ll highlight a (real) one-hit wonder for you.
The 4-man band Rock Hipsway was formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1984, including ex-Altered Images guitarist Johnny McElhone on bass. Hipsway’s self-titled debut album was released in late 1986, and the band’s biggest hit (from that album) was “The Honeythief.” It would reach the Top 20 in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, spent a week at No. 19 on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 in early April 1987 and reached No. 9 on BILLBOARD’s Dance chart.
Despite the Top 20 success of “The Honeythief,” the band didn’t do as well as they had hoped, and Johnny McElhone left to form the band Texas, another (real) one-hit wonder of the 80s (at least here in the U.S.). A second album, SCRATCH THE SURFACE, was released, and other personnel changes happened before the band split up in 1989.
Although Hipsway only lasted 5 years, I’ve enjoyed their one hit, “The Honeythief,” and its remixes for nearly 30 years, and hope to for another 30…