Listology: Chase Hamblin Chooses His Favorite One-Hit Wonders

Chase Hamblin performs with Robert Ellis and the Small Sounds, 8 p.m. tonight at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington, 713-862-2513 or

Easybeats, "Friday on My Mind"

Anxious changes, solid backbeat and sweet harmonies, this is a killer track. Amazing Australian '60s hit written by George Young, who went on to produce his little brothers' band, AC/DC.

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, "The Smell of Incense"

I learned this song playing with Stephen Adams in the Dreambreakers, a deep '60s cover band. We use to have drummer Steve Candelari sing it. This is a very trippy, groovy number that captures the vibe of the West Coast late-'60s scene.

Lemon Pipers, "Green Tambourine"

Allen Hill showed me this song a few years ago, and I couldn't believe they didn't have more hits.

Bobby Fuller Four, "I Fought the Law"

Bobby Fuller was from Baytown, and I don't know anyone who doesn't like this song. Bobby was murdered under scandalous circumstances in Los Angeles a few days after "I Fought the Law" entered the Top 10.

? & the Mysterians, "96 Tears"

I love a lot of songs by ? and The Mysterians, but I think they qualify as a one-hit wonder. Mysterious front man in black, groovin' '60s beats, Farfisa, what's not to like?

Ides of March, "Vehicle"

I have always loved this song. I gets me excited and I think it is a great metaphor.

Chocolate Watch Band, "Are You Gonna Be There (at the Love In)?"

This U.S. Nuggets group sounds like the Stones if they were a garage band, which I guess describes much of the U.S. Nuggets material. This track is high-energy and dirty, but seductive and sort of hypnotic.

Mott the Hoople, "All the Young Dudes"

This beloved anthem of teen angst was written by David Bowie and made famous by Mott the Hoople. Incredible songcraft and lyrics excellent arrangements, and stellar performances by the band.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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