The Ultimate One Album Wonders Directory

One Album Wonders

The vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948 but the 45 inch single remained the primary media for recorded music until 1966, when LPs overtook them, marking the dawn of the Album Era.

For a variety of reasons, many bands of the Album Era only released one full-length LP, making them “one album wonders.”

I began the series, One Album Wonders, in July 2014 (the year digital downloads first overtook aluminum discs in sales) and since then have written of about 60 bands whose recorded output was mostly confined to a single album. I had planned on writing about hundreds more but the plug has been pulled so I’ve decided instead to publish my personally compiled directory of them before my time at Amoeba ends in December. Enjoy! 

A

A Passing Fancy (A Passing Fancy – 1968), A Witness (I Am John’s Pancreas – 1986), A-II-Z (The Witch Of Berkeley – Live – 1980), A’La Rock (Indulge – 1990), Aceium (Wicked Metal – 2004), The Aerovons (Resurrection – 2003), The Affair (Yes Yes To You – 2006), Afterlife (Surreality – 1992), Agentz (Stick to Your Guns – 1986), Aidean (Promises – 1988), Alamo (Alamo – 1970), Alien (Cosmic Fantasy – 1983), Alien (The Pleasure of Leisure – 1998), Alistair Terry (Yonge at Heart – 1985), Alkana (Welcome to My Paradise – 1978), Alkatraz (Doing a Moonlight – 1976), Allen Collins Band (Here, There and Back – 1983), Alliance (We Could Get Used To This – 1988), Alonzo Cruz (Blind Troubador of Oaxaca – 1956), Alpha Centauri (Alpha Centauri – 1977), American Noise (American Noise – 1980), Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – 1989), The Animated Egg (The Animated Egg – 1967), Andy Rock (Into the Night – 2012), Annihilation Absolute (Cities – 1985), April 16th (Sleepwalking – 1989), Arcadia (So Red the Rose – 1985), Armageddon (Illusion – 1971), Arzachel (Arzachel – 1969), ATC (Planet Pop – 2000), Avalanche (Pray For The Sinner – 1985), The Avalanches ‎(Since I Left You – 2000), Aviator (Aviator – 1986), The Awful Truth (The Awful Truth – 1990), and Axtion (Look Out for the Night – 1985)

 

 

B

B-32 & DJ Crack Out (I Need A Bag Of Dope (1993), The B’zz (Get Up – 1982), Baader Meinhoff (Baader Meinhoff – 1996), Baby Grandmothers (Baby Grandmothers – 2007), Bad Axe (Contradiction to the Rule – 1986), The Badge (Touch – 1983), Balloon (Gravity – 1982), Beau Nasty (Dirty, But Well Dressed – 1989), Bedlam (Total Bedlam – 1984), Beowulf (Slice of Life – 1980), Big Gipp (Mutant Mindframe – 2003), Billy Satellite (Billy Satellite – 1984), Billy the Kid (Sworn To Fun – 1985), Bird Nest Roys (Bird Nest Roys – 1987), Bitch’s Brue (We May Not Be American But Still We **ck – 1989), Black Knight (Master of Disaster – 2002), Black Rose (Same – 1980), Black Sheep (Trouble In The Streets – 1985), Blackhorse (Blackhorse – 1979), Blacklist (Midnight of the Century – 2009), Blackthorne (Afterlife – 1993), Blind Faith (Blind Faith – 1969), Blind Fury (Out of Reach – 1985), Bloodlust (Guilty as Sin – 1985), Blue Phantoms (Distortions – 1971), Bobby Barth (Two Hearts One Beat – 1986), The Bodines (Played – 1987), Booby Trap (Women – 1983), Boss (Born Gangstaz – 1993), Boulder (Boulder – 1979), The Boys in the Bunkhouse (The Boys in the Bunkhouse – 1977), The Boyzz (Too Wild to Tame – 1978), Bradford (Shouting Quietly – 1990), The Breaknecks (Steal the Truth – 1988), Brett Smiley (Breathlessly Brett – 2003), and Buxx (Knickers Down – 2012)

 

C

C.A. Quintet (Trip Thru Hell – 1969), Cadallaca (Introducing Cadallaca – 1998), Candy (Whatever Happened To Fun… – 1985), Candyflip (Madstock… The Continuing Adventures of Bubblecar Fish – 1990), Chain Reaction (Indebted to You – 1977), Chain Reaction (X-Rated Dream – 1982), Charlie Hanseen (My Enemies – 1997), Charlie ‘Ungry (The Chester Road Album – 2003), Cheese (Cheese – 2009), Cheetah (Rock & Roll Women – 1981), Chevy (The Taker – 1980), Chinatown (Cité D’or – 2009), Chosin Few (Chosin Few – 2009), Christopher Milk (Some People Will Drink Anything! – 1972), Chyld (Conception – 1988), Cities (Annihilation Absolute – 1985), Cold Sun (Dark Shadows – 2008), Concept of God (Visions – 2007), Cool Breeze (East Points Greatest Hit – 1999), Concrete Jungle (Wear and Tear – 1988), Contraband (Contraband – 1991), The Count Five (Psychotic Reaction – 1966), Coverdale Page (Coverdale · Page – 1983), Crash n’ Burn (Fever – 1991), Crowhaven (Emotional Adjustment – 1987), Crush (Kingdom of the Kings – 1993), Crush (Misfortunes of Man – 2000), Crypt (The 9th Circle – 1997), Crystal Knight (Crystal Knight – 1985), Crysys (Hard as Rock – 1981), and Curious (Yellow) (Charms & Blues – 1990)

 

Da Block Burnaz (Overheated – 2004), Da Mobstas (Tripple Beam – 1994), Da’ Sha Ra’ (Still Bootin’ Up – 1995), Dagger (Not Afraid of the Night – 1985), Daggers Edge (Daggers Edge – 2009), Dammaj (Mutiny – 1986), Dangerfield (Dangerfield – 2004), Danny Green (Night Dog – 1978), Danny Joe Brown And The Danny Joe Brown Band (Danny Joe Brown And The Danny Joe Brown Band – 1981), Dark Age (Dark Age – 1984), The David (Another Day, Another Lifetime – 1968), David McComb (Love of Will – 1994), Deadly Blessing (Ascend from the Cauldron – 1988), Debris’ (Debris’ – 1976), Deep River Band (Rocks – 1981), Delta Rebels (Down in the Dirt – 1989), Demian (Demian – 1970), Demon Flight (Flight of the Demon – 1982), Dennis Wilson (Pacific Ocean Blue – 1977), Derek And The Dominos (Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs – 1970), Desmond Child (Discipline – 1991), Detroit (Detroit – 1971), Device (22B3 – 1986), Diamond Lil (Patron of Hell – 2004), Diane Hildebrand (Early Morning Blues and Greens – 1967), Diesel (Diesel – 1979), Dieuke’s Mandalaband (Leave Goudene Fûgel – 1985), Dirty Water (Drowning – 2004), Dirty White Boy (Bad Reputation – 1990), Distant Thunder (Shelter – 1985), Dolly Mixture (Demonstration Tapes – 1983), Don Bradshaw-Leather (Distance Between Us – 1972), Don Robertson (Heart on My Sleeve – 1965), Donkey Boyz (Bust It Open – 2001), Donnie Miller (One of the Boys – 1989), Drakkar (Drakkar 74 – 2014), Driver (Driver – 1994), Ducks (Ducks – 1973), and Dungeon Family (Even in Darkness – 1991)

E

East Coast (East Coast – 1973), Electric Frankenstein (What Me Worry? – 1976), England (England – 1975), Envy (Ain’t It a Sin – 1987), Essential Logic (Beat Rhythm News – Waddle Ya Play ? – 1979), The Exploding Hearts (Guitar Romantic – 2002), and EZ Livin’ (After the Fire – 1991)

 

F

Fake (Fake – 1994), Fantasy (Fantasy – 1979), Fapardokly (Fapardokly – 1966), Fast Forward (Ich Und MC Bibabutz – 1996), Fat Truckers (The Fat Truckers First Album is For Sale – 2003), Felony (Gangsta Tail – 1995), Felt (Felt – 1971), Fever Ray (Fever Ray – 2008), Fierce Heart (Fierce Heart – 1985), First Strike (Rock of Offense – 1984), The Five Day Week Straw People (The Five Day Week Straw People – 1968), Flesh & Blood (Flesh & Blood – 1994), Fourth Dimension (Around the World – 2002), Frankie Woodhouse (Something in the Air – 1982), Freddie Salem & the Wildcats (Cat Dance – 1982), The Free Spirits (Out of Sight and Sound – 1967), Funky Junction (Play A Tribute To Deep Purple – 1973), and Fuzzy Duck (Fuzzy Duck – 1971)

 

G-Force (G-Force – 1980), G-Slimm (Fours Deuces & Trays – 1994), Gamma Ray (If Only Everything – 1996), Gandalf The Grey (The Grey Wizard Am I – 1972), Gargoyle (Gargoyle – 1988), Germs ‎((GI) – 1979), Gilt Trip (Egyptian Register – 2005), The Glove (Blue Sunshine – 1983), The Good, The Bad & The Queen (The Good, The Bad & The Queen – 2006), The Grand Elegance (Warm Summer Nights – 2006), The Great Unwashed (Clean Out of Our Minds – 1983), The Grip (Be Yourself – 1988), The Grown-Ups (Milk Carton – 1997), and Gwen Mars (Magnosheen – 1995)

 

H

The Happy Family ‎(The Man On Your Street – 1982), Hard Road (No Problem – 1980), Hardhead (Hardhead – 2004), Harlet (25 Get’s a Ride – 1988), Havoc (The Grip – 1985), Hazzard (Hazzard – 1984), Head Over Heels (Don’t You Wonder… – 1983), Headstone (Headstone – 1975), Heavens To Betsy (Calculated – 1994), Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Hedwig And The Angry Inch – 1999), Helen Stellar (If The Stars Could Speak, They Would Have Your Voice… – 2010), Henry Gorman Band (HGB – 1984), Horizon (Master of the Game – 1985), Houston Fearless (Houston Fearless – 1968), HSAS (Through the Fire – 1984), Hughes / Thrall (Hughes / Thrall – 1982), 

I

I-Ten (Taking a Cold Look – 1983), Icecross (Icecross – 1973), If? (English Boys on the LovE Ranch – 1997), Indian Summer (Indian Summer – 1971), Insane (Camp 4 Life – 1995), and International Submarine Band (Safe at Home – 1968)

 

J

Jackal (Awake – 1973), The Jackofficers (Digital Dump – 1990), Jag Wire (Made in Heaven – 1985), Jeff Buckley (Grace – 1994), Jennifer Hall ‎(Fortune And Men’s Eyes – 1987), Jesse Jaymes (Thirty Footer in Your Face – 1991), Jet (Jet – 1975), Jilted John ‎(True Love Stories – 1978),  Jim Dandy (Ready as Hell – 1984), Jodo (Guts – 1970), John’s Children (Orgasm – 1971), Jojo (Jojo – 1988), Josef K (The Only Fun in Town – 1981), Judy Henske & Jerry Yester (Farewell Aldebaran – 1969), and Junie Bezel ‎(That’s How Mess Get Started – 2001)

K

K.C. Redd (It’s A “G-Thang” – 1999), Kak (Kak – 1969), Keeper of the Flame (Flame Keeper – 2002), Ka$h (Root Of All Evil – 2002), Kilo-G (The Bloody City – 1995), The Koobas (Koobas – 1969), and Kryst the Conqueror (Deliver Us from Evil – 1990)

 

L

L.A. Jets (L.A. Jets – 1976), The La’s (The La’s – 1990), Larrikin Love ‎(The Freedom Spark – 2007), Last Descendants (One Nation Under God – 1988), Late Of The Pier ‎(Fantasy Black Channel – 2008), Laugh (Sensation No. 1 – 1988), Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill – 1998), The Law (None Escape – 1983), Leather Nunn (Take the Night – 1986), Leif Edling (Songs of Torment, Songs of Joy – 2008), The Lewis & Clark Expedition (Earth, Air, Fire & Water – 1967), Life (Life – 1970), Life (Spring – 1971), Life (Life – 1981), Lionheart (Hot Tonight – 1984), Lions Pride (Breaking Out – 1984), Locust (Alpha Waves – 1976), Locust (Playgue – 1976), Longstocking (Once Upon A Time Called Now – 1997), Look Up (Look Up – 1986), Louis and Bebe Barron (Forbidden Planet – 1976), Louise Huebner (Louise Huebner’s Seduction Through Witchcraft – 1969), Love Club (Lime Twigs and Treachery – 1990), Lower Level Organization ‎(Straight From Tha’ Woods – 1994), and Luv Hunter (Luv Hunter – 1989)

 

M

Mad Axeman (Mad Axeman – 1984), Mad Season (Above – 1995), Madam X (We Reserve the Right – 1984), Magna Carta (Magna Carta – 1990), The Man from Delmonte (Big Noise – 1989), Mannish Boys (Penetration Sensation  – 1985), Marcus (Marcus – 1970), Margo Guryan (Take a Picture – 1968), Mat Sinner (Back to the Bullet – 1990), Mathématiques Modernes (Les Visiteurs Du Soir – 1981), Maxx Warrior (Maxx Warrior – 1985), Medusa (First Step Beyond – 2013), Mental Powers (Fantasy – 1987), Merrilee & The Turnabouts (Angel of the Morning / That Kind of Morning – 1968), The Merry-Go-Round (You’re a Very Lovely Woman • Live (1967) Michaelangelo (One Voice Many – 1970), Mighty Mighty (Sharks – 1988), Milla Jovovich (The Divine Comedy – 1994), Mike Fleming (Mike Fleming – 1980), The Millennium (Begin – 1968), Minor Threat (Minor Threat – 1984), The Mo-Dettes (The Story So Far – 1981), The Modern Lovers (The Modern Lovers – 1976), The Monks (Black Monk Time – 1966), Montage (Montage – 1969), Moonkyte (Count Me Out – 1970), Morgen (Morgen – 1969), Mother Love Bone (Apple – 1990), Mushroom (Early One Morning – 1973), The Music Machine ((Turn On) The Music Machine – 1966), and Mutiny (…My Ammunition – 2007), 

 

N

Nation (Ride On – 1985), Nelson Slater (Wild Angel, 1976), New Frontier (New Frontier – 1988), No Problem (One For All – 2003), and Northside (Chicken Rhythms – 1991)

 

O

Oklahoma (Oklahoma – 1977), Omaha Sheriff (Come Hell Or Waters High – 1977), Omega (The Prophet – 1985), Opal (Happy Nightmare Baby – 1987), The Open Mind (The Open Mind – 1969), Organisation (Tone Float – 1969), Organized Rhyme (Huh!? Stiffenin Against The Wall – 1992), Orion the Hunter (Orion the Hunter – 1984), Out Of Reach (Neverending – 2003), Overdose (Overpose – 1992), and Overkill (Triumph of the Will – 1985)

 

P

The Paley Brothers (The Paley Brothers – 1978), Pariah (Youths of Age – 1983), The Paris Sisters (The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under the Sun!!! – 1967), Paso Doble ‎(Fantasie – 1985), The Peppermint Trolley Company (The Peppermint Trolley Company – 1968), Perennial (In My Dreams – 1986), Phife Dawg (Ventilation: Da LP – 2000), Pidgeon (Pidgeon – 1969), Pig Iron (Pig Iron – 1970), Pimp Daddy (Still Pimpin – 1993), Pink Grease (This Is For Real – 2004), Pipedream (Pipedream – 1979), Planet Patrol (Planet Patrol – 1983), Platinum (Iceman – 1990), The Postal Service ‎(Give Up – 2003), Predator (Easy Prey – 1985), Princess Pang (Princess Pang – 1989), and Private Eye (Private Eye – 1983)

R

The Rain (To the Citadel – 1989), Rainbow Ffolly (Sallies Fforth – 1968), Rat Bat Blue (Squeak – 1990), Raw Silk (Silk Under The Skin – 1990), Raw II Survive featuring Artillery (West Syde Gz – 1994), Rebel (Rebel – 1991), Rellik (Heritage Of Abomination – 2005), Revolution 9 (You Might As Well Live – 1994), Rhoads (Into The Future – 1986), Ricky B. featuring Manny Boo ‎(Dedicating It To You – New Orleans (Let’s Go Gitt’em) – 1995), Riff Raff (Lowlifer – 1995), Riggs (Riggs – 1982), Rites of Spring (Rites of Spring – 1985), Roadhouse (Roadhouse – 1991), Rock Rose (Roke Rose – 1979), Rocks (Combat Zone – 1994), Rod St. James (Has Anybody Seen The Superstar – 1972), Rough Diamond (Rough Diamond – 1977), Roxanne (Roxanne – 1986), Runner (Runner – 1979), Russia (Russia – 1980), Rust (Rust – 1983), Rust (Shoot Them Higher – 1989), and Ruthann Friedman (Constant Companion – 1969)

 

S

S.A.C. Mafia ‎(Socca Ballin’ – 1998), Sacred Child (Sacred Child – 1987), Sad Iron (Total Damnation – 1983), Saigon (One Must Die – 1985), Sam Thunder (Manoeuvres – 1984), The Savage Resurrection (The Savage Resurrection – 1968), Scandal (Warrior – 1984), Scarlet Rayne (Theater Humanitarian – 1990), Sea Hags (Sea Hags – 1989), Sea of Tranquility (Landed – 1995), The Seahorses (Do It Yourself – 1997), The Sex Pistols (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols – 1977), Shadow King (Shadow King – 1991), The Shaggs (Philosophy Of The World – 1969), The Sharp Ease (Going Modern – 2004), Sheriff (Sheriff – 1982), Shire (Shire – 1984), Shop Assistants (Shop Assistants – 1990), The Sidewinders (The Sidewinders – 1972), The Sidewinders (Flatfoot Hustlin’ – 1977), Silberbart (4 Times Sound Razing – 1972), Silky (Bouncing In A 6 Tray – 1994), Silver Creek (Silver Creek – 1975), Silver R.I.S.C (Anything She Does – 1993), Slack Alice (Slack Alice – 1974), Sledgehammer (Blood On Their Hands – 1983), Slimm Calhoun (The Skinny – 2001), Slow Bongo Floyd (Brenda Salmonds – 1991), The Smoke (…It’s Smoke Time – 1967), Snatch (Snatch – 1983), Solar Eagle (Charter To Nowhere – 1988), Sonic Boom (Spectrum – 1989), Space Waltz (Space Waltz – 1975), Speedway Blvd. (Speedway Blvd. – 1980), Split Beaver (When Hell Won’t Have You – 1982), Splitcrow (Rockstorm – 1994), St. John Green (St. John Green – 1968), St. Lunatics ‎– Free City – 2001), St. Paradise (St. Paradise – 1994), Steeler (Steeler – 1983), Steelover (Glove Me – 1984), Steeltower (Night Of The Dog – 1984), Stonewall (Stonewall – 1976), Stratus (Throwing Shapes – 1984), Street Child (Street Child – 1989), Strike (Strike – 1984), Striker (Striker – 1978), Strongbow (Strongbow – 1975), Suck (Time To Suck – 1970), The Sunrays (Andrea – 1966), Syar (Death Before Dishonour – 1984), and Syrus (Syrus – 2008)

 

T

Take a Walk (Moving People – 1990), Teaser (Teaser – 1978), The Teddy Bears (The Teddy Bears Sing! – 1959), Teeze (Teeze – 1984), Temple of the Dog (Temple of the Dog – 1991), Tension (Breaking Point – 1986), Thanatos Inc. (Life L.T.D. – 1986), Them Crooked Vultures ‎(Them Crooked Vultures – 2009), 3rd Stage Alert (3rd Stage Alert – 1984), 39 Posse (39 Automatic – 1993), Thorinshield (Thorinshield – 1967), Thunderclap Newman (Hollywood Dream – 1970), Timeless Hall (Timeless Hall – 1994), Tipsy Wit (Songs & Dreams – 1991), Top (Emotion Lotion – 1991), Tora! Tora! (Made In America – 1984), Touch (Energizer – 1977), Toya (Toya – 2001), Trader Horne (Morning Way – 1970), Treasure (Treasure – 1977), Triste Janero (Meet Triste Janero – 1969), Twilight 22 (Twilight 22 – 1984), 2 Blakk (Represent for Life – 1996), 211 (Hustlin Pays Tha Bills – 1996), Two Guns (Balls Out – 1979), II Loaded ‎(Don’t Play No Games – 1998), 2-Sweet ‎(Actin Bad – 1997), and Tytan (Rough Justice – 1985)

U

The United States of America (The United States of America – 1968) and Ursa Major (Ursa Major – 1972)

V

V.A.N. (Out in the Rain – 1992), Valhalla (Return Of The Mystic Warrior – 2001), Vauxdvihl (To Dimension Logic – 1994), The Veil (1000 Dreams Have Told Me – 1984), Velvet Gang (Movers ’N’ Shakers – 1994), Vendetta (Drôle D’Idée – 2004), Visions (Visions – 1988), Voodoo X (Vol. I – The Awakening – 1989), and Vyper (Prepared To Strike – 1984)

 

W

Wallop (Metallic Alps – 1985), War Machine (Unknown Soldier – 1986), Warpig (Warpig – 1970), Warrior (Trouble Maker – 1980), War Time featuring The Hideout (The Album – 1996), Waxface (The Graves of God – 1986), The Well (Water Rites – 1995), White Noise (An Electric Storm – 1969), White Tiger (White Tiger – 1986), Whitford/St. Holmes (Whitford/St. Holmes – 1981), Who Knows (At Last It’s The First – 1992), Wiggy Bits (Wiggy Bits – 1976), Will and the Kill (Will And The Kill – 1988), Witchkiller (Day Of The Saxons – 1984), Witness (Witness – 1988), Wolfgang Riechmann (Wunderbar – 1978), World of Twist (Quality Street – 1991), World War III (World War III – 1985), and Wyxmer (Feudal Throne – 2005)

X

X-Rated (Who’s In Charge? – 1997)

Y

Yancy Derringer (Openers – 1975), Young Marble Giants (Colossal Youth – 1978), and Y Pants (Beat It Down – 1982)

Z

Zazu (Zazu – 1975), Zions Abyss (T.A.L.E.S. – 1992), The Zippers (The Zippers – 1990), The Zodiac (Cosmic Sounds – 1967), and Zwan (Mary Star of the Sea – 2003)

*****

Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities — or salaried work. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century varieties of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in AmoeblogdiaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, the Craft & Folk Art MuseumForm Follows FunctionLos Angeles County StoreSkid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesHuffington PostLos Angeles MagazineLAistEastsider LABoing BoingLos Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW‘s Which Way, LA? and at Emerson College. Art prints of his maps are available from 1650 Gallery and on other products from Cal31. He is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Click here to offer financial support and thank you!

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s