Playing With: Black Sheep Hit
Basic Trope: A song that becomes a big (sometimes only) hit for a band, while straying far away from their usual material.
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- Straight: A band called the Sharkheads, usually in the 5-7 range on the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness, recorded a Surprisingly Gentle Song considered a 3 on the scale, which became their one and only pop hit.
- Exaggerated: The Sharkheads are a Death Metal group who scored a #1 pop hit with a Surprisingly Soft Ballad.
- Downplayed: The Sharkheads, who mostly write Anti-Love Songs, wrote exactly one Love Song which became a Breakaway Pop Hit.
- Inverted: Anne Patricci, a popular solo artist, records a straight cover of a Marilyn Manson song which is bombed by the critics and fails to chart.
- Double Subverted: …but returns to the Lighter and Softer tone and doesn’t end on their typical Last Note Nightmare.
- Parodied: The Sharkheads' Black Sheep Hit is popular only because it is a deliberate spoof of Popular Music in general. Evidently, fans of the song didn't catch the irony nor true meaning of it.
- Zig Zagged: The Sharkheads record a song very different from their usual style, but after it becomes a big hit, they shift their general style so that it's closer to that of the song. Then they record a song that's closer to their old style, and it becomes an even bigger hit.
- Averted: The Sharkheads have, and always will be anote Alternative Metal band in the 5-7 range of the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness.
- Enforced: Executive Meddling.
- Lampshaded: The Black Sheep Hit opens with the spoken phrase, “And Now For Something Completely Different!” For bonus points, the song immediately following the Black Sheep Hit on the album opens with the spoken phrase, “Alright, now we’re back to our normal style!”
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: See “Justified” – except that rather than compromise, the Sharkheads decide to get a new label.
- Discussed: The lead singer for the Sharkheads specifically cites their Black Sheep Hit as the band’s Old Shame, and recalls that their drummer (who wrote the song) hates it.
Sharkhead Fan: This is…different.
- Deconstructed: Following the release of their Breakaway Pop Hit, the Sharkheads decide to emulate the style they used for that song in a New Sound Album which alienates their fanbase forever.
- Reconstructed: ...However, it was part of a Batman Gambit to gain a huge fanbase, as the new album contains another Black Sheep Hit combining the best of both worlds. Naturally, it is an even bigger commercial success, and the band’s subsequent albums do the same thing; cue the onrush of thousands of old fans and millions of new ones.
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