Follow TV Tropes


Funny / Todd In The Shadows One Hit Wonderland 2019

Go To

Main | Pre-TGWTG | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | OHW 2012 | OHW 2013 | OHW 2014 | OHW 2015 | OHW 2016 | OHW 2017 | OHW 2018 | OHW 2019 | Specials | Cinemadonna | Trainwreckords

    open/close all folders 

     Flagpole Sitta 
  • Todd's usual intro:
    Todd: Welcome back to One Hit Wonderland where we [air drums to the opening break]
  • Describing the fad of flagpole sitting as "the Tide Pod Challenge of 100 years ago"
  • He notes how the music video for "Flagpole Sitta" is the band dragging their equipment through various music scenes that completely ignore them, then they actually perform—in front of a single monkey.
  • Todd compares the band's last gasp,"King James Version, (unfavorably) to Radiohead's OK Computer. Todd noted that that band was definitely a one-hit wonder (with "Creep") before that release.
    Todd: One-Hit Won-dom is escapable. If the "Creep" guys could do it, so could Harvey Danger. All they needed to do was record an era-defining masterpiece. [beat] The flaws in this plan became obvious pretty quickly.
  • Todd brings up a YouTube video of a 2001 mockumentary a high school kid made of Harvey Danger, and notes their star had fallen so much that they could readily be interviewed by a high school kid. He also notes the project supposedly got a D-minus.
    • He also notes that their reunion album from 2005 was pretty much a self-commentary on their career. Its last track: "Diminishing Returns".
  • "Did they deserve better?"
    Todd: Maybe a little.

     Here It Goes Again 
  • Todd credits the existence of YouTube—and his livelihood—on the song.
    Todd: Just think: Without OK Go, perhaps YouTube does not become the monopolistic overlord of video content, and I could be plying a more respectable trade like panhandling or insurance fraud.
  • Hearing the opening to their first single, "Get Over It," and going
    ♪ Love stinks! Yeah yeah! ♪ note 
    • Somewhat justified by an anecdote involving his then-girlfriend's love for the band. When they broke up, Todd states that he quoted this song at her.
  • Todd builds up OK Go's second album's second single, hyping up the low-budget, highly choreographed, single-take video that went viral… which is "A Million Ways."
    Todd: This one-take shot was a humongous viral smash on the Internet video platform we know and love — iFilm. And it racked up an amazing 300,000 views. … That's right, a whopping 1/18th of the views the Hydraulic press guy gets for crushing bowling pins.
  • Todd claims everyone has tried the memetic treadmill dance at some point. To prove it, he shows footage from his POV on a treadmill — it shows his feet, a pan up to the staff desk at his gym, and then pans back to his feet walking slowly on the treadmill while "Here It Goes Again" blares in the background.
    Todd: Yeah, no, I'm not doing that, they're watching me. But I could if I wanted to!
  • When trying to remember how the "This Too Shall Pass" song goes (the one with the Rube Goldberg Device video), all he can do it recite the Mouse Trap board-game jingle:
    "You turn the crank and snap the plank and knock the ball in the rubba-dub tub..."
  • As Todd is describing the band's "decade-long transformation... from talented amateurs to money-grubbing burnt-out content machines," the images consist of footage from one of his early videos and his current Patreon page.

     Jump Around 
  • Todd saved this song for last out of the many requests he had sold, for a very specific reason... The person who requested it had been a Patron for the shortest amount of time.
  • Todd theorizes that "Jump Around" just might be "The Song of The '90s". He assesses the competition:
    Todd: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? It's fine. "California Love"? I mean it's good. "Stand Out" from A Goofy Movie? Look, they're all classic songs, they just weren't "Jump Around."
  • Todd also highlights the shout-out to Joe Nicolo, a record executive who considered taking "Jump Around", but declined, only to turn around and pick up Kris Kross. He suggested that Nicolo may have stolen the song concept, but fortunately both songs got big.
    • Todd notes that, between House of Pain and Kris Kross, 1992 was a great year for "Jump"-themed songs, with enough room for success for both songs, as was 1984 (Van Halen's and the Pointer Sisters' "Jump") and a brief period in 2000 when Destiny's Child's "Jumpin Jumpin" shared the charts with Third Eye Blind's "Jumper". Cut to:
      Third Eye Blind:note  (Slow acoustic riff not designed at all for dancing plays) I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend
      Todd: That song's not as great for jumping, though.
  • Todd asserts that "Jump Around" can only be listened to with a beer, backed up by the fact that one just appeared in his hand. Unremarked on is the second beer on his music stand.
  • Todd claims House of Pain's single topic - "I am Irish and badass" - reminded him of Gerardo (of the song "Rico Suave"), who also only had a single topic ("I am Latino and I sex good.")
  • Todd takes a moment to discuss the fact that Everlast went on to have a hit song on his own with "What It's Like", making him a double one hit wonder. Todd's take on the solo hit?
    Todd: I have heard this song some 5 billion times over the course of my life, and I have yet to form an opinion on it. A true 5 out of 10.
    • Then again, DJ Lethal ended up joining Limp Bizkit. Them always singing "Jump Around" reminds Todd how much he hates that band.
  • In regards to how influential House of Pain wound up being on Nu Metal:
    Todd: Jump Around was in Mrs. Doubtfire of all things, and they say that right after that movie, a bunch of really young people started showing up at their concerts. Did every single one of those kids start Nu Metal bands? I wouldn't discount it.
  • The Stinger where Todd is still rapping the third verse and jumping around at his keyboard.

     The Night Chicago Died 
  • Todd closing the introduction by stating this is "the episode none of you were clamoring for" (referring to both the stated awfulness of the song and this being the first non-Patron-requested episode in awhile).
  • The Reveal that Todd conceived of and started researching the episode thinking Paper Lace's one hit was "Billy, Don't Be a Hero" note . It's a song he actually enjoys as a guilty pleasure and because of the interesting subtext (a song about a young man going to war, made during the The Vietnam War). Instead he has to cover "a real blast of '70s lameness sure to make you irritated for the rest of the day!"
    Todd: I can't really tell you why this one is so much worse to me, because it's pretty similar to "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," same chords and everything. All I know is, few songs irritate me like this one.
  • Todd initially pretending that the song is about Al Capone killing the band Chicago (who Todd has previously expressed pretty pure loathing of in other videos).
  • When Todd realizes that, while having a real-life background (Al Capone's reign as crime boss), the incident the song talks about is entirely fictional, Todd mentions there's lots of other real-life Chicago disasters Paper Lace could've talked about, citing Great Chicago Fire (1871), SS Eastland Diasaster (1915) and Steve Bartman (2003)
  • Todd showing an image of a "best of Paper Lace" compilation with only three songs on it.

     You Get What You Give 
  • Todd flat-out calls it one of the best songs of the 90s, and he's not alone...
    Todd: In fact, it's only grown more & more acclaimed as the years go by. The Edge said he was jealous of it. Joni Mitchell called it the only song in decades that really excited her. YouTube star Todd In The Shadows called it one of the best songs of the 90s. [caption: *FIVE SECONDS AGO]
  • Before the hit: Gregg Alexander's solo stuff in the early 90s. It's such a messy Dork Age for Gregg that Todd mostly lets it speak for itself.
    • This line from one of his songs; good Lord.
      Todd: ...oh. Oh no.
    • Gregg just blatantly rips off the chorus of Foghat's "Slow Ride" for... some reason (complete with a lampshade-hanging "Here comes the lawsuit!"), and Todd can't believe what he's looking at.
    • Todd sums up Gregg's old look perfectly:
      Todd: I think maybe banking on Gregg Alexander's boyish sex appeal was also a mistake. Like, 'what if Beck thought he was Jim Morrison?' Well, now you know.
  • Todd is surprised that the "failed followup", "Someday We'll Know", has actually has been covered by prominent artists like Mandy Moore (said cover even appearing on her film A Walk to Remember), Hall & Oates and America.
    Todd: This is so weird to me. I am not used to these failed followups getting any attention after they flop. There were no covers of "Dance the Kung Fu".Explanation 
  • Ironically, years after insulting Hanson in his one hit as a performer, Gregg went on to write one of their songs:
    Todd: See, he did kick their ass... with awesome songwriting!

     The Hustle 
  • The first vocals in "The Hustle" are a whispered command to "Do it!" - Todd admits this is actually kind of creepy and refers to it as "Son of Sam voices".
  • In regards to "The Shuffle" Van McCoy's follow-up hit in the UK, Todd is impressed... Not by the song itself, but by the fact the British had a Dance Sensation in Uncommon Time.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: