Foster the People and Other Bands Fighting the 'Modern One Hit Wonder' Label

Foster the People Performs in London
Foster the People, comprised of Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink, and Mark Pontius, perform in concert at the Brixton Academy. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »It's been a while since we've heard from Foster the People, who scored a massive hit in 2011 with their debut single "Pumped Up Kicks," but it appears that they're ready to return to the spotlight in 2014 with a new single: "Coming of Age."

A 45-second teaser clip posted to the band's YouTube page this week reveals a soaring piano-driven tune that seems to bear some strong U2 influences. 


It's way too early to tell if the song will be enough to shake the dreaded "one-hit wonder" label that seems to follow artists who nab breakthough hits seemingly out of nowhere. In an interview back when "Pumped Up Kicks" was still storming the airwaves, Foster told USA Today, "I may never write another Pumped Up Kicks, [but] I've got plenty of good songs that nobody's ever heard, and I'll write plenty more good songs in my lifetime."

Foster is also in really good company. According to the Wikipedia page for "2010s One-Hit Wonders in the United States," much-lauded R&B artist Frank Ocean (aka Grammy Bait) is one of the latest artists considered a one-hitter, along with La Roux ("Bulletproof"), Florence and the Machine ("Dog Days Are Over"), and the Lumineers ("Ho Hey"). There's also the fact that there are several long-respected bands who are technically one-hit wonders based on the charts, but maintain ardently devoted fanbases (ahem, Modest Mouse).

And we're still eagerly waiting for new music from all of them.

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