Hands up: who remembers OXO? Hardly anyone reading this blog, that’s who.
OXO was the creation of a guy named Ish Ledesma, whose earlier band, Foxy, is probably better known. (Foxy, as is probably known by those like myself who enjoy the disco music of the late 70s/early 80s, had a big hit with a song called “Get Off” and a lesser hit with the follow up, “Hot Number”.) Anyway, after Foxy, Mr. Ledesma formed OXO, which could definitely be called a one-hit wonder. The one song, “Whirly Girl”, was a song about Mr. Ledesma’s wife. According to Wikipedia, the song’s lack of success led to the quick downfall of OXO.
(OXO’s self-titled album did not, to be the best of my knowledge, hit the charts. Album ℗1983 Geffen Records. Photo courtesy Amazon.com.)
Mr. Ledesma went on after that to form a girl group called Company B, for whom he produced their biggest hit, “Fascinated”. (You don’t really hear that one on the radio much anymore, either.)
“Whirly Girl” made it to #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking the week of April 23, 1983 (chart) and spending a total of 14 weeks on the chart. Since then, the only place I have ever heard it on the radio is on the cult classic (and oft-mentioned, at least on this blog) radio show “Crap From the Past“. As usual, you’ll never hear this song on, for example, Austin’s local we-play-anything station, Bob FM, which rather takes away from their reputation, if you ask me, and you didn’t.