Now, Gary Numan, there ya go. I read somewhere he carefully plotted his music career as though it were a business case study. Analyze and target the market, deliver the required product, get the hell out. All of which he essentially did. "Cars" is a catchy tune for sure.
If that's accurate then he was a cold bastard to the other members of Tubeway Army because Friends Electric had just made it "big", and the group folded. His plan?
And schnozz mate Devo, one hit wonders sorry bloke gotta disagree
in Oz, there was a massive surf crew party scene that absolutely cut-loose to the spudkings.
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Girl U Want
Freedom Of Choice
In general aside (this is not aimed at you schnozz)
Quite educational in how we apparently take positions that we believe rational and informed, that are totally wrong when held up to evidence.
As OP I was called out immediately regarding my incorrect call that Three Dog Night were OHW.
I did the trawling and realised that when given the names of their other hits, I actually knew them, yet somehow I had never assimilated that knowledge.
And so I had fearlessly catalogued them as one hit wonders (because I incorrectly "knew" that's what they were).
I could never have catalogued Devo as OHW, because when they first came out, I was hooked, and actively pursued them long before they made any real market.
The difference being that I was interested, and actively engaged, and had verifiable info.
In the case of Three Dog I wasn't so personally engaged, and so had only developed "guesses" that somehow so felt real and accurate (to the degree I had no hesitation in posting those incorrect guesses).
I consider myself a passionate, but still very rational pragmatist, and yet again am given proof that I am very prone to taking "feelings" as evidence.