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March 13, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 4)

Hello, dear reader. I have a favour to ask you. The original post begins after all of the asterisks, if you want to skip this.

Now that the One Hit Wonders of the 90s series is over, I'm not going to be doing my weekly revisiting of all these posts (I had to do that to add the new post to the bottom). Thus, I won't be able to catch any broken picture links or deleted videos any more. Yet I want these posts to be as good as possible.

Please, if you happen upon one of these posts, or if you take a walk through a whole bunch of them, let me know if you find anything that doesn't work. You can leave a comment, or you can send me a message using that handy "Contact Me" page linked above.

Also, feel free to let me know what you think of the post or any of the videos!

Thank you.


Yay, it's the weekend!  Time for fun and frolic in the sun, away from that nasty place that you call Hell but most people call "work."  Or, if you live in Vancouver, it's time to not have to go out into the rain unless you really want to. 

The Paralympic Games are starting here in Vancouver, and you can just see the city sitting on pins and needles, waiting to explode into another frothy party.

Or, maybe not.

Actually, I'm sure the Paralympic Games are great, and I know the Sledge Hockey games are sold out (not sure about the rest of the events).  But there just isn't that much buzz around the city about them.

But you know what there is a buzz about?

One hit wonders of the 90s! That's what!  Yes, it's time for another episode in the seemingly endless, and definitely monotonous, countdown of various one-hit wonders!  Some might say that I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel for posts like this, but you know what I think of those people?  The same thing as this cat does.

I agree! Those people should be taken out and shot. Or worse yet, made to watch an episode of the Marriage Ref.

Anyway, here's Part 4 in the list! As always, you can find the master list here.

1) Faith No More: "Epic" (#9)

Once you get past lead singer Mike Patton's spastic "dance" moves, this song's not actually too bad. Hasn't anybody told them not to play electrical instruments out in the rain like that, though? Woe to those impressionable kids who thought they'd go out and mimic Faith No More and then rocked to their deaths! Ok, that probably never happened, but still...and what did that poor piano do to anybody!

Actually, now that I listen to this more, I remember that this song really kind of annoyed me when it came out. And it still does. Forget what I said earlier.

Yes, I have heard of something called "editing," why do you ask?

2) Indecent Obsession: "Tell Me Something" (#31)

Oh my God, what are those guys doing on her ass???? And why are they dressed like they're performing in a gay bondage bar? I know music videos brought the "quick cutting" style of direction into the forefront, but even I'm getting dizzy watching this video. And why are they fighting for the microphone? Can they only afford one?

Wow, thank God that's over. This song is *really* irritating, with a constant beat that was trying desperately to give me a headache and really stupid lyrics. This Australian band had a few minor hits in their native country but this was the only one that came over, and it did so without any help from the band itself.

Oy, why can't you Aussies keep your bad music to yourself? Nevermind that our crap probably makes its way to you too. With this song, I'd say we're even.

3) The Adventures of Stevie V: "Dirty Cash (Money Talks)" (#25)

It's obvious right from the start that this is a dance tune, which doesn't make me optimistic.

Wait, why is my foot tapping a bit as I listen to this? Why am I swaying a bit in my seat? What, can I actually be liking this? Wow, this is something!

But then starts the semi-rap in the middle of the song, and my interest crashes faster than Eric Massa's credibility. Though the end picks it back up again. I really like the horns section (I assume these are electronic horns, of course).

All in all, I'd have to say this is a positive vote! That's good, because I was starting to feel like Simon Cowell (but I'm way better looking).

4) Candyman: "Knockin' Boots" (#9)

Wow, a Tone Loc intro! That must have earned serious cred back in 1990.

But then the song starts. Yikes! Tone, come back! I'll even listen to "Wild Thing!" I think this is a serious bait and switch. What? Oh yeah, I guess the name being at the top of this entry means it's not. Even so, I'm very disappointed. You know how I've said many songs in these lists are crap? I can't use that here. I'd rather listen to crap than this stuff. Look who agrees with me!

Who knew that polar bears were so smart?

And delicious.

5) Concrete Blonde: "Joey" (#9)

concrete blonde - joey
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Yay, one I know! And actually like too. Yeah, this is a great song, though Johnette Napolitano's voice doesn't give me goosebumps or anything (or at least not the right kind, anyway). Still, I really like the music, the lyrics, and she does a pretty good job with it. Though I have to say that "Joey" in the video looks like a mob figure of some kind. Maybe she shouldn't be angry with him, if she knows whats good for her?

6) Deee-Lite: "Groove is in the Hearth" (#4)

Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
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I actually remember liking this song when it came out, and even more so when I was at a party (ha! those regular readers of this blog know that's not true). Now? It's got me grooving just a touch in my seat, but for the most part my antipathy toward dance music is coming to the forefront. It's "ok," which is high praise for a dance song from me.

The video, however, is giving me acid flashbacks. Quite the feat, since I never took acid!

7) Soho: "Hippychick" (#14)

I have no memory of this song whatsoever. And I am forever grateful for that. Actually, that's not totally true. It's not a horrible song, and it does have a nice beat. It just doesn't sing to me and it's something that I would quickly turn off if I wasn't listening to it for my loyal readers.

Also, I'm getting strangely mesmerized by this spinning record........

Whew! Thanks, Cher, for coming to my rescue.

8) 2 in a Room: "Wiggle It" (#15)

Hey, it's a Swiss Army Ghetto Blaster! I want one of those! (Peanut Gallery: "Thank you for not going for the obvious 'erection' joke")

I've watched this video twice, and I'm wondering if there is a song attached to it? For the life of me, I can't hear one. Something keeps distracting me, though I couldn't tell you what it is.

My conclusion: This "song" doesn't exist, and is a figment of other people's imaginations. Obviously those people in the video couldn't actually be dancing to anything called "music," could they?

9) DNA: "Tom's Diner" (#5)

This is the DNA remix of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner". Does anybody know Vega's original version? This is what I think of when I hear "Tom's Diner," and I'm probably not alone in this. Thus, I'm not sure if this even counts as DNA's "hit," does it? I don't know. This space isn't for such esoteric questions. It's not even for relevant questions.

What was I saying?

10) The Simpsons: "Do the Bartman" (#11)

Let's end the year on some abject stupidity!

Do Simpsons fans even like this song? I don't know, and I don't care. I really hate songs that come from other forms of popular entertainment. This song has not cured that feeling.

So there you have it. The year 1990 ends not with a bang, but with an "Ay, Caramba!" whimper.

This is the year that was the transition between the decade of the 80s and that of the 90s, with some of the music still retaining that 80s feel but other new forms of music were starting to emerge as well. Rap was starting to hit the big time (there probably were successful Rap artists before this, but it was becoming so much a part of the culture that other people were finally trying, and failing, to succeed, thus entering the "one-hit wonder" realm).

So how do I feel, being done with the first year of this decade?

I idolize those two. You know we got all of the girls falling all over us. Because we have RHYTHM. You know it, even if you won't admit it.

Until next time, I have to get back to groovin'.

One-Hit Wonders of the 90s
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11
Part 12
Part 13
Part 14
Part 15
Part 16
Part 17
Part 18
Part 19
Part 20
Part 21
Part 22
Part 23
Part 24
Part 25
Part 26
Part 27
Part 28
Part 29
Part 30
Part 31
Part 32
Part 33
Part 34
Part 35
Part 36
Part 37
Part 38
Part 39
Part 40


  1. Okay I think you know what I'm going to say. THEY WERE AWFUL" I agree (Joey) wasn't to bad but oh the others. I'll be anxious to see if any of your people like any of them. Hope next week is better. You'll be home then. Maybe I can see how you do this.

  2. As soon as #3 started, my feet started tapping & I started swaying in my seat, then I read that you did the same thing. Darn that song! lol

    Why are you hating on Candyman? I loved that song as a kid lol. On the contrary, I'd much rather listen to that song than "Wild Thing."

    Knockin' boots, groove is in the heart, Tom's Diner, & do the bartman...So I actually knew 4 songs from the list this time...yay! :)

  3. Mom: Who knows? Maybe I'll do another episode tomorrow. :) I don't know if I'm going to do any at home, but we'll see.

    Anahid: But do you love it *now*? That's the question. :) And you're right, "Wild Thing" was bad...but this was much, much worse.

    Soon, you'll know all of them!

  4. Well maybe not "love" but I still like the song & if I hear it, I'll sing along. :)


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