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March 14, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 5)

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.


What's this?  Didn't I just post one of these yesterday?  Am I a benevolent god or what?

Yes, it's another one-hit wonders post!  This time we're moving into the year 1991, and I expect the music to get better. It has to get better, doesn't it?  Please?  I beg of you, please make it stop!

Wait, I'm a god, right?  I should be able to change it myself, shouldn't I?  *shuts eyes, concentrates, grimaces, gets a constipated look on face*

Sadly, the suckitude of the music is beyond even my god-like abilities.

So let's just have fun mocking them instead!

This bonus post is because I'm going to be gone for two weekends and so may not be able to do any of these posts for a couple of weeks.  No, no, don't rend your garments and start hitting yourselves over the head with boards!  I will still be around.  I just may not have the time to do one-hit wonders posts.  Doing these posts is a long, involved process, involving string, glue, paper, and my vast god-like intelligence.  The end result is usually this.

Oh, and it involves Youtube too!  Where would the Internet be without Youtube?


Sorry, that was Old Man Carruthers breaking in.  Go back to your checkers game, old man!  And put your dentures back in.  That's just gross.

Anyway, on to 1991!

1) Iggy Pop: "Candy" (#28)

Iggy Pop - Candy
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Hey, at least he knows what year it is! Except he missed it by a month. And wow, Kate Pierson from the B-52s is super-hot when she's not dressed as a psychadelic wall ornament, isn't she? And she has a great voice too. Wait, are they both named Candy? That would be confusing. And she brings out the B-52s dance moves at the end of the video, just to show us she knows where she came from. I like that.

I actually kind of like this song, though it's more for Pierson than it is Iggy (poor Iggy, gets no respect). He's been around forever, so it's weird to think that this was his only Top 40 hit.

But good Lord man, put your shirt on!

2) Chris Isaak: "Wicked Game" (#6)

Wow, two in a row I like! This is classic Isaak, with him writhing around the screen with some hotty (though she could look a little more into it, you know? This is Chris Isaak!) Isaak really knows the image he's going for, doesn't he? That voice? The pompadour? You make the call. Is He really still alive or just reincarnated?

I honestly had no idea he was a one-hit wonder, because a couple of his other songs have become quite well-known too ("Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing"). I loved "The Chris Isaak Show that was on for 3 years. So no mocking here. Except that I'd love to see a video, just once, where there's not some blank-eyed model squirming around the screen looking uninterested.

Just one. That's all I ask.

3) Urban Dance Squad: "Deeper Shade of Soul" (#21)

It's rap. Can we just move on from here? The music just sounds weird, though I have to say listening to the whole thing, it's not as bad as it could be. Yes, that's a ringing endorsement.

Oh, and Charlie Brown wants his shirt back.

4) Oleta Adams: "Get Here" (#5)

Adams really has a great voice for soul and gospel music, doesn't she? This is a great cover of Brenda Russell's wonderful song, and Adams really gives it her all. The video is very strange, in the sense that the director seems to have gotten bored and just put her in a few different weird-looking sets and said "ok, sing." What's the point?

That doesn't remove any power from the song, but it does make it hard to watch.

This song became even more of a hit, I believe, because it came out just when Operation Desert Storm was happening (or building up, anyway) and it became almost a theme song for military families. It's quite poignant for that reason alone.

5) Susanna Hoffs: "My Side of the Bed" (#30)

Hoffs, lead singer of The Bangles, takes a break from the band to try a solo career. It didn't result in much, if this song is any indication. That being said, she really turned up the hotness factor in this one, didn't she? Meow! A bedraggled Hoffs? I've had dreams like that.

Otherwise this is just a Bangles song without the Bangles. If you like them, like I do, you'll like this one. If you don't...well, nobody can help you. Sorry.

6) Lisette Melendez: "Together Forever" (#35)

Wow, awesome for dance clubs! Not so much for just sitting and listening, though. It's definitely got the beat, and in my younger days (oh so many years ago), I could see me jamming on the dance floor with a group of my friends to this song. Actually, as I'm sitting here listening, I am kind of enjoying it.

In fact, I think I'll stop this post and go out to one of the clubs here and cut a rug (that is what the cool kids nowadays say, isn't it?) Who cares if it's only 10 in the morning? There's gotta be something open.

7) Bingoboys featuring Princessa: "How to Dance" (#25)

This is actually kind of a funky song with a great beat, and I love the riff on disco music. The video's wonderfully funny (I love the old guy trying to tell people how to disco dance...for some reason, that strikes me as hilarious). This is the rare dance song that I love listening to even without being at a club. And that's some feat.

Because I'm a cynical bastard, don't ya know?

8) Harriet: "Temple of Love" (#39)

Wow, hot! She doesn't look like a "Harriet" to me. And what a sultry voice! I think I'm in love. And I wasn't at the time, because I have no recollection of this song whatsoever. Any song with a good horns section is great to me as well. This song just has it all. I have to wonder just how she didn't catch on? Harriet's awesome! Debbie Gibson, you have been supplanted, I'm sorry to say.

She's definitely got that great torch singer vibe, and I can't believe she didn't go on to more and better things, but her Wikipedia entry is pretty sparse too. Wonder what happened?

I'm not being very grouchy in today's entry. Maybe I'm still tired from losing an hour's sleep. Then again, when I hear good music, I just want to beam.

9) Tony Terry: "With You" (#14)

That haircut *always* makes me laugh.

Terry was a hot R&B singer, though this was the only song that crossed over to the big chart. The song really has an Anita Baker vibe, which is probably why she reportedly financed the video for it. It's a very good love song, perfect for "Our Song" at weddings and stuff like that. Thus, it's pretty typical of the genre. Doesn't mean it's bad, just typical. If you like the genre, you'll like it.

But that hair, man. Looks like everything was combed and gelled straight upward and then they took a leveling saw to it.

And there you have it. This takes us through May of 1991, and it's looking to be a very good year! There's some great stuff in this list, so maybe my earlier pessimism was unwarranted.

What's that? I could have looked ahead before saying that? Sure, if I wanted to be organized or something.  Where's the fun in that?

Now it's off to enjoy my Sunday.  I'm heading down to the beach to take part in my other weird fetish (you know, one that doesn't involve one-hit wonders).  Let me know what you think.

This guy is my idol.

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 this bunch was really a lot better then the last one. Number 2 sounded a little familiar but oh that video. Number 4 sounded like it would be good but it kept skipping so really couldn't tell how good it was. Number 8 we agreed on. I kind of liked it to. I still never heard of these people or the songs. I'm sorry you aren't going to do one while you're home. I was looking forward to seeing how you do it. Guess i'll have to wait with all your adoring friends. I'll have you in person & that beats anything.

  2. I said I *may* not do one. I always leave myself an out. :)

    Of course, if you make me do one, then maybe I will. :P

    I would try #4 again later. It may have just been skipping because it was downloading slowly.

  3. Hmm maybe "Candy" isn't a person? jk

    I'm in love with Chris Isaak. Can you believe she found him gross & didn't like doing this video with him? What an idio! I'd totally take her place, but that wouldn't work out well cuz I was like 7 when this came out haha.

    I know the song "get here" but not this I'll count that one as a 1/2.

    #6 couldn't get more 90s lol.

    So this time I knew 1 1/2 :)

  4. Anahid!

    Yeah, I thought I remembered hearing that about the model who did the Isaak video. You'd think they would have hired somebody who could at least fake it, though.

    You hadn't heard any of the others, though? Wow, where were you? Even *I* knew most of this batch! :P

  5. True, they could have. Lol well I didn't move to the states until I was 8...I think I'll know more stuff when you get to '92/'93 & up. :)


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