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April 25, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 11)

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.


You know what this world needs? No, besides an enema (Jack Nicholson, call your agent!). This world needs more one-hit wonders! One-hit wonders bring lightness to the world, food to the starving people of West Hollywood, and some more acknowledgment to some people who were forgotten long ago. I think it's fitting that in all of these posts, in all this time that I've been doing them, only a few times has anybody found them doing a search on a specific artist.

And I am here to scratch that itch! To heal that wound! To rub ointment on that rash! Ewwww, scratch that last one. But I am here for you in your time of need. Don't ask me for money, but I can give you one-hit wonders! Because I am your friend. You know what they say. Friends will help you move. Good friends will help you move bodies. Dear friends will sit back and watch the cops arrest you while videotaping the whole thing, putting it on Youtube and making you an Internet celebrity.

I'm none of those types of friends, but I do give you the gift of laughter! And stupidity. Can't forget that one.

It's time for this week's One-Hit Wonders post! I hope you're as happy as this guy:

Though I seriously doubt that's possible.

As usual, you can find the entire list here. But no peeking. If you do, I will have to get angry. And you wouldn't like it when I'm angry.

Here we go!

1) Sir Mix-a-Lot: "Baby Got Back" (#1)

You know, I have no idea what Mix-a-Lot is talking about. I think he needs to spell it out for us.

At least he's speaking out against the fake people! But how this made it to #1, I have no clue. As blunt as he's being, it's nice to see somebody speaking out against the anorexic, yet full of implants models that our media pushes in our faces. Sadly, nobody listened to him. Ok, he made it to #1, but they obviously didn't listen to him, as we still get these types of models today.

Maybe it's because nobody takes a rapper seriously?

2) Rozalla: "Everybody's Free (to Feel Good)" (#37)

Oh, boy, dance music!!!! Get the foot tapping, the head grooving, and the motion-sickness pills ready. Seriously, those strobe lights are making me feel ill. Are they trying to hypnotize us to actually like this song? Because that's what it would take. We can laugh at her dancing, though, so there's at least something pleasant about this song.

And they even produced two videos for this song! What, they thought one was against the Geneva Convention?

(edit: the second video doesn't exist on Youtube or Dailymotion anymore, but I *did* post originally!)

3) Tom Cochrane: "Life is a Highway" (#6)

Hey, lyrics! I provide this one for those who have complained of not being able to understand the songs. That, and because I love Tom Cochrane and won't make fun of him. Just enjoy the song. Cochrane may have been a one-hit wonder in the States, but he's still big up here in Canada.

Luc Bourdon, a young defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks, was killed in a motorcycle accident a couple of years ago. The first game of the next season, the Canucks had a really moving ceremony in tribute to him, and Cochrane sang at it. It was totally beautiful.

I also remember loving this song when it came out. So no laughing at this one.

4) N2Deep: "Back to the Hotel" (#14)

Thankfully, N2Deep comes along to bring us back on the humour track! If there's anything worse than Rap, it's Rap by white people trying to be cool. This song is just horrible, even by Rap standards.

You know what happens when N2Deep shows up on the scene, don't you?

That would be my reaction too.

5) Shakespear's Sister: "Stay" (#4)

Wow, that was...maudlin, wasn't it? Definitely don't listen to this song if you're depressed. Or, you know, have a pulse.

Whoa, what's that! Total change in tone! And it goes from maudlin to extremely silly. Catfight, catfight!!! Wow, this is just getting so surreal, and even sillier. It moves from a song that seems to be about a guy dying and the lament of the woman he loves trying to hold on to him to a song about a woman trying to keep the Elf Queen from stealing her man.

Was I supposed to laugh or cry at this song? Or maybe both?

6) The Soup Dragons: "Divine Thing" (#35)

A #35 song that I remember vividly! Yes, I remember loving this song when it came out. I really do need that guy to get out of my face, though. Hey, haven't you heard of personal space??

It's still a pretty cool song, keeping my toe tapping and me kind of singing along (as best as I can when I'm trying to be quiet, anyway). I know where the guy's coming from, though.

My Divine Things usually end up being devils too. I just have no luck.

7) House of Pain: "Jump Around" (#3)

That's good. Let's end this list with another group of white rappers! This song has become a part of the national consciousness, though, which does add it a little bit of credence. That, or it says something about the society we live in, which I think is more appropriate. Then again, the *song* hasn't become ingrained in our heads. It's the music and chorus ("Jump, jump, jump, jump!")

So maybe that's ok. That part is catchy, like a bad cold.

Though really. Naming yourself "House of Pain" and then putting out bad music just leaves too many easy openings.

So there you have it! The latest installment of my one-hit wonders posts that take their inspiration from Lamb Chop.

I promise, they will end one day, though! Just not in the foreseeable future and before I go completely mental.

And you know what happens when I go completely mental, don't you?

They just don't make superheroes like they used to.

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. I need to come back when I'm not at work - so I can listen to these :-)

  2. I'm afraid this list was the worst ever. I couldn't even listen to al of any of them.
    BRING BACK ELVIS. The lambchop song was cute though.

  3. It was a bad week, but you didn't like the Soup Dragons? Awwwwwww

    Glen, look forward to hearing your thoughts once you're had a chance to listen!

  4. Ahhh...more one-hit wonders. I'm home!!! 90's take me away!!!

    1. Sir Mix-A-Lot -- When I went to the Grammy's in 1993, when we left the auditorium, there was a 20ft inflatable ass that congratulated Sir Mix-A-Lot one winning best rap song. TRUTH!!! I admit I have this song on one of my MTV Party-To-Go cd's. Does it count if I have a big butt?? I cannot lie.

    2. Rozalla -- Love this song. Baz Luhrhan remade this song on the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack. She also does a mean cover of Losing My Religion (yes, I do own one of her CD's).

    3. Tom Cochrane -- If I am on a road trip, I have to play this song. Love it!!! BTW, it was used in Pixar's Cars, so the little one of today know this song, too.

    4.N2Deep -- I remember this song. My younger brother was a white-boy rap fan, so I'm sure I was forced to listen to this song. Again, I remember seeing it when MTV still played videos.

    5. Shakespeare's Sister -- LOVELOVELOVE this song!! I actually listened to this cd last week. To answer why this was a #4 hit, it was released during the 1st Gulf War and it struck a chord with many of the girlfriends/wives of soldiers stationed overseas. I actually love their song I DON'T CARE, which was a minor hit here in the States.BTW, both of these ladies had hits before this song. Marcella Detroit, lead singer, sang harmonies/wrote the song Lay Down Sally with Eric Clapton. She also can be seen on an episode of Absolutely Fabulous, jamming with "God" Marianne Faithful. Siobhan Fahey was an original member of Bananarama and later married Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

    6.Soup Dragons -- Love this song and the 90s Manchester sound. My partner called this their sell-out song, since he was familiar with their earlier work. I still want to get up and dance with the devil during this song.

    7. House of Pain -- Freakin' gotta dance when this song is on!! LOVELOVELOVE it!!! I still remember a Halloween night at Chantilly Lace when the DJ played Chumbawumba's Tubthumping, HOP's Jump Around and Kris Kross's Jump back-to-back-to-back! I lost my ID on the dancefloor, but found the beer-soaked thing later!! Good times!!

    I gotta big butt & I cannot lie....

  5. Great stuff, David! If you keep this up, I'm going to start advertising in these posts for people to come back when you've commented. :P

    As for the Shakespear's Sister song, ok, I get why it became popular. And I guess the song isn't *too* bad. But what the heck is with the video? It goes from a lament to a "Stay away from my man, you Elven Queen, you!!!!!"

    Thanks once again for these comments. Only 10 more for you to go look at!

  6. I remember #1, 2, 3, & 7 (think that's a record for the amount of songs I remember hehe)

    #4 I remember the beat but that's about it.

    #5 I'm a bit frightened with that second half.

    Aww I used to watch lamb chops all the time growing up! :)

  7. Wow, Anahid. You're really catching up today, aren't you? LOL

    I'm glad you agree with me about "Stay." What a seriously creepy video. Maybe I would like the song better if I just heard it first.

    That's the way I am with Sheryl Crow's "If It Makes You Happy." I hated that song when I first saw the video and heard the song. When I heard it on the radio later, though, I actually liked it.

  8. Lol yes I'm trying my best to catch up but I have over 200 posts to read...tempted to hit "mark all as read."

    I love "If It Makes You Happy."


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