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May 23, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 15) - Lazy Edition

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.


It's Sunday morning once again. Just where does the time go? Just yesterday, it was Saturday morning and now? You guessed it. It's Sunday. It's amazing how that happens. If that's not a sign that God works in mysterious ways, I don't know what is.

Though I guess it would be even more amazing if yesterday was Saturday and today was Monday. Then again, that could be explained by the blackouts I've been having rather than some miracle. And what if yesterday were Saturday and *today* was Saturday too? That's not going to happen. I'm not Bill Murray.

What am I trying to say with all of the above? Is it time to torture the cat? Don't ask her. She sees the lack of treats being dumped on her post on an hourly basis as torture. No, it's time for more one-hit wonders of the 90s! This is a themeless edition, as I'm just too lazy to come up with one.

Wait. Maybe that could be the theme? Yes, by gum, that's it!

Welcome to the Lazy Edition of the show. Where we honour those who choose to take it easy rather than work too hard. People who work too hard are celebrated too much in this day and age. Why shouldn't those who can't be bothered to get off their ass and do something be honoured as well?

Oh my. Lazy *and* bad feng shui? Tsk tsk.

As always, you can find the complete list of one-hit wonders here. And you know what? I'm not going to threaten you this time if you decide to go look for yourself.

If, after all I've done for you, you want to reward me with something like that...I can't stop you. I just thought you were better than that. You go on. I'll be ok. Don't worry about me.

And now, on to #1!

1) Duice: "Dazzey Duks" (#12)

Gee, another rap. Why does this not surprise me?

Yes, a song celebrating a rather tacky fashion trend made famous by Catherine Bach in the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show. The extremely short shorts that the character wore became a sexy symbol that survives to this day (why, oh Lord, why?). Yes, I admit they look damned fine on the right woman, but still.

I guess I'd rather see a bit of ass hanging out than some other things.

Oh, the song? Typical rap crap. I'd give it two thumbs down if I could muster the energy to raise my arms.

2) Tag Team: "Whoomp! (There it is)" (#2)

You might think this song sounds familiar, and you'd almost be right (see below).

As annoying as this song is (and it is really annoying), I find myself not hating it as much as other songs of this type. I don't know why that would be, but it's true. Maybe it's fatigue? Maybe it's those Funyuns I had last night? I went through, like, four bags.

Mmmmmmm Funyuns.

3) U.N.V.: "Something's Going On" (#29)

(sorry for the audio. It's the best I could find)

Wow, our first Barbershop Boyz II Men wannabes in a long time! Except these are leaning more toward the "men" side of that equation. That guy can really hit the high notes, can't he? I'm impressed. I wonder if he's sung the National Anthem before? It's nice that they take a break in the middle of the song to commiserate about the rest of the group's love problems too. Very considerate. That must be why they follow their leader, that kind of compassion.

The song isn't bad, exactly. It's actually a decent ballad. But once again, it just sounds like more of the same. There's nothing to differentiate it from all of the other wannabes, not to mention Boyz II Men themselves.

That's something a lazy man would do. So welcome to the club, guys!!!

4) 95 South: "Whoot, There it Is" (#11)

The song that started it all! Even if you stayed away from all popular music in the 90s, I'm sure you've heard the "Whoot, There it is" part somewhere. I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up on a club scene on a soap opera somewhere. Or do those people even go to clubs? I don't know.

But does anybody even know the rest of the song? I doubt it. I don't know why this version caught on more than the other one, especially because that one charted higher than this one. But this one has stuck around. Also, these songs hit their respective places in the charts within 2 weeks of each other. That makes no sense to me, and I have to wonder if some listeners were confused.

For some reason, rappers in the 90s seemed to be obsessed with butts. I will hazard no guesses as to why. I called my friend Michael to ask his opinion, but it was shortly after noon so he probably wasn't up yet.

5) 4 Non Blondes: "What's Up?" (#14)

Finally, a "regular" song!!! And not a bad one, either. I remember enjoying this song a lot when it first came out. Of course, why it's not called "What's Going On?" is one of the grand mysteries of the universe (along with the appeal of Justin Bieber) (Peanut Gallery: "Ooooo look at him go for blog traffic!")

I actually do love this song. I really like Linda Perry's voice for some reason (Yes, I realize it's not the greatest voice and grates a little bit, but I like it). Great guitar work too.

And I want that hat! That's so cool. I thought about going out shopping for a hat like that, but then said "Nah, I'd rather play a few more rounds of Geometry Wars and have a beer."

6) Fu-Schnickens: "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)" (#39)

*sigh* I'm beginning to wonder if these posts are even worth it anymore, as more and more they consist of annoying Rap or Hip Hop groups. It's almost like there were tons of them throwing all of their crap out there to see what sticks, and many of them are finding one little song that stuck (thus putting them on this list). At least this one barely made the list. I have a little more faith in society now. Listening to it now in the background as I type this, it's about to drive me crazy. And it's dated, too! "Forget Tony Danza. I'm the boss." What the hell?

Anyway, inertia is a powerful thing when it comes to laziness, and so I'll probably keep going...

7) The Proclaimers: "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (#3)

OH THANK YOU GOD!!! The Proclaimers come with salvation. I love this song! I remember when this became a huge hit in the US in 1993. It was originally done in 1988 and became huge in the UK, but when it was used on the Benny & Joon soundtrack, that's when it hit in the US. I love singing along with this song.

Of course, I don't do the air guitar. That would be more like, you know, work. Uh uh.

One thing I love about them is they don't hide their Scottish accents at all when they sing (sort of like Karen Matheson from Capercaille). It can make it hard to understand at times, but that makes it all the cooler. Besides that, they look like nerds, so that gives us nerds hope that there's always a chance for us.

My faith has been restored.

8) Onyx: "Slam" (#4)

And just like that, I get punched in the gut.

What more is there to say? It's more crap rap.

It's taking all of my energy to stay on this couch and go back to sleep. That's really hard! Who knew being lazy was so much work? That just doesn't feel right at all. Being lazy shouldn't be so tiring!

So there you have it. The penultimate episode from the one-hit wonders of 1993. Thankfully, glancing ahead to the rest of 1993, it doesn't look like there is any more rap (or maybe one or two...I just glanced, you know). That means next week will be a thrill to do.

I'd like to thank my co-editor and idol for his help today.


He really came through for me, though it was tough to decide who would do what on the post. And more importantly, who would sit on the couch and have another beer.

It's time for me to go out and enjoy my Sunday. Oh, and I can't forget my partner.

He makes me tired just looking at him.

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. This was not a good week. I'm so not into RAP.Hope you are right that the rap songs are gone. Didn't really like any of these.Number 5 was the best I guess. The clothes were awful though. Better luck next week.

  2. YAY!! I loved this one. Not the rap crap. But I certainly liked (okay ONE) RAP SONG. Of course "Whoop There It Is". But I really loved that you added the Proclaimers and 4 Non Blondes.

  3. Yeah, the Proclaimers and 4 Non Blondes really saved this list. But I didn't add them, of course. LOL

    Hopefully next week's will be better!

  4. NORM!!!!!! :)
    I remember #2, #4, #7, & #8!


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