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July 4, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 21)

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.


Happy Independence Day!!!

Yes, it's July 4, the day that Americans celebrate their independence from the evil British Empire (though in return we were given the evil bands Oasis, the Spice Girls, and Wham, so are we really any better off?)

Since it falls on a Sunday, you all are also given the latest one-hit wonders post. Aren't you thrilled? Hey, wait! Don't go back to Britain!!!!!

On a serious note, I do hope all of my American friends and family have a wonderful July 4, with lots of family time, fireworks (hopefully not between the family members) and great food. Barbecue for the win!!!

And don't be like this guy:

(language warning, not to mention almost offensive stupidity)

It's time for our next installment of the one-hit wonders of the 90s! The seemingly endless (though we're over half-way done!) series of posts with serious critical analysis of those songs that hit the Billboard Top 40 charts in the 1990s, only to have the artist disappear off the face of the Earth (ok, not *literally*). As the person giving that critical analysis, I really should dress the part.

Whoops! That's me at Richards on Richards last night.

Here's my reviewing outfit.

Yeah, sometimes this does give me a headache.

As usual, you can find the list I'm taking these from here. Because I've droned on so long, no threats this time. Just on to the juicy goodness!!

1) Kut Klose: "I Like" (#34)

Ick, sorry for the bad picture on that one...

Is that standard dress for recording sessions? If so, I'd love to be the sound technician.

This isn't necessarily a bad song, but it's getting seriously monotonous after a couple of minutes. In fact, it's almost putting me to sleep (which would be a bad thing because I have 7 more songs to go! I can't disappoint my fan). Maybe it's the chorus that goes on, and on, and on, and on...oh, look, the song's over!!!

2) Nicki French: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (#2)

A dance rendition of Bonnie Tyler's old hit? Can it improve on it? Can a cat lick its butt? And can that gross out its owners? Yes!!!

It's funny how low-key the video is, with kind of slow dancing, considering how fast the beat actually is. Though it does pick up later in the video. What, did somebody slip a knock-out drug in their coffee at first? French still looks half asleep, though.

That's becoming a common theme in this post, isn't it?

Still, I like it!

3) Mokenstef: "He's Mine" (#7)

A song from the wronged woman to the woman who wronged her. You've had him once, but he's coming home to me. Yeah, ok.

Shouldn't she pissed off at the guy, though? If I were Mokenstef, I would be saying "you want him? You got him. Asshole"

But maybe that's just me.

The song itself is just kind of silly, actually. But I'll take "silly" over rap any day.

4) L.V. : "Gangsta's Paradise" (#1)

Wow, that was a timely mention, wasn't it? One would think this was planned or something (and one would be wrong, as can be seen from any of these other posts). This one's from the movie Dangerous Minds, with the luscious Michelle Pfeiffer. Her presence really helps the video, whether it's scenes from the movie or whatever.

And listening to it, I can actually see why this song got so popular. It's not *just* a rap song, and it's got an interesting hook to it.

It will never be in my Top 10, but I managed to listen all the way through it.

Believe me, *that's* an accomplishment for me.

5) Skee-Lo: "I Wish" (#13)

Skee-Lo - I Wish
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There's something about light-hearted rap (like Will Smith, back when he wasn't an AC-TOR(!)) that just doesn't piss me off like regular rap does. This guy mirrors my thought processes back in 1995, though (maybe without wanting to be a basketball player). The video's hilarious, too. It's good when the artist can make a little fun of himself. I can't see Tupac making a video like this before he was killed.

What if rap had just stayed like this? Would there have been an East Coast-West Coast war? And if so, would they have fought with jokes instead of guns?

6) Luniz: "I Got 5 on It" (#8)

Damn, it's a rap explosion all of a sudden!

Hey, a barbecue!!! That fits today's theme ok. But the rest of the song? looks like a really nice party they're having, doesn't it? And allow me to be an old fuddy duddy for a moment.


Yeah, that's right. I said it.

7) AZ: "Sugar Hill" (#25)

Ok, I'm seriously getting annoyed now. 1995 was going so well, so what the hell happened????

1995, I'm so disappointed in you. (Can you lay a guilt trip on a year?)

8) Silverchair: "Tomorrow" (#28)

And we now have the first Grunge one-hit wonder!!!! You can definitely see the Nirvana influence in the way the band looks and sounds. They continued to be a mainstay on the Modern Rock charts but I guess this is the only one that went "mainstream" (and what the hell does that even mean, anyway?)

It's not a bad song, if you like that kind of thing. I can see why they were popular.

Not totally my thing, though.

So there you have it! This week's edition of the one-hit wonders of the 90s. Hopefully I haven't lost any readers with the return of Rap. I hope that 1995 got it out of its system.

It's time to head off to work. For some of us, it's not a holiday.

I really get the chicks at work.

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. LMAO!!!... The Nut-shot one I had seen this past week on a TRUtv show about Holidays from Hell. I laughed so hard I cried. As did my oldest. I teach my kids what NOT to do by showing it in action of other's stupidity.

    I've always LOVED the Niki French version of "Eclipse of the Heart" rather than Bonnie Tyler. Maybe it's the generation gap thing???

    "Gangsta's Paradise" seems to be one of my generation's 'theme songs' so to speak. Especially in the Oakland/San Fransisco Bay Area...

  2. Hi Melissa!

    That's actually where I got it from, kind of. I was aware of it because the producer of that show was on Fox News' Red Eye show and they showed that video. I remembered it fondly when it came time to find one for this post.

  3. I remember everything except the last 2! :)

  4. You're doing better than me!


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