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August 1, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 25)

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.


Yes, I know I'm late. But I can explain. See, I was getting ready to do my weekly one-hit wonders post, but I decided to go outside and investigate this really large semi-truck trailer that was sitting outside of our building. So I hopped on my trusty Segway to check it out!

Little did I know that whoever parked this in the lot outside had hired an Amazon army as their security! When they caught me, I tried to get away, but it just didn't happen.

I think they released security footage of it.

You can hear the security chief narrating the whole thing. Sounds like a real hard-ass, doesn't he? "Don't grab him!" I'm sure he would rather they just shot me instead.

And sadly, once I was in their custody, I had a hard time breaking out. Thankfully, they didn't confiscate all of my stuff, and I was able to don my handy disguise...

Reach my alternate transportation...

And get away. Sadly, the Segway was trampled in the initial scuffle.

That makes me sad.

But I am happy that I am still able to bring you some one-hit wonder goodness! As usual, you can find the list of songs here.

Here we go!

1) Nonchalant: "5 O'Clock" (#24)

Some anti-gang rap to start off with, and it's quite the powerful one. Unlike most rap songs, I actually sat through this one in its entirety, and it's quite powerful. As the song goes on, you know how the video's going to end, but it's still affecting when it does happen. I do kind of a disconnect with Nonchalant playing both the sister and singing as well. So you get the images of her dancing around rapping alongside the ones of her cradling her brother. I think it might have been more effective if they had actually cast somebody else as the sister.

Hah! Look at me, trying to be a serious music/video critic. I'm lucky I didn't poke my eye out as I was typing all that stuff.

2) Spacehog: "In the Meantime" (#32)

What a bunch of weird-looking people! The song itself isn't too bad, but it looks like they're playing in the basement of the local middle school. Hey, don't throw that hourglass! That's a priceless heirloom!!!

I knew I should never have let them borrow my stuff.

We're starting to see more and more of these more modern rock-sounding songs make the one-hit wonder list. Lots of major guitar work, that sort of thing. Makes a nice change from rap, doesn't it?

Though obviously they still haven't learned how to dress.

3) Tina Arena: "Chains" (#38)

Tina, what did those clothes ever do to you??? And that lamp? I hope that's his apartment and not yours.

I don't get it. She's hot, has a marvelous voice, but Arena never really caught on in the States, with this being her only minor hit there. Maybe people were confused by announcements like "Arena appearing at Rogers Arena?" I don't know. She was a sensation in her native Australia, though, and she has had some moderate success down there even recently.

I guess she just decided working the American market wasn't worth the time?

Or maybe she didn't want reactions like this one.

Yeah, that can suck.

4) BoDeans: "Closer to Free" (#16)

Was this song only popular because of the TV show "Party of Five?" Maybe. (No, this song was not in the movie Spirit B; that's just a fan video)

Yet another song that's pretty good but nothing to write home about. It's got a great beat, which is good. Decent words. It's actually a "feel-good" song, but for some reason, it just doesn't move me. Maybe it's because I hated that show.

Yeah, that could be it. What a bunch of whiners.

5) The Lost Boyz: "Renee" (#33)

Another movie song! We now have TV and movies represented.

Another sad story of love on the streets. I much prefer this kind of rap to any other kind (though the "fun" rap of Will Smith and the like is even better to my untrained ear).

Not really much to make fun of on this one, so I'll just move on to the next one...

6) Jann Arden: "Insensitive" (#12)

Ah, the song that introduced me to this Canadian songstress! She's a huge Canadian star, but this is the only song that charted in the States. Much to the States' detriment. She is a great singer who I love listening to and I've gobbled up her other songs since I've moved up here. I wish I knew why she didn't make it bigger in the States, but it's very possible that she just chose not to.

She's a national treasure, though. She's even got her own show starting on CBC radio this month.

For my American friends, here's a bonus track from Arden.

7) Dog's Eye View: "Everything Falls Apart" (#14)

This is kind of a fun song (which is kind of funny, considering it's about everything falling apart, but there you go). It is a very silly video, though. The guy acts like he's had about 20 cups of coffee.

Still, It's an enjoyable listen, though I can think of a few people who will disagree with me.

So there you have it! We're half-way done with 1996, and we're still going strong! Twenty-five of these things in a row? Who would have thought when I started this that it would still be racking up the hits?

Now, it's later than it normally is, so I have to head off to work.

You know, I really should have paid attention on my first day of training.

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. Better late then never. LOL
    Not too bad a week. I did like ^ & the second song of hers. She has a good voice. Kind of liked number 3 to. I like ballads or slow songs the best. I guess you know that. I do love my rock & roll. Give me Elvis any day.

  2. Wow I only knew #4, & the only reason I did know it was, as you mentioned, because of "Party of Five." Such a disappointment compared to knowing all of them from the last time :(

  3. I do appreciate my regular readers chiming in! :)

    Anahid, I'm sure it was just a blip in the road. Or, maybe you were asleep for a couple of months in mid-1996?


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