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August 8, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 26)

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.


As I sit here staring out of the window, contemplating my place in the universe (and avoiding actually doing any writing, except that I'm writing this right now, but if I'm writing this right now then I'm not just sitting here staring, which means....which means I have a headache), a myriad of thoughts run through my head all at once, like a bunch of cars hitting an intersection at the same time because there are no stop lights. Crashing and burning in my mind, disappearing in a puff of smoke almost before I can wrap my head around them. Is this what life is reduced to? Can I aspire to more? Maybe help out with this economic crisis somehow? Or bring about world peace? (Nah, not the last one...I don't look good in a Miss America tiara, though that dress on the other hand...). Maybe just making sure that I leave the world a better place than it was when I found it?

And can any of that measure up to doing a weekly one-hit wonder post?

I think not.

So I shall continue! The fan out there who was beginning to worry can rest assured. I am never going away.

Not without a restraining order, anyway.

It's time for this week's one-hit wonder post! Where I look at a series of one-hit wonder songs that were popular in the 90s and generally make fun of them. Or make fun of me. Or, usually, both. And you get to play videos for hours on end! It's been gratifying to see some visitors recently find one of these posts and spend the next hour or so going through all of them. Really does make these seem worthwhile.

You should really stop enabling that part of me, you know. I may have to put on my happy face.

And you know you wouldn't want that.

As usual, you can find the list I'm taking these from here. But you know you don't want to go look. In fact, you're getting verrrrrrry sleepy.

Hey, wake up!!! You've got some videos to watch.

Here we go!

1) Jars of Clay: "Flood" (#37)

(can I just say how much I love Vevo on Youtube? Thank you, I will)

Obviously this was filmed in Vancouver.

Hmmm...40 days of rain, eh? Where have I heard that before? I'm completely drawing a blank. Maybe if I get up on my two lemurs and ride into that really big ship, it might come to me.

This isn't really a bad song, of course. Lately, we haven't really been getting any *bad* songs on this list (much to my regret, as that makes this much harder!). It's got a pretty good beat and some nice imagery in the video.

Jars of Clay has had a lot of success on Christian radio, and a couple of cross-over tracks, though this is the only one to hit the regular Top 40.

It's good to find your niche, you know? Like I've found my niche among the monstrously unfunny bloggers who are trying desperately to be funny.

I've made a lot of friends here.

2) Tracy Bonham: "Mother Mother" (#32)

No sooner do I say that, then we get a bad one!!! How ironic is that? And how totally unplanned! (and I'm serious about that).

I'm not sure which is worse: her singing to the plinking of her guitar or the rocking out that she sinks into. Or maybe it's that wonderful scream right in the middle of the song? My ears hurt after that one.

The words are kind of fun, with a woman trying to reassure her mother that she's a completely sane and normal person, living life to the fullest.

But in reality, she's Tracy Bonham.

3) Delinquent Habits: "Tres Delinquentes" (#35)

Hispanic rappers!!!! I have to say, I'm still not impressed. The beginning of the video has a good message about Hispanic-American citizens getting out to vote (though for some reason I doubt I would like who they're encouraging people to vote for). I have to say I like the music itself...the Mariachi music, anyway. I could do without the basic beat of the song, though.

It's making my rat hyperventilate.

4) Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen: "Theme from Mission Impossible" (#7)

I've always liked this theme, and this is an interesting rendition of it (wow, has it been 14 years since the first MI movie came out?). I love this arrangement! I think I'm going to get them to do my theme song. For the blog post where I rip off my rubber mask (that looks like it hurts so much) and reveal that I'm actually Stephen King slumming as a hack blogger.

5) Robert Miles: "Children" (#21)

Wow, what an awesome song! If you like electronica, anyway. I can see why this was Miles' only Top 40 hit, though. The masses don't really go in for instrumentals like this too often, so the fact that this one even caught on is surprising in itself.

I've always wondered about instrumental songs like this, though. How the hell do they come up with the names for them? How do you listen to this song and say "Aha! Children!!" I guess sometimes it's a mood thing, but often I'm just left wondering.

Doesn't mean I don't like the music. Electronica like this is among my favourites. But the mind does boggle. (And my mind can't afford to boggle, as it's messed up enough as it is).

6) Crucial Conflict: "Hay" (#18)

Oh no! Another rap invasion! (I think I'm using up my stash of exclamation marks with this post, actually).

This song is crap, and that's all there is.

So let's talk about the weather instead! Are you enjoying the rain? I know I am. We really need it, as it hasn't rained in a couple of weeks at least.

Is the song over? No? Hmmmm. What do you think of Lindsay Lohan's latest troubles?

Ah, hell. Let's just cut this shit short now...

7) Los del Rio: "Macarena" (#1)

I'm sorry. I truly am. If I wasn't a completist, I wouldn't have included this one. This song is insidious, evil, and all of those other bad-sounding words that I can't think of because my brain has shut down. If I have to go through it, then so do you.

Hey, what do you mean you can just stop reading and listening? That's not in the contract!!!! You think I'm doing this for my health?

And on that low note, we wrap up this week's installment of the one-hit wonders of the 90s. I think we all need a palette-cleanser right about now, don't you?

I know I just want something different.

Then the SWAT team showed up!

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 must say this was a bad week for songs. Mission Impossible was the only one half way good & I didn't care much for that rendition. At least I knew the song. I do love your crazy comments so better luck next week.

  2. Robert Miles' "Children" was a huge hit here. Like really really huge. Maybe even more than Macarena. Though, ok, I am afraid he did not beat Macarena :D

  3. Thanks, Mom!

    And Lena, I wish more songs like "Children" made the charts. Would make me feel a *lot* better about modern music.

    And nothing can beat the Macarena.

    Believe me, I've tried. Baseball bats, golf clubs, huge blocks of wood, cement posts. *None* of them worked.

  4. I love Jars of Clay. I didn't know that song made it to the mainstream.

    I want to say I remember #2, but I don't think I do.

    I remember #1, 4, 5 (similar to the X-Files theme), & 7 (we had to do this dance in 6th grade lol).

  5. Thankfully, I was well out of any institution where they could force me to do crap like that. LOL

    Glad more and more of them are memorable to you, Anahid!


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