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September 12, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 31)

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.


Can you hear me? Can you hear me now?

No, I don't work for Verizon. I just want to make sure that everybody can hear me, because this is a technical feat that's never been tried before.

This is a special edition of the One Hit Wonders of the 90s, because it's coming to you from...the past!

As I sit here writing this, I have to wonder what the world will be like when it finally gets posted. Will there be flying cars?

What about fancy computers and robots that can run trillions of calculations at once, until they go mad and wreak havoc! Until some courageous (and potentially unhinged) human being asks them to solve some logical conundrum?

Will we have solved our oil problems by creating vehicles that run on hot air?

Yes, I think about the future as I write this, and wonder whether anyone will be around to see what I'm saying. It's like a message in a bottle, with the hope that someday, in some way, somebody will read this.

And hopefully more than usually do.

Yes, it's a future edition of one-hit wonders of the 90s! Where the past meets the future in something similar to the present, or maybe the past perfect (or perfect past?) and the future imperfect?

Ok, now I'm confused.

But you won't be, after the next episode of Soa...I mean the One Hit Wonders of the 90s!

As usual, you can find the list where I'm taking these from here. I won't bother to tell you not to look them up ahead of time, partially because I know you won't listen, and partially because I've used up my allotment of stupid pictures.

Here we go!

1) Rampage (featuring Billy Lawrence): "Take it to the Streets" (#34)

Gee, another week starts like this... brain hurts.

Please, make it stop!

I swear, I will do it!!!

You know what to do.

2)Sister Hazel: "All For You" (#11)

Oh, now I remember this song! Yeah, this isn't really the original version of the song, but it gives you a good feel for it.

And I remember liking this song, then hating it for hearing it so much, and then liking it again. Kind of.

In a way.

Now that I've been away from the song for a while, it's like a breath of fresh air!

Of course, it's even more fresh air when the audience is doing most of the singing. What talent! Sign them to a contract. I'll be their agent.

But I want a cut of all their money.

3) Mr. President: "Coco Jamboo" (#21)

(trying desperately not to make any kind of obvious joke...)

Wow, that's some nice scenery, isn't it? It's also interesting, the sound they used. This is a German band, but this song was an attempt to use a more exotic sound, with some reggae influence (gee, I don't know how you could tell). I wonder if they went down to the islands to film the video? I don't recall too many German beaches looking like that.

Ha! Yeah, I "don't recall." Trying to pretend like I've been there or something. Research? What's that? I think that's Greek, isn't it?

But I can't help it. The travel budget sucks.

4) Refugee Camp All-Stars: "Avenues" (from "Money Talks") (#31)

Hey, a remake of "Electric Avenue!" A one-hit wonder remake of a one-hit wonder! There's something...ummmm...ironic? No, that's not it. Well, there's just something weird about it.

Especially because it's not really a remake of it, but it's more than just sampling. It's a weird fusion that I have to say is making me sad.

Somehow, I don't think that's the effect it's going for. Let me go to my happy place instead.

Ah, there we go.

5) Peach Union: "On My Own" (#39)

You mean this isn't a remake of the song from Les Miserables? I'm crushed.

I think there's something seriously wrong with the colour in this world.

Wow, she really cleans up well, don't she? Let me guess: she's the Peach? And the other guys are the Union? And shouldn't they be playing instruments rather than sculpting green dogs?

I have to say, this sounds like a female-empowerment song, where she tells her man that she has to do this on her own (partially because he's completely ignoring her while she disrobes), but then she starts packing for a beach vacation?

Colour me confused. A faded pastel state of confusion.

6) Milestone: "I Care About You" (#23)

"This just in. A bold band of art thieves are stealing Milestone...while they're still singing! Police are baffled, as there were no fingerprints on the scene. Just a bunch of swooning women who 'didn't see anything' when they were questioned.

Round the clock coverage continues on this horrible story, including interviews with their manager, their mothers, and the janitors who cleaned their studio after they finished recording their song.

We'll bring you more when we have it. Or...even if we don't have it."

7) The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: "The Impression That I Get" (#23)

(Yay, Vevo!!!)

Wow, isn't this a great song? It rocks, it's got some funky retro imagery, some great horns and sax. What could be better?

Ok, well, that just goes without saying. But OTHER than that?

Awwww...I love the hugs at the end. Do they do that after every song?

That's so sweet.

I almost broke my chair rocking so hard to this song. What a nice way to end the week!!!

So there you have it. I am waving to you now from the past, in the hopes that whatever generation is actually reading this, civilization hasn't crumbled around us.

Then again, if it can withstand most of these songs, then it can withstand anything.

So, while I sit here, tied to the primitive things that amuse people in my time period, like TV and Internet, you can take off in your jet pack and visit other worlds!

At least if they're about 2 feet off the ground.

Note: This is being posted on the day after my parents' 50th anniversary party, hence why it's getting written in the past. Thank God for Blogger scheduling! I'm sure the party was a blast, and happy anniversary to you both!

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 can't really listen to them right now, but just from titles I remember #1, 3, & 7.


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