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October 3, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 34)

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.


Has it really been 34 weeks since this whole thing started? Somehow I have trouble believing that. Not that this series has been going on so long, but that I've managed to do something on a weekly basis for that long, without missing a beat! I don't think I've ever done anything else that regularly (and successfully) besides run of the mill things like going to the bathroom and popping zits.

Ok, maybe not the popping zits part.

34 weeks? That's, like, 20 billion years or something!

Give or take.

Anyway, we're nearing the end of the decade, and I have to start seriously thinking about what I'm going to do next. I mean, there might only be six to eight weeks left before I'm done! My mind moves slowly.

But it always gets where it needs to be!

So what should I do to celebrate when I finish?

Get my hair done?

Or my nails?

Or maybe just do my civic duty and make sure that these guys shut up?

Let me know!

You can see where I'm taking this list from here, and you can even go look yourself if you want. I'm running out of pictures to post.

How'd he get in here! Scram!

And that is *so* not true...

Here we go!

1) Jimmy Ray: "Are You Jimmy Ray?" (#13)

Ok, I think I've been converted. Man, he is so *hot*! I'm just drooling into a puddle right now.

But I don't think he's Jimmy Ray. You notice he never really answers that question, right? I think this is probably the real Jimmy:

And this guy is just a stand-in for him so he can get the chicks (and newly-converted guys).

Hey, it's a disco trailer park! I've always wanted to live in one of those. And I love how the women vikings seem to have invaded South Florida.

This is kind of a fun song, and it's certainly got more life than any of the songs last week. That gives it bonus points right there. It's enormously silly and doesn't take itself too seriously.

And can you really go wrong like that?

(Ok, yeah, it's *possible*, but not this time)

2) Loreena McKennitt: "The Mummer's Dance" (#18)

First off, I'm a *huge* Loreena fan, so there won't be many (if any) jokes in this entry. Secondly, I love this song!

I was so happy when this song hit it big on the Pop charts, though truly surprised because she's been a Celtic/New Age niche artist for a long time. And she quickly reverted to that afterward, but at least this song became huge.

I'm not really sure what happened with this song, but isn't it cool? And what an imaginative video too! Ok, the "old-time movie" part, not the instrument-playing and singing, which happens all the time in videos.

Just sit back, take a listen, and know that there's more McKennitt goodness hovering around out there if you look for it.

First, here's an HD video of a concert version of "The Mummer's Dance." It's an excellent performance, and the words are a lot more intelligible. McKennitt's still got it.

Secondly, here's another favourite song of mine, "She Moved Through the Fair" (she does an intro to the song here at the beginning):

Finally, there's "All Soul's Night," probably my favourite next to "The Mummer's Dance":

Ok, back to the countdown! And the jokes.

3) Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz: "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" (#9)

Well, it has been a while since we've hit a rap song. But man, what a change from the last song! And not for the better.

It's definitely having an effect on me.

But I promise not to go off half-cocked.

4) The Verve: "Bittersweet Symphony" (#12)

The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
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This song was all over the airwaves in 1998, so much so that even *I* heard it! And I hated it, too. I'm not really sure why.

Maybe it's because the guy is so rude!

What is the point of this video? Life is a bittersweet symphony, so why not be an asshole? What did those people ever do to you, guy?

I should introduce this guy to my friend Dawn, who would set him straight about life, positive energy, and good manners too! This guy is such an energy-downer, I tell you. She would do wonders for him.

Maybe after talking to her for a bit, he'd turn himself around.

Ok, maybe not. She's awesome and everything, but I'm not sure if she's a miracle worker. I would be happy to be proved wrong, though!

Oh yeah, I remember why I hated this song. It's pretentious and annoying, and it was played *way* too often back in the day. Twelve years has not mellowed me on it.

5) Sylk-E Fyne (Featuring Chill): "Romeo & Juliet" (#6)

*sigh* Yeah, this is a great song to have hit #6 on the day of my wedding.

Ah well. For rap, it's not as annoying as a papercut with lemon juice (like most is), but it is kind of annoying like getting caught in the rain without an umbrella, when you're trying to carry an authentic Van Gogh painting that you just bought.

What, that doesn't happen to you? Happens to me all the time.

6) Marcy Playground: "Sex and Candy" (#8)

Marcy Playground - Sex And Candy
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(Damn you, EMI! "Embedding Disabled?")

This is my other wedding song chart-topper (both this song and the previous one peaked on April 18, 1998).

This one is a lot better than the other one, but I'm not really sure it's appropriate, is it?

They really should let him out of that hole in the floor, shouldn't they? And that spider is creeping me out.

It's actually quite the interesting video, and while the song doesn't really make much sense, it's still kind of catchy, in that laid-back, They Might Be Giants (without the wacky humour) way.

What is it with 1998 and deadpan singers, though? Was the entire music industry on downers back then?

7) Canibus: "Second Round K.O." (#8)

(Yay, Vevo!)

Ok, we go from dreadfully boring (last week) to a steady rap beat? Where did all of this come from, as we haven't seen them in weeks?

Oh well. I guess *somebody* must like it.

Excuse me while I go let something out.

Because I'm an intellectual, don't ya know.

Oh, and I don't want to wake the wife up.

8) Sparkle: "Be Careful" (#32)

I saw "R. Kelly" and I immediately thought this was going to be bad! Then it started and I realized that it's been 3 minutes and more and we haven't heard from him yet!

That made me happy.

Then he opened up, and I was annoyed again.

But this actually isn't a bad song. On the other hand, c'mon. "If the shoe fits, where it?" Is this what's passing for lyrical brilliance these days? (Ok, I mean in *those* days).

And then it ends. WTF? "There's no such thing as a no good (sic) woman. Every no good woman was made no good by a no good man."

Ok, I was just about to say that the song does a good job of showing that there are two sides to every story, and then there may be the truth as well. Both sides have their beefs, but wouldn't it be better to work things out, for the kid's sake?

And then *this* crap is tacked on to the end of the video?

Give me a break.

If I wasn't writing this in a stream of consciousness fashion, that "actually isn't a bad song" would get changed in a heartbeat, just for that.

And thus we come to the end of another week of one-hit wonder brilliance! We've suffered a rap invasion, but we shall man the ramparts and push them back! Just let me put on my fighting gear.

And get our weapons out.

We'll beat back this invasion, or my name ain't Spartacus!!!!

What do you mean it's not?

Oh, well...never mind, then.

Time to go off and start my day. But first I'd better check my lottery tickets...

Hey, money's money!

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 LOVE Loreena!!! She and the VERVE are BOTH on my ipod! YAAAAAYYY \o/ FTW! You PWN, and continue to be TWISTED IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS!

  2. Thanks, Lisa!!! That makes me feel so good to hear you say that. :)

  3. BAM!! Got it goin' on with Jimmy Ray. I used to get down with this one.

    I also really liked Sex And Candy back in it's day. I might listen to it now, here and there if the mood strikes me.

    As for that 911 call gone wrong...Stupid biotch is all I gotta say. lol

  4. LOL you do realize that 911 call was a lottery commercial, right? :)

    Glad you liked!

  5. Much better then last week. I to liked Loreena. Thanks for playing more then one of her. She has a very haunting voice, Number 1 wasn't too bad & like you I kind of liked number 8. I wrote that down on my notes before I knew how violent the video was. Part of the song was nice.
    Hope next week is a good one.

  6. Glad to have converted another Loreena fan! Woohoo!

    We'll be taking over the world soon...

  7. I remember them all! :) Wow I really shouldn't have been listening to that Romeo & Juliet song lol. Haven't heard #3 in a long time! I'm kind of sad that there are only a few more weeks left.

  8. Were you not "of age" when Romeo & Juliet came on? *grin*

    I'm not sure, but since we are now in a brand new decade, I thought maybe doing a one-hit wonders of the 2000s would be good.

    And keep me busy for another year. :)

    How popular do you think that would be?

  9. Wait this was '98 right? I barely turned 14 when it came out...I guess that's still a bit young for that stuff, no? lol

    I think 2000s would be cool. :)

  10. I will be so far removed from popular music by 2000 that almost all of it will be new to me.

    That sounds like it'll be ripe for comedy.

    Why not? :)

    And yes, this was 1998. A bit young, but at least you would have an idea of what they're talking about.

    Which isn't necessarily a good thing. :P

  11. Oh my word, cannot believe I missed this one! I laughed through the whole thing, Dave! WHERE do you find these photos??? I think my favorite comment was, "'Cause I'm an intellectual, don't ya know." I fell out laughing on that one.

    I must admit to liking Bittersweet Symphony, but I read a completely different meaning into the lyrics. Yep, Mr. Lead Singer (can't ever remember his name) is beyond rude in the video, and yes indeedy, I'd give him an original southern reading/come to Jesus discussion if I could on that part of it. ;-)

    And now...I'll probably give you heart failure w/ this admission. I. Do. Not. Own. An. Ipod. Yes, it's very scandalous, but true. I'd love to have one, but then I'd have to learn how to use it, learn the whole download thing and then it would cost money and take up more time...and I'm lazy that way. Pick yourself up off the floor, Dave. Someday I'll cave and get one, then I'll be bugging you and Marticus about how to make the infernal thing work!

    ~ Dawnie

  12. LOL Glad you liked it, Dawn. I do try to mention, when I post the links to the Authentic Blogger page, if a member gets a mention. Keep an eye out for those hidden nudges. :P

    As for the photos, I just do a Google search. Sometimes, I'm searching for a specific type of picture (like "stupid smile" which got the animal crackers picture). Other times, a picture search leads to something else that's just as funny.

    For the comment you liked, I just wanted a primal scream picture. When I found that one, the fact that it was by a doctor inspired the "intellectual" comment you liked so much. The fact that the primal scream was in the person's head is what prompted the "don't want to wake the wife" comment. Neither of those was planned until I had the picture.

    So it can come from both sides.

    You can bug me any time for iPod help. Marticus may be a bit busy, though. :)

    Speaking of whom, I did give him a *very* nice mention on this week's edition (#39)

    Thanks for the comment! I'm glad it made you laugh. :)


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