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October 17, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 36)

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.


It's Sunday again, and there are things I would rather be doing than spending 2 hours writing a funny ("HA!!! Funny? Now *that's* funny!" - The Peanut Gallery) post about one-hit wonders.

You know, things like this:

But, I know that you like this, so I am persevering! (That guy totally deserves it, though, so I may have to go take care of that later).

Yes, it's this week's edition of the one-hit wonders of the 90s. We're concluding 1998 this time, a special year for me. It was the year that my chronic rash finally cleared up.

Oh! And it was also the year I got married. Can't forget that.

As usual, you can find the list I'm taking these from here. I'm not even going to bother telling you not to go. I'll just let you know that if you *do* go, something special might be waiting for you.

Oh, sorry. That was me before the back-waxing.

I mean this.

Here we go!

1) Harvey Danger: "Flagpole Sitta" (#38)

Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta
Uploaded by FabCure. - Music videos, artist interviews, concerts and more.

You know, when a song has "sitta" in the title, I immediately think of rap.

Thankfully, that was a wrong assumption today!

Instead, we get a nerdy-looking white guy. Big difference!

"Only stupid people are breeding?" That's actually a funny line.

What a weird song, though. "I'm not sick, but I'm not well." Now I see where Matchbox 20 got the idea for "Unwell."

I'm just kidding, Rob! Please don't sue.

Anyway, this is kind of an enjoyable song if you like a loud, obnoxious rock track (and really, who doesn't?). The video's pretty silly, the lyrics are *really* silly, but I can see why this became popular on the college scene. Looking at their history, it's sad that so many corporate problems got in the way of the release of their music, as they look like they would be a lot of fun in concert.

But at least they're immortalized on a small blog's list of one-hit wonders, so they can always treasure that at least.

2) Jennifer Paige: "Crush" (#3)

This song made it to #3, and I never heard it. Yes, my removal from the pop scene was complete.

Maybe it's just me, but if the song is about a "crush," shouldn't the video have lots of shots of her pining over a guy? Not her super-happy in a relationship with the guy with the hot chest?

Oh, wait a minute! She's got a crush on her friend's boyfriend. I get it! Ok, so why is she touching the guy so much ("It's just a little crush, every time we touch..."). And is it just me, or is there a shortage of meaningful looks between the two of them in the video? Lots of shots of her with her boyfriend, and her friend with the guy she's got a crush on, but the only meaningful glance is at the end?

I see bad things happening here. It's probably best that she got her feelings out in a mega-hit song so that nobody would be the wiser.

The song? Oh, it's actually pretty good. Paige has a good voice and the music is good as well. It's not something I'm a huge fan of, but I did like listening to it.

It didn't do this to me, at least.

No, that was last night's pizza.

3) Tatyana Ali: "Daydreamin'" (#6)

Oh no! Sugar rush!!!!!

Ugh, then a rap sneaks in. My intelligence level just plummeted.

It helps that she's hot, though.

This just sounds like a sweet song, in that kind of fun, teenage way (and she was 19 when this song came out). At least she doesn't appear to be another actress who decided to try and sing. It sounds like she was an actress/singer who just broke into acting before breaking into singing (and then going right back again).

There's really not much more to say about the song. Take out the rap, and you've got something decent.

Maybe I'm just in a good mood today.

4) Pressha: "Splackavellie" (#27)

Yay, an ode to casual sex! With no strings attached. No wonder this song was so popular. *cough*

This comment on the Youtube page made me laugh: "haha his haircut looks like a helmet with a chinstrap lol" It does!

"He ain't your boyfriend. He ain't your husband. Just somebody you can call when your body needs a fix"


Is this normal? Ladies, please tell me. Do you have to have three guys? (Boyfriend, husband, and "splackavellie?") I don't know if there's enough of us to go around!

That being said, if you ever do need one...

I'm here for ya.

5) The Brian Setzer Orchestra: "Jump, Jive, and Wail" (#23)

Yay, Vevo!!!

Man, I love this song. I was so excited when I saw that this would be on today's list. Setzer brings back that old-school music that I just love.

Though I don't think they ever dressed like that! I think I'm getting the vapors.

I'd better wake up or I'm going to miss the song.

I just have three words to say.

"This is awesome."

That is all.

Here's a bonus track for you. Sorry for the poor video quality, but the song's great.

6) TQ: "Westside" (#12)

Yeah, these two hits go well right next to each other, don't they?

This is actually a pretty good song about a guy's childhoood in the ghetto (yes, those gaps you hear in the song are swear words or the N-word, couldn't find a full version that had a video).

Despite that, the song is kind of powerful as a man reflects back to Compton and the "westside".

Of course, it's also an ode to the rap culture (the Tupac memorial at the end, etc), but I guess you can't have everything.

7) Everything: "Hooch" (#34)

Can't find a video for this song.

I kind of like the music, but the song itself doesn't really do too much for me. It's like particle physics: I try and try to "get" it, but I just bounce off of it.

This song doesn't mean anything, and I guess it's not supposed to. It's just supposed to be a cool song to dance to and listen to when you're in a bad mood. Of course, it does nothing to actually *lighten* my mood, but maybe that's just me.

Still, nothing wrong with the song at all. Just a feeling of massive indifference.

Ok, I don't know if I'm *that* indifferent.

8) Ty Herndon: "It Must Be Love" (#38)

Damn it! Another song I can't find a video for.

Herndon is, of course, a big country star, but this is his only crossover hit, apparently. Not sure why. It's not like it was in a movie or something.

Don't you love it when the singer actually talks to the background singers in the song? Isn't that special?

Anyway, it's a typical country love song hit. No better, no worse than any other one. It's kind of catchy if you like that sort of thing, and does take me back to the few years that I did listen to country music.

But I got better...

So we close out 1998 with a bit of a twang! First time we've done that before, I think. We're heading into the final year of the decade. The Millenium's approaching, and the biggest party we've ever seen. Will 1999 be a fitting conclusion?

Or will it be a massive fail?

We'll soon find out!

But I'm off to start my day. It consists of football and hockey, but first, I've got something to do.

Wow, I'm glad there weren't any cameras around when I did that.

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. Well this week was kind of enjoyable. % out of the 8 I liked. That's a record for me. Brian Setzer was great. I noticed he has a lot on U tube. His music goes way back. Keep it up next week.

  2. Just checked my comment. I goofed. 5 out of 8 I liked Sorry about that.

  3. The only one of these I remember is Crush - quite liked it at the time, never saw the video.

    Just how many one-hit wonders of the nineties were there?!!?

  4. Hey Mom! Glad you liked. I knew you'd like Setzer. And it's "Youtube." :P

    Hey Cap! This is just an estimate, as some years had more than others, but I think it averaged about 35 a year. There were a couple of years where there were 40, and one year I think there was 28 or 29.

    I usually divided them so that I had 7-9 per post. That's why I've had 36 posts so far, with four more to come (I've already calculated 1999).

    You could go through them all and take a look, if you want. :P

  5. I've looked at some of them, but is there enough time this year to read through ALL of your entries?!? :-D

  6. That's why you need to keep up as I write them! LOL

  7. I remember all of them except for the last two. I still listen to the first three every once in a while. :)

  8. You've got a couple up on me, then!


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