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October 24, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 37)

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.


We all need distractions in our life, but some of them are worse than others. For example, I was going to start this post 20 minutes ago, but as I was getting all my tabs open (this page, last week's page, the one-hit wonders list, Youtube, Google), I got sucked into watching Youtube videos.

Mainly Zoe, because I'm addicted to Australian accents. It's kind of like heroin addiction, except without the needles.

Oh, and I guess without the bad effects on your body as well, though it does depend on who you're watching. I mean, you could be watching these guys.

So if any of you Aussies would like to call me...

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, it's time for this week's one-hit wonders of the 90s post! That hive of hilarity, that bevy of boisterousness, and the analog of alliteration that is the one-hit wonders. You think this guy's funny?

He don't have anything on me.

Of course, I also live in a world overrun by these:

So take it for what it's worth.

We're in the stretch drive of the 90s, heading into 1999 with full speed and no brakes! Everybody get your head inside the window.

As usual, you can find the list here.

And here we go!

1) Shawn Mullins: "Lullaby" (#7)

Yay, Vevo!!!!

This guy sounds like a more mellow Jack Nicholson, doesn't he?

Or is that just me?

She doesn't look to be in the mood for a lullaby, actually. Besides, there's all that booze around to help her sleep! She doesn't need a song from a long-haired, grizzled singer like that.

Though maybe she's into that kind of thing. I don't know.

Los Angeles is "kind of like Nashville, with a tan." I love that line.

Anyway, I actually really do like the song, and the video is quite poignant as well (and it goes with the song!). Mullins does have an interesting voice and the lyrics are very good.

It's's not a lullaby, is it?

Mrs. Canada says, 10 points off for bad word usage.

2) Eagle-Eye Cherry: "Save Tonight" (#5)

Yay, Vevo!!!!

Ok, I said that I was pretty much removed from the pop music scene around this time, but then I get two songs in a row I've heard before! We did sometimes have MuchMoreMusic on as background noise at night, so I think I heard these songs there.

But I digress...

Did he just steal that piece of fruit!!!! Hey, buddy! You eat it, you buy it! No, you can't give it back.

Or,um, you can just consume the store owner like some 50s bad SF movie and then you can have everything for free!

Wow, I'm losing my train of thought here.

Is it just me, or is that one of the most inept robbers ever? Good thing the clerk is too busy singing, or I think he could take him with that meat cleaver.

Ok, I think Eagle-Eye Cherry is taking over the world. This is getting spooky.

Two songs in a row that I also rather like. This one's got a good beat and I can dance to it. I'll give it a 9.

Sorry, I was channeling this for a second.

Incidentally, Eagle-Eye is the son of jazz singer Don Cherry. When I first saw that name, even knowing they're two different people, I couldn't help thinking of this.

Though I would guess the singer is better-dressed.

3) New Radicals: "You Get What You Give" (#36)

Yay, Vevo!!!!

I love this song!!!!

And I *hate* this video. It starts out all kind of cool and everything, but then it turns into some kind of young radical (HA! See what I did there) mall terrorist incident, where they go after the bourgeoisie and start putting them in cages and stuff. Let the animals free! And lock up the guys in suits and ties.

Oh yeah. These people don't know how the fast-food wage slaves live, so let's make them become one and treat them badly!

The song's really nice, too. Live from your heart. You get out of life what you put into it. Express yourself. Yeah, ok, there's a bit of anti-corporatism in the song, but it's pretty mild compared to the rest of the stuff that's actually good in it.

This is wonderful!

So why shit on that message with this horrible video that basically says that anarchy is ok?

Ugh, sorry for the serious rant there. Time to lighten up.

4) Mark Chesnutt: "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (#17)

(no video for the song)

Chesnutt takes Aerosmith's hit and hits the Top 40 with it! He's a big country star, but this is his only Pop Top 40 song in his career (hence the "one-hit wonder" tag).

It's not bad, but he's no Steven Tyler.

Though his dress sense is probably better, he can't beat Tyler in the lip department.

5) Jesse Powell: "You" (#10)

Ok, why'd she look pissed off when she gave the guy her number? Is it a challenge? "If you still call me after I glare at you like that, then it must be love."

Both the song and video are cheesy beyond belief, but at least their hearts are in the right places. It's a really sweet love song, and I can see it become "our song" to millions of couples all over the world.

In fact, maybe that's the plan. Jesse plans on taking over the world. Mind control through love!

And then he'll have his love-controlled minions attack! It will be chaos in the streets.

Or, then again, maybe not. Where are my pills?

6) Joey McIntyre: "Stay the Same" (#10)

Yay, Vevo!!!!

This song is inspiring me!!!

It's inspiring me to hurl, that is.

Ok, it's not bad, in fact it's very sweet (though dogs must have trouble living next to him when he hits those high notes). It's got a very nice message about being yourself, and I guess I should be thankful he's not caging any corporate peons in the video, but c'mon.

I'm getting the sugar sickies, and I haven't had my ice cream yet.


All right, all right. There's nothing wrong with the song. I'm just cranky.

Those kids wouldn't get off my lawn.

7) B*witched: "C'est La Vie" (#9)

Ok, so this isn't a remake of the 80s song? Good to know.

Aren't they a little young for "I'll show you mine if you show me yours?"

What's that? Oh, they're only *acting* that young.

Why does this group remind me of a cross between the Backstreet Boys and the neighborhood "Moms" organization?

This song is just silly fun (I guess). I guess moms have to cut loose occasionally too.

Though most of them don't inflict that on the rest of us.

Ok, here's a better one.

And you know what? They're Irish, and they're pretty damned hot, too.

Yes, it's typical pop junk, but at least it doesn't give that uncomfortable feeling of lusting after a best friend's mom or something.

Not that I'm familiar with that sensation, of course...

And there you have it! Week one in 1999. Three more weeks to go. Will your humble blogger be up to the pressure of finishing these on time? It's getting harder and harder as time goes on, but the inertia keeps things going round and round and round.

What's even better is that we've resisted the rap invasion!!! So let's all celebrate.

But now it's time to begin the day. In fact, I have a speech I have to make.

These new-fangled contraptions. Who can keep them straight?

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. A week with no rap. Good. Loved #4 as you probably guessed. The 2nd version was awful. The guy was so creepy looking. 5 & 6 were good to. You did okay this week. Keep up the good work.

  2. 2) Eagle-Eye Cherry: "Save Tonight" <<one of my faves!

    4) Mark Chesnutt: "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" <<overkill! I can no longer listen to this song in ANY form. It was cool until it got played for MONTHS as every other song on the radio.

    LMAO!!! Mic being used as a cell phone? TOTAL fail. Epic.

  3. Mom: You don't like Aerosmith? You don't know good stuff. :P But I agree that that song is *really* annoying now.

    pr0udmom0f3: I love how the mic guy shrugged off the guy trying to help him, too. That's a classic shot.

  4. Is that Russell Peters up there?!? He's hilarious! So I remember everything except for #7..good thing too! But not sure if you'd count #4 because, yes I do know the song but not Mark Chesnutt's version. Hmm...

  5. Yes, that is Russell Peters, and I agree. He's hilarious.

    Why is it a good thing you don't remember #7? Because of how bad it is? LOL

    I wasn't familiar with Mark Chesnutt's version either, to tell you the truth.

  6. Why, yes that is precisely the reason why it's a good thing I don't remember #7. lol


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