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October 31, 2010

One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 38)

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.


Happy Halloween, everybody!!!

Yes, that time of ghouls and goblins, werewolves and witches (Disclaimer: no denigration of Wiccans or other "witches" is intended, inferred, implied, or any other "i" word that will keep the lawyers and ACLU off of my back).

Where was I?

Oh yeah.

It's Halloween!

Yes, that time of skeletons and zombies, jack-o-lanterns and vampires (Disclaimer: no denigration of residents of Transylvania, relatives of the real Count Dracula, or any other people with hematophagy is intended, inferred, implied, or any other "i" word that will keep the lawyers and ACLU off of my back).

Where was I?

Oh yeah.

It's Hallow....ah, screw it.

It's this week's edition of the One Hit Wonders of the 90s! *looks around for any lawyer types*

You know, I'm doing this post and I realize something. I say "Self," (because I always start talking to myself by addressing myself), "I'm hungry."

And then I get something to eat.

Now I'm ready to go!

As usual, you can find the list of one-hit wonders I'm taking this from here. Do you think if I glare at you, it will make you not look?

Yeah, that should do it.

Here we go!

1) Vengaboys: "We Like to Party" (#26)

This music was pretty popular in the late 90s, used in lots of different venues. So it's surprising the song itself only hit #26.

It really does start to make you feel upbeat, doesn't it?

Vengaboys? Those are some of the hottest "boys" I've ever seen! Wooo!

You know, when my car breaks down, I get out and dance, too. I'm surprised these impromptu dance sessions don't break out in more rest areas around the country. It would sure make for a break in the long drives each summer!

The Vengaboys were simply huge in Europe, but this is the only song that hit the Top 40. That's kind of too bad, as their blend of Europop, Europop (that's like the blend of races at a Vanilla Ice concert, I guess) is actually quite fun. It lifted my spirits, at least!

Wonder if they'd raise this woman's spirits.

Well, it might take more than this...

2) Jordan Knight: "Give it to You" (#10)

Yay, Vevo!!!!

Oh no! It's a New Kid!!!! *gag* Who let this guy in here?

I see you can get the singer out of the boy band, but you can't get the boy band out of the singer. If he's going to produce the exact same crap as a solo artist as he does with the New Kids, why go solo? Even down to the "Damn! I'm handsome!" attitude.

It's all the same. And it's all vomit-inducing.

I mean, it's no liver and ice cream. But, you know, it's close and all.

3) Everlast: "What It's Like" (#13)

Wow! It's Nickelback before they were popular!!! Except, you know, a solo artist and all.

Actually, this is a pretty good song, and quite poignant if you listen to the words, even if the imagery in the video is as subtle as a nuclear blast.

Still, it's a nice little song about remembering that, as bad as you have it, somebody else has it worse.

(Disclaimer: may not apply if you're married to Marilyn Manson)

4) Fatboy Slim: "Praise You" (#36)

Believe it or not, this is the official video, directed by Spike Jonz. It's a fake dance troupe.

What this has to do with the song? I have no clue.

So we'll just ignore it.

The song itself? I think I could even play the piano on this song once I had it memorized. Ok, that would take a *lot* of memorization, but you get my point.

Still, the sentiment is pretty good, isn't it? We've been together a long time, so I should praise you, shouldn't I? Give you the kudos that you deserve.

This just makes me realize that I have neglected you, dear reader (and yes, that is single digits, I'm sure). I have definitely neglected you! I have taken you for granted, and I want to make up for it.

How does a trip to Australia sound? Yeah? You'd like that? Well, just let me know when you've raised the money and I'll definitely give you the honour of going with you.

You can't beat a deal like that.

Anyway, while this song is good, I had completely forgotten that this was Fatboy Slim. Here's probably his most famous video, though I guess the song never actually did anything (or he wouldn't be a one-hit wonder, would he?).

Who can forget *that*? Especially with the awesome Christopher Walken in it? He definitely looks like he had a lot of fun doing it. This video is widely cited as the best music video of all time. I think it's certainly up there.

5) Dave Hollister: "My Favorite Girl" (#39)

Dave Hollister : My favorite girl
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"Why the hell you keep paging me?" Yeah, this is definitely the 90s. When was the last time somebody was actually *paged*?

That's funny. She doesn't look like Glenn Close. (Let's see how many people get that reference)

This is actually quite a chilling song, especially if you keep a certain movie in mind. It's rather tame by those standards, but even so, the words just knife right into you, making you feel like you walked into the kitchen to a boiling rabbit (is that enough hints?).

Of course, the woman in the song has nothing on this woman:

No, wait. Sorry about that. That was the last woman I dated when I told her that I was a Star Wars fan.

I meant this woman.

But even so, the woman in the song is pretty creepy.

6) Steve Wariner: "Two Teardrops" (#30)

(You're not missing anything except for the ending music after the rather abrupt cut)

Another country music crossover. Not sure why this song hit the charts and none others did, but there you go.

Ok, I admit. This is a sweet song, but I'm listening to this and I'm covered with syrup! And yes, I'm Canadian, so that syrup is maple, but that's not the point! Never mind the physics of the song, it just strikes me as written with the intention of making people cry, like a lot of country songs that I used to listen to. And I admit, they often did made me cry. But I felt so manipulated afterwards.

Maybe I'm just cranky.

But I'll get out of it.

7) Chante Moore: "Chante's Got a Man" (#10)

Yay! Way to lord it over the other girls, there, Chante! You sound so pleased with yourself too.

Still, the message in the song is pretty good. You're worthy and should wait for the right man to come along for you. Don't settle. Sorry that your man is an asshole. Oh, and I'd better get home to *my* man for some good lovin'.

I'm just sayin'...

Or maybe that's not what she means?

Ladies, please tell me. When you're in discussions about men in general (or your worthless excuses for husbands/boyfriends), do you break out in song when you start arguing?

Because that would actually be pretty cool.

I'm getting mixed messages from this song, actually.

The cool one: Men aren't all the same, and there are some good ones out there.

The bad one: I'm conceited enough that I'm going to keep on telling you about my guy while you wallow in misery with yours.

Which one is the true one?

That's about as hard to fathom as the answer to this question:

(side note: Why is there a naked kid on a Saturday morning cartoon commercial? Just wondering.)

And there you have it! This week's one-hit wonders, and no rap to be seen! I think we might be safe.

But I will definitely keep a look-out. Don't want any of those scary rap artists to come trick-or-treating to your door and breaking out into song (or whatever you want to call it).

Oh look, here's one now!

Go away, you scallywags!!!!

That being said, I do have to head off to set up for Halloween. Have to make sure we keep those kids off of our lawns and all that.

And now I have to go wipe my face off.

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. You did pretty good this week. I was surprised I liked more then I disliked. There sure were a lot of dancers this week. If I danced like that I;d be REAL skinny. Maybe I should try that.LOL Guess you could know I;d like Steve Wariner. I didn;t know the song but I knew who he was. It was a pretty song. You are right though country songs are always sad ones kind of sappy words. Keep up the good work. HAPPY HALLOWEEN

  2. Fatboy Slim is far from a one hit wonder, while Weapon of Choice "only" went to 10 Cook has been all over the charts since praise you came out.

  3. Mom: You too!

    Anonymous: Thanks for the heads-up on that. I couldn't find any chart information anywhere for Fatboy Slim (his Wikipedia entry, for some reason, only had the UK charts).

  4. Don't know 5, 6, or 7.

    Love the new look btw!

  5. Thank you! Is it showing up fine for you?


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