Picking up from 50 Memorable Songs Of The Late 1990s That Apparently Only You Remember, Even Though They Were Totally On The Radio And Stuff. This period is now further from us than the late 90s thread was when I started it in 2007, so we should have some certainty about what's really, permanently slipped through the cracks. To start us off:
Elwood - Sundown (thanks to MarkoP on the old thread). Mellow rap-rock walk through Gordon Lightfoot's classic with a strong whiff of Sugar Ray. I remember my mom in the car going "Now why on earth would you do that?" I feel like there were a lot of songs in this sensitive skater-songwriter vein, but off the top of my head I'm just coming up with "Heaven Is A Halfpipe," which was big enough to have its own ILM thread. Sadly, Elwood seem to have been unable to capitalize on their first success; per Wiki: "Elwood's second record was released independently in 2005. Although not a lot is known about this record, it can be heard at Elwood's website."
Keith Murray - Candi Bar - Just a huge time capsule to me in terms of the beat, the visuals of the video, everything. Also a great, stupid rapper-sample interchange: "How could I manifest her uniqueness in vernacular?" Like a chocolate candy bar... "Yeah, that describes her!"
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American - The revved-up "get rocked!" first single that led into massive crossover "The Middle." Always thought this could have or should have been bigger, amidst all the "return of rock" business.
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Monday, 14 September 2015 03:42 (two years ago) Permalink
― hackshaw, Monday, 14 September 2015 03:48 (two years ago) Permalink
I'd probably have to know these first before I could forget them.
― Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 September 2015 06:00 (two years ago) Permalink
They were totally on the radio! And stuff! I don't remember "The Rasmus" at all though.
VAST - Free - Gothy dross with a hooky sort of chorus. Always thought the dude's super shiny jacket seemed sort of out of place, but the attack of giant CGI spiders is maybe the most 'period' touch.
Busta Rhymes - "Fire" and "Get Out!!" - flop singles from his basically forgotten 2000 album Anarchy, which I think suffered from a bit of a Busta glut on the market. Neither of these quite smells like a smash hit to be honest but I've always been fond of both of them; "Get Out!!" is a post-"Hard Knock Life" kids' chorus song that just gives me a good-times vibe, and "Fire" really rides that super metallic, alien Diana Ross sample the whole way through.
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 02:23 (two years ago) Permalink
― hackshaw, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 03:33 (two years ago) Permalink
great thread already
― mods = chickenshit idiots (D-40), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:25 (two years ago) Permalink
Solitair - easy to sliphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6VoygloCOo
non-backpacker canadian rap pre-Drake
― mods = chickenshit idiots (D-40), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:26 (two years ago) Permalink
I assume since it has a bunch of ILX posts Philly's Most Wanted or something like that is too well remembered.
But what about Philly rapper Mil, who had a record & video with the Hot Boyz:http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ekfj_mil-ft-lil-wayne-b-g-ride-out_music
― mods = chickenshit idiots (D-40), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:31 (two years ago) Permalink
― hackshaw, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:34 (two years ago) Permalink
loving the phrase "a bit of a Busta glut on the market"
― jaymc, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:37 (two years ago) Permalink
Does Remy Shand count?https://vimeo.com/70676073
― mods = chickenshit idiots (D-40), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:42 (two years ago) Permalink
I don't remember "The Rasmus" at all though.
Yeah, they only charted in Europe, and not for long. A few Finnish rock bands did well around then iirc. In Finland they all ended up being put on stamps.
Uh... there's a lot of suitable stuff from the May 14, 2000 UK chart, but none of it contains the line:
"This tune's gonna punish you."
This one 'shockingly' stalled at #2, beaten by Spiller's "Groovejet".
― flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 05:16 (two years ago) Permalink
― hackshaw, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 05:25 (two years ago) Permalink
Sev - Huh. Never heard that. Sub-sub-Bizkit thing, kinda cool for a minute at the start when it seems like they're gonna make more out of the plainchant sample, but it never stands a chance against the shrill guitar onslaught. Actually even more than Bizkit it sounds like P.O.D., specifically "Boom" which I considered for this thread but rejected since I think I've at least heard it in a movie trailer or something since it faded away.
Bad Ronald - Oh woww.. this is right at that "have I heard this? I haven't heard this. wait, I've heard this" line. The band achieved little success in spite of their promotion with MTV. The group formed in 1999 after working shows in New York City. The group wanted "to form a band that combined rap, pop, rock, and sophomoric humor."
Rehab - Wow this is irritating. Oddly I would 100% believe you if you'd just posted it to the rolling worst songs of 2015 thread as some new garish band trying to be funny in their videos; except for the chorus which does sound very 99/00 to me (can't place what song in particular it's reminding me of).
Solitair maybe the most defensible thing on the thread so far, actually sounds like a reasonable song on first listen. I was digging Steriogram until the guy started singing, trying wayyyyy too hard there dude. Love the flagrant attempt at a "Fell In Love With A Girl" type gimmick three years late, though at least they committed to it and spent some time on the stop-motion and all that. Reminds me that I would like to post Kenna, "Hell Bent" (the "Controoooolin' meeeee" song with the gloomy stop motion video about little sad industrial arts-and-crafts people) but it seems that it's not on YouTube, perhaps due to rights problems with the animation (which I think was previously a separate short film of its own).
Grand Theft Audio - Stoopid Ass: The lead-off track to the Dude, Where's My Car? soundtrack!
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 17 September 2015 00:54 (two years ago) Permalink
Wheatus - Leroy:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyJ9CblhZmg
The other song by that band that isn't Weezer.
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 01:09 (two years ago) Permalink
And speaking of non packbacker pre-Drake Canadian rap:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rNBDQvQ-9c
I could really fill this thread up with lots of half forgotten Can-Con, but I'll refrain for now.
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 01:14 (two years ago) Permalink
And in my first semester of university, where I had no tv and no internet, and thus relied on the radio for my entertainment, I remember this song by "Not John Mayer":Josh Kelley - Amazinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R189rki4j9k
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 01:26 (two years ago) Permalink
I'm also trying to remember a video from circa 2000-2002 that was by a pop punk group that was done in the style of an infomercial, which also may have been Canadian.
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 01:28 (two years ago) Permalink
this is a whole new level of garbage compared to anything posted previously.
really good for a laugh though
― hackshaw, Thursday, 17 September 2015 01:35 (two years ago) Permalink
― hackshaw, Thursday, 17 September 2015 01:50 (two years ago) Permalink
Busta's "Fire is half epic half "can I only download this mp3 in 96k?"
― Norse Jung (Eric H.), Thursday, 17 September 2015 04:03 (two years ago) Permalink
I don't think I could ever forget about The Rasmus, that track seemed to be fucking everywhere in the UK at the time and still seems to be quite well remembered.
― Turrican, Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:50 (two years ago) Permalink
same here, and it's just the worst song - guess bcz I liked it at the time (I was very young!) it never really left me
― niels, Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:07 (two years ago) Permalink
I still hear that Fuel track at my gym...
― skip, Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:13 (two years ago) Permalink
Long Beach Dub All Stars - Sunny Hourshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSSVaW5fklc
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:38 (two years ago) Permalink
Also in the category of Post-Sublime Rappish Rock:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR2a8mccuJY
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:41 (two years ago) Permalink
The one song by this Australia band that made it's way to the North American rock charts:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM_eb0vVo0k
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:56 (two years ago) Permalink
Most of these deserve to be forgotten.
― The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Thursday, 17 September 2015 16:15 (two years ago) Permalink
"Hemorrhage" was probably too big to ever really be forgotten, but a pretty amazing period piece regardless - dude's whole look with the bleached shaggy 'do and the necklace and the best scenery-chewing SERIOUS EMOTING this side of Eddie Vedder. It's a plausible contender for "last song of the 90s" in that sense, though sonically it is very close to other kinda watery-sounding overstuffed 2000-era cheeze (e.g. Vertical Horizon).
Angie Aparo - Spaceship - what I think of whenever I use the word "watery" to describe this period of radio rock - the flange effect or whatever on this guy's voice is just really shitty, plus all the noodley electronic stuff sprinkled around in the background. Yikes.
Mest - What's The Dillio? - Catchy with a stupid hook and a gross aiming-for-rom-com teenage premise ("there's something special to her, she's / not just another whore"). See also Stop trying to make "What's the dillio?" happen: Songs that hitch their wagon to slang of the moment
Hot Action Cop - Fever For the Flava - A truly grotesque and awful video for a stupid and offensive song that has always occupied a weirdly fond place in my heart, mainly because the chorus, with different lyrics about a different subject entirely, really could have been a great little feel-good anthem.
Overall yeah, thread not exactly overflowing with lost classics as of yet. I confess to a longstanding fondness for "Heaven Is A Halfpipe" for some inexplicable reason.
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 17 September 2015 18:07 (two years ago) Permalink
Busta Rhymes feat. Kelis - What It Is - more of the Busta glut, from the second Violator album, with the Neptunes presenting basically the Platonic template of Neptunes backing tracks. This did well on the US Rap chart but seems to have pretty much disappeared, perhaps owing to the sort of abstract and nonspecific hook from Kelis (though I do like the way it SOUNDS) - not much to relate to here, just, you know, a few minutes of Busta doing Busta stuff.
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 17 September 2015 18:14 (two years ago) Permalink
This song, along with Busta's "Get Out", kind of occupy the same space in my mind and will pop up randomly in my head from time to time:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3laveWE68yA
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 19:33 (two years ago) Permalink
this thread is a sausagefest
so, here, an entry in "female-fronted power-pop of the sort that would appear on '90s teen movie soundtracks" as well as "did nobody listen to these lyrics before placing it in this movie"
― a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Thursday, 17 September 2015 19:39 (two years ago) Permalink
That last collection of rock songs is all new to me and absolutely horrible.
― skip, Thursday, 17 September 2015 19:43 (two years ago) Permalink
Well in an attempt to not make this a complete sausage fest:Hoku - The Burrito Songhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMoVIuCnhho
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 19:46 (two years ago) Permalink
this was on the radio quite often in its year:
― a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Thursday, 17 September 2015 19:57 (two years ago) Permalink
Decent female pop punk, but cringe inducing video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO03oq2eQ7w
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 20:07 (two years ago) Permalink
One more for the crap pile:Nitty - Nasty Girlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zY9Oa5DZj4
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 20:30 (two years ago) Permalink
man, that Jimmy Eat World song actually rules though.
it's like Fugazi and Def Leppard slugging it out in an alleyway
― hackshaw, Thursday, 17 September 2015 20:38 (two years ago) Permalink
MarkoP, God bless you for reminding me "Heaven Is a Halfpipe" exists
How about "Do Right" by Jimmie's Chicken Shack? Technically late 1999, but I think it fits here:
― J. Sam, Thursday, 17 September 2015 20:41 (two years ago) Permalink
Kazzer - Pedal to The Metalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STy1UL49FZM
Might have been a bigger hit in Canada than the US, but I do remember this showing up in a bunch of movies and TV shows like Fast and the Furious and Malcolm in the Middle.
― MarkoP, Thursday, 17 September 2015 22:05 (two years ago) Permalink
I was doing some research a while back and was surprised to find this r&b song had been a top ten pop hit even though I'd never heard of the artist. It turned out not only had I totally heard it, but it's also the source material for a Mac Dre classic
Debelah Morgan - Dance With Me
― best beloved george benson (The Reverend), Friday, 18 September 2015 00:00 (two years ago) Permalink
― flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Friday, 18 September 2015 00:50 (two years ago) Permalink
as we said back then (..maybe)
hey best buy pushed the hell out of her back then...
― Hammer Smashed Bagels, Friday, 18 September 2015 01:06 (two years ago) Permalink
ILX's last mention of him was 2008! again, a Best Buy sampler favorite:
― Hammer Smashed Bagels, Friday, 18 September 2015 01:12 (two years ago) Permalink
holy fuck, is that Ashlee Simpson?
this sounds like Goo Goo Dolls if Metal Blade were the name of their cutlery sponsor instead of a punk label.
― hackshaw, Friday, 18 September 2015 01:20 (two years ago) Permalink
yep that's Ashlee Simpson. he was dating her at the time!
― Hammer Smashed Bagels, Friday, 18 September 2015 01:23 (two years ago) Permalink
most Puddle of Mudd songs are still pretty well remembered but I'll be damned if I've heard anybody hum or sing this:
― Hammer Smashed Bagels, Friday, 18 September 2015 01:24 (two years ago) Permalink
I even remember singing this at a karaoke night once! now I barely remember its hook at all (mostly cos, like most Musiq songs of the time, it didn't really have one!)
― Hammer Smashed Bagels, Friday, 18 September 2015 01:28 (two years ago) Permalink
like "Hemmorhage", this was a pretty big hit. but it's not like your gonna hear it anywhere unless you're wine drunk at a Sizzler on a Thursday evening or shopping for Hallmark cards. insanely forgotten band
― hackshaw, Friday, 18 September 2015 01:33 (two years ago) Permalink
I remember that video, but not the song.
The follow-up single, Dreamer, I remember quite well.
― MarkoP, Monday, 19 October 2015 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink
Black Crowes - Lickinhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arU46YyLSP0
Mostly I just remember hating the song because I found it obnoxious and annoying, and thought the video was boring.
― MarkoP, Monday, 19 October 2015 17:26 (two years ago) Permalink
I wonder if I know the Ozzy more from commercials for it, featuring clips of the video, than of the whole video? Most of it didn't really seem all that familiar, just mainly the "I'm not the Antichrist or / the Iron Man."
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Monday, 19 October 2015 21:01 (two years ago) Permalink
The Crystal Method - The Name of the Game. The "calling all freaks" song with Tom Morello guitar work and the creepy guy with a nose for a head. Heavily MTV2'ed in my memory, and heavily used in soundtracks and search according to Wiki. But it's built out of a bunch of fragmentary hooks, almost waiting to be re-excerpted for little momentary interstitial blurts of sound, leaving it feeling less like a song than, say, "Trip Like I Do."
Not to mention that this was used in SO MANY COMMERCIALS, it was totally unavoidable that year
Love that Bad Ronald was mentioned upthread. I heard the song once on MTV and liked it but never heard of them again. "I've been waitin' all day for that Bad Ronald, man!" - one of the alltime greatest song intros, if you ask me
― frogbs, Monday, 19 October 2015 21:14 (two years ago) Permalink
that crystal method was kinda sneakily unavoidable, didn't actually crossover to become a radio hit but managed to be everywhere in some capacity. the last big beat track to manage that kind of profile iirc.
― balls, Monday, 19 October 2015 21:32 (two years ago) Permalink
THE BRAVERY - HONEST MISTAKE
Kinda exploiting a New Order vibe.
― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 19 October 2015 22:15 (two years ago) Permalink
yeah i suspect "name of the game" was heard way more than much of the stuff in this thread, but without it leading to people knowing it as a piece of music in its own right, even as a thing with no name or artist (the way "rock n roll pt. 2" is) - just some sounds you heard a lot one particular year.
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Monday, 19 October 2015 23:18 (two years ago) Permalink
yeah i'm not sure i ever heard it on the radio (i would imagine it got a little airplay on eg 99x but by that point altrock radio was starting to die out and really diminished in terms of having an impact on the larger culture), it never got a high profile film/tv appearance like fatboy slim or lofi allstars and unlike 'days go by' or 'remind me' it use in ads wasn't so prominent and the tune itself wasn't so distinct or songlike as w/ 'days go by' and 'remind me' that it could create a groundswell of interest, it was just generic doritos music.
― balls, Monday, 19 October 2015 23:22 (two years ago) Permalink
it's interesting cuz its mainstream profile was probably slightly higher than 'one more time's at the time ('one more time' managed some video airplay but that was it) but 'one more time' had this immediate afterlife as a jock jam and then daft punk become embraced in this profound way in 97 w/ the tour and kanye and bloghouse in general being tied to them so that by the time their effective followup (in that they let everyone know that hey, they're making an effort this time) they'd be well known enough in the mainstream they could get hyped pre-release on kelly ripa and michael strahan.
― balls, Monday, 19 October 2015 23:28 (two years ago) Permalink
ha, "doritos music." yeah. i definitely saw that awful nose guy a lot on MTV2 in the dorms, but that pretty much says it all. ha, i was just going to bring up lo-fidelity all-stars - do people know "battleflag" as a song? i was watching coyote ugly with some friends the other night and somehow that was the most jarring and embarrassing musical cue in the whole thing.
"one more time" was off their 2001 album btw; dunno that they ever were well-known in the mainstream til "get lucky" but they went from something that dance people and avid watchers of mtv's electronica programming knew about to something that radiohead/flaming lips people knew about (and liked), and having both in your pocket is probably very helpful for building hype and connections with your kanyes and your blogs and such. i do remember a girl i had a crush on in high school, who was generally not into outlandish or weird music, talking to me in english class about catching this crazy "around the world" video on TV and being really interested in it. so who knows.
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Monday, 19 October 2015 23:45 (two years ago) Permalink
"battleflag" got a good bit of radio airplay and was featured very very prominently in a very very big episode of e.r.
― balls, Monday, 19 October 2015 23:49 (two years ago) Permalink
Moony - Acrobats (Looking For Balance)
I'm sure I remember this being played on the radio? it was the follow up to Point Of View and Dove (I'll Be Loving You), both of which were huge hits, but this one only reached #64 in the UK charts. apparently Moony released another album in Japan and Brazil in 2009 but I can't find any information on what she's been up to since then.
― soref, Monday, 19 October 2015 23:53 (two years ago) Permalink
is Point of View remembered in the US? wikipedia says that it was a 'U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play number-one single', but I don't really understand how the US charts work, is that a big deal? did you see a lot of the video with the cardboard woman?
― soref, Monday, 19 October 2015 23:56 (two years ago) Permalink
billboard dance music chart is imo the weirdest and most mysterious chart in terms of methodology and what it signifies
― balls, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00 (two years ago) Permalink
iirc they poll a hundred british twentysomethings at random and more or less go with that, but i am not really a regular attendee at Hot Dance Music Clubs. have never heard, or heard of, "moony" before, anyway.
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 01:20 (two years ago) Permalink
no that chart decidedly doesn't have an anglophile tilt
― balls, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 02:04 (two years ago) Permalink
never seen any tom petty on it either fwiw
hardy har har
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 02:07 (two years ago) Permalink
Many XPs..."Battleflag" was a Top 10 Modern Rock hit, and was sufficiently recognizable that my local station had a station id tag based on it's chorus for awile in the early '00s.
― Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 02:08 (two years ago) Permalink
I think it may have varied a bit regionally? I remember my buddy in Auburn railing against it, like it was this major sensation that they were playing every hour, and me being like "huh, I don't even know what that is." I'd heard it but it wasn't as big of a deal.
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 02:11 (two years ago) Permalink
it's def '99. from same spring as "praise you" and "let forever be."
― billstevejim, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 02:12 (two years ago) Permalink
oh yeah, wasn't submitting it as "forgotten" here, just following up balls on it being a point of comparison
― Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 02:15 (two years ago) Permalink
in retrospect spring 99 peak big beat in america, "rockafeller skank" also peaked here then thx to she's all that - http://youtu.be/r4mQmoD72tc
― balls, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 02:51 (two years ago) Permalink
Scent - "Up & Down"
― boxedjoy, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 10:01 (two years ago) Permalink
Bubba Sparxxx - "Lovely" (2001). Probably not so forgotten on websites that host Timbaland track polls (it didn't place). The followup and, I guess, conceptual twin, to "Ugly," but not burdened by trying to offer up a theme song intro number to this new countrified rapper. (The video in particular sheds all the pig-ridin', road-house folks stuff from its predecessor.) The hook is decent and there are some memorable rhymes in there though I can certainly see why it didn't take off. Suspect for most folks his discography has effectively contracted to "Ms. New Booty" and, for the hep cats, "Deliverance."
― Frump 'n' Dump (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 7 November 2015 07:38 (two years ago) Permalink
I liked Deliverance at the time. Were any of the singles from that album on the radio n stuff?
― billstevejim, Monday, 9 November 2015 02:11 (two years ago) Permalink
I think I heard/saw "Deliverance" at least a little, but I might be mixing it up with it getting really good reviews and me checking it out? In my mind this was a Pitchfork-hyped album but now I can't find anything about it there. Anyway it made #9 on the US Rap chart so it must have gotten at least a decent amount of airplay for a minute. "Jimmy Mathis" and "Back in the Mud" otoh went absolutely nowhere.
Fatboy Slim - Bird of Prey. This was big in the UK, but in the US it was a career-suicide single that I remember getting played on MTV2 for maybe a week or so. It sounds better to me now than it did then, when I was mostly just baffled - this trippy, dreamy little meditation on Jim Morrison (and, apparently, atomic-war pilots on acid) is how he's going to follow up the wacky good times party jams of his smash album? Oookay....!
― Frump 'n' Dump (Doctor Casino), Monday, 9 November 2015 02:45 (two years ago) Permalink
'lovely' was so dope, to me better than 'ugly'
― Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 9 November 2015 21:29 (two years ago) Permalink
Scapegoat Wax - Aisle 10 (Hello Allison)
Had this brought to my attention tonight. Don't remember it whatsoever but several other people seemed to know it well. Kinda in the interzone between Elwood and "Shaniqua."
― Doctor Casino, Friday, 27 November 2015 04:45 (two years ago) Permalink
Jin (with some Wyclef interjections) - Learn Chinese
― the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Friday, 5 February 2016 21:24 (two years ago) Permalink
The Breeders - "Huffer" and "Son Of Three." Neither is probably much forgotten by ILX alt-rock types but they're both great songs which were kinda out of time in the radio rock landscape of 2002 (the year of Linkin Park, POD and Chad Kroeger - though "You Know You're Right" did very very well).
The latter's single version is a completely different recording from the album - faster, generally more energetic. Gets stuck in my head all the time. If I find the door... I am the son of Go.
― shandemonium padawan (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:37 (two years ago) Permalink
DMX - Who We Be. Top ten US Rap and had a good stretch of video airplay for a minute but this kind of relentless BA-DUM! BA-DUM! BA-DUM! BA-DUM! had a pretty limited shelf life I think. At the time we reacted to it with easy take-offs, since at first blush he seems to just be listing things and we couldn't make out a lot of the words, so: point at random objects in the room and blurt out their names to the rhythm of the song. Actually reading the lyrics it seems much more pointed and, potentially, powerful than I'd thought. Still can't really get past the sound, personally.
Trick Daddy - I'm A Thug. #16 on US Rap, following the lower-charting but, I think, much bigger "Take It To Da House." The production on both audio and video could really not be from any moment other than the 99-01 pop interzone.
The Offspring - Original Prankster. Also very much of that period (I think the video, which I can't find, would bear that out) and easily one of the shittiest songs of its entire genre. I've definitely bitched about it on ILX before - a garbage rewrite of the already godawful "Pretty Fly For A White Guy," with a pointless guest turn by Redman, and painstakingly-enunciated first-draft lyrics that bend and contort to try and fit the rhythm without making any real sense. It hit #2 on U.S. Alternative, but if you asked somebody to name a dozen Offspring hits I doubt they'd get to this one.
― dustalo springsteen (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 17 November 2016 05:14 (one year ago) Permalink
"Who We Be" is a great song!
― JRN, Thursday, 17 November 2016 05:26 (one year ago) Permalink
Feel like there's a pretty deep well of sunny, club-oriented NOW! pop from this period that's sort of, not forgotten, but probably at a low ebb. Like, JoJo's "Leave (Get Out)" was 2 big a hit 2 be 4gotten... but is there any venue/outlet where it would be heard today? Maybe CVS I guess?
― ﴿→ ☺ (Doctor Casino), Monday, 19 June 2017 17:27 (eight months ago) Permalink
The SiriusXM station Pop2K is all about these.
As for FM, some Top 40 stations have lately been throwing in occasional Pop2K hits from lower in their respective "Hot 100 of the year" lists.
― billstevejim, Monday, 19 June 2017 23:29 (eight months ago) Permalink
wow, willa ford "i wanna be bad" is a pretty naked rewrite of "sock it 2 me," huh
― Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Friday, 22 December 2017 13:41 (two months ago) Permalink
also at the risk of offending ilx's new wave contingent, adding New Order's "Crystal" to the playlist
― Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Friday, 22 December 2017 13:48 (two months ago) Permalink
"Crystal" is a good choice. This thread goes deep in the MTV2-core.
What was the name of the show on MTV2 where people would vote online for 1 of 3 videos and the voting percentages would update on the screen in real time?
― billstevejim, Friday, 22 December 2017 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink
i recently heard iio's club-to-radio crossover "rapture" and honestly am not entirely sure if i heard it back when it was out! it sounds very familiar but is also just slight enough that my mind could have easily forgotten it unless it had been ubiquitous, which it wasn't (in the u.s. -- apparently overseas it was quite a big hit). nice tune either way.
― dyl, Friday, 22 December 2017 19:03 (two months ago) Permalink
Deftones - Back to School
― Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Friday, 26 January 2018 04:43 (four weeks ago) Permalink
Apparently that song was a sop to the label who wanted a lead single for the album, and the band always hated it. But I admit, I like it, late-90s rap-metal corniness and all. The beginning of it is thrilling.
― JRN, Friday, 26 January 2018 05:34 (four weeks ago) Permalink
I thought it was cool that they were doing a smash up the school jam seemingly so soon after Columbine & upgraded zero-tolerance policies in schools. Genuinely felt rebellious given that most other Rap Metal was about general angst, swearing, and 5-string bass/7-string guitar.
It was also funny that the label made them cut it for a first single, and then it (relatively) flopped and "Change (In The House of Flys)"--which was about as out-there as one could get in early Clear Channel Rock Radio--blew up.
― Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 26 January 2018 06:30 (four weeks ago) Permalink
Wyclef Jean ft. The Rock, Melky & Sedek - "It Doesn't Matter"
― Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 26 January 2018 06:49 (four weeks ago) Permalink
have never stopped loving that one
― Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Friday, 26 January 2018 13:45 (four weeks ago) Permalink
who could ever forget
― Haribo Hancock (sic), Friday, 26 January 2018 14:32 (four weeks ago) Permalink
IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU NEVER FORGOT
― Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Friday, 26 January 2018 14:33 (four weeks ago) Permalink
(xp: even if whoever runs Wyclef's youtube channel forgot that his brother and sister were a group)
― Haribo Hancock (sic), Friday, 26 January 2018 14:35 (four weeks ago) Permalink
tbh I hadn't thought of it since Tuesday night, when I saw 2manji
― Haribo Hancock (sic), Friday, 26 January 2018 14:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink
and imagined The Rock still having hair
I think Wyclef "911" fits for this.
― billstevejim, Saturday, 27 January 2018 19:32 (four weeks ago) Permalink