Who hear owns a copy of Hootie and the Blowfish's debut album?

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I do and I like it.

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

er... HERE

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Remember that VH1 commercial where the middle aged guys climb into a jeep and the one guy wants to listen to ELO, and the other guys are like "No way, HOOTIE!" and then they high-five while saying "Hootie!"

Hurting (Hurting), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And of course when the guy says "ELO" they give him this look like "Get WITH IT man!"

Hurting (Hurting), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

so am i to understand that no one else on this message board owns this album?

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't own it OR Appetite for Destruction.

dave225 (Dave225), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

frank, u r so hip

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Never owned it, never will. But rock on with your bad self.

Hurting (Hurting), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

To be honest, I just thought Hootie and the Blowfish were an imaginary band, dreamt up for the purposes of that Friends episode.

Alba (Alba), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i have it.

peter smith (plsmith), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Please also note if you've sold a copy - used bins indicate this could be a much larger number of people.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no no no

turkey sandwich (turkey_sandwich), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hootie and the blowfish, eh? the obvious hipster knee-jerk hatred of them is quite deserved, in this instance.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have one!

chuck, Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

do you like it, chuck?

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

what, Kootchypop? I have a taped copy of it.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Dude, ELO is the band to be high-fiving over, not Hootie.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this is one of the biggest selling of all time, isn't it? their profile in the uk and ireland (and, i'm assuming, their sales) have always been pretty low.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have Cracked Rearview, if that's what you meant. It's worth keeping, for maybe every once in a while, but not a great album.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Once owned a copy of the "Friends" soundtrack with their cover of 54-40's "I Go Blind" (they didn't ruin it). The two Paul Westerberg tracks were the real appeal, though.

Chris Hill (Chris Hill), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ha ha, wait, I'm thinking of ELP

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

>do you like it, chuck? <

don't love it, but i think it's not bad -- especially the song about how the dolphins make him cry, and that quotes "idiot wind" or whatever that dylan song about killing a man in italy and inheriting a million bucks was. also the song that sounds like "letter b" off of *sesame street* is okay. i haven't played it in a couple years, so i kinda forget the rest. but he's a pretty good singer, in the dobie gray tradition. (best defense of the band ever, and gutsiest, was by i believe daniel smith - a lead review in *vibe*, i think!! she basically argued that they were a soul band, which kinda makes sense.)


(and yeah, i meant *cracked rearview.* i suppose they might have some earlier indie albums maybe, right? i never heard those. *cracked reareview* has a pretty funny title, too, come to think of it.)

chuck, Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Their cover of 54-40's "I Go Blind" is great (as noted on the AMG review, it put a lot of money in that band's pocket). As is their cover of "Interstate Love Song" which they do live. In fact their all covers album, Scattered, Smothered and Covered, wherein they also cover The Smiths, Vic Chestnutt, R.E.M., Led Zep, and the Silos (!). After their first album (which I really do like. Not so much because it's a *great* album of *great* songs, but because it is an album of consistently good songs I like hearing about twice a year. I'll hold on to it long after I delete the mp3s of Medulla or Comets on Fire or Deerhoof or ...) the originals get less consistent, but they are still good for a decent pop song here / there.

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My dad still has it.

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

edit of above post:
In fact their all covers album [...] is also great, which is to be expected -- they are just the college bar band that made it big, after all.

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

How such an innocuous record can inspire such fear & loathing is an eternal mystery to me. I thought "I Only Wanna Be With You" sounded pleasant in the background back in '95, and that's the extent of my feelings toward 'em.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Thursday, 21 October 2004 20:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

G N R LIES holds up.

Loose Translation: Sexy Dancer (sexyDancer), Thursday, 21 October 2004 21:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i saw them live once. it was free, and on a beach. my enduring memory from the concert is turning around just as a rather plump fortysomething woman bared her breats.

m. (mitchlnw), Thursday, 21 October 2004 21:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I totally forgot, that covers album also included a Reivers/Zeitgeist song, too!

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 21 October 2004 21:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

breats! breasts, of course.

obvious joke:
HOOTERS and the blowfish har har

as a side note, it occurs to me now this is the first time i've ever told that story to anyone.

m. (mitchlnw), Thursday, 21 October 2004 21:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I saw them close Fleadh (sp?) festival in Chicago after (after!) Elvis Costello and Van Morrison. My enduring memory is being totally fucking trashed on free beer and waving my fist in the air to their ace version of "Interstate Love Song".

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 21 October 2004 21:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was in a record store yesterday, looking through the cassettes.

Hootie and the Blowfish albums *are* actually cheaper than blank tape!

Sasha (sgh), Friday, 22 October 2004 01:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think this was my first cd, an xmas gift from my stepdad's father's girlfriend. it was either this or Sophie b. hawkins.

rebecca s (rebecca S), Friday, 22 October 2004 03:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've never even heard this apart from the singles.

A Million Talking Hot Dogs (AaronHz), Friday, 22 October 2004 03:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I haven't either but as far as those go:

How such an innocuous record can inspire such fear & loathing is an eternal mystery to me. I thought "I Only Wanna Be With You" sounded pleasant in the background back in '95, and that's the extent of my feelings toward 'em.

What sounded pleasant to you sounded phenomenally bland and empty to me and other people I knew who hated it, far beyond the level of Matchbox 20, say. And it was so ubiquitous for a long time. Everything about it, the tune, the changes seemed so blatantly rote and default-setting, and the singing was totally lacking in anything resembling dynamics or character. Now, I've softened a lot on radio rock since then, and I haven't heard this in a while, but I doubt my opinion would change much.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 22 October 2004 04:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

When I think of Hootie I think of Kevin Sutton(a kid who cried in class because his dad was going to be pissed that he only got a B+in Western History) in the back of a Black F-150 on a neighborhood street in Livonia Michigan in 1995 with a bunch of dorky people from school. They were blasting an album cut from Cracked on the car stereo. I remember looking at a blonde girl under the orange glare of a streetlight who I thought was pretty at the time, not beautiful, but pretty, and thinking to myself I didn't realize this girl was a dork.

I don't know what I did before that moment, or afterwards, but the feeling of that particular moment is crystalized in my mind forever. Those kids in that truck in that weird little suburb were the perfect sociological representation on that album ever.

Kevin Sutton went to Michigan State after school. He probably has a slightly chunky wife and a decent home in the burbs somewhere, they probably planning to have their first child after his promotion next year. He turns 28 next June.

I am completely broke, I don't know how to make friends, and my only ambition is to learn more about western leftist terrorists on the late 60's early 70's (BaaderMeinhof. Weathermen, Red Army Faction...) and Viennese Actionism. I am reading Elementry Particles by Michel Houellebecq and it is rasing serious issues about my body iimage and my own sense of mortality. I often wonder why anyone bothers to live past 30.

Kevin Sutton totally won at life. From this, I draw the conclusion that Hoootie and the blowfish were a better band that Joy Division, who I considered vastly superior at the time.
Inane consensus pop will always superior to weird marginal arty angst music. Throbbing Gristle is for fuckheads, I think the music of Hoobastank is far more profound and meaningful.


Disco Nihilist (mjt), Friday, 22 October 2004 04:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Even at my job in summer '99, when we listened to the 'adult' station, this was on all the time. My co-worker would become almost viscerally riled at how it sounded like something anyone could write and play.

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sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 22 October 2004 04:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

DN, I love your Kevin Sutton story.

Jeanine Garafolo did this schtick a few years ago about being slightly envious of people who were blissfully ignorant and listened to Hootie, DMB and Enya.

But then I know quite a few people like that through work, and I just can't see how that life would be fulfilling. But it takes all kinds; more power to them.

dave225 (Dave225), Friday, 22 October 2004 10:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah that's how one spells fleadh.

Wildrover, Friday, 22 October 2004 12:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

>Jeanine Garafolo did this schtick a few years ago about being slightly envious of people who were blissfully ignorant and listened to Hootie, DMB and Enya. <

And she listens to what, bad indie rock? Jeez....

chuck, Friday, 22 October 2004 14:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Everyone judging them by singles alone is making at least a minor mistake. The album tracks are better, not free of excessive sentiment and lazy thinking and cheesy hooks, but closer to home, better-crafted (occasionally gorgeous, musically), and folkier (and more Southern) or tougher. Everyone needs to hear, for instance, "Drowning," in which Rucker says "tired of hearing this shit about 'heritage not hate,'" says racists are afraid, quotes Nanci Griffith and then interprets her, questions the ingenuity of fellow parishioners, and changes his skin color to tell himself to 'go back to Africa.' And the singles aren't quite as good as the songs themselves, which sounded better on their indie EP when they were a bit less-produced. The best song on that EP - "The Old Man and Me" - didn't show up until their second major. It may be better than anything on Cracked Rearview.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 22 October 2004 16:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

and if he's "a black man embraced as eagerly as Carl McCall by white people loath to think of themselves as 'prejudiced,'" as Xgau put it, perhaps it's also because some of the white people buying his albums can intuit that he's the kind of guy who does a lot of good things with his time?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 22 October 2004 16:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

jesus h christ Chuck - who gives a shit what she listens to ? That comment belongs on the Dave Matthews thread.

dave225 (Dave225), Friday, 22 October 2004 16:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this was on all the time

I just meant "I Only Want to Be With You" BTW, not the album, which I've never heard as I said. I'm quite willing to believe that everything else they put out was much better.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 22 October 2004 18:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd rather listen to bad indie than DMB, Hootie, or Enya.

Riot Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 22 October 2004 18:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ingenuity

er, ingenuousness

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 22 October 2004 19:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

>Jeanine Garafolo did this schtick a few years ago about being slightly envious of people who were blissfully ignorant and listened to Hootie, DMB and Enya. <

And she listens to what, bad indie rock? Jeez....

"My Sharona"?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Saturday, 23 October 2004 07:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've a copy stuck between David Holmes' bow down to the exit sign and Lena Horne's Soul. Better than DH, not as good as LH, although he has a canny set of pipes.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Saturday, 23 October 2004 07:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Disco Nihilist rock on with your bad self! If you have a blog, sign me up will ya?

I've often wondered what the hell all the fuss seems to be about the Baader Meinhof gang. You see these references in music to these things and then you look them up (or at least I do) and then you think "um...so what is so great about that?" Perhaps it's just another way to get attention to reference these things, like JD and the Nazi stuff...

Wow and I'm even keeping my mouth shut about how much I LOATHE Hootie & The [insert disdainful clever wordplay here]!

Bimble (bimble), Saturday, 23 October 2004 08:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

One of the old Velvet Rope jokes was Bootie and the Ho'fish -- "Hold My Handgun."

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Saturday, 23 October 2004 09:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

YEAH! Now that's the wordplay I was looking for. Thanks.

Bimble (bimble), Saturday, 23 October 2004 09:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

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This shit is everywhere right now.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, 27 July 2008 07:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Radio is playing some Hootie everywhere I turn. Hootstalgia is in full effect.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, 27 July 2008 07:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

I don't mind Hootie. I wouldn't go out and buy any of their CDs, but if "Only Wanna Be with You" or "Old Man and Me" came up on the radio, I wouldn't complain.

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 27 July 2008 15:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

a black man embraced as eagerly as Carl McCall by white people loath to think of themselves as "prejudiced"

Jeez, Christgau is such a wanker. "See, people COULDN'T POSSIBLY be buying this album because they (gasp!) honestly enjoy listening to the music. They're just buying the album to prove to everybody that they're not racists!!"

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 27 July 2008 15:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

I want to hear more from Disco Nihilist. Wow. Everybody I know went through that Houellebecq poisoning thing in 2004, most of them just quit smoking and joined a gym.

Hootie singer has hilarious phrasing. He sings like a keyboard patch.

Owen Pallett, Sunday, 27 July 2008 16:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

A notebook reveals an intimate history of Hootie & The Blowfish’s seminal album, ‘Cracked Rear View’

http://www.thestate.com/2014/06/29/3537402/a-notebooks-reveals-an-intimate.html

guwop (crüt), Monday, 30 June 2014 21:25 (three years ago) Permalink

I already regret not making a "How America Got Hootied" parody thread

guwop (crüt), Monday, 30 June 2014 21:45 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

someone was recently telling me the CD went out with horrible backing vocals and they had to go in and re-do them and re-release the CD. sounds like a musical urban legend but maybe its true.

also i guess the main guy is a huge country star now.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 3 December 2015 01:51 (two years ago) Permalink

David Crosby being one of the people overdubbing new backing vocals fwiw

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 3 December 2015 01:52 (two years ago) Permalink

The band performed this in their early years when they played a lot of colleges in the South Carolina area, and a shorter version of the song was released on cassette they put together in 1993 called Kootchypop, which they sold at shows. This version had very little background vocals and few instruments. When Atlantic Records signed the band, they had them re-record the song and released it as their first single.

David Crosby, famous for his work with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, sang backup on this and some other songs on the album. Crosby is known for his ability to harmonize.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2894

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 3 December 2015 01:54 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

i wanna luuuuuhhhhv yewww, the beeeest that, the beest that ah caaaa-aaaaan

fuck you Hootflake

Neanderthal, Saturday, 2 July 2016 21:04 (one year ago) Permalink

crosby did do background vocals on that album, or at least one song, from waht I can see.

akm, Saturday, 2 July 2016 23:25 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

A year or two ago I bought the first four Hootie albums (not Kootchypop, I'm not that hardcore). They're pretty good! Sometimes if I'm feeling alienated and hopeless, Hootie can reel me back in with their trite lyrics and jangly feelgood southernized guitar pop.

airdnb (Tom Violence), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 17:57 (one week ago) Permalink

then he wakes up sweating

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 18:01 (one week ago) Permalink

This was going to be the revive of the year and you just had to ruin it.

airdnb (Tom Violence), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 18:17 (one week ago) Permalink


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