50 Memorable Songs Of The Late 1990s That Apparently Only You Remember, Even Though They Were Totally On The Radio And Stuff

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1. Talk Show, "Hello Hello" - The Stone Temple Pilots, without Weiland! How can it possibly fail?

2. Scott Weiland, "Barbarella" - And meanwhile, the man himself decides on some sort of technofied Bowie pastiche. Well, why not?

3. Toybox, "Tarzan & Jane" - Why aren't there more Aqua ripoff bands? "Hey monkey / Get funky!"

4. Spacehog, "Mungo City - Granted, it was weird enough that high-contrast cocaine freakshow "In The Meantime" was a hit in the first place, but since it happened, why couldn't the even more preposterous "Mungo City" have a shot?

5. Tonic, "Mean To Me" - Just edging out their Zeppelin wannabe show, "Eyes of Sand." This isn't really great, but it seems to tick off the boxes that should have yielded a bigger hit - sort of a Matchbox 20 verse and then a giant guitar chorus with a FABULOUS riff. Maybe the guy's voice really can't pull off the quiet/soft switches that well. Or maybe it was the decision to have the video be storied around the singer having a kind of pathetic fight with the cameraman.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 8 September 2007 03:42 (twelve years ago) link

Youtube links: Toy-box, Weiland, Talk Show, Spacehog.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 8 September 2007 03:45 (twelve years ago) link

6. Billy Lawrence, "Come On" - Moderately catchy, moderately upbeat r&b. Has MC Lyte on it. Samples "Plug Tunin'."

7. Dionne Farris, "Hopeless" - Her of "A game of horseshooooooes!" fame. Laid-back, Al Green-ish nu-soul. Heavy on the Fender Rhodes. Great chorus.

The Reverend, Saturday, 8 September 2007 06:44 (twelve years ago) link

Actually, "Hopeless" is rather tremendous. "Come On" is alright, but dispensable.

The Reverend, Saturday, 8 September 2007 06:47 (twelve years ago) link

8. Blackstreet (feat Slash, Fishbone, & ODB), "Fix (Remix)" - Snippet of the video here. I've written about this before - as I said then, "ODB's guest rap is pretty solid, although as usual he's mostly just grumbling about nothing at all. Slash is pretty much tearing it up all through the song, which works way, way better than you would expect given that Blackstreet is normally a smooth-talking R&B combo. Unfortunately, for much of the big solo, the guitar is sort of buried underneath everything else, and for the rest of the big solo, there's nothing but the guitar. This change happens just as Slash runs out of ideas, so the song stumbles, rolls, and collapses to a halt. But as weird, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink collaborations go, this works pretty well."

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 September 2007 16:52 (twelve years ago) link

9. LL Cool J, "Deepest Bluest" - Soundtrack contribution, LL Cool J rapping about how scary he would be if he was actually a mutant shark-man. "My hat is like a shark's fin!" Also written about at the page I linked above, and I'm having no luck at all tracking down the video, although I assure you it was a staple on The Box.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 September 2007 16:57 (twelve years ago) link

(Love Jones! I remember co-workers talking enthusiastically about the Love Jones soundtrack in the early 90s.)

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 9 September 2007 17:03 (twelve years ago) link

According to last.fm Warren G's "Smokin' Me Out" does not get enough love. Can I nominate that?

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 9 September 2007 17:08 (twelve years ago) link

"Fixx" was so ridiculously crazy. What an awesome career suicide single that was.

10. Sparkle f/ R. Kelly - "Be Careful"
11. R. Kelly (f/ Sparkle?) - "When a Woman's Fed Up"

The Good Dr. Bill, Sunday, 9 September 2007 19:18 (twelve years ago) link

<a href=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcYBmS8Hm5g>;Jimmy Ray - Are you Jimmy Ray</A>

And I wanted to find the video for "Shaniqua don't live here no mo'" or whatever but could not.

filthy dylan, Sunday, 9 September 2007 19:42 (twelve years ago) link

13. Big Wreck - "The Oaf"
14. Space Monkeys - "Sugar Cane"

both surprisingly awesome songs

The Good Dr. Bill, Sunday, 9 September 2007 19:47 (twelve years ago) link

Dionne Farris opened for Bryan Ferry in 1995. She performed a 13-minute version of "I Know."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 9 September 2007 19:48 (twelve years ago) link

"I'm Not Where It's At"--Del Amitri. Love that song. Still plays occasionally in the overhead speaker at my Publix supermarket for some reason. And "I Know" is a great song.

ellaguru, Sunday, 9 September 2007 20:09 (twelve years ago) link

Big Wreck - "The Oaf" - YES!

Doctor Casino, Monday, 10 September 2007 03:23 (twelve years ago) link

KP & Envyi - Shorty Swing My Way

http://youtube.com/watch?v=24IgJanjcAo

I don't know if this is completely forgotten but it definitely isn't on the radio anymore.

Display Name, Monday, 10 September 2007 03:39 (twelve years ago) link

So many memories!

18. B-Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J and Method Man - "Hit Em High (Monstar's Anthem) from the Space Jam soundtrack!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJj4cg9ZLdo

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 10 September 2007 04:31 (twelve years ago) link

Lightning strikes, the court lights get dim
Supreme competition is ABOUT TO BEGIN!

Doctor Casino, Monday, 10 September 2007 05:31 (twelve years ago) link

Sorry, I didn't read that thread. Thanks for pointing that out.

Display Name, Monday, 10 September 2007 05:33 (twelve years ago) link

along the "Hit 'Em High" lines:

19. Coolio - "It's All the Way Live (Now)"

especially perplexing is what the "now" is doing in the title, 'coz I don't remember it being in the chorus or anything.

The Good Dr. Bill, Monday, 10 September 2007 17:08 (twelve years ago) link

20. Coolio - "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" You know you came of age in the late 90s if you know every word of this, but are still playing catchup on "Fantastic Voyage"

21. Salt-n-Pepa - "Champagne" Have only very faint memories of this and Youtube is not helping. "I'm the big kahuna!"

Doctor Casino, Monday, 10 September 2007 23:34 (twelve years ago) link

the trackmasters remix of hit em high is over premo's just to get a rep beat

and what, Tuesday, 11 September 2007 11:43 (twelve years ago) link

Oh shit I remember that Blackstreet/Slash video, awesome.

Jordan, Tuesday, 11 September 2007 17:03 (twelve years ago) link

I specifically clicked on this thread to add "The Oaf", great fucking song. Good call Good Doc.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 11 September 2007 17:10 (twelve years ago) link

22. BEST BASSLINE EVAR + hihat shuffle + song about fucking in various locations + not a hell of a lot else = 112, "Anywhere"

The Reverend, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 04:22 (twelve years ago) link

23. BLAQUE- "808"
I wonder what happened to them. I always thought they'd be like, the new Destiny's child. They had some awesome music videos as well.

Christyles, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 08:05 (twelve years ago) link

rev, after the beginning of that video, i couldn't get the idea of the whole video happening inside that woman's tit out of my head.

Jordan Sargent, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 08:11 (twelve years ago) link

You know what's better than "808"? The "808" REMIX with the "Going Back to Cali" beat! (Not on youtube, unfortunately)

The Reverend, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 15:32 (twelve years ago) link

Whoah, the beat on that 112 track is super hot.

Jordan, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 15:40 (twelve years ago) link

"Whisper Song", meet your daddy.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 15:42 (twelve years ago) link

Magnapop-Open The Door

C. Grisso/McCain, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 15:46 (twelve years ago) link

21. Salt-n-Pepa - "Champagne" Have only very faint memories of this and Youtube is not helping. "I'm the big kahuna!"

yesssss from the Bulletproof soundtrack. "I got the whole shebang / I got the champagne / and the HA HA!!" "R U Ready" was also the hotness.

25. Playa - "Cheers 2 U" (so underrated)
26. Boyz II Men - "I Can't Let Her Go"
27. 98 Degrees - "Invisible Man"
28. Tracy Lee - "The Theme (It's Party Time)"
29. Westside Connection - "Bow Down"

The Good Dr. Bill, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 16:38 (twelve years ago) link

30? That Gandharvas track about spring that I still hear every now and then.

I eat cannibals, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 19:28 (twelve years ago) link

31. Az Yet's cover of "Hard to Say I'm Sorry"

Joseph McCombs, Thursday, 13 September 2007 17:53 (twelve years ago) link

nice one, wasn't till years later I knew it was a Chicago cover. "Last Night" too

32. The Offspring - "All I Want" (the last alt-rock semi-hit to clock less than 2:00?)
33. Blink-182 - "Josie"

The Good Dr. Bill, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:48 (twelve years ago) link

28. Tracy Lee - "The Theme (It's Party Time)"
29. Westside Connection - "Bow Down"

these are still in regular rotation round my place

and what, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:54 (twelve years ago) link

I am so pissed off to be reminded of "Mungo City"

da croupier, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:58 (twelve years ago) link

I downloaded Boyz II Men's "4 Seasons Of Loneliness" the other day, even weirder than I remembered.

da croupier, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:58 (twelve years ago) link

Dr. Bill - good call on "All I Want." I always liked that one pretty well, much more than their later spree as a band alternating novelty singles with po-faced gnashing about death and bad neighborhoods. Actually, it makes a nice pair with "Josie" that way, since Blink-182 also started dipping overmuch into "mature" songs.....

Doctor Casino, Friday, 14 September 2007 14:58 (twelve years ago) link

"All I Want," however, was unfortunately chosen as theme music in the arcade game "Crazy Taxi" - I had a friend who nearly went insane trying to play some other game at the arcade and having his train of thought constantly drowned out by "YA YA YA YA YA!" I had a related problem trying to play the Elvis pinball machine, which was sort of music-themed and equally overpowered by the Offspring.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 14 September 2007 15:05 (twelve years ago) link

Good to know I'm not the only person in the world to remember the existence of Az Yet.

34. Mista, "Blackberry Molasses" (f/ a v. young Bobby Valentino)

35. DJ Taz "That's Right" (Not on u-toob, unfort.)

The Reverend, Sunday, 16 September 2007 10:03 (twelve years ago) link

Soul Decision -- Faded

Eric H., Sunday, 16 September 2007 14:19 (twelve years ago) link

Dr. Bill's dead-on with "All I Want."

Local H's "All the Kids are Right"
Cowboy Mouth's wild "Jenny Says"
White Town's "Your Woman"
anything by that dog...I'll say "Never Say Never"
Imperial Teen's "You're One"
Jamie Blake's "Runaway"

kiss out the jams, Sunday, 16 September 2007 20:23 (twelve years ago) link

and Bic Runga's "Sway"

kiss out the jams, Sunday, 16 September 2007 20:28 (twelve years ago) link

43. Better Than Ezra - "At the Stars"
44. Brian McKnight - "The Only One for Me"
45. Fastball - "Fire Escape" (great video too, not on YouTube for some reason)
46. Tatyana Ali - "Daydreamin'"

The Good Dr. Bill, Sunday, 16 September 2007 20:37 (twelve years ago) link

47. Splender - I Think God Can Explain

Tape Store, Sunday, 16 September 2007 21:00 (twelve years ago) link

48. Lauryn Hill, "The Sweetest Thing"

The Reverend, Monday, 17 September 2007 05:09 (twelve years ago) link

49. Monifah "Touch It"

The Reverend, Monday, 17 September 2007 14:42 (twelve years ago) link

Wow - I totally forgot "All The Kids Are Right." I didn't like it at all at the time, but I don't think I "got" it either. It's actually pretty funny!

Doctor Casino, Friday, 21 September 2007 23:32 (twelve years ago) link

"All the kids, they hold a grudge
Their minds are logged onto the Net
And all the kids, they hold a grudge
You failed them and they won't forget it
All your cred won't save you from the kids" - great stuff!

Doctor Casino, Friday, 21 September 2007 23:35 (twelve years ago) link

Stretch Princess, whose s/t album came out in 1998 and who had songs featured in She's All That, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Buffy and Smallville, were a British three-piece who glenn mcdonald perfectly describes "sound like an extremely meticulous pop archivist has gone through the catalogs of 'til tuesday, Sarge, the Sundays, the Bangles, the Rose Chronicles, Grace Pool, the Cranberries, Veruca Salt, Emm Gryner, the Go-Go's, Paula Cole, Lush, the Primitives and Marry Me Jane, extracting only the purest moments of glossy melodic passion. I don't know if they did anything on US radio, but their soundtrack credentials are as late 90s as they come. "Sorry" (the one from Teaching Mrs. Tingle) was my fave, but if this is anything close to the kind of thing you like, I strongly recommend the full album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OqzWDsNthM

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:33 (one year ago) link

No memory of that on US radio myself, but you're on the money with the soundtrack lineup. To my ears, the sound is just little bit of a throwback to a couple years before in terms of grunge/post-grunge guitar and vocals; it doesn't quite sound like what I was hearing in 1998.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:46 (one year ago) link

I had a friend in high school who saw Stretch Princess open for...I want to say Creed (back when Creed still toured clubs), and was raving about them the next morning in gym class.

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:03 (one year ago) link

Hmmm, plausible - they were on the same label (Wind-Up) it seems.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:12 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

I'm doubting that Creed story now. I genuinely don't remember the headliner was.

ANYWAY, no track to share. I've got a rental car this week that doesn't have a CD player. So I've been listening to the area Alt. Rock station and they just played the discussed upthread Flys: "Got You Where I Want You", which was unexpected to say the least.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 04:34 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

man "me wise magic" sucks, huh

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 20:07 (six months ago) link

was roth going for early scott weiland on the verses?

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 20:07 (six months ago) link

i think i voted for that song in the vh poll

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 20:08 (six months ago) link

the chorus has at least something headsticky to it but the verses are sludge, and the intro sounds like a frightening harbinger of "kryptonite" by 3 doors down before then going into an incredibly awkward portamento transition. also i can't shake the suspicion that "me wise magic" is dave's idea of voodoo-shaman talk or jamaican patois or some other area i really don't want him troping into. an event reunion single that feels much more like the last gasps of a dino-rock act before breaking up. maybe serious VH heads dig eddie's solos though?

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 20:17 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

really pleased to see yvette michele mentioned here. the single that i remember more vividly, besides the funkmaster flex mixtape favorite 'everyday & everynight' (which is also awesome), was 'dj keep playin' (get your music on)': https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IGXsXU79RRE that was a full force production too, iirc.

her whole album was really good and one of the only r+b records i liked from that era.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 27 October 2019 16:19 (five months ago) link

I loved and still do love that first Stretch Princess album. Went through a period in 1998/99 where it was chiefly all I'd listen to for days at a time.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 27 October 2019 16:33 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

xp "Me Wise Magic" is insane and shouldn't exist

billstevejim, Monday, 9 March 2020 22:17 (four weeks ago) link

but i actually came here to post this lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qTESaoSU_8

billstevejim, Monday, 9 March 2020 22:19 (four weeks ago) link

do you actually remember it??

jaymc, Monday, 9 March 2020 22:23 (four weeks ago) link

not at all

billstevejim, Monday, 9 March 2020 22:31 (four weeks ago) link

oh great now i have "meeeee wise magic" stuck in my head again

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:02 (four weeks ago) link

don't fight it. that 9/8 intro mmm

billstevejim, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 12:47 (four weeks ago) link

I loved that Reply All podcast but did not at all imagine Evan Olson as a Neil Patrick Harris clone

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 14:41 (four weeks ago) link

the evan olson song is a flight of conchords thing right

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 14:43 (four weeks ago) link

Oh my God, this was such a ride!
https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/o2h8bx/158-the-case-of-the-missing-hit for those that haven't heard it

kinder, Monday, 16 March 2020 23:26 (three weeks ago) link

yeah it's wild! i wish they'd followed up with more of their sources once they reached the conclusion. but super entertaining listening.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 13:33 (three weeks ago) link

pretty entertaining detective story (i h8 podcasts and managed to make it through), but with the reveal of what the song was it's clear that the extent to which the song had been 'erased from existence' or 'scrubbed from the internet' or however they kept putting it was quite a big exaggeration. it may have seemed that way initially when the song's lyrics were apparently ungooglable, but the track (w/ its parent album) seems to have been on youtube and digital download stores for a decade now, probably much longer?

searching thru radio & records issues from the time shows it got some play at a handful of top 40, hot ac and (to a lesser extent) alternative stations, but never secured enough play to crack even the bottom of those formats' charts. the track got mentioned in billboard's heatseekers column, which was meant to highlight music breaking regionally, before the album's originally planned release. it's unclear when it actually came out, because i don't think it ever ended up making even the heatseekers chart, but at least it did get released! like, here's billboard's amusingly hyperbolic review of the followup single that probably ended up getting played by approximately zero stations.

as the sources interviewed in the podcast said, it seems to have been quite a common fate for artists scooped up while the industry bubble was at its largest. it's no surprise that many of them ended up pretending to be undiscovered talent on american idol a few years later.

dyl, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 05:16 (three weeks ago) link

on a related note: this is from the early rather than late 90s, but what strikes me about it is that it actually charted on billboard, but i'm not sure if it actually ever came out. it's "let's get into something sexy" by erik hicks, which got just enough airplay to hit the bottom rungs of billboard's chart for the rhythmic top 40 format for two weeks (and the hot 100 airplay chart for one week).

finding this song + him on discogs reveals ZERO releases by this artist other than this one song on a promo cd. (however he does have numerous production, writing and session credits on other artists' releases.) so despite getting some minor (but not negligible) airplay, he never got to put an album out, and it's possible the single never got released to retail either. googling the song leads to a small number of hits, including forum posts from collectors struggling to find it. it's not even on youtube (tho apparently another recording of the same song is??). TRULY erased!

dyl, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 05:37 (three weeks ago) link

i recall having seen a couple other similar examples but i think they were country artists so there's no way in hell i'll remember them

dyl, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 05:39 (three weeks ago) link

actually just to be a horrible contrarian i'm going to put my tin foil hat on and insist that those podcast people actually knew of evan olson's tune all this time and just concocted this whole saga/detective story knowing it would be excellent podcast material. the rolling stone folks suspecting a viral marketing hoax were onto something!!

dyl, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 05:49 (three weeks ago) link

Somehow youtube algorithm recommended me to listen to Eve 6 after almost two decades of forgetting about them.

“Inside out” and “leech” were sort of popular on alt radio. Does anyone remembers them at all? The Leech video doesn’t even have 1M views so I guess not. Inside Out is definitely more popular with 18M views.

https://youtu.be/TB_g3KYs2QM

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 07:16 (three weeks ago) link

Oddly enough I think Leech is the catchier song despite being less popular.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 07:19 (three weeks ago) link

"inside out" was very big, "leech" not so much so.

yeah dyl i agree the "vanished from the internet" thing was both overstated and vaguely defined. i expect it just genuinely never occurred to the hosts to use print resources to try and narrow down the title/artist. which is kinda lame! weird that they got as far as talking to veteran radio promo people, but not to that point.

their faked-up versions of the song (tho delightful imo) also may have muddied the waters by losing all the sonic tags of a '99-era would-be hit, which the song undoubtedly shares with half the playlist.

man that fake U2 chorus tho. not a lot of people out there going that directly for bono's gold. tho i think it helped me realize how much collective soul wanted to be in that space (see: the guitars and drums in "heavy," now seems very obvious to me as an attempt to pump the Achtung Baby sound up to late 90s compression and attack standards).

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 11:22 (three weeks ago) link

Is there a comparable thread somewhere for obscure '80s hits? I keep coming across these older songs whose artists and titles make me shrug but as soon as I hear them I'm like 'ohhhhhh yeah!'. It's like stumbling upon a Riunite commercial on YT.

Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 13:19 (three weeks ago) link

as far as this "series" goes, i've only made the late 90s and early 00s one (and really should launch the late 00s one) but i would not be surprised if there's some other thread that fills this role for the 80s!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 13:33 (three weeks ago) link

Does anybody remember this song?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRC-X0twti0

I only really know of it because I googled music videos directed by McG, and MAYBE I heard back in the day, but I came across it again inspired by that Evan Olson song by going through old Mainstream Radio Promo CD playlists from that era on Discogs and finding songs that didn't show up on Lyrics Websites. However, lyrics were posted for this in a Yahoo Answers question.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:30 (three weeks ago) link

wow, no, never heard this before but WHAT a time capsule. the main guitar thing in the verse sounds almost like a slowed-down sample of "Scar Tissue" and that video is like typical McG aesthetic crossed with "Steal My Sunshine" framing/editing. plus random turntable scratches.... the hyper-saturated blue track jacket versus bleached blonde hair.... just needs Supercat dropping in halfway through. total 1998-2001 interzone pop-rock.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 20 March 2020 15:52 (two weeks ago) link

not on Spotify tho

Doctor Casino, Friday, 20 March 2020 15:53 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, never heard that before, but it's an impossibly perfect example of the genus

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Friday, 20 March 2020 18:50 (two weeks ago) link

for posterity in case of bum youtube link, we are discussing "Destiny" by "Mister Jones."

Doctor Casino, Friday, 20 March 2020 19:24 (two weeks ago) link

Been thinking a bit about this one lately, John Squires' Britpop move from '97.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVzUFNWIYM0

Seahorses: "Love Is The Law"

The album version had a long jam at the end.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 March 2020 04:24 (two weeks ago) link

John Squire, that is.

"Love Is The Law" actually racked up some decent Alt-Rock airplay for a month or so that summer. This follow-up, while having a much splashier video, didn't fare as well, although I do remember hearing it (alongside loads of other forgotten also-rans) on Muzaks at the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv3J4HTThpQ

Seahorses: "Blinded By The Sun"

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 March 2020 04:32 (two weeks ago) link

yeah dyl i agree the "vanished from the internet" thing was both overstated and vaguely defined. i expect it just genuinely never occurred to the hosts to use print resources to try and narrow down the title/artist. which is kinda lame! weird that they got as far as talking to veteran radio promo people, but not to that point.

I think the issue was that the song is called "So Much Better," and those words don't actually exist in the lyrics. So if all you have is the lyrics and they're not on online anywhere, it's hard to get to the title/artist.

jaymc, Saturday, 21 March 2020 05:02 (two weeks ago) link

(But yeah, the song was out there, so it's not like it had totally vanished.)

jaymc, Saturday, 21 March 2020 05:05 (two weeks ago) link

That “Destiny” song is surprisingly good

morrisp, Saturday, 21 March 2020 06:06 (two weeks ago) link

(canceled on arrival, tho, for the f’d-up shot in which the “fat chick” twirls around and turns “hot”)

morrisp, Saturday, 21 March 2020 06:16 (two weeks ago) link

This thread has made me search for the tracklists on the Now! that’s what I call music compilations from Mexico. We only had 8 of them, but the selections we’re a tad weirder than those from US/UK. I’ve no idea what parameter they used to pick these songs since: a) some of them weren’t billboard top singles in Mexico or anywhere else? b) to the point you never really heard them on the radio, c) not even big hits on mtv that I’m aware of.

Let me point some examples after the break.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:17 (two weeks ago) link

Apologies for the format, I’m copy/pasting from Discogs. Apparently the Mexican version of Now went all the way to 10, I lost track after Vol. 6 since there was a 2 year gap between 6 and 7 and they lost me. At any rate here are the 10 comps if you’re interested, some songs I can’t even recognize, overall I like the variety in every one of these.

https://www.discogs.com/es/label/1764152-Now-Thats-What-I-Call-Music!-7

Please take a look at least until Vol. 6 - which is the final volume of the 90’s - Lots of songs in there that could fit in this thread.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:33 (two weeks ago) link

Ugh didn’t copy paste properly.

Anyhoo click on the link, you’ll find them there.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:35 (two weeks ago) link

Ha, first one has Duran Duran's version of White Lines.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:41 (two weeks ago) link

The Cranberries Free To Decide 3:52
–George Michael Fastlove 4:52
–Bryan Adams The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You 3:24
–Def Leppard Slang 2:36
–Everything But The Girl Wrong 6:40
–Fool's Garden Lemon Three 3:09
–Pet Shop Boys Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is) 4:03
–The Cardigans Love Fool 3:15
–Larry Mullen And Adam Clayton Theme From Mission: Impossible 3:27
–Bon Jovi These Days 4:30
–Queen You Don't Fool Me 3:14
–Melissa Etheridge I Want To Come Over 5:25
–The Cure Mint Car 3:30
–Babylon Zoo Spaceman 4:00
–Pulp Disco 2000 4:32
–Sting Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 4:29
–Shaggy Boombastic 3:47
–Gin Blossoms Follow You Down 3:45
–Roxette June Afternoon 4:11

Just copy-pasting Vol. 3 in here as an example. Vol. 3 was released in 1996 and I was 11 and it was the first cd I ever bought in my life.

Pains me to say these were actually the first songs I heard from almost every act in here... this includes “legacy” acts such as The Cure, Pet Shop Boys, Def Leppard, George Michael and even Queen.

It annoys me nowadays, but at the time, “lemon tree” was the most fun cut in here for me. I had a thing with my cousin were we would rewind the song over and over again to hear the intro and act as we were the ones shattering the glass. The Paul McCartney-esque sing along quality to it also made it a maddeningly catchy song.

Songs I loved and still do: Lovefool, Follow You Down, Disco 2000, Boombastic and Wrong.

Songs I found weird, in a bad way: Spaceman

Songs I found weird, but in a good way: Se a Vida E and Fastlove.

Songs in here I found lame and still do: Songs by Roxette, Sting, Melissa Etheridge and Bon Jovi which have dull titles I wont even type.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:55 (two weeks ago) link

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As in Grandmaster Flash’s White Lines!? I had Vol. 1 but I must have blocked that memory from my head. I feel like this is the first time I learn about this.

I need to listen to this right away. Brb

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 March 2020 08:01 (two weeks ago) link

That was terrible. I must have blocked that memory from my head on purpose.

I’ve now discovered that Duran Duran has a covers record. Is it worth listening to any of it, or are the results as ghastly as that “white lines” cover?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 March 2020 08:05 (two weeks ago) link

White Lines and the parent LP are mainstays of "worse record" lists.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 21 March 2020 08:17 (two weeks ago) link

Seahorses are a great pick! Kinda surprised they never came up before, I've always had them in my general 90s alt-rock playlist. I believe my station played "Love is the Law" exactly twice - once for me to go "ooh what is that?" and another time for me to tape it. cool riff, lyrics were fun to sing along to at the time. now strikes me as a little bit sluggish and overstuffed.

"Blinded by the Sun" is new to me. man, what a 1997 video. i wonder how many other Britpop acts had serious attempts to market them in the US before it became obvious circa Be Here Now that the American pop audience at large wasn't actually here for the genre, just "Wonderwall" and to a lesser extent "Champagne Supernova."

Wow, I'd forgotten about "Lemon Tree!" I think that similarly got exactly one week of one play per day before getting abandoned. Would not have guessed the band hailed from Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg. Moka, that Volume III list is otherwise a fascinating mix of pretty big, popular songs that have nonetheless faded from the collective memory ("Fastlove") and shit I've never heard of in my life from massive massive artists. Fascinating.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14:15 (two weeks ago) link


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