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Blast from the past

The Girlfriend and I sought out some old 90’s one-hit wonders last night. My favorite is probably Spacehog’s epic single “In the Meantime,” though Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” is nice as a reminder of the excesses of 90’s music videos. (For some reason, I can’t get an embeddable version of either.)

What are some of your favorite forgotten 90’s tracks?


May 23, 2009 - Posted by | boredom, Music


  1. In the Meantime is such a good song. That whole album is totally enjoyable.

    Comment by Colin | May 23, 2009

  2. Oh, how about Polaris’ “Hey Sandy” (Pete and Pete theme song) and the Spin Doctors, with “Two Princes.” Awesome

    Comment by Colin | May 23, 2009

  3. Third Eye Blind’s “Semi Charmed Life” – the suck is overbearing (although appropriate). I think this post is a VH1 special waiting to happen.

    Comment by Troy Polidori | May 23, 2009

  4. I only ever heard the Spacehog single – it sounded somewhat derivative of Frank Black’s “Teenager of the Year” album. This, of course, is not a criticism of either.

    Comment by Craig | May 23, 2009

  5. I’ve got about a million of these, but here’s a 90s gem I had a tough time finding a few years ago (I couldn’t remember the lyrics, the band name, or song name… it was tough): Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand. Song and vid here:

    Comment by Currence | May 23, 2009

  6. I know you are all nostalgic for a belief in a communist future, but I am nostalgic for that period in the early 90s when indie and dance would be forever joined.

    Irish band, drum machine, mandolins, great lyrics, what more could you ask for? I have the vinyl 7 inch single somewhere…

    Comment by Gabe | May 23, 2009

  7. That Space Hog song is absolutely the shit. I never get tired of it. My respect for your aesthetic sensibility has grown again.

    Comment by Hill | May 23, 2009

  8. I’m also a huge fan of Jane’s Addiction, especially Ritual de lo Habitual. They have aged as well or better than any other of the vanguard alternative rock bands.

    Comment by Hill | May 23, 2009

  9. “I am nostalgic for that period in the early 90s when indie and dance would be forever joined.”

    Gabe has basically summed up my entire weltanschauung. I feel like my own contribution has already been covered by the weblog before? But maybe I’m wrong…

    Comment by RobDP | May 23, 2009

  10. catchy, the songs
    i remember watching the last song on mtv thinking something along the lines of, like, perverts..
    in my defence i didn’t know any spoken english then
    remember liking duran duran and pet shop boys, lenny kravitz and other general mtv pop

    Comment by read | May 23, 2009

  11. I still dig the Butthole Surfer’s “Pepper,” even if is the only decent song on that particular CD. Was on the soundtrack of one of my best summers. That and Son Volt’s “Drown.”

    Comment by Brad | May 23, 2009

  12. ‘Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm’ by The Crash Test Dummies — I dig this band, but it’s strange to me that they were ever popular enough to earn a Weird Al parody…

    I’m also fond of ‘Hook’ by Blues Traveler and most singles released by the Counting Crows.

    Comment by Will | May 23, 2009

  13. One of my recent “random confessional subtitles” was based on the clip sampled in the Primitive Radio Gods single.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | May 24, 2009

  14. It is inconceivable that no one has pointed out the obvious: no matter how embarrassed we are by them (except at moments of white irony, of course), they were all really good at the time and to this day. I speak, of course, of New Kids on the Block, MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, House of Pain, Kris Kros, (some of these could be late eighties for all I know). Many, many others. If late nineties count, then we would be negligent not to mention Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray.

    Counting Crows is staple of daytime radio and should be excluded from the list. As are Blues Traveler (well, “Run-Around,” at least, is). Crash Test Dummies used to be – I’m not sure if they are anymore, never liked his voice – a staple of Canadian radio.

    Absolutely unrelated, but I’m really into Phil Collins, Tom Cochrane, Kelly Clarkson, and the Darkness lately.

    Comment by Craig | May 24, 2009

  15. It’s pretty cool that WordPress lets you embed YouTube videos in comments.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | May 24, 2009

  16. I think a fifth to a quarter of my music is from the 90s. I still love this song.

    Wow. I didn’t know there was such a story to this video.

    Comment by Rachel | May 24, 2009

  17. I was at a slam dunk contest in the Mission yesterday when “California Love” came on over the speaker. That song still has an effect on people. Even more so when my tiny Belgian wife breaks into a karaoke rendition, word for word, without missing a lyric, with requisite hand motions, for everybody sitting with us in the stands. They were highly impressed when I threw down with the Pac lyrics. (She is famous, too, for her version of “Gangsta’s Paradise.”)

    Comment by Brad | May 24, 2009

  18. Possum Kingdom – The Toadies
    Cumbersome – 7 Mary 3
    Song 2 – Blur
    Blue – Effiel 65
    Banditos – The Refreshments
    Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
    Informer – Snow
    And, of course, Tubthumping by Chumbawamba

    Comment by Eric | May 25, 2009

  19. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is terrible. I say “is” instead of “was” because it appears to be a staple of grocery store playlists.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | May 25, 2009

  20. Bah. Apparently MTV is too hip for WordPress. As lame as MTV is now, is really the best site for finding videos–none of those stupid remixes or user videos to weed through a la youtube.

    I attempted to embed these, two of the most nostalgia-inducing songs for me.

    Comment by The Girl | May 26, 2009

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