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Did Hootie and the Blowfish sell their souls?

Heard “Hold My Hand” by Hootie and the Blowfish today on the radio and it made me wonder about the one-album wonder (see what I did there?).

Now there have been many a one-hit wonder and I’m sure you, dear reader, can name more than a score or two. That said, we can’t think of too many true one-album wonders.

This could def pass as Satanic

Hootie and the Blowfish’s debut, Cracked Rear View, was a sixteen-times platinum album containing four top-ten hits: “Hold My Hand” (#10), “Let Her Cry” (#9), “Only Wanna Be With You” (#6), and “Time” (#14).

A few sentences ago, I wrote that I couldn’t remember many one-album wonders. Since I wrote that, I have remembered some. (i.e. found in an online search). Many of the one-album wonders that I have remembered have rises and falls that are easily explainable: Alanis Morrisette (breaking up w/Uncle Joey from Full House – true story), The Darkness (lots of cocaine) and the Bay City Rollers (common sense prevailing – who could wear tartan ankle-length trousers?).

Hootie and the Blowfish, on the other hand, shot to stardom in the middle of the 90s with an edge-less sound and a sex-less look. Mind you, this was in the middle of the music video era and a decent video could at least get you a hit.

In spite of not being apart of a trendy sound and lacking a marketable image, Hootie and the Blowfish churned out a debut with four hits and a few other solid songs. Hand-over-my-heart, dear reader, Cracked Rear View is a pop classic.

Hence, my question. Did Darius Rucker and co. strike a Faustian bargain with Beelzebub himself in order to obtain the inspiration for their opus? We may never know…

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One response to “Did Hootie and the Blowfish sell their souls?

  1. thesoakoftheyear March 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I submit this AllMusic review of Hootie and the Blowfish’s third album (which I like) as proof that they are talented: http://www.allmusic.com/album/musical-chairs-r373310

    Hootie without the Blowfish, on the other hand, is apparently not so great. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/darius-rucker-p227711/discography

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