Singing In My Cracked Rear View
I’d don’t care if you judge me for admitting it. . .I like Hootie & The Blowfish.
If you’re old enough to remember it, the band’s 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, was a big friggin’ deal. The album sold sixteen million copies and it’s still selling more. Four million more copies than Taylor Swift’s best-selling album, 1989, at just over ten million sold.
Cracked Rear View came out before the internet was little more than a text chatroom on AOL. There was no streaming. On-Demand was still just a twinkle in its inventor’s eyes.
As with everything else, 1994 was a much different world musically. You had to buy albums to listen to them in their entirety. And Although many will deny it, nearly everyone with a CD player and a Columbia House or BMG membership owned Cracked Rear View.
Unfortunately, as the album blew up you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing one of the album’s hits. It’s for this reason that an entire generation of music fans became fatigued when hearing the band’s catchy country-like vocals and melodies.
Go back and listen. I dare you. It won’t be two songs in before you’ll find yourself singing along to Darius Rucker’s song lyrics.
Whether Hold My Hand, Let Her Cry, or Only Want To Be With You, I guarantee you won’t be able to resist either.
You’re thinking I’m crazy right now, but that’s just your cognitive dissonance at the truth I’m speaking.
I’m not trying to tell you Will Smith’s Men In Black or Wild Wild West were good songs just because they got ridiculously overplayed on every radio station. I’m definitely not implying Scott Stapp and Creed got a raw deal with the vitriol they received immediately after their meteoric rise—although I may or may not have owned My Own Prison in my younger days.
Luckily we’re through the days when record company A&Rs and radio station program directors can dictate what listen to. They no longer hold any sway over our tastes, for better or worse, and it was usually for the worse.
Today, everyone’s allowed to like what they like. I’m not embarrassed to say I like Hootie & The Blowfish.
And other people have a right to dislike what I like, whether that’s Hootie, Adele, SIA, Lorde, or anyone. It’s okay.
I’ll just laugh and sing while staring in my Cracked Rear View.
Hootie fandom admission by John Andreula
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