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Hootie & the Blowfish

714 Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish

Cracked Rear View

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Don Gehman
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Beloved by some and hated by others, we revisit one of the most successful albums in history - Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish

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In terms of unexpected successes in the music industry, Hootie & the Blowfish might be the biggest one of all. Having spent years playing southern bars as the 80s gave way to the 90s, the band couldn't get a record deal despite success with an independent EP. The A&R rep that signed them did so because they didn't sound like what was popular, and Atlantic Records gave them a fraction of their standard advance and no money to make a video for their 1994 debut Cracked Rear View. Years of honing their chops on the SEC circuit meant the pop-rock tunes with a tinge of southern flavor were tight and catchy - the perfect antidote to the domination of minor chord and drop-tuned Seattle sound that dominated after the release of Nevermind. Naturally, as their record sales exploded, backlash wasn't far behind, which quickly made the band fodder for comedians and music journalist poison pens. So is the hate directed at four compentent musicians with a goofy band name and over twenty-million albums sold valid?

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro -¬†Hold My Hand
  • 26:47 - Hannah Jane
  • 29:35 - Drowning
  • 48:40 - Only Wanna Be With You
  • 52:29 - Running From An Angel
  • Outro - Goodbye

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