Greetings, and welcome to this week’s tympanic tickling edition of Mecca Muzak Monday on what will always be a bittersweet day for your sciurine author. For today’s entry, let’s try a little scientific musical experiment… better get your safety goggles ready!
Remember that classic commercial for Reese’s peanut butter cups that showed how bringing two good things together can create something that’s great? Well, what if we stood that on its ear and brought together two things that totally suck? Would the resulting mess be even more heinous than the individual parts?
To test this out, let’s take two of music’s crappiest guinea pigs. Let’s start with the worst band of the 1990’s…
Despite their unfathomable popularity, you won’t find many people these days who will admit to liking Hootie and the Blowfish. Their music was bland and uninteresting, and all of their songs sounded the exact same kind of pathetic. When the only song of theirs I can even find listenable is a cover from my nominee for the most overrated band of the 1970’s, they have achieved epic levels of flat out suckitude.
And in the opposite corner, wearing the assless trunks, we have that most annoying of all American music genres…. country and western!
So what would happen if you put this shitty band in a particle accelerator along with this even shittier form of music? Would the resulting precipitate be something so abominable, that we’d have to quarantine off the entire continent the experiment was performed on?
Actually…… no. What you get is the song I tried so hard to hate when it popped up on last Fall’s Mecca CD, but in the end just couldn’t. And I’ve even come around to like it enough to have made it this week’s MMM honoree…
Darius Rucker’s 2013 version of “Wagon Wheel” is itself a cover of a song which has a bizarre history behind its creation that can be found by clicking on the Wiki article I linked to at the beginning of this sentence. But even more mind boggling than the origin of the song is just how in the hell the black lead singer of a horrific rock band managed to become a star in the lily-white Opryland of country music…
But Darius shows us that if you put your heart and soul into something, you can overcome traditional stereotypes and become anything you want. Now if only he had put that much effort into making Hootie and the Blowfish a halfway decent band….
Ain’t gonna lie. I love Darius Rucker. Love. L O V E. One of the things I miss most about living stateside is keeping up with country music. Must be my roots showing… 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
No problem! I would be more than happy to help Nashville relocate to your side of the Pond for your convenience! 😉
Ha! It’s not nearly shiny enough over here for any American city to be truly happy. Plus, there is a major banjo shortage.
Hootie was FAR superior to Darius as a country musician. Just sayin’.
Eh, I just never could tolerate their music… but they obviously had their following who could.
Really? You subject Pon-E to being in a post with this dreck?
I suppose you are going to post Dave Matthews next.
LOL!!! That’s actually really funny because me and one of my managers have a little back and forth over the music… in particular DMB, who’s had a lot of songs on past Mecca CD’s themselves. They are a band he absolutely loves and one which (What Would You Say notwithstanding) I absolutely HATE!
I’ll try to get back to better music next week, though while I can promise there will never be any Dave Matthews in MMM, I can’t promise that this will be the last country entry!
Darius Rucker’s music is just ok and I wasn’t a fan of Rucker’s Wagon Wheel version.
I grew up listening to the Three Chipmunks albums, Red River Valley band and my Dads Polka music.