Need a little help to make your Monday just a bit more mellow? Well, The Nest is ready to help you tune out the rat race by turning on another lost hit that dropped out of the mainstream. It’s time to traipse on down to Yasgur’s farm and rummage through that pastel painted VW van full of funny smelling smoke that we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s rocking the tie dye for today’s hit… and yes, she remembered to wear some flowers in her mane… while the Sponkies are learning that flashing the peace sign is more than just something to make yourself look cool in selfies. Of course, today’s DVA selection is coming from that trippingly groovy decade of……… the 90’s!?!?
Soho is more than just a place where Roger Daltrey used to play pinball and where you can find werewolves walking in the rain. It’s also the name of a music trio that formed in the UK in 1989, and was active for much of the 1990’s. Their lone song of any popular significance was actually a decent hit on both sides of The Pond… and it will answer the question of what that acid flashback of an intro I wrote up was all about. Here is Soho’s lone hit, reaching #14 on the US charts in 1990, “Hippychick.”
With a rhythm borrowed from Soul 2 Soul and a hook lifted from The Smiths, “Hippychick” is a catchy little song that contains influences from many different styles that were popular at the time. It’s got some pop, a bit of hip hop, a toke of reggae, and is a dance song that won’t make you work up a sweat or blow out your eardrums. And sadly, at least in America, it is mostly forgotten… unlike the hippie chicks the Cuff sisters claim not to be.
I’ll return next Monday with another groovy song that the 60’s made you forget about…