First Impression

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How to know you’re in for a bad blind date.

Remember DJ Scratchy?  Yeah, neither do we.  Muzak Mondays have continued to rock on without her the past 20 weeks, and they’re only going to get better!  It’s the Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing countdown, and today we’re launching into the Top 10 with another unique gem from my least favorite decade of music…

#10. “The Impression That I Get” – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

While the 90’s may have been the decade that killed off Top 40 radio as I knew it during my younger years… one tradition the decade continued that also made the previous era so wonderful was that it produced many surprise hits from very odd genres of music.  Hell, there was even a big band/swing music revival in the late 90’s that produced a couple of hits like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies’ “Zoot Suit Riot” and Brian Setzer’s “Jump, Jive and Wail”…

Representin’ for the 40’s, yo!

Another eclectic genre that re-emrged in the 90’s was ska.  If you know any songs by Madness that weren’t “Our House,” you have an idea what ska was.  The biggest torch bearer for the “third wave ska” movement was a nice bunch of lads that called themselves The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.  They’d been around since the early 80’s, but didn’t hit it big until 1997, when this single got a lot of radio airplay and is still one of my absolute favorite songs of the entire 1990’s…

Ah, the days when a band was really a band and not just a couple of “main members” and a bunch of unofficial studio musicians…

Hey George! Let’s fire all these losers after the show! It’ll be hilarious!

This song just kicks ass.  It just makes you want to get up and dance like….. oh, that one guy in the video who’s cutting a rug all over the place and not doing much else.

Hey, who let this guy on the set?

You might think he’s so caught up in the music, that he just forgot his instrument… but no.  That’s Ben Carr, official member of the Bosstones, and his role in the band is to dance.  That’s it.  He dancing while the other guys jam out.  Nice work if you can get it.  He’s about as useless as Magic Dick and his dog harmonica was to the J Geils Band, or those two weirdos ABC brought in for How To Be A Zillionaire after they effectively became a duo.

If all you have to do is dance to be able to get in a band, you better have big boobs…

And that officially closes the book on the 90’s for this countdown… a decade that was represented quite well despite how little I liked its music overall.  Come back next week for a cute and irresistible bit of 80’s cheese…


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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19 Responses to First Impression

  1. YES!!!!!! we totally agree…. it is best car driving muzak!!!! at night when da red lights are off LOL bzw: our entry for friday is ready…. it’s even a TRUE story… weird huh?

  2. I love watching people who ENJOY what they’re doing – they do…..and the fact that one of them has on white socks with his suit is a bonus!


  3. Merbear74 says:

    Well, they ain’t Nirvana but they’re pretty…wait for it…boss.

  4. White socks and a solid horn section, does it get better?

  5. noelleg44 says:

    GREAT Boss Tones video.,

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Huh. Never heard of these fine fellows, but if you say they were from the 90s I believe you. You’re the boss.

  7. I’d forgotten about his song. You’ve done it again Evil, you’ve brought a forgotten song back into my music library!

  8. Trisha says:

    I really like the chorus. It’s so fun and upbeat. It doesn’t make me want to dance though – because I know I would just hurt myself if I tried!

    Ska…I’m going to have to look that up.

  9. draliman says:

    Definitely a tune for getting down to at the disco!

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