Forgotten singles of the ’90s
The Refreshments – Banditos (1996)
Triple M routinely flogged this song in the mid-1990s. Now they routinely flog Nickelback. What era would you have preferred to live in? Let us know in the comments.
Coppertone – Fini Scad (1995)
“You know, Fini Scad should really reform,” said no one ever. And that’s actually quite tragic.
Geggy Tah – Whoever You Are (1996)
Before Greg Kurstin was a Grammy-nominated producer who worked with P!nk, Santigold, The Shins, Kesha, Sia, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foster The People – the list goes on – he was part of a David Byrne-endorsed trio who tasted pop success with a smooth single about road etiquette.
Lucas – Lucas With The Lid Off (1994)
Like Geggy Tah’s Greg Kurstin, Denmark’s Lucas Secon has gone on to work with some of pop’s biggest names – from Britney to Xtina, The Pussycat Dolls to Kylie. His 1994 hit saw him being pretty fly for a white guy over samples of old swing.
Sneaker Pimps – Six Underground (1996)
Wonder why you didn’t hear much from Sneaker Pimps after this mainstream trip-hop hit? Singer Kelli Dayton was asked to leave after making their first album Becoming X.
Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye (1996)
The Beastie Boys connection runs deep with this great mid-1990s band. They were signed to the band’s boutique label Grand Royal and Kate Schellenbach was their drummer back in their formative punk days. ‘Naked Eye’ wasn’t Luscious Jackson’s only hit – remember ‘Ladyfingers’? – but it was certainly their biggest.
Money Mark – Hand In Your Head (1998)
Another Beastie Boys alumni – keyboardist Mark Ramos-Nishita – hit the bigtime in 1998 with this groovy number featuring half-time changes, vibes and keys galore. The soundtrack to the 1998 summer, and every year thereafter.
Fountains Of Wayne – Radiation Vibe (1996)
Adam Schlesinger may’ve won an Emmy and several Grammy Awards, scored Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe nominations for his soundtrack work, but what his Wikipedia page won’t tell you is that this powerpop nugget is the highpoint of his entire career.
Strawpeople – Trick With A Knife (1995)
John Wayne Bobbitt’s severed penis was reportedly the inspiration for this song, but it was well worth the sacrifice. Features vocals from Fiona McDonald from New Zealand’s Headless Chickens and a wonderfully noir clip.
Finley Quaye – Even After All (1997)
A mini-controversy raged in the late-1990s when this young reggae upstart claimed Tricky – an artist six years his senior – was his half-nephew. What wasn’t controversial was the fact he sang in a Kingston accent despite growing up in in Edinburgh, Scotland.