Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 37

With Bottom Feeders we take a look at the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 that only got a little love. It’s an A-Z look at songs that charted no higher than #41 in the decade. Take a listen, enjoy and comment. And don’t forget, information on the top 40, airplay and bubbling under charts are on pages 2-4.

Section 1: The Ass End

Faith Hill
“It Matters To Me” 1995, #74 (16 weeks) (download)
“Love Ain’t Like That” 1999, #68 (8 weeks) (download)
“The Secret of Life” 1999, #46 (18 weeks) (download)

Although Faith Hill is listed as the 208th ranked artist ever according to Billboard, I actually thought she was bigger than she was on the pop chart. Maybe it’s because “This Kiss,” “Breathe” and “That Way You Love Me” spent a combined 157 weeks on the chart. But her big run was from 1998 to 2001 and while she’s made good music since then, it hasn’t equalled the cross over success of her early records.

It’s kind of funny to look at her album covers and see her morph into what she became. She’s a down home pretty country girl on her 1993 debut, Take Me As I Am. Then she turned into Dolly Parton on the follow up, It Matters To Me. Her self-titled ’98 record turned her into this adorable pop cutie and 1999’s Breathe transformed her into sexy pop star. 2002’s Cry cover art looked like she just got out of the shower thus turning her all sultry looking, Fireflies turned her into beautiful diva and then finally Joy to the World in 2008 made her the princess at the ball. It’s a life transformation right before our very eyes.

As far as the music goes, once she went country pop I liked her. It doesn’t hurt that she’s ridiculously beautiful but she’s also a damn talented singer. Although “The Secret of Life” kind of sounds like a song Sheryl Crow rejected it’s the best of the bunch here and even includes the line “The secret of life is Monday Night Football.” How about that foreshadowing!

Jordan Hill
“Remember Me This Way” 1995, #80 (10 weeks) (download)
“For the Love of You” 1996, #66 (8 weeks) (download)

Heavens, Jordan Hill was 17 at the time “Remember Me This Way” hit but she certainly has a voice beyond her years. As for the song though, it’s like one note away from morphing into Mariah Carey’s “Hero.” “For the Love of You” is the total opposite, an upbeat R&B number that reminds me of Toni Braxton a bit. Both of these tunes and her debut album were the product of David Foster.

Hill seemed to have a great voice I just wonder if no one really knew what her image should be, a white teen doing R&B numbers. Even today if you go to her website, her still photos show this woman with belly shirts and short mini-skirts. However, on stage she looks more like the 34 year old she is.

Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K

“Spin That Wheel” 1990, #69 (7 weeks) (download)

Hi Tek 3 was a trio of Belgian DJs that recruited the part Belgian, Ya Kid K from Technotronic to rap on their only single, “Spin That Wheel” which came off the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Soundtrack.

Hi-Town DJs
“Ding-A-Ling” 1998, #56 (19 weeks) (download)

Surely, I can’t possibly explain to you why I like this sound so much but these Florida groups that sounded all the same actually make up one of my favorite genres that started and died in the ‘90s. Sure, it’s a ridiculously dumb song but I can’t help but get up and dance.

Susanna Hoffs
“All I Want” 1996, #77 (12 weeks) (download)

Sheryl Crow picked up where the Bangles left off and then on Susanna Hoffs second solo record, she recorded this tune, which just like the Faith Hill track above is very much within the stylings that Crow would have done. This is actually a fantastic song though that should have been a much bigger hit than it was.

“Doll Parts” 1994, #58 (12 weeks) (download)
“Malibu” 1999, #81 (3 weeks) (download)

Hole’s three charting songs ran the gamut of their sounds. “Doll Parts” is following in the grunge footsteps of Mr. Cobain, “Celebrity Skin” rocks out and “Malibu” went pop. It’s a shame that Courtney Love is such a nut case as Hole could have probably went on to make quite a few more good records.

Tasha Holliday
“Just the Way You Like It” 1997, #93 (5 weeks) (download)

Although signed to MCA, “Just the Way You Like It” was a Bad Boy produced song and featured Mase, which clearly was why this relatively generic voiced singer got any airplay.

Home Team
“Pick It Up Pick It Up” 1992, #90 (2 weeks) (download)

I’m sure I owned a Home Team album back in the day because “Pick It Up Pick It Up” was my jam. It fit right in with the Fu-Schnickens, Das-Efx, Positive K and the like. But for the life of me I can’t remember what anything else sounded like. It couldn’t have been that good because this track was catchy enough to have warranted a follow up. Then again, somehow it only went to #90. (I paused and listed to this six times in a row – just couldn’t get enough).

Bruce Hornsby
“Fields of Gray” 1993, #69 (11 weeks) (download)
“Walk in the Sun” 1995, #54 (9 weeks) (download)

Bruce Hornsby & the Range
“Lost Soul” 1990, #84 (3 weeks) (download)

If you don’t like Bruce Hornsby, you don’t like pop music. I think it’s as simple as that. There was certainly only so long that he was going to be a hit maker thanks to all his singles pretty much following the same structure (at least with the Range) but over the years he’s moved into bluegrass and jazz as well as putting out some fantastic records with his band the Noisemakers. And he was a friend of Jerry Garcia and worked extensively with the Grateful Dead over the years.

House of Lords
“Remember My Name” 1991, #72 (9 weeks) (download)

House of Lords commissioned Nick Graham and Bob Mitchell to write this tune. They also wrote Cheap Trick’s “The Flame.” Notice any similarities?

House of Pain
“Shamrocks and Shenanigans (Boom Shalock Lock Boom)” 1992, #65 (10 weeks) (download)
“Who’s the Man?” 1993, #96 (2 weeks) (download)
“On Point” 1994, #84 (5 weeks) (download)

It’s surprising that House of Pain only had four hits as they really could have hung around with Cypress Hill and parlayed their success into more hits for these guys. All three of these song are phat, especially “On Point” and this Butch Vig remix of “Shamrocks and Shenanigans.” Unfortunately, Everlast obviously ended up going solo and DJ Lethal moved on to *ahem* Limp Bizkit.

Whitney Houston
“My Heart Is Calling” 1997, #77 (4 weeks) (download)

In the myriad of Whitney Houston hits, I don’t know that I’ve heard this one since the day it was released on the Preacher’s Wife soundtrack. What made this song any worse than her other hits is beyond me though. It’s really such a shame that Bobby Brown was her Yoko.

Adina Howard
“My Up and Down” 1995, #68 (10 weeks) (download)
“[Freak] and U Know It” 1997, #70 (7 weeks) (download)

Face it, Adina Howard was a hit because she shook what her mama gave her. Her leather clad booty was all over the cover art and videos and sex sells, so when she released her debut album, Do You Wanna Ride? with songs like “Freak Like Me” “You Got Me Humpin’” “My Up and Down” and “Horny For Your Love” it was inevitable the horny men across the world were going to snatch this up. And she even got nastier as she went along with singles like “Nasty Grind” and “T-Shirt and Panties” while appearing topless on her second and third albums. She was a little bit of a one-trick pony chart wise with two songs with “Freak” in the title and then guesting on another Hot 100 hit called “Freaks” in 2004.

  • rockymtranger

    You hit the nail on the head with the Whitney track. I had to get through the intro to recognize it, which is a crime for a Whitney Houston track. Other than that, pretty generic group for me, although I’ve always had a soft spot for “Secret of Life.”

  • Jackson

    I want to hear “Mirage”-era Fleetwood Mac do a version of “Malibu” with Stevie Nicks singing and Lindsey Buckingham giving the song a proper guitar solo somewhere on it.

    To the time machine!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.m.miller Chuck M Miller

    All I Want was originally recorded by the Lightning Seeds and was the follow up single to the top 30 hit “Pure”.

  • Jackson

    Follow-up question: Did this series go from volume 36 to volume 38?

  • http://www.bastardradio.com steed

    36 and 37 were so bad that I just chose to skip them. Seems I got my numbering off a bit – this is 36.

  • Wall Sound

    dude, think u got it wrong again! should be 37 !!! lol

  • Wall Sound

    Adina Howard

    “My Up and Down” 1995, #68 … download link’s dead !

  • Wall Sound

    nope. think this is 37 dude

  • kingofgrief

    I would have saved Adina for the start of next week’s entry (whatever volume it is) so that picture would show up right underneath the “Ass End” header. As(s) it is, she’s at the ass end of the ass end, so it’s still apropos.

    I’ll give Song of the Week honors to the Butch Vig remix of “Shamrocks and Shenanigans”, which conjures hazy memories of boozy weekends. (In between the booty and the alcohol, this might be my most depraved BF comment to date.)

  • http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_songs-Power-Pop.html Brett Alan

    Indeed. The original version is quite good.

    That said, that Susanna Hoffs album with “All I Want” is a FANTASTIC album, one of the best of the decade. Stuff like “King Of Tragedy”, “Beekeeper’s Blues”, “Enormous Wings”–tremendous. For that matter, I’ve only been able to listen to her new album a couple of times (see the Popdose interview she recently did) but it’s very, very good. Also got to see her live several times during that period and those were great shows. BTW, did you see her on the Emmys last night? It was blink-or-you’ll-miss-her, but she was onscreen when her husband won Best Director/TV Movie or Miniseries for Game Change.

    Man, for someone who can go on about how great Susanna Hoffs is, you’d think I’d like pop music. But according to this article, I don’t. I find Bruce Hornsby pretty dull.

  • http://www.bastardradio.com steed

    This one I do know. Can’t get this to work for some reason. I think I ended up corrupting my file somehow. I’ll include it at the top of next week’s post to make up for it.

  • http://www.bastardradio.com steed

    Too much looking at Adina Howard’s ass. It’s 37 now and it’s staying that way.