Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 52
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
“Don’t You Wanna Be Mine” (download)
Thanks to Robert and Nasty G for providing the non-remixed version of this track. Since I downloaded it so late in the week I figured I’d toss it here instead of just updating last week’s post. And okay, this is 100 times better than the remix (and I have heard it before!).
Lords of the Underground
“Funky Child” 1993, #74 (11 weeks) (download)
“Chief Rocka” 1993, #55 (20 weeks) (download)
“Here Come the Lords” 1993, #93 (6 weeks) (download)
“Tic Toc” 1994, #73 (15 weeks) (download)
The Lords of the Underground are well known in the rap world as part of the golden age of hip-hop but despite how great they were, they never really had the success they should have had. They fit right in with EPMD, BDP, Das Efx, Black Sheep and many other intelligent and/or hip-hop innovators of the time. Their debut album, Here Come the Lords is a must own for any hip-hop fan and includes the first three tracks here.
Los Del Mar
“Macarena” 1996, #71 (15 weeks) (download)
Just the simple fact that this group was formed specifically to cover “Macarena” is one of the biggest travesties of this series.
Speaking of travesties, how about the “Macarena Christmas” – wow. Los Del Rio actually recorded the Spanish version of this, known as “Macarena (non stop)” in 1993 and it became a real hit when the Bayside Boys remixed it. Before you wonder how the “Macarena” only hit #45, it was re-released in 1996 and spent 14 weeks at #1.
The Christmas version though – I mean, if it wasn’t such an easy choice, you could make a case for it being the worst song of the series.
“LifestyLes of the Rich and ShameLess” 1995, #91 (6 weeks) (download)
“Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz” 1995, #67 (11 weeks) (download)
“Music Makes Me High” 1996, #51 (16 weeks) (download)
“Get Up” 1997, #60 (17 weeks) (download)
“Me and My Crazy World” 1997, #52 (10 weeks) (download)
Nowadays I seem to find some kind of attachment with any group that spells Boyz with a “Z” but I never really followed these guys back in the day, even though all five of these songs are better than average at least. One of the members (Mr. Cheeks) went solo in 2001 after the group disbanded, mainly because another member (Freaky Tah) was shot and killed in 1999.
“No Tengo Dinero” 1997, #42 (27 weeks) (download)
I totally forgot about this tune but really, how can you not love it. Harmless and totally catchy, this was created Al Agami, who was the crown prince of Lado and two Danish models.
“I Wanna Get Back with You” 1990, #69 (7 weeks) (download)
I know Louie Louie almost exclusively because Prince wrote a few songs for him after his hit tunes but I just saw an interesting note on Wikipedia, in that he opened up on tour for Erasure. Now that’s an odd pairing.
“All Alone On Christmas” 1993, #83 (3 weeks) (download)
Hey, it’s Danny Glover’s wife from Lethal Weapon! If the title “All Alone On Christmas” didn’t give it away, this charted thanks to being included in Home Alone 2. And yep, the backing musicians are the E Street Band!
Honestly, I thought Monie Love was much bigger than she really was. But I don’t remember any of her three charting songs so I really don’t know how she got on my radar back in the day.
“Can’t Get Enough” 1999, #96 (4 weeks) (download)
I’m not even going to try to lie and say I know anything about Patty Loveless but this song is much better than I expected it to be. In fact, I think I like it quite a bit. Back in the day, I’m sure I would have never said this. Age brings wisdom?