Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 89

BF90With 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 2-3.

Section 1: The Ass End

Swing Out Sister
“Am I the Same Girl” 1992, #45 (12 weeks) (download)

I had forgotten this was a Swing Out Sister tune, remaking the original by Barbara Acklin, or more likely the instrumental version called “Soulful Strut” by Young-Holt Unlimited. Or, since Swing Out Sister was heavily influenced by Dusty Springfield, even more likely, her version of the tune.

Swirl 360
“Hey Now Now” 1998, #47 (11 weeks) (download)

Denny and Kenny Scott, a pair of Floridian brothers debuted in 1998 with their album Ask Anybody. Although I remember the band name and I know we played it at my college station, I don’t recall the record or this song. Maybe that’s an indication that it was as boring as “Hey Now Now” is. But they are still making music and writing tunes for other artists so someone must like them.

SWVSWV (Sisters with Voices)
“Right Here” 1993, #92 (5 weeks) (download)
“Always On My Mind” 1994, #54 (17 weeks) (download)
“It’s All About U” 1997, #61 (15 weeks) (download)
“Can We” 1997, #75 (15 weeks) (download)

For some reason the end of the letter S is making me feel like I have Alzheimer’s. SWV were the 23rd biggest artist of the decade according to Billboard and yet I don’t remember any of these tunes above. And I’m even sure I owned at least the first two SWV album. Even if I had remembered the tunes, I think I would have still been surprised that these ladies were so huge. I haven’t heard the name SWV mentioned in a decade so their songs must not have stood the test of time.

(Note: For some reason I can’t seem to find or maybe don’t own the original version of “Right Here,” only the bigger remix version with “Human Nature” included. So you can download that version and the original is in the Youtube video embedded below).

“Walk On By” 1990, #74 (6 weeks) (download)
“You’re the Love of My Life” 1993, #90 (2 weeks) (download)
“The Love I Lost” 1993, #90 (2 weeks) (download)

Sybil’s “Don’t Make Me Over,” which hit #20 in 1989 was a decent enough song but nothing past that was anything but generic. She had a few more shots at success but with nothing setting her apart from the pack, these ended up being her last Hot 100 tunes.

You’re the Love of My Life / The Love I Lost” is a double A-side single.

“The Way I Feel” 1992, #63 (8 weeks) (download)

Finally moving out of the letter S and into T, we get a somewhat rare one to start the letter. Tag were a pop group from English consisting of Treana Morris and Gareth Young. T and G – Tag.

Tag Team
“Addams Family (Whoomp!)” 1994, #84 (3 weeks) (download)
“Whoomp! (There It Went)” 1995, #97 (1 week) (download)

I’ve said before that I liked that Southern booty shaking bass music and “Whoomp! (There Is Is)” was no exception to that. However, if you want a perfect example of a group “selling out,” whoomp, here they are.

Fifteen minutes of fame be damned, Tag Team took their hit and remade it into an Addams Family tune for the movie and then the following year went one step further and remade it into a Disney song with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy guest starring on the “There It Went” version. And this was all after “Here It Is, Bam!” didn’t work as a single. Not kidding, “Here Is It, Bam!” Yikes.

Tanto Metro & Devonte
“Everyone Falls In Love” 1999, #88 (16 weeks) (download)

The T’s are starting off with some really oddball tracks. Frankly, I had no idea what this was before listening here but I’m happy I did because now I know who sang that tune I heard like a half dozen times while I was in St. Lucia last year. These dudes spent 16 weeks on the chart and only made it to number 88. That’s gotta be quite a feat.

  • rockymtranger

    I actually remember that Tag track, but I easily haven’t thought of it in twenty years. That Tanto Metro track was MASSIVE in Miami when I lived there in ’99. And I’m stunned Swing Out Sister got to #45 with “Am I the Same Girl.” Kaleidoscope World is a really great album.

    So SWV is the fun one here. You actually have the “Right Here/Human Nature” version of the song posted, which went to #2 the following year. I think it was the flip side of “Downtown” and ended up being the bigger track of the two based off of the MJ sample of “Human Nature.” Even more awesome? It was on the Free Willy soundtrack. And the final bit of trivia is that Pharrell is the one saying “S…double…you…V”.

  • steed

    Yeah, I meant to hunt the original down in MP3 as I don’t seem to own it but completely forgot over the holiday week, so I added the youtube video for the original in.

    I remember Kaleidoscope World being a great album but that’s one I haven’t picked up in a decade for some reason.

    And Miami is probably the reason Tanto Metro spent so many weeks on the chart. I keep listening to it now. I think it’s the best song of the post for some reason.

  • Brett Alan

    I’m one of those oddballs who really liked “Hey Now Now”. I think it’s a wonderful mix of the pop trends of the time (mostly Hanson” with power pop. Also, I’ve always really liked “The Truth”, although you’re right that it’s become really obscure at this point.

    The top 40 station I was working at at the time got a LOT of mileage out of “The Way I Feel” It got a lot of requests and hung around on our playlist for quite a while.