#140 Hootie & the Blowfish – Cracked Rear View (1994)


It’s funny how a band can release a fantastic debut album and never approach that greatness again. While doing this blog I’ve already seen this phenomenon several times, and I’m sure I’ll see it several more times before I am through. I’ve heard people theorize as to why this happens, but as the owl on the Tootsie Pop commercials says…the world may never know. My own theory is many of these bands and artists have been developing their material for quite some time (sometimes many years) prior to getting a recording contract. They have usually built up a solid amount of songs for a debut. Once the first record hits though they are back in the studio trying to repeat what they just did but in a time frame closer to 6 months -1 year instead. Enter Hootie & the Blowfish. It seemed like this album took off right away in the summer of 1994 when the first single”Hold My Hand” launched this release and peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. For the next year and a half or so Hootie was one of the biggest bands in the world. I remember many nights during that time playing darts and drinking beer in the basement of the old house with Cracked Rear View playing on the stereo. The album produced 3 top ten hits and one lesser hit that cracked the Top 20.”Let Her Cry” was the second single and was as big of a hit as “Hold My Hand”, making it to #9 on the singles chart. The third single from the album was probably the best and was the most successful and carried the disc into the stratosphere of album sales.”Only Wanna To Be With You” was a masterpiece of janglely pop excellence that would rocket to #6 on the charts and help make Cracked Rear View the #1 selling album of 1995. They did run into some trouble with the song though with using some Bob Dylan lyrics. In 1995, Hootie and the Blowfish and Bob Dylan reached an out-of-court settlement for the group’s unauthorized use of Dylan’s lyrics in their song “Only Wanna Be With You.” A fourth single “Time” did not achieve the level of success as the previous 3, but made it to #14 nonetheless. The album would go on to sell an astronomical 16 million copies, making it the 15th best-selling record in United States history and garner the band a coveted Grammy in 1996 as “Best New Artist”. And I’m such a baby cuz the Vikings make me cry…

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2 Responses to #140 Hootie & the Blowfish – Cracked Rear View (1994)

  1. j eastman says:

    “It’s funny how a band can release a fantastic debut album and never approach that greatness again. ”

    That’s because a band has their whole life to write their first album…then they only get 6 months to write the follow up…

  2. Rick Volavka says:

    I agree with you Rockstar……that’s what I was trying to say…

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