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Ini Kamoze is a Jamaican reggae artist who began his career in the early 1980s and rose to prominence in 1994 with the signature song “Here Comes the Hotstepper”. The single topped the United States Billboard Hot 100 as well as record charts in Denmark and New Zealand, reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart.

He made his first single, “World Affairs”, in 1981. Kamoze then released a 12-inch single “Trouble You A Trouble Me”/”General” in 1983.

His self-titled debut album was released in 1984 as a six track mini-LP on Island Records. In the album notes he describes himself as a “pencil thin… disentangled… six-foot vegetarian”. The album included the song “World a Music (Out in the Streets They Call It Merther)”, which was to be sampled by Damian Marley on his 2005 hit “Welcome to Jamrock”. The album was recorded with and produced by Sly and Robbie, with whom he also toured internationally along with Yellowman and Half Pint. By 1988, however, Kamoze had effectively disappeared from the music scene following lukewarm reactions to his intermittent releases.

“Here Comes the Hotstepper” is a song co-written and recorded by Jamaican dancehall artist Ini Kamoze. It was released as the lead single from his 1995 album Here Comes the Hotstepper as well as the soundtrack to the film Prêt-à-Porter. It is best known for its “na na na na na…” chorus sampled from the Wilson Pickett song “Land of 1000 Dances”.

The song was Kamoze’s only song to reach the top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking atop the chart on December 17, 1994, and remaining there for two weeks. It also became a number-one hit in Denmark, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe and a top-ten hit in thirteen other countries. John Gibbons made a remix of the song in 2018.

“Here Comes the Hotstepper” remains Kamoze’s biggest hit to date. It went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and on the Canadian RPM Dance chart. In Europe, it peaked at number one in Denmark as well as on the Eurochart Hot 100. The single climbed into the top 10 in Austria, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In the latter nation, it peaked at number four during its third week on the UK Singles Chart, on January 15, 1995, and spent four weeks at that position, topping the UK R&B Chart in the process. Elsewhere, “Here Comes the Hotstepper” topped the charts in New Zealand and Zimbabwe and peaked at number two in Australia. The single was awarded with a gold record in France and Germany and a platinum record in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the US

 

Skee-Lo

Antoine Roundtree , better known by his stage name Skee-Lo, is an American rapper. He is best known for his 1995 song “I Wish”, which became a hit in several countries and reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

His first single “I Wish” became a hit on radio and TV during the summer of 1995 with a number one MTV video directed by Marty Thomas that won many nominations and wins from VMA Awards worldwide. The song was known for its lack of explicit lyrics at a time when gangsta rap was very popular. His debut album of the same title was released shortly thereafter, earning him two Grammy nominations for both the album and single. Afterwards he stopped his rapping career before coming back to release a new album in 2000 and another in 2012.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Roundtree and his family subsequently relocated to Poughkeepsie, New York, then moved to Los Angeles, California when he was twelve. He first started rapping in 1983.

He graduated from high school in Moreno Valley before moving back to Los Angeles in 1993. He attended El Camino College. At about this time, he converted to Islam and joined the Nation of Islam.

“I Wish” is a single by Skee-Lo released by Scotti Bros.. In the United States, the track peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Gold by the RIAA and sold 600,000 copies domestically. Internationally, “I Wish” reached number 15 in the UK, and number 4 in Sweden and Norway. Most of the song’s instruments are sampled from “Spinnin'” by Bernard Wright, and the song features a vocal sample of people shouting from the track “Buffalo Gals” by Malcolm McLaren.

The song was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards but lost to “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio. Blender listed “I Wish” as number 359 on its list of “Greatest Songs Since You Were Born”. The music video, directed by Marty Thomas, was nominated for three Billboard Music Video Awards including “Best New Artist Music Video” and “Maximum Vision Clip of the Year”

The song’s lyrics are self-deprecating, with Skee-Lo lamenting a variety of personal shortcomings that he says are to blame for his unsuccessful love life. He wishes he were of taller stature (“like 6’9”) and a basketball player (“a baller”). He wishes for a better car, specifically a ’64 Impala, instead of his 1974 Ford Pinto with “an 8-Track and a spare tire in the backseat, but that’s flat!” The lyrics also mention the Los Angeles neighborhood of Crenshaw, and a signpost featuring the street name appears in the background of the music video. Additionally, the song references Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” in the lyrics “Hey, you, what’s that sound?/ Everybody look what’s going down”.

 

Caesars

Caesars are a Swedish indie rock band from Stockholm, formed in 1995. In their native country, the band was originally known as Caesars Palace, a name which was changed to avoid conflicting with the name of the Las Vegas hotel. In the rest of Scandinavia they are known as Twelve Caesars. They are best known for the song “Jerk It Out”, which was originally featured in the snowboarding video Afterbang in 2002, as well as the Electronic Arts video games SSX 3 and FIFA Football 2004, and on the PlayStation 2 game LMA Manager 2005. The song also appeared in the Wii games Just Dance and Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova, and in the Wii version of Samba de Amigo as downloadable content. It has also been the backdrop of television advertisements for brands such as iPod (2005) and Renault (2009). The song is featured on the band’s 39 Minutes of Bliss (In an Otherwise Meaningless World), Paper Tigers, and Love for the Streets albums.

“Jerk It Out” is a song by Swedish rock band Caesars. It was released in April 2003 as the lead single from their album Love for the Streets; it is also featured on the follow-up Paper Tigers in remixed form. The song was an international success, reaching number eight on the UK Singles Chart and peaking at number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The song was originally released in 2003 and made an appearance on the UK Singles Chart, at number 60. It was re-released in 2005 and appeared on their album of that year, Paper Tigers. The re-release peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart, number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 19 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart

 

Chesney Hawkes

Chesney Hawkes is an English pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. He started his career at the age of 19, when he appeared in the film Buddy’s Song, which featured his best known single “The One and Only”, which topped the UK Singles Chart for five weeks and reached the Top 10 in the United States. Two years later, Hawkes released “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”, which reached number 63. He collaborated with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne for the single “Stay Away Baby Jane”, which reached number 74. He released his single “Another Fine Mess” in 2005, which reached number 48. Hawkes also appeared in the musical Can’t Smile Without You, as the role of Tony Lowiman.

Aside from music, he also appeared on Channel 4’s The Games in 2005, winning a Bronze Medal. Hawkes appeared on the shows Hit Me Baby One More Time, Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, and Sing If You Can.

“The One and Only” is a song written by Nik Kershaw, and recorded by the British singer Chesney Hawkes.

Produced by Kershaw and Alan Shacklock, and recorded and mixed by Gareth Cousins, Hawkes’ recording was featured in the 1991 film Buddy’s Song which starred Hawkes as the eponymous Buddy and Roger Daltrey as his father. The film performed moderately well at the UK box office, but the song was a hit in that country’s music charts, spending five weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart in March and April 1991.

 

The Holloways

The Holloways are an English four-piece indie rock band from North London. Their single “Generator” reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart on 11 June 2007. They had five No.1 singles on the UK Indie Chart and several Top 40 singles. Their debut album, So This Is Great Britain?, was awarded 8 out of 10 by NME.

David Jackson and Bryn Fowler established the beginnings of the band, finding Rob Skipper at the live music venue Nambucca on Holloway Road in North London. They would meet later to jam together, playing in future drummer Dave Danger’s room (situated above the club). After an hour of jamming, Jackson and Skipper had six songs with guitar and fiddle parts and harmonizing vocals. Impressed by what he heard from the three, Dave Danger then joined the band.

They toured with Babyshambles, The Pogues, The Kooks, The Rakes, The Wombats, The Pigeon Detectives and CSS, as well as helping launch careers of Frank Turner, Kid Harpoon and Johnny Lloyd of Tribes inviting them to support on their numerous UK tours.

In 2010, Reservoir Media Management acquired 100% of the Holloways publishing assets which had formerly been administered by TVT Music Enterprises, LLC.

In October 2014, founding member Rob Skipper died of a heroin overdose.

“Generator” is the first, fourth and sixth single from the North London indie group The Holloways. The initial limited release wasn’t chart eligible as it was only available from one shop on Holloway Road. The first re-release debuted at #30 in the UK Singles Chart. It was included in The Holloways’ debut album So This is Great Britain?.

The song was performed by The Holloways on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. It was released on Radio 1’s Live Lounge – Volume 2.

It was re-released again on 11 June 2007 and entered the UK Top 20 at #14, making it the band’s highest charting single. It had spent 12 non-consecutive weeks in the UK Top 100.

 

4 Non Blondes

4 Non Blondes were an American alternative rock band from San Francisco, California, active from 1989 to 1994. Their first and only album, “Bigger, Better, Faster, More!” spent 59 weeks on the Billboard 200. They hit the charts in 1993 with the release of the album’s second single, “What’s Up?”; Bigger, Better, Faster, More! sold 1.5 million copies between 1992 and 1994.

Originally, the band was all-female, including lead singer Linda Perry, bassist Christa Hillhouse, guitarist Shaunna Hall, and drummer Wanda Day. However, before the release of the album, Hall and Day were replaced by Roger Rocha (guitar) and Dawn Richardson (drums).

Bassist Christa Hillhouse and guitarist Shaunna Hall had been roommates and met drummer Wanda Day when they joined a band she was playing in. When the three left that band, they started playing as a trio, but after seeing Perry sing at a solo performance, Hillhouse and Hall asked her to join as vocalist.

According to Perry, she and Hall were at Nightbreak, a San Francisco club, and when it was mentioned the trio was looking for a vocalist, Perry announced she was a singer, to which Hall replied, “I know”. Their first rehearsal was supposed to be at 6:10 pm on October 17, 1989, but shortly after 5:00 pm the Loma Prieta earthquake hit the San Francisco area.

The unusual name of the band came from an experience the group had in the Bay-Area with a blonde family. According to Christa Hillhouse, “Right next to us, there’s a trash receptacle with a piece of pizza on top and the kid wanted to pick it up. The mom said, ‘No, it’s probably dirty, what with the pigeons and people.’ And she stared right at us. We were Non Blondes.”

The experience and the name became a symbol that they didn’t fit the California stereotype.

They got their start in the San Francisco bar scene, especially lesbian bars, gaining a significant lesbian following. In July 1991, the band was signed to Interscope following a performance at the Gavin Convention, where they opened for Primus on Valentine’s Day of the same year. As they began pre-production for their debut album, Day was fired and replaced by Richardson. In 1992, while recording Bigger, Better, Faster, More! the album’s producer, David Tickle, felt that Hall’s guitar playing was “not happening” so she was let go from the band as well

Lead singer Linda Perry left the band in 1994, and the remaining members disbanded shortly thereafter

“What’s Up?” is a song by American rock group 4 Non Blondes from their 1992 debut album, Bigger, Better, Faster, More! It was released as the album’s second single in 1993. It was successful in the United States and in several European countries, peaking at number one in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.

The title does not appear in the song’s lyrics. However, the phrase “what’s going on?” is prominently included in the chorus. The title was chosen to avoid confusion with Marvin Gaye’s 1971 song “What’s Going On”. Linda Perry talked to Rolling Stone and said that she heavily disliked the song’s production. Perry revealed on Behind the Music that she hated David Tickle’s reworked version (with different lyrics) intended to be used for their album. She had told this to Jimmy Iovine, who agreed, preferring Perry’s demo version over Tickle’s. Tickle’s instrumental (over the original vocals) could be heard on Perry’s episode of Behind the Music; Tickle’s version was never released. The final version was recorded in one day after Iovine allowed 4 Non Blondes to re-record Perry’s demo version. The music video was directed by Morgan Lawley.

“What’s Up?” ranks number 94 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders,[19] and ranks 86 on the MuchMore The Top 100 One Hit Wonders

 

Babylon Zoo

Babylon Zoo were an English rock band formed in 1992 in Wolverhampton, England. Their song “Spaceman” gained considerable exposure through its use in a Levi’s jeans television advert in the United Kingdom in late 1995. Released as the band’s debut single on 21 January 1996, it entered the UK Singles Chart at number one. They had little success with any subsequent releases.

Frontman Jas Mann had formerly been in an indie music band, called The Sandkings. In 1993, a three-track demo earned him a contract from Phonogram Records for his next project, Babylon Zoo, but ended up being signed to Warner’s WEA record label where the band recorded the album The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes. However around this time Clive Black, the Managing Director of Warner’s, was poached by rival record company EMI and so took Babylon Zoo over to EMI.

“Spaceman” is a song by the British rock band Babylon Zoo, released in January 1996 as the lead single from their debut album, The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes (1996). Featuring heavily distorted guitars and metallic, robotic sounding vocals, it entered the UK Singles Chart at number one on 21 January 1996, after being featured in a popular Levi’s jeans television advertisement in December 1995.

“Spaceman” was the sixth song to reach number one in the UK after being featured in an advert for Levi’s.

Promotional copies of “Spaceman” had been distributed, and the Arthur Baker remix was chosen to tie in with the release on 1 December 1995, of a new United Kingdom Levi’s advertisement titled “Planet”, which was directed by Vaughan Arnell and Anthea Benton. The advertisement concentrated on Baker’s sped-up vocal section at the beginning and end of the song, featuring an alien neighborhood inspired by the 1950s with alien parents waiting the return of their teen daughter. Russian model Kristina Semenovskaya played the daughter, wearing Levi’s jeans.

The initial intro to “Spaceman” on the promotional copies, before it was used for the advert, featured Mann’s whispering vocals of “I killed your mother, I killed your sister, I killed you all.” These lyrics were later taken out of the song and replaced with the more radio friendly Arthur Baker introduction. The “I killed you all” lyric remains buried in the mix. There was a lower budget video made for this version.

In 2006, “Spaceman” featured on trailers for Ant and Dec’s film Alien Autopsy, the BBC’s children’s channel, CBeebies for the animated preschool series Lunar Jim, and Network Ten’s advertisement for Battlestar Galactica. “Spaceman” is also used in Eesti otsib superstaari (Pop Idol Estonia). “Spaceman” is also featured in E4’s My Mad Fat Diary, in the episode “Ladies and Gentlemen”, during the scene where Rae and Finn begin their drive to Knebworth.

 

Jet

Jet are an Australian rock band formed in 2001. The band consists of lead guitarist Cameron Muncey, bassist Mark Wilson, and brothers Nic and Chris Cester on vocals/rhythm guitar and drums respectively. The group sold 6.5 million albums. The band dissolved in 2012, but reformed in 2016. Brothers Nic Cester and Chris Cester grew up in Dingley Village, a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, and attended St Bede’s College Mentone, listening to their father’s classic rock records from the 1960s and 1970s. The brothers decided to form a band with Cameron Muncey, Nic’s friend and previous bandmate, and with bassist Doug Armstrong whom Nic and Chris met while working together at their father’s spice factory. During 2001 an old high school friend of Chris’ joined the band on keyboard, and it was at this time that the band took their current name. They wanted a short name so when it showed up on festival advertisements, it would be large and bold in print. “Radio Song”, from their album Get Born, was written about the troubles that the band had getting recognition at this time.[citation needed] Jet got their big break when seminal Melbourne Punk rock band The Specimens took Jet under their wing and put them on as an opening act at The Duke of Windsor. This is where Dave Powell first saw the band perform and went on to sign them to his management firm Majorbox.

The new band met Mark Wilson one night in 2002 at a concert and, despite already having a bass player, asked him to play with them. Wilson was then the bassist in a band called The CA$inos, so he initially declined. However, a few days later he called the band and said he would like to join them instead.

“Are You Gonna Be My Girl” is a song by Australian rock band Jet, featured on their 2003 album Get Born. It was the first single from the album, released in 2003 in Australia and the United Kingdom, and in 2004 in the United States.

The song hit number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their first top 40 hit and their highest charting single; it also hit number three on the Modern Rock Tracks and number seven on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” stayed longer on the charts for a number of weeks and is the band’s most successful song, often regarded as their signature song. The single has sold 1.3 million copies in the United States since 2012.

In January 2018, as part of Triple M’s “Ozzest 100”, the ‘most Australian’ songs of all time, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” was ranked number 38

 

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Deep Blue Something

Deep Blue Something is an American rock band who are known for their 1995 hit single “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” from their second album Home. Home achieved gold-record status; however, the band parted ways with Interscope and went on creative hiatus for several years, only releasing the follow-up Byzantium in Japan and some European countries. They eventually signed with the Aezra label and released Deep Blue Something in mid-2001, breaking up shortly after. The band regrouped with all members at the end of 2014 and signed to John Kirtland’s independent label, Kirtland Records.

The group was founded in 1991 in Denton, Texas, by brothers Todd and Toby Pipes, students at the University of North Texas at the time. The brothers enlisted drummer John Kirtland and guitarist Clay Bergus. Deep Blue Something originally performed as Leper Messiah, after the line from David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a 1995 song recorded by American alternative rock band Deep Blue Something. Originally appearing on the album 11th Song, it was later re-recorded and released on their album Home. It was the band’s only hit, peaking at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” topped the UK Singles Chart and peaked within the top ten on the charts of Australia, Flanders, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

Todd Pipes said in a Q magazine article about the promotion of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “As the song had ‘breakfast’ in the title, radio stations thought it would be genius to have us on at breakfast time. We’d be up ’til 3 am and they’d wonder why we were pissed off playing at 6 am.” Follow-up singles failed to match the success of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

VH1 and Blender ranked the song number six on their list of the “50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever”.

 

The Mock Turtles

The Mock Turtles are an English indie rock band, formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester, in 1985, who enjoyed some success in the early 1990s. Their most famous song “Can You Dig It?”, which was released in the UK in 1991, charted at number 18. When the song was re-released in slightly remixed form in 2003, it again reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart.

“Can You Dig It?” is a 1991 single by the English indie band The Mock Turtles and was featured on the album Turtle Soup. It was originally the B-side to the song “Lay Me Down”. It was released on Siren Records in all formats except for one of the seven-inch singles released in Europe where it was released by Virgin Records.

“Can You Dig It?” reached number 18 on the UK Singles Charts and number 12 in Ireland in 1991. In 2003, after the song was used in a 2002 Vodafone advertisement, it was remixed by Fatboy Slim and Simon Thornton and released again. The remix peaked at number 19 in the United Kingdom, number 34 in Ireland, number 40 in Greece and number 96 in the Netherlands.

The name of the song came about after the Mock Turtles were asked for a name for a song for the B-side to “Lay Me Down” so that the sleeve art could be produced. Martin Coogan had been watching The Warriors which featured the rallying call, “Can you dig it?”. The name came first and then the band went off to write the song