098 HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH: CRACKED REAR VIEW

20th Century Pop! is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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COMPACT DISC-USSION: “An aptly named sea creature.” (1994) Hootie and The Blowfish are back on tour which means everyone’s posting “Hold My Hand” memes on Facebook. But do people really care about this radio frat blast or are they just succumbing to that commercial trap of mid-life nostalgia? Bob and Tim tackle this very question as they dissect one of their favorite (and the other’s least favorite) college albums, “Cracked Rear View.” (full disclosure … the use of “tackle” was meant to be a fishing joke.)

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - a measure of quality
00:00:31  TOUR-TURE - and how listeners work
00:04:16  THE CD IS … CRACKED REAR VIEW - and, apparently, Bob owns their first two albums
00:10:40  NOW FRAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC - and Tim quotes Cliff Poncier
00:15:35  HANNAH JANES - caught in a bland romance
00:19:49  HOLD MY HAND - Huey, Harry, Hootie & Bob
00:26:49  LET HER CRY - Idiot control now
00:30:21  ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU - Sophomoric efforts and not pledging a Frat
00:36:12  TANGLED UP IN BLUE - not written by a blowfish
00:41:06  RUNNING FROM AN ANGEL - sort of introducing the members of the band 
00:45:11  I’M GOING HOME -  and singing a song of one’s self
00:54:04  DROWNING - The Darius Rucker Experience
00:59:52  TIME - a really good lyric
01:03:41  LOOK AWAY - almost an Eddie Money song
01:04:37  NOT EVEN THE TREES - not a Huey Lewis song
01:05:21  GOODBYE - and also MOTHERLESS CHILD
01:07:22  A FAMILIAR THING - and fair-weather price for nostalgia 
01:14:10  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase

Hear what college-declared infatuation creepily sounded like with the OFFICIAL HOLD MY HAND VIDEO.

Read an alternate track by track take on this very same album with Kenneth Partridge’s HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH’S “CRACKED REAR VIEW AT 20 review from Billboard.com.

Peer through an era specific look at the band with HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH: SOUTHERN COMFORT, a 1994 article by Rich Cohen for Rolling Stone magazine.

Uncover the original version of Bob and Tim’s favorite Hootie and The Blowfish song that turned out to be a cover with the MUSIC VIDEO FOR 54-40’s I GO BLIND.

Experience the raw sexual energy responsible for one of the show note descriptions with JOEL HODGSON AND FRIENDS' IDIOT CONTROL NOW from the POD PEOPLE episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.  

Take a slightly deeper look into Blowfish cowriter Bob Dylan with EVERY ONE OF THEM WORDS RANG TRUE: THE DEFIANCE OF TIME IN TANGLED UP IN BLUE by John Carvill and featured on Popmatters.com.

And, following this episode, give your ears the gift they deserve with BUILT TO SPILL’S “YOU WERE RIGHT off their 1999 release “Keep It Like A Secret.”

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MUSIC FEATURED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.   

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