Rock and roll tends to take care of itself much more than the pop market. While most costumes tend to drop their big-name artists like flies, the likes of Radiohead and U2 wouldn’t be where they are today if they didn’t get it right on their upcoming tours. Again, there are always exceptions for bands that just stole the show a bit.
Instead of becoming the next Led Zeppelin, these were the bands that died out much faster, known only for the one song they had a hit with. Still, there’s nothing to be ashamed of when the song still hits hard. While few other songs by these bands are worth revisiting, they’re still some of the best jams of their respective decades and deserve respect along with their fellow classics.
Hell, being a successful wonder is almost an art in itself. With all your great potential, you’re able to take everything great about your sound and condense it into minutes of music for your fans to digest. Even with their all-too-brief flirtation with the charts, these songs have still been filling rock playlists for decades. You can hit their deep cuts, but you have to respect the road work they did from their one shot.
Anyone, even a little fascinated by the alternative scene, would sooner or later need to put some angst in their songs. Since the mantra behind everyone from Nirvana to Smashing Pumpkins seemed to be some kind of deep anger, one would expect almost every other band to follow as well. Even if that means anger is just a breakup issue.
Apart from a few other exceptions in the tongue-in-cheek scene, Ugly Kid Joe had built the hallmark song of the 90s with Everything About You, which has become a go-to song for those who just need to take their ex to task. Even though the actual lyrics aren’t that serious if you look at them closely, these kids sell them, almost as if you can hear them trying to keep their cool between every line.
If anything, you could tell a song like this was actually ahead of the curve as far as the rest of the rock scene was concerned. While most of the grunge scene had deep-rooted issues, it was the kind of slow anger that would become more famous as the post-grunge scene began to take hold firmly. The puzzle pieces are all there…crisp guitar…singing baritone…song about hating your old flame. It’s basically I Hate Everything About You from Three Days Grace a few years earlier.