'90s One-Hit Wonders: Right Time, Right Place

Snow, 'Informer'

If you mesh a Canadian with a rapper and sprinkle it with reggae, the resulting sound probably would be eerily similar to Snow. His unintelligible hit "Informer" left fans struggling to decipher what he was saying.

'"The guy actually had a pretty cool reggae voice," Eddy said.

The song was the first single from his debut album "12 Inches of Snow," a not-so-veiled sexual reference. But sex can't sell everything, because after "Informer" dropped from the No. 1 spot, Snow was left out in the cold.

The shock came when people caught glimpse of the white hit maker.

"I was surprised the first time I saw him," Eddy said.

Some gave Snow flack about his northern roots, far away from reggae's birthplace.

"Some of the best reggae comes from places other than Jamaica anyway," Eddy said.



Chumbawamba, 'Tubthumping'

Despite forming in 1982, it wasn't until 1997 that Chumbawamba garnered its first bonafide hit. "Tubthumping" became an international anthem for intoxicated college students.

"It's a hoist your beer stein in the pub type song," Eddy said.

Lyrics about "pissing the night away" after a night of drinking whiskey, vodka, lager and cider helped propel the song beyond the band's cult status.

It was a departure for the group, which was known for more serious fare.

"They were anarchists," Eddy said. "They were a very didactic protest band, and they had been around for years."

But perhaps the song wasn't such a departure from the group's punk roots. Eddy said the theme still kept in line with group's desire to bring the plight of the working class to the masses.

"It did what they were trying to do for years and did it better," he said. "They are certainly one of the weirdest one-hit wonders ever." The group's downfall may have been in its name.

"I don't think you can get away with more than one song if you're name is Chumbawamba," Blagg said.



Aqua, 'Barbie Girl'

A skewering but catchy satire about one of the world's most popular fictional women catapulted Aqua to the top of the charts in 1997.

"I'm sure they were thinking about making a statement," Blagg said. "But then those are the girls who made it an anthem for themselves, never realizing it was meant to parody."

Being "a blond, single girl in a fantasy world" turned out to be more difficult than expected, as Mattel sued the band for copyright infringement. In the end, the band didn't have to shell out any money because the song was protected, since it was a parody.

But that didn't stop the sugary-sweet pop sound from becoming one of the most memorable -- some would say annoying -- songs of the decade.

The contrast between the saccharinelike nature of the lead female vocals and the grittiness of the male vocals gave the tune an interesting and likable contrast, according to Eddy.

"She sounded like a Barbie, and he sounded like the sleaziest Eurotrash guy you can find," Eddy said. '"That's what the Right Said Fred guy should have sounded like."'

Eddy added that previous to and post-Aqua, no band had done a Barbie song better.

"Also, maybe the best video I've seen in my life," he said.



Tag Team, 'Whoomp! (There It Is)'

Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)" was nearly identical to 95 South's "Whoot, There It Is" when it was released in 1993.

The Miami-based twosome was part of the entire Southern techno-rap genre, according to Eddy. The single went on to become a staple in sports arenas.

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