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

"Sometimes you burn bright and burn quickly. You burn out after that," Blagg said. "They had nothing else to say.



Vanilla Ice, 'Ice Ice Baby'

Two words: Vanilla Ice. Really, is there anything else that needs to be said? Go to any school dance in the last 15 years and "Ice Ice Baby" practically was guaranteed to be on the playlist.

With a very heavy sample from Queen's "Under Pressure," Ice became the first white hip-hop artist to burst to the mainstream and lead the way for future white rap artists like Eminem.

"I think that Vanilla Ice was the greatest thing that could have happened to Eminem," Blagg said. "'I think he got so much credit for not being as bad as Vanilla Ice."

But Eddy believes Ice actually did bolster hip-hop during his brief chart tenure.

"It took a great hook from "Under Pressure" and improved it," Eddy said. "I wish I heard songs on the radio now that had that much energy."

Ice's timing seemed impeccable, as it came on the heels of MC Hammer's massive success as the first hip-hop artist to go mainstream, though he was another artist who surprised listeners with his look.

Eddy, who first heard the song on an urban Detroit radio station, believed it was gangster rap group NWA at first.

Ice's image became his undoing.

"They are judging the music from the picture of the guy not what the music does," Eddy said.



Gerardo, 'Rico Suave'

Before the Latin invasion, before Ricky Martin shook his hips to super stardom on the Grammys and before Jennifer Lopez became a triple threat, there was Gerardo. "Who?" you ask. You probably remember him as "Rico (insert seductive horn blowing here) Suave."

The song ushered in the term Spanglish into the cultural lexicon.

"I never thought it was that catchy," Eddy said. "He was no Ricky Martin."

But Blagg said the singer got his point across.

"Rico Suave was all that he had to say. He was rich and smooth," Blagg said.



Los Del Rio 'Macarena'

With its catchy chorus and ready-made dance, the Macarena was geared to become a wedding and dance-hall staple.

Yet the idea of two middle-aged men singing about a promiscuous party girl probably doesn't sound like an instant hit. But the song easily topped the charts and spawned spinoffs such as a Christmas version of the song.

"Who could have thought two random old guys running around singing Spanish gibberish," could have been a hit, Blagg said. The country just said, "Let's just go with these two Latino guys and see where they take it."



Marcy Playground, 'Sex and Candy'

The dreary and trippy video for Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy" helped popularize the song when it was released in the late 1990s. Lead singer John Wozniak's uber-mellow voice and the deep base plucking gave the tune a distinctive sound in a post-grunge era.

"I love the deadness in his voice. He's talking about two wonderful things, sex and candy," Blagg said. "I liked a lot of dumb things when I was 16."

Watching an almost-lifeless Wozniak spread across the floor with blue blood spilling beneath him added an extra eeriness to the song.

"It's sort of creepy," Eddy said. "There's something creepy about the words."

Perhaps that is what drove listeners to send the song to the No. 8 spot on the charts.

"I guess I can sort of understand how people got pulled in by it," he added.

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