Musical Musings… What’s The Deal With The Music Circa 93-95?

The other day, BoDeans’ Closer to Free sneaked its way back onto my radio from 1993, and it refueled my loathing of it.  Why do I despise it?  Although it was the theme to Party of Five (and apparently in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron), that’s not why I can’t stand it.  Just listen to it:


But then all of the sudden, a few other songs popped in my head that had long ago wore out their welcome (or never had a welcome in the first place), and that’s when I realized the title of this post (in the style of Seinfeld):

What’s the deal with some of the music that came out between 1993 and 1995?

Need examples? How about this 1993 song that’s actually from 1988.  It’s probably what started this sound scene…

Although I can still enjoy The Proclaimers’ I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) from time to rare time, I can no longer even tolerate The Rembrandts’ I’ll Be There For You.  Did you know it was written by the creators of Friends and shopped around?  OMG!  It was written by the creators of Friends and shopped around.

And then there was Blues Traveler’s Run-Around everywhere you turned (their Hook gets a pass – its video is quite the time capsule merely for containing the late host of Remote Control, Ken Ober):

Make it stop, you say.  I say here’s Spin Doctor’s Two Princes:

And howzabout Deadeye Dick’s New Age Girl:

Okay, that song I still like, and it has nothing to do with the song being in Dumb and Dumber.  (To be honest, I’m not a fan of The Farrelly Brothers.)  But this song has to be considered the death knell of the movement.  The nail in the coffin.  The Roll to Me by Del Amitri.  Seriously, this song sucks:

It’s all of this music’s fault that we still have to deal with these guys:

Hey, Dave Matthews Band!  What Would You Say if I said jam bands suck?


  1. Michael · May 18, 2010

    Good ;point, its so ‘catchy poppy crappy’, can’t even listen to the Spin Doctors anymore. I don’t have much, I just wanted to comment.

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