If you can imagine, there was a time before the TripleDoubleU and YouTube, when I didn’t have… wait for it… cable television.
In this time frame, there were a slew of lady rockers across the airwaves, the likes of Courtney Love and Alanis Morissette. Those ladies I knew via my subscription to Entertainment Weekly. But some other ladies – I had no idea what they looked like… UNTIL NOW.
This song hit the stations the year the music industry changed. Whitney Houston had the number one song of the year with I Will Always Love You; number two was Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. Hence you get two approaches to selling Sophie B. Hawkins – the Rancid crowd vs. the Rod Stewart crowd. There were even two different videos (take one and take two… I prefer take one). She’s not what I’d expect based on the song lyrics, but I wouldn’t have minded fulfilling her wish.
I learned two things while looking this up. Apparently, Mazzy Star’s style of music is called dream pop. I didn’t know this was a genre, but it makes sense. The second thing I learned was Mazzy Star is not she… it’s they:
(SIDENOTE: What is it about this song that reminds me of the TV show Friends?)
This one I’m slightly cheating on because I found out what she looked like when Why Can’t I? came out in 2003. All I do know is if I had seen her in ’94, I probably would have developed a crush and bought her CD and went to her concert. But I didn’t. Money and time saved. But now that I’ve seen she doesn’t really like shirts either on the TripleDouble
XU in 2012, I feel it’s all come full circle somehow.
Okay, so she’s really not even close to what would be considered a 90’s rocker, but this song was everywhere. I never knew what she looked like, and now I do. That’s all I have to say about that.