Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for "Return of the Mack"

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

I love good R&B, funk music. And in 1997, Mark Morrison from the U.K. scored a huge international hit with his song, "Return of the Mack."

The song is about a guy who had his heart broken, but now he's back with a vengeance. I guess "mack" means slick "pimp daddy" or whatever. Or maybe cool guy like "Mack the Knife." Either way, the guy gets his swag back and I guess is a rock star with all the ladies again.

Being a St. Lousian, I always associate this song with Cardinals centerfielder Ray Lankford. They played this song whenever he came up to bat. Maybe it was because he left St. Louis to play with the Padres for a couple seasons before coming back to finish his career here in 2004 (his first year with St. Louis was in 1990).

And this song holds a special place in my heart. After a decade of rejections and quitting the writing-thing, I decided to give it one more try back in 2010. I remember playing "Return of the Mack" on my computer while I was completely redoing my blog to focus on my writing.

I think Mark Morrison could use a comeback of his own. This remains his only hit, and he's spent way more time in jail after peaking at #2 here in the US Billboard charts. He's gotten in trouble with the law for firearms violations to fights at nightclubs.

He's currently NOT in jail, but hopefully this Mack doesn't return to the "Big House."


13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad that song was there to inspire and motivate you.

Tony Laplume said...

I had to listen to a little more of this one to remember it. It's a pop song that kind of became generic over time.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I listened to it and still don't remember that one.

Robin said...

This one was new to me. In 1997 I was a country music fiend. Don't get me wrong... I still listen to the country music station, but back then I was ONLY listening to country.

You are right... this is a good song and the guy has talent. Be nice if he got his act together and made his own return. And, like Alex said, so glad he inspired you for your own "return."

jaybird said...

Love how music inspires people in different ways!!

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I have a delicate ego that needs a little pumping up here and there!

Tony: Yeah, the sound has been duplicated lots. And I know it sampled a couple of other tunes.

Diane: It didn't get a ton of airplay here in the States.

Robin: I have yet to experience such a country music binge!

jay: I thought it was appropriate at the time.

Pat Dilloway said...

I don't think I've listened to that one before.

David P. King said...

Another awesome introduction to someone I'm not familiar with. :)

mooderino said...

I really liked this song but success seemed to go to his head. Shame he never made more music.

mood
Moody Writing

Maurice Mitchell said...

I love this song and you're right. It's all about falling down and picking yourself back up again. My wife was at the concert when they announced it was canceled because he'd been arrested. Ouch.

farawayeyes said...

Not familiar with this one, but it does have a very 90's sound.

Loni Townsend said...

Ha! Takes me back to high school. I recall it being played at every school dance. It was one of those awkward songs that was difficult to move to.

J.L. Campbell said...

I liked this song. He definitely has a distinctive sound. If he's spent that much time in jail, he probably wouldn't have time to record anything.

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