Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for "You Get What You Give"

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!

1998 was a crazy year. You had President Clinton deep in a sex scandal, war in the Middle East continued, and John Glenn became the oldest person ever to go into space. In November, a song that at first, I swore Mick Jagger had sung, started to get some airplay.

The New Radical's "You Get What You Give" became an international hit in 1998 and 1999. For me, the best part of the song was the closing lines:

Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson,
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes, run to your mansions
Come around, we'll kick your ass in.

Isn't that awesome?

Unfortunately, the New Radicals broke up after their one song became a big hit, disbanding in 1999. Gregg Alexander, the lead singer, writer, and producer, went on to work with other artists including Enrique Iglesias, (ironically) Hanson, Rod Stewart, and his biggest post-New Radicals hit was Santana and Michelle Branch's "The Game of Love" for which he won a Grammy.

I still like this song. It's got a strong social message, although the media focused on all the name dropping at the end.

15 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I vaguely remember that song.

@Ruby_Barnes said...

It was a huge hit here in Europe and is still used in radio and TV commercials. Very catchy.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I still hear it on the radio in every city I visit

Ruby: Here too. I think it's been used in a few movies and TV shows

Pat Dilloway said...

I like that song. That's hilarious he ended up working with Hanson, though I suppose by then neither of them had much of a career left.

Robin said...

This is one of those songs that I hear a lot and don't much think about. It has a good beat and feels happy to me. I don't know any of the words aside from the chorus. I didn't know who sang it or that it was one-hit wonder. Always learning something new...

River Fairchild said...

I hadn't heard that song before. Thanks for sharing it! I really enjoyed it. :)

Tony Laplume said...

I remembered it after listening a little.

David P. King said...

Some groups disband way too soon. I spent may homework hours jamming to this. :)

Crystal Collier said...

Yes! I totally remember that song. 1998 could not have been that long ago... Yikes!

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jaybird said...

Hear this song a lot, but never knew that much about it! Cool facts to know Jay!

Teresa Cypher said...

I'd forgotten all about that one!! Nice walk down memory lane. :-) I love the lyrics you cited, by the way. It did have a good message. :-)

Melanie Schulz said...

I know that one...(just dated myself)

Chris said...

Read this post in the morning and had it stuck in my head until lunch :/

I remember at the time being turned off by the name dropping, like he/they just did it to grab attention. But it's cool that he ended up working with Hanson. Wonder what you've got cooking for 'Z'

farawayeyes said...

Reading your post, I'm thinking I have no idea what song this is. Once I clicked on the video and the first few notes started playing, I'm thinking, oh yeah, I know this one and like everybody else hear it all the time. It's almost comical that I didn't know the title, artist, or any other fact about it.

cleemckenzie said...

The most I remember about this time is Clinton's mess and John Glenn's accomplishment. The New Radicals were background to all of this.

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