Scott Stapp. Enough said. When "With Arms Wide Open" was streaming endlessly on the radio, we were trying to keep our ears completely shut.
I saw Mark McGrath in concert once, running up the rows trying to get everyone to "fly" with him. You know, I don't think my feet ever left the ground. It was a free show and Simple Plan opened, so that probably didn't help things.
When you call sex "nookie," there's a fair chance you're never going to get laid. Luckily for Fred Durst, he had a lot of money and girls were really into dudes with red backwards hats and white guys trying to rap in the late '90s.
Everything was going fine until *mmmbop!* they hit puberty. Then their acne and cracking voices made them blend right in with the rest of us. Remember the SNL skit where Will Ferrell locks them in an elevator with their own music? Brilliant.
Hootie probably asked us to hold their hand on the radio just about every day in the '90s. No, we don't want to hold your hand or let her cry or any other weird ideas you might have, Hootie. Now change your name.
When we see people karaoke "All Star," our first thought is a curiosity as to why someone would want to sing the worst song ever written, played on the radio and sang by the most gigantic douchebag. Then I throw bread at that person to pay tribute.
You know, we loved Nimrod, and Dookie was pretty fantastic as well. Boy, it sure got a lot of air play. So much that it was on every goddamn station, and then the music kind of dipped a little, then a lot and yet they kept playing the goddamn songs. We're pretty sure "American Idiot" as a musical was the greatest idea ever, though.
Counting Crows had some good songs, as they should if they have 8-10 people playing instruments. A few more members and they could be the fracking Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Ironically it was never one week without that same song playing somewhere. There was no escaping it. I had to drop out of school and become a recluse at 14 just to avoid "One Week" for one week. You can imagine how disappointed I am today when I search for Barenaked Ladies and this guy's goofy mug pops up.