Growing Up, I Hated Hootie & The Blowfish, But Now Wisdom Compels Me To Take A 2nd Look With ‘The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish (1993-2003)’
I was like 12 or 13 I think when all of the sudden, these cats were winning awards left and right – where it seemed just a year before, it was all about heavy statement making music from Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Nirvana, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and the like. What was it about this group back then that I found so dissatisfying? Was it because I was a Hip Hop head who occasionally dipped into Grunge, pretty much assuring that I had no patience or ear for College Rock or whatever the heck they were calling Hootie & The Blowfish’s sound in the nineties. I remember consistently dissing four bands then; The Brian Setzer Orchestra, They Might Be Giants, Dave Mathews Band, and Hootie & The Blowfish. I grew up, and discovered that I sort of liked Stray Cats, and that they were fronted by Brian Setzer – it’s the same band basically – so I was a dumbass for that one. Dave Mathews Band, who’s frontman always sounded weird to me – well, I got over that, and discovered not only is Mathews’ voice an acquired taste, but the band is extremely solid. They Might Be Giants – still very much disliked, yet, I wanted to see how Hootie & The Blowfish would fair from a fresh listening session, and while a best hits collection is not always the best way to listen to a band’s catalogue, I fa sho wasn’t going to listen to all their albums back to back – as I was pretty positive that the odds were, I wasn’t going to reach a new, majorly positive verdict. In this case, The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish (1993-2003) would be perfect for my re-evalutation.