Each week, Poor Scholars digs a little bit deeper into the catalog of an infamous “one-hit wonder” by listening to their other “top hits” on Spotify to explore what exactly went wrong. This week, Poor Scholars’ Scott Phillips breaks down the other songs of Spacehog.
I began my “One-hit wonder extended catalog” column on Poor Scholars for a few reasons. For one, I love obscure songs — and subsequently obscure one-hit wonders — and wanted to see how the rest of their music could sound. Two, I knew that we would enter the depths of musical hell by going into some of these and it would be amusing. And finally, to find some artists that are actually decent.
Artists like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are *technically* one-hit wonders, but their entire musical catalogue has a broader influence on the music-listening public than the Billboard charts would ever indicate.
That intro being said, I chose Spacehog for this week’s column because I happen to like their 1996 single “In the Meantime.” I mean, yeah, I know that Spacehog is trying way too hard to be the ’90s version of Bowie, but I just enjoy listening to this song, and stuff…
The video, which has a tremendous Bowie/every 90s alternative video asthetic to it, makes me like it even more, if only for purely nostalgic purposes.
The other “top hits” on Spotify
“Cruel To Be Kind” – “Cruel To Be Kind” was on Spacehog’s debut album, Resident Alien, along with “In the Meantime” and the song we’ll discuss in a second, “Spacehog.” This song, with striking piano keys and an uplifting chorus doesn’t have as much of a Bowie feel as “In the Meantime” but it’s a decent groove none-the-less. I could probably tolerate Spacehog’s first album.
“Spacehog” – Since when did rock bands name drop themselves in songs like rappers? I know they’re English, but what the hell, guys? This song isn’t bad, either. Decent guitar solo, it’s short and sweet and if you can get over them calling out their own name like douchers, then it’s a fine enough song.
“Mungo City” – This song was off of Spacehog’s second album The Chinese Album in which they were attempting to make a soundtrack to a film also called Mungo City. The film, like most projects associated with rock bands and the Chinese, was never shot after Spacehog was dissatisfied with the script, in which a rock band gets rejected by a New York record label and looks to sell out in Hong Kong. The subsequent music video for this, in hindsight, is just weird…
Spacehog is easily one of the most listen-worthy bands we’ve covered in the “One-hit wonder extended catalog” column. They try to jack Bowie too much, but if you’re into a cross between Ziggy Stardust and ’90s alternative, then give Spacehog a shot. Their first album Resident Alien isn’t half bad.