By Stephen Sheffer

Remember some of your favorite songs from the 90’s? Unfortunately, some of those artists weren’t able to escape the decade. We’re talking about the one-hit wonders that made a great piece of music, but weren’t able to recapture the magic with their other material. As we remember these little gems, we’ll also shed some light on what these artists are up to now. You might have forgotten about a couple of these tracks, but some are so good that they’re still occasionally heard today. Grab your pager, we’re going back to the 1990’s.

Connected by Stereo MCs– Remember this one? You’ll recognize it when you hear the opening vocals. Stereo MCs had a Transatlantic top 20 hit with this song, but they didn’t release another record until almost a decade later. The group still makes music together and tours regularly, but they also DJ for a lot of parties and festivals. Over the next couple months, they’ll be playing countries like England, Sweden and Austria.

Runaway Train by Soul Asylum– This song won Soul Asylum the Grammy for Rock Song Of The Year in 1992. It was so popular that the album Grave Dancers Union sky rocketed to multi platinum status. The band went on hiatus at the end of the 90’s, but they’ve since got the band back together. They’re active in the band’s hometown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and lead singer Dave Pirner recently participated in a tribute concert to the Rolling Stones.

No Rain by Blind Melon– Like many of the songs on our list, the music video for this particular song was huge on MTV and VH1. In fact, the song didn’t get wide recognition until the video with the “bee girl” was being shown on TV. This of course led to the band’s self-titled album to reach quadruple platinum, but things took a turn for the worse when lead singer Shannon Hoon died of an overdose in 1995. Don’t worry, after a couple of hiatus periods, the band is back and usually plays a handful of shows a year for the “Melonheads.”

You Get What You Give by The New Radicals– This is the first band on the list that doesn’t play music together anymore. This song was huge when it came out and is still played today. Their first album should have been the start of a long successful career for the band, but when bandleader Gregg Alexander realized the music business wasn’t for him, he disbanded the group a year after the album came out. What’s he up to now? Alexander has been writing songs for other people. He even won a grammy in 2003 for the Carlos Santana and Michelle Branch collaboration “Game Of Love.” Alexander also recently contributed music for the soundtrack of the film Begin Again.

In The Meantime by Spacehog– Next we move to a band from a different planet. Did I say planet? I meant to say country. Anyway, Spacehog were a British band that relocated to New York City. They arrived at the peak of grunge music, but their main influences were acts like T. Rex, Queen and David Bowie. Lead singer Royston Langdon said after they went on hiatus in 2001, he almost became the lead singer for supergroup Velvet Revolver. One of the things keeping him from making music was when he went through a divorce with actress Liv Tyler. 2013 saw the band’s first album since 2001, and a tour in 2014 to follow. As a part of the Summerland Tour, they played with other hit bands from the 90’s like Everclear, Soul Asylum and Eve6.

What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes– Lead singer of 4 Non Blondes Linda Perry left the group in 1994 and the rest of the group disbanded shortly after. However, Perry and the gang didn’t split before giving us one of the biggest hits of the 90’s. 4 Non Blondes released the anthemic song “What’s Up?” in 1993 and it was huge everywhere. The Song reached number one in countries like Sweden, Poland, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. After going solo for a few years, Perry went on to produce and write music for other female artists like Pink and Christina Aguilera. 2014 was an interesting year for her as well since she launched the VH1 music reality show Make It Or Break It: The Linda Perry Project.

Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry– Swedish musician Eagle-Eye Cherry made a splash with the international hit “Save Tonight.” He recently accepted an award for having the song played 4 million times on US Radio. Like a lot of one-hit wonders, Cherry took a break for several years before returning to the music scene. Little did he know that the music industry would change drastically since he left in the early 2000’s. He would find out when he released his comeback album in 2012 titled “Can’t Get Enough.” There’s currently no news of a tour or another album for Eagle-Eye, so we’ll just have to keep saving the night and fighting the break of dawn until then.

Right Here, Right Now by Jesus Jones– Mike Edwards of Jesus Jones got his band to the number 2 spot in the charts when he wrote a song about the end of the Cold War. They’re still a band as of right here, right now, but Edwards also has a gig outside of music. He’s a personal trainer. The musician said that he figured he might need a job if people in America ever stopped playing “Right Here, Right Now.” He also remembered hearing Mick Jagger once say that he was unemployable outside of music, so he did something about it and he now has his own personal training business.

Closing Time by Semisonic– Okay, you all knew this was coming, right? Semisonic’s only major hit was a tune that some bars still play today to let their patrons know they’re closing. Semisonic has been on hiatus since 2001, but lead singer Dan Wilson hasn’t ruled out the band getting back together. They’ve only played shows together every once in a while, but Wilson has had plenty of success outside of the band. The guy’s been writing music for huge artists like Adele and Taylor Swift, but he also recently co-wrote the song “New York Kiss” for the new Spoon album They Want My Soul.  Hope you enjoyed the list, now gather up your jackets and move it to the exits.


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