Harry is Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap, Mark Shubb in The Folksmen, and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons. One-hit wonders give each era of music their distinctive timbre and direction, and provide cultural grounding, a marker for what was going on in society at a given time. With the exception of “Flagpole Sitta,” most of these songs never became wildly influential—in fact, a large portion of these bands gathered dust in the dollar bins, sunk by their own novelty—but they made the teeming underbelly of alternative-rock radio far more interesting. He's saying that people should just be themselves instead of aspiring to be someone else. Undercover in 2013, Hall & Oates covered “Someday We’ll Know” with Todd Rundgren. Alexander’s disillusionment makes more sense when taking into account that the New Radicals represented his third try at mainstream success: Two solo albums, 1989’s Michigan Rain and 1992’s Intoxifornication, released via two different labels, didn’t have much of a commercial impact. Short, Music. "Frenemies" became the title of a book in 2007 and a movie in 2012, but many of us heard it for the first time courtesy of The New Radicals. "White "Christmas" was so popular that Bing had to re-record the song five years after the original 1942 recording because the original masters had been worn out from all the pressings. Although this shift facilitated the mainstream popularity of palatable acts such as Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20, The Verve Pipe, and Smash Mouth, modern rock didn’t become completely beige overnight. But this optimism was tempered by the end of the song, which devolved into a very specific, deliberate critique of oppressive forces. For even more, visit our Guide to Horror ... if you dare. The bridge contains a spoken-word section that Alexander often transformed into a near-rap live, in a nod to the era’s growing conflation of hip-hop and rock, while the vocalist’s forceful, half-spoken, half-sung delivery on the chorus made it easy (and fun) to sing along to. I had two records out before the New Radicals record took off… By the time I finally had a hit record, I had already been around it for 12 years, so I was already ready to retire. As he recalled in the same 2014 interview, he was disappointed that these fame-preoccupied lines took precedence over the other, more pointed lyrics: “To notice that everybody focused on the so-called ‘celebrity-bashing’ lyric instead of this lyric that was talking about the powers-that-be that are holding everybody down… That was something that I was kind of disillusioned by.” (Manson was upset for another reason, as he told MTV in 1998: “I’m giving an open invitation to the singer of the New Radicals,” Manson said,“because he’s all strange and spiritual, and he challenged me in one of his songs. The template Alexander created on “You Get What You Give” turned out to be surprisingly influential on popular music, just in a non-obvious, almost obscured way. The closing lyrics of this song caused controversy as they accused Marilyn Monroe, Beck, Courtney Love and Hanson of being fakes and that the New Radicals will "kick their ass in." This was used on the end credits for the 2006 Adam Sandler film. In We’re No. Undercover in 2013 . “You Get What You Give” has been in a slew of movies, including 2000’s The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas and 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. press release, he announced his intention to go into production and songwriting for other artists, its demo form isn’t that far off from New Radicals’ amiable style, Savoir Adore covered the song for A.V. In Glee’ s season-three finale, outgoing seniors sang it as a goodbye song to the underclassmen, while Savoir Adore covered the song for A.V. Sing You Get What You Give in the Style of "New Radicals". Alexander was frequently spotted wearing a face-obscuring fisherman’s hat (including on the cover of New Radicals’ lone album, Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too, itself dominated by a very-late-’90s garish yellow palette), while the song’s teen-movie-like video was filmed in a mall and focused on rebellious kids revolting against uptight adults. “In a pop song, I was going after health insurance companies and corruption—‘Health insurance rip off lying’; the FDA, the Food And Drug Administration, and the hypocrisy of the war on drugs, which was not real; ‘big bankers’ and Wall Street. A version by Mackenzie Graham, who uses the stage name Mack, was used in a, 2018 commercial for the University of Phoenix, More songs that mention other musicians in the lyrics, Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics). R Check out our picks for movies that (hopefully) won't keep you up at night. Alexander wasn’t trying to obscure or distort his voice, and he was unabashedly earnest, in both his irreverent worldview and lyrics. "You Get What You Give" is a 1998 song by the New Radicals. So even though “You Get What You Give” stayed in the mainstream’s consciousness during the next 15 years, Alexander retreated from the public eye, at least under his own name. | The beginning hints at stifling religious forces and youthful abandon; later, there’s a plea to strive for substance, as well as an oblique reference to romantic solidarity. A lot of people would say, ‘Y’know, don’t give him the attention, cause that’s what he wants.’ But I think I’ll crack his skull open if I see him. Stingray Karaoke Rock, Modern Rock, 1999, English, Key D. “My favorite artists—Prince, [David Lee] Roth-era Van Halen, even Madonna when she was doing cutting-edge work—they were mysteries to me and my friends,” Alexander said in 2014. Instead of cultural forces or label indifference, Alexander himself decided he was over being the frontman of a band in the middle of an album cycle: In July 1999, he broke up the group right before the release of Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too’s second single, “Someday We’ll Know.” In a press release, he announced his intention to go into production and songwriting for other artists, while also hinting at burnout with the whole process of trying to scare up a hit record. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. A truly great one-hit wonder like “You Get What You Give” endures and evolves over time, becoming both a nostalgic artifact and a song that transcends any era. In Glee’s season-three finale, outgoing seniors sang it as a goodbye song to the underclassmen, while Savoir Adore covered the song for A.V. This is the first hit song to use the word "Frenemies" in the lyrics: "Frenemies, who when you're down ain't your friend." The song’s lyrics remind dreamers who feel down on their luck that they’re special and capable, even if they’re broke and desperate (“Don’t let go / You’ve got the music in you”), and encourages them to hang on despite bleak times. “I loved that song ‘You Get What You Give.’ It was a big hit, and I said, ‘Where did they go?’ It turns out the guy [Gregg Alexander] quit. Club examines a song that went to No. Looking for a slightly scary movie to watch this Halloween? The good doctor shares some candid insights on recording with Phil Spector and The Black Keys. “Over the last several months, I’d lost interest in fronting a ‘One Hit Wonder’ [sic] to the point that I was wearing a hat while performing so that people wouldn’t see my lack of enthusiasm.” True to his word, Alexander stopped doing press until a 2014 interview, and immersed himself in songwriting and production. The names Louise, Jack, Marie and Milo all show up in the song "Footloose." Still another throwaway line even seems to presage his disappearance: “Don’t give up / Just don’t be afraid to leave.” In fact, “You Get What You Give” has plenty of subtle layers. I thought, ‘Good for him.’ I knew he was my kind of guy.”. “You Get What You Give” has been in a slew of movies, including 2000’s The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas and 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. In fact, on one level, “You Get What You Give” almost feels like Alexander’s pep talk to himself to continue on his creative path. Using a pseudonym, he wrote or co-wrote major European hits (including Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “Murder On The Dancefloor” and Ronan Keating’s “Life Is a Rollercoaster”), as well as songs for Spice Girls’ Mel C and Geri Halliwell, Boyzone, and Enrique Iglesias. She talks about her darkly sensual voice and quirky songwriting style. 3 min Yet another group of prescient lines featured next on the song—a throwaway diss of musicians Beck, Hanson, Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson: “You’re all fakes / Run to your mansions / Come around / We’ll kick your ass in”—was a contributing factor to his music-industry exit. Marie was the mother of Dean Pitchford, who co-wrote it. I didn’t know what Prince was having for dinner, thank God. 1, The A.V. Directed by Evan Bernard. | To allude to all that stuff in a pop song was, in retrospect, a naively crazy proposition.” But not only did this hiding-in-plain-sight political statement give the song weight, it’s kept the tune relevant 15-plus years later, because the issues Alexander spoke of are still pressing concerns. One of these tunes, “Lost Stars,” was even nominated for an Oscar, precipitating his brief return to the limelight. The Ben Folds Five song "Brick" is about a difficult time when Folds' girlfriend got an abortion. Which is fine: “You Get What You Give” demonstrates that being a one-hit wonder doesn’t have to be a pejorative term or mean that an artist is somehow lacking; in some cases, a single hit can also be a definitive statement from a particular project. In this installment, we cover New Radicals’ “You Get What You Give” which spent one week at No. For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet. (The song was co-written by Rick Nowels, who went on to co-write huge hits for Dido, Madonna, and Lana Del Rey, and features contributions from Rusty Anderson, a former member of Ednaswap who’s now Paul McCartney’s guitarist.) That's where Kurt Cobain got the title "Smells Like Teen Spirit.". It was an international hit, the first and most successful single from their album Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too.It reached number 30 on Billboard Hot 100 Airplay in January 1999, number 36 on the overall Hot 100 and number eight on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. In Belgium, where the Battle of Waterloo took place, "Waterloo" by ABBA was a huge hit, #1 for five weeks. I'm not sue of the aame of the song, but its oddly famililar. 1 on the charts to get to the heart of what it means to be popular in pop music, and how that has changed over the years. Singer-songwriter Gregg Alexander wrote this about people who aspire to be famous, and his cynicism toward the world of "celebrity." Yet New Radicals’ shelf life has also been surprisingly long. But as if in reaction to their inability to turn Jawbreaker, Seaweed, and Hum into the next Nirvana, labels then started trending more pop-oriented when pushing rock bands. Since disbanding the group in summer 1999, Alexander has written songs for the likes of Sophie Ellis Bextor, Ronan Keating, Mel C and Enrique Iglesias.