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Top Ten Momentum Killing Follow-Up Singles to Breakthrough Post-Grunge Albums

By: Ian Cohen

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Posted 04/07/2006 - 06:55:04 AM by raskolnikov:
 Every band on this list is worthy of the bleakest and most painful obscurity. Third Eye Blind? Counting Crows? What kind of critic even pays attention to bullshit like this? Maybe you folks should stop doing lists and try to get back in touch with whatever it was that spurred you to seek employment in the world of music. These lists are not funny, nor witty, nor clever--they are banal and lazy.
Posted 04/07/2006 - 08:20:48 AM by mrameche:
 On the other side of the coin, I enjoyed this immensely - the best list I've seen on Stylus in a long time. And in that mid-90's spirit, a Seinfeld reference is nestled in there to boot. Kudos.
Posted 04/07/2006 - 09:39:37 AM by hometapes:
 i've said it before, and i'll say it again....there is a real and obvious threat to our way of life when there is gin blossoms worship still going on in 2006. Zombie was fucking huge though...i seriously doubt it adversely affected music sales for The Cranberries when it came out. A quick google search shows me the sold 8 million copies worldwide....I'd love to drop a momentum killing single like that. raskolnikov---kind of OTM
Posted 04/07/2006 - 09:41:28 AM by Zarklephaser:
 Hmm. I still think Black Love is a pretty good album.
Posted 04/07/2006 - 09:54:37 AM by TysonT:
 What kind of critic pays attention? One that was 13-years-old when "Runaway Train" came out. I was a little younger, and MTV was my only way out of a hyper-religious world, so I payed attention, too, and thought "Lakini's Juice" was pretty damn awesome (better than that first album, which I still, unfortunately, remember lyrics to) and remember very well how "Anything" goes - it sounds like he says, "I'll turn your balls to sand." It was an archetypal emo song, which was bizzare to hear on the radio in 1998. It's obviously their attempt to re-create Dramarama's "Anything, Anything".
Posted 04/07/2006 - 10:14:27 AM by jhitting:
 Just for everyone's info...Third Eye Blind played a concert at a Johnson and Johnson sales meeting last year in San Francisco...I was there. They did an acoustic set and threw CD's into the crowd. I still have mine.
Posted 04/07/2006 - 10:22:19 AM by ddamage:
 Way to go jhitting! And I will always have a soft spot for 3EB because of Stephan Jenkins' "feud" with Rob Thomas. Nice list.
Posted 04/07/2006 - 10:22:49 AM by wmdavidson:
 Wow, I guess it proves the author's point that even though I can remember when most of these songs came out, I can only recall the melody/lyrics to two or three of them. :) Wasn't "Zombie" a pretty big hit though?
Posted 04/07/2006 - 11:02:55 AM by dioxido:
 What was the single before Zombie?
Posted 04/07/2006 - 11:38:30 AM by cwperry:
 I'm with Zarklephaser--Black Love is actually one of my favorite '90s albums, unlike the plodding Gentlemen.
Posted 04/07/2006 - 11:58:26 AM by Zarklephaser:
 Exactly. I would not deny that Gentlemen and its predecessor, Congregation, are fantastic, highly accomplished albums and have stood the test of time (as far as '90s rock music is concerned, at least), but I definitely enjoy listening to Black Love (and 1965, for that matter) over the earlier stuff. They both accentuate all the things that made the Afghan Whigs so unique at the time, and the songs are well-written on the whole. Not to mention the sheer emotional weight of a song liked "Faded" off Black Love, which is astronomical.
Posted 04/07/2006 - 01:10:35 PM by mpatton:
 dioxido - I *think* "Ode to My Family" came before "Zombie." Though, hometapes is right, "Zombie" was huge. It also, however, was so oppressive that it nearly killed the Cranberries. I think their third album actually sold fairly well. Well, whatever, I enjoyed the list.
Posted 04/07/2006 - 02:37:22 PM by TheRookie:
 You can correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe the list is from the first single on the followup cd to said HUGE single's cd. Zombie shouldn't be on the list as the single was huge, as much as you might hate the song it was huge, the record sold, your justification is purely opionated bias. I still rememeber my sister singing that damn song all the time. I'm REALLY, REALLY, REALLY shocked Weezer's El Scorcho is not on this list. I like the song and all, Pinkerton is a good album but to go from the highs of the Blue Album to the dismal sales and luke warm reception of Pinkerton (the song only ever got modest radio play and weak video play) El Scorcho is easily top 5 material. If you're going to fault Offspring then Geek Stink Breath from Green Day should've made the list as well. If the justification for Green Day not making it being post sophmore success I seem to rememebr Pretty Fly being a huge hit (but horrible song.) I think there was a Lisa Loeb song after "Stay", though I guess Stay wasn't on an album proper so... That's all I can come up with off the top of my head. As for the list itself i don't see what's wrong with supposedly "sophisticated music writers" taking a trip down the memory lane of bad teenage music tastes.
Posted 04/07/2006 - 05:18:29 PM by fraew001:
 wasn't 'Gel' a huge hit too? i was basically made aware of the cranberries through the zombie single, which i loved at the time - in fact people retrospectively got into thte cranberries first lp due to that song - i remember both albums being top of the New Zealand chart for that year, even though the first album was over a year old...
Posted 04/10/2006 - 01:46:58 PM by rustedrail:
 "in Dolores O'Riordan's world, there is no problem that can't be yodeled away. Not even the Irish Civil War." Hmmmm, well I never thought I'd post something in defence of the braying donkey that is dolly cranberry but zombie was 'dealing' with the conflict bEwtween ireland and england ("its the It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen") as opposed to the Irish Civil War (which was a conflict betwixt the Irish from 1922-23). I would have thought that an awareness of history was a prerequisite for music journalism?
Posted 04/10/2006 - 07:22:58 PM by motelmoka:
 Ok Mr. Ian, that does it. I can't stand your whinning over the girth of mp3 bloggers, so first thing I want you to do is to visit this trio of blogs: Which have led me to more exciting music than Stylus has ever led me to. And then visit my mp3 blog: Just because. Also read this interview with Lauri from paavoharju: And that's that. On the other side, I enjoyed this list, just cut it with the mp3 blog attack.