Helllloooo! Today’s video is of Hootie and the Blowfish singing with the Sesame Street gang about crossing the street. I posted this video in honor of Darius Rucker, the front man for HATB who apparently sings country music now and won like “Best New Country Singer” last night at some awards thing. I was shocked to hear that he has switched gears and now sings about country stuff (i.e. alcoholism, domestic violence, and death). However it made me wonder what happened to “the Blowfish”. Where are they now? What are they doing? Are they still the Blowfish, or have they too shifted their interests to, lets say, starfish….or tuna fish?
This happens in the music industry a lot more than people realize. Take for instance, the band Bon Jovi. The lead singer for that band, Jon Bon Jovi, made it big and does things mostly alone now. His former bandmates, who were left hung out to dry, started a cow farm which is called “Bovine Joni”.
The band Porno for Pyros front man, Perry Farrell, who later found stardom with the band Jane’s Addiction left his fellow rockers behind. Now, instead of playing in front of thousands of people every night, they make PSA videos about fire safety and not falling asleep with a cigarette in your hand.
The Stone Temple Pilots were a popular rock group in the early 90’s. Today, contrary to the belief that they give plane tours around the Aztec ruins, they give bus tours around El Paso, Texas while trying to relive their glory days.
Def Leppard will always be known as one of the premier hair bands of the 80’s. Today they put all of their resources towards raising awareness for feline hearing impairment, and it is rumored that all of the band members now own at least 27 deaf cats apiece.
And finally, the band Panic! At the Disco, well….they just chill now at the local YMCA.
It’s crazy how life works out in the end. I am sure that all of these bands saw their futures drastically different from how things really are today. The same is true for the common man like you and I. I mean, 5 years ago I never imagined that I would be an unemployed 24 year old living with my parents yelling obscenities at kids half my age on XBox Live until 5 in the morning. But, c’est la vie. I really wish the real Hootie and the Blowfish were still around to…..hold my hand. Or that Darius would come visit, say everything is going to be ok, and just tell me…….”I only wanna be with you.” Hahahahahaha!
Well I’m gonna hit the road. I have to start my pregame routine for bowling tonight which includes eating potato chips and watching “What Not to Wear” on TLC. I leave you with a haiku…
Def Leppard now saves the cats.
Hootie…….hold my hand???