1990s Music: 101 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know

91. “Mr Wendal” was written about the plight of the homeless

The 1993 Arrested Development track encourages people not to ignore the homeless just because of their status or how they look, but instead to learn from their non-materialistic lifestyles.


Arrested Development

92. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” only became a hit in the USA in 1993

The Proclaimers song was actually originally released on their 1988 album Sunshine on Leith. In 1993, following its appearance in the American film Benny & Joon, the song was released in North America and many other countries around the world. It reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA in August 1993.

93. Ace Of Base are the third-most successful Swedish band of all time

The two other Swedish bands / groups are ABBA & Roxette. They hold the third placed thanks to be Happy Nation being one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. It was certified nine times platinum in the USA.

It was the first debut album to produce three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart: “All That She Wants”, “The Sign” and “Don’t Turn Around”.

94. Big Mountain’s “Baby I Love Your Way” is a cover song

“Baby I Love Your Way” was originally written and performed by English singer Peter Frampton. It was released in September 1975 and was first featured on Frampton’s 1975 album, Frampton.

95. TLC is actually an acronym for the member’s names

Perri “Pebbles” Reid renamed the group (who were originally called “2nd Nature”). The members names were Tionne, Lisa, and Crystal. Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez died in a car crash in 2002. Instead of replacing her, the remaining members chose to continue as a duo.

TLC

96. Bon Jovi‘s music video for “Always” featured 2 now-famous actresses

The music video featured Keri Russell (famous for her role on Felicity and in other films like August Rush) and Carla Cugino (famous for her role in 2005’s Sin City, 2009’s Watchmen and other films).

97. The lyrics for Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do” is based on a poem

The lyrics for the 1994 song are based on the poem “Fun” by Wyn Cooper. The song earned Cooper considerable royalties, and helped to promote his book. His book was originally published in a run of only 500 copies in 1987. He sold more after the song was released.

Sheryl Crow

98. Desperado‘s score was written and performed by Los Lobos

They performed Chicano rock and traditional Ranchera music for for the 1995 Robert Rodriguez film. Los Lobos gained international stardom in 1987 when their cover version of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” topped the charts in the USA, UK and several other countries.

Los Lobos

99. The Alice in Chains album Facelift was the first Grunge album to receive a Gold Certification

The 1990 album featured  “We Die Young”, “Man in the Box”, “Sea of Sorrow” and “Bleed the Freak” and to date it has sold more than 2 million copies in the USA alone. It received it’s Gold’s status in 1991.

100. “Sex And Candy” was written in less than half an hour

The song was written by John Wozniak (the lead singer / guitarist of Marcy Playground) in 1992/1993 in his bedroom at 4 AM. “Sex and Candy” stemmed from a moment in the late 1980s when Wozniak was in his girlfriend’s dormitory at Bryn Mawr College.

While he and his girlfriend were having sex in her dorm room, another young woman walked in following coitus interruptus. She said the room smelled like “sex and candy”. The phrase struck Wozniak as “weird and cool.”

Marcy Playground

101. “Semi-Charmed Life” actually focuses on crystal meth addiction

The 1997 Third Eye Blind song sounds like an easygoing pop song, but it’s actually a pretty serious song. According to lead singer Stephan Jenkins: “It’s a dirty, filthy song about snorting speed and getting blow jobs.”

Well, there you have it, 101 Interesting 1990s Music Facts That You Might Not Have Known. If you have a 1990s music that belongs on this list, feel free to leave a comment below. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.

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