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Hootie & The Blowfish

For a short time, Hootie & the Blowfish was the most popular band in America. Grunge music ruled the airwaves during the mid-'90s, but Hootie played a mainstream pop variation of blues-rock, and their easy-going sound netted them a string of Top 40 hits. Formed at the University of South Carolina, the group featured lead vocalist/guitarist Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, and the band's name referred to two mutual friends (not Rucker and the group itself). Cracked Rear View, the quartet's first album, was released in the fall of 1994 and became enormously successful, due in part to the album's first single, "Hold My Hand." The song had worked its way into the Top Ten by the beginning of 1995, propelling the album to number one and paving the way for three additional Top 20 singles: "Let Her Cry," "Only Wanna Be With You," and "Time."

Cracked Rear View became the most popular album of 1995. By the time Hootie & the Blowfish returned to the scene with a second album, Fairweather Johnson, in early 1996, the debut had sold 13 million copies in America alone. Fairweather Johnson didn't replicate that success. It entered the charts at number one and sold two million copies within its first four months of release, but it didn't produce any singles on the level of "Hold My Hand" or "Let Her Cry." Musical Chairs followed in 1998 and experienced even less success, and the bandmates decided to take a short break after its release.

Scattered, Smothered, and Covered was issued two years later, featuring previously unreleased material and several cover songs. The band returned with new studio material on a 2003 self-titled effort for Atlantic, and followed in 2004 with an engaging Best of set. It included all their big singles, as well as cover songs like 54-40's "I Go Blind" (which had previously appeared on the Friends Original TV Soundtrack). Hootie & the Blowfish toured for most of the year in support of the hits collection, then returned to the studio to record Looking for Lucky, which was released in August 2005 through their own Sneaky Long imprint. As the decade drew to a close, Darius Rucker took some time to launch a solo career in country music. He became one of the genre's breakout stars in 2008, selling over a million copies of Learn to Live and sending three songs to the top of the country charts. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Don't
read this because it actually works. U will be
kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of ur
life. however if u you dont post this you will die in 2days
.now u started reading so dont stop. This is scary put
this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When your
done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the
screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually
works!
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sounds like pearl jam combined with dishwalla
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d*_*b listening to this awesome song from NY
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He is really amazing Love his incredible voice!
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I'm getting old and I'm searching for my sweetest friend. Listen to the song Come To Me by Goo Goo Dolls. That says everything.
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Only Want To Be With You: Cool.
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One of the best groups... Evvvvverrrr
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Grat band, but I like the original version better. Tom Waits version is much grungier.
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I love this song!! If the sun comes up tomorrow Let her Be!
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Love this song is great
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Wish u were still hootie and the blowfish!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Free kin awesome band
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One of the best groups they r good but COME ON I THINK NOT
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Mmmmmmm nice....... Sooooo dig on his voice....
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TED: You can do any 90s song with just vowels: A I AE U I U-UE..... A-E-I-O-U!
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why did they break up
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One if the best groups ... Ever~
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Good songs by hootie and the blowfish
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Why would Darius get into country music???!!!
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Very cool group~~~
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Brings back lotsa memories!!!!
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I love Hootie!!!!
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nicinskia5
Great band I'm surprised they don't have more likes.
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jdiddyone
Best album ever cracked rearview
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This takes me back i love hootie
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....to be 15 and just chilling with the radio
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Man does this CD bring me back to the summer of 95 when I was 18. I LOVED Hootie, and still do. Truly one of the best bands of the 90's.
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Been a couple years for this one. Sounds good, still !!!!!
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i was blind and let the girl i wanted to spend life with i let slip away don't be a fool
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We are a Darius/ Hootie fan ever since we missed them playing live in Myrtle Beach in the summer of 1994. We get back home, buy the album that fall. Fall in love with their music and I curse my wife and other couple who did not want to see them live that night in Myrtle Beach. I will never forgive those three sticks in the mud.
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I love this song!
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop this is so scary. Put this in 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
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Good music. Fantastic group.
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GREAT FELLAS! LOVE IT .IF YOU GOT SOMETHING TO SAY YOU BETTER CHECK YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually works.
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Good song by hootie and blowfish only wanna be with you
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Myself...I love myself..: )
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop this is so scary. Put this in 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
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Darius is a true talented musician. No surprise he made it as a solo artist in whatever he chose.
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I wish I can watch him concert some day
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You are the
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prodigal_
tyler, go phuq yourself
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listen to some real music u f**king p**sies
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Darius is awesome this album takes me back toba better time when I was 5
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I,am,a,big,f a n , h o o t i e , a n d , t h e , b l o w f i s h
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THERE IS NOTHING LIKE SOME GREAT HOOTIE
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You guys. Are. Weadows
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Time: not on your side--especi a l l y when you impregnate some chic! (And forget to breakup w your 'former' gf! But hey, I guess that's just some ppl's random status quo?!?
As they say, once is an Accident, twice is Coindental; thrice is Habit!
Have FUN & GOOD LUCK w that!!!
(better you than me, sugar! Amen!)
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Nobody asked. Besides only 2-3 of your stations are even CLOSELY country
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I love country music
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