Sunday, September 1, 2013

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "I Wish" by Skee-Lo

When I went away to college in the fall of 1995, email became a part of my life for the first time.  I had a group of about 15 high school friends that kept in touch and told stories this way.  It was the first online audience that I ever wrote for.  One of the emails I sent to this group was a list of sarcastic and funnier (at least I thought so) lyrics to "I Wish" by Skee-Lo, which was a huge song at the time.  It was a collection of random thoughts like "I wish Hootie and the Blowfish would change their name to Hootie and the Carolina Panthers" (that's the only line I can remember, and I'm not exactly sure where it came from; I wonder if it's possible to somehow dig up this email from the depths of the internet?).

Anyway, if years from now somebody is doing a thesis on the roots/origins of, that's probably a good place to start.

On a related note, a week ago I wrote a blog about Grantland's "Song of the Millennium" tournament.  For the "Awesome (not very old) Song of the Week" I chose Outkast's Hey Ya as the champion from the 64 song field.  I wish I'd put money on my selection (sidebar: imagine how much fun it would be to take bets on that?), because on Friday Andre 3000 and company took home the title.

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