In 1997 Harvey Danger had a massive hit on their hands called "Flagpole Sitta" (sometimes known as "Paranoia" or "I'm not sick but i'm not well" on file-sharing sites). The bizarre and infectious combination of indie and punk made the song a radio hit. The song continues to be played and covered in popular culture. However their second single Private Helicopter failed to make much of an impact. The band remained active up until 2009 and released 7 more EPs/LPs.The video attached is the "Vertigo-inspired" song "Carlotta Valdez", the opening track to their debut "Where have all the Merrymakers gone?. see more on Harvey Danger
The New Radicals was created by indie artist Gregg Alexander. Combining the influence of hip-hop, funk and indie rock into one catchy and up-lifting hit single "You Get What You Give" in 1998. The song had an infectious chorus and an even catchier (and possibly it's most memorable aspect) a rap at the end where he disses Courtney Love, Hanson, Beck and Marilyn Manson. After their massive hit, Alexander broke up the band but the album is actually a solid record and probably could (and should) of had multiple hit singles. The songs from it have appeared on multiple shows including Scrubs and How I met Your Mother but neither of them really made much of a mark.The Video attached is "Mother We Just Can't Get Enough" the opening track to their only album "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too"
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Cornerstone is a British Indie-Rock group most know for their song "Brimful of Asha" about the history of Indian Film. Specifically Playback singer Asha Bhosle. The song was a bizarre blend of rock and reggae which fit perfectly with the trend of ska music on the radio in 1997. The band is still active and since "Asha" has released two more albums continuing to experiment with all genres up to and including Jazz and disco.The Video Attached is from their 2002 album "Handcream for a Generation" titled "Staging the Plaguing of the Raised Platform". see more on Cornershop
I know what you're thinking... "The Because I got High guy? No I'm pretty sure he deserved to be a one-hit wonder". But the album his hit single appeared on was a funny and delightful album. Afroman had a very distinct sense of humor but also was a good rapper, and incredible guitarist and had an impressively good singing voice (something other rappers pretend to have *cough*Eminem*cough*) . Afroman has been releasing independent releases over the last decade and has been a frequent performer at the Gathering of the Juggalos and has even played guitar with Indie group "eels". While he had a minor hit with his second single "Crazy Rap (aka Colt 45 & Two Zig Zags)" it was nothing to his massive first single hit.Attached is the Live Version of his song "Tall Cans". While it's not his best song, I think it would have fit well along side "Because I got High" as a love-song to alcohol abuse.
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