Released with something of a whimper in July 1994, three months after Kurt Cobain’s death, “Cracked Rear View” went on to become one of the defining albums of the 1990s, spawning three indelible, sublime Top 10 hits: “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.” It’s is the 10th most successful album of all time in this country according to Recording Industry Association of America certification.
This album was essentially released in my musical influence peak and it was inescapable. But I'm still shocked to see that it's the 10th most successful album of all time. Of all time!
“The day grunge ended,” Rucker said plainly, as if relating an uncomfortable but incontrovertible fact.
“We had just gone through three or four years of record sales not being that good, and grunge being the big thing on the radio,” he continued. “And then all of a sudden we’re saying, ‘Hold my hand.’ You know, these great little hooks that were undeniable, and people wanted to hear that. They wanted to hear it again and again.”
Right place, right time for some major counter-programming.Read more...