One Hit Wonderland - To Be With You by Mr. Big

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  • TheNewser
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    I'm going to have to check out some of their older stuff. Like Semisonic, these guys have me intrigued.
  • Circuitsoft
    Westlife. If you listen to the whole thing, it's really dry and lifeless; Savage Garden has more emotion.
  • TheRealSolitair
    I keep wondering where Todd keeps finding these covers. Seriously, he hasn't missed a beat yet. Is that his first criterion for which one hit wonder he makes an episode on next? Does he not make an episode on that group and song if he can't find a cover of it to play at the end?
  • Zachary Amaranth
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    Most of these songs have like two dozen covers because of the popularity of the one song and relative obscurity of the band.
  • LordNifty
    My opinion of the band before watching this video: skeevy hair metal band

    I guess I'll see if my opinion changes by the end of this video.
  • LordNifty
    It didn't. But it is interesting to be reminded that this hit was releaseed in 199l, and I didn't know that there were musicians that were considered to be quite talented.
  • digitrev
    Oh god, that truck driver's gear change. So brutal.
  • Futago
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    There is a little misunderstanding about Germany and our alleged love for David Hasselhoff, we don't love him we loved his car back when Knight Rider was a thing. It's just that nobody told the Hoff.
  • Mr.Anderssson
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    You sure? I'm reading articles right now about how his singing career was pretty much only successful in Germany. How else did he get the number 1 on the 1989 German pop chart?
  • Mischi
    Yeah, we all have our No. 1 spots that deserve a facepalm. No matter which country you are from, we won't have too long to find a song there, to be utterly ashamed of. And admittedly even I liked Looking for freedom, when I was 12 years old. Later on, his fandom shrinked to the, let's say.. well.. 'special' people really liked David Hasselhoff, and I still feel bad, laughing at one who used to do his playback shows during school breaks.
    But do we still do 'The Hoff' ?
    Well, does england still love the Crazy Frog?
    America still with the 'Disco Duck'?
    So take a guess.
  • Mr.Anderssson
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    That's not really the point. When people say "Germany loves Hasselhoff" they're specifically referring to how his singing career only took off in Germany. To imply that he's a superstar over there to this very day is a joke; hence his cameo as the German team's coach in Dodgeball.
  • Zachary Amaranth
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    It's easier to recite memes than deal in truths. These things aren't repeated because they're true, but because they've hit a certain note in the cultural awareness.
  • HMorris73
    There's usually at least some truth to them, just vastly oversimplified.
  • mrrubino
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    *sees title* "Eh?"
    *hears first few bars* "Oooooh."

    Anyone else?
  • Mwezzi
    So these are the guys responsible for one of the songs I couldn't wait to end throughout my childhood? I have hate mail to write. Westlife wouldn't have had a song to make worse without Mr Big.
  • MakesYouWonder
    I remember loving them back in the day, and then rediscovering them after realizing they did a song called Shine on the Hellsing series.
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    I thought that was them. I didn't remember until Todd said they were big in Japan, and then it hit me: "Hellsing!"
  • 13secondstomidnight
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    Ah! Damn I thought they sounded familiar. I actually have that song... Ironically I remember thinking "that is a weird name for a band".
  • Porthos
    I don't know how you think no one has heard of this song that wasn't around when it was a hit. It's a soft-rock staple now, and one I'm somewhat fond of for being a "love me baby" song that does something a little different with that hackneyed subject.
  • Hindumuninc  - Question
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    Did "Too Legit to Quit" chart highly? I'm going to be real disappointed if we don't eventually get a special MC Hammer edition of One Hit Wonderland.
  • ssjup81
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    But he wasn't a "One Hit Wonder". He had other songs that charted decently to my knowledge that were "known".
  • Zachary Amaranth
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    Hammer had several songs in the top five, which probably precludes him. It's not like some of these groups, who might have had a hit that ranked #139 or something.
  • Sean Strife
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    MC Hammer has about as much right to have a One Hit Wonderland as Vanilla Ice or Smash Mouth, as to say he shouldn't have a One Hit Wonderland.

    I mean, there's plenty of other ones that could be done, like "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals, "Blue" by Eiffel 65 (if just because I want Todd's opinion on "My Console"), "Shake You Down" by Gregory Abbott, or the promised "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" by Eamon.
  • PlayMp1
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    Shame that the talents of the individual band members went to hair metal. If they had gone a different, more extreme direction (it's the 90s, so if they had formed a thrash or death metal band, perhaps), they could have sustained interest in the underground scene for decades. People still talked about Atheist 15 years after they disbanded because of how ridiculously skilled they were at their instruments (after those 15 years, it was because they finally released a new album).

    Paul Gilbert is a very, very friggin' good guitarist and could have easily fit into any band he wanted to be in, thrash, death, or progressive. Again, it's a shame that he went to glam. It's a good thing his solo stuff is mostly progressive metal then, eh?
  • memoryresident
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    My mom fucking loves Mr. Big. In fact, she has the tape from first issuing as well as the CD so she can play it in the car.

    And that's why I can't stand them.
  • ThatOtherZ
    I think Japan loves Rock. The music scene there isn't too different from here. But hey, If Mr. Big managed to match the success of Cheap Trick, then clearly they did something right.
  • PlayMp1
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    Japan loves... anything. On one hand, they adore rock from Mr. Big to their own X Japan (an actual metal band). They even produce the occasional awesome death metal act.

    On the other hand, they love pop. Look at the insane popularity of some J-pop artists on both sides of the Pacific. They also seem to like K-pop, so far as I know.

    On a third hand (I borrowed it), they seem to have a greater appreciation for jazz than the country that originated it, the United States. Right off the top of my head, there's the epic soundtracks of Yoko Kanno which often use jazz instrumentation and style (see: Cowboy Bebop main theme, "Tank!" and it's fucking awesome, go listen to it now), and there's a cool fusion group from over there called Machine and the Synergetic Nuts (weird-ass name, but it's Japan).

    I don't think it's as simple to nail down a specific preference for a kind of music in Japan. You can pretty easily say that Central and Northern Europe is still enamored of rock, with the sheer number of rock and metal bands from Scandinavia, Germany and Poland (Germany - see Accept, Rammstein, Blind Guardian, et al, Poland, see Vader and Decapitated [they like death metal]... for Scandinavia, just listen to like a third of any metal genre and they'll be from the Great North).
  • CotterpinDoozer  - Japan loves... anything.
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    Dead on. It's one thing about living in this country that makes it always, always interesting.

    Looking through the song book at just about any karaoke joint in Japan will result in a treasure trove of randomness, both welcome and very much un-fucking-welcome. Name your favorite artist and I guarantee some obscure track of theirs, buried in the depths of their worst selling album will be available as karaoke. Same goes for many artists that never made any headway in their home countries. Japan does not care one iota what the rest of the world is listening to; they love whom they love.

    A friend of mine always asks me to sing this song at karaoke, which is fine, because this song is awesome, but the first time he asked me, I was both confused and doubtful that we would find it. Never fear. Every karaoke box I've ever been to (and that is a great many, including tiny mom and pop places with really limited selections) has had Mr. Big. And not just this song, but like a half a dozen, including ones Todd didn't mention.
  • 13secondstomidnight
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    They also seem to produce amazing songwriters and incredibly talented musicians. Yoko Kanno of course being a shining example, but if you compare the average talent of popular artists in the US with the popular artists in Japan, the ratio is insanely screwed.

    In Australia we pretty much have our few indie rock bands, comedy bands, and we just kind of soak up everything from Japan. And we get some cross-over from K-pop. But there's a reason why American pop charts tend to be a laughing stock over here.
  • DLT00  - Cat?
    You can't stand Cat Stevens? Even his song "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out"? Oh well, your opinion is respected.
  • AbsintheMinded
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    "The lead singer looks like Tiffany. Just look at him!"

    Thanks a lot, Todd. I can never unsee that now. I've always liked this song though.
  • Alvin  - The Family Man
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    Believe it or not, I have heard of this song before. It appeared in the Nicolas Cage movie "The Family Man" in 2000. I even downloaded it from iTunes once, and still have it on my cell phone.
  • glampire
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    This was the first song I learned to play on guitar. Thanks for covering it, Todd :-)
  • Me Wise Magic
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    I knew Mr. Big were literally Big in Japan from a couple interviews I saw on TV on the VH1 Classic That Metal Show. One of the new guitar players was jamming during intermissions of the show and he could shred. Billy Sheenen is the man on bass. I love alot of DLR's solo works. Great video, Todd.
  • MavenCree
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    Their popularity is the weirdest thing about Japan?

    ...You've obviously never been to Japan.
  • kudofan  - Ska?
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    Any chance you could cover some ska bands from the '90s?
  • PlayMp1
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    I like this idea too. Might be hard to find #1 hits from the 90s ska scene, but there's plenty of Top 40 and Hot 100. What I Got went to #29, Sell Out by Reel Big Fish got to #69 (69, dudes!), Don't Speak by No Doubt got to #1 (doubly ripe for an episode because Gwen Stefani opens up joke opportunities), and The Impression That I Get by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones got to #23.
  • de la Doobie  - Man this brings me back
    will you ever do underneath the radar by underworld
    or Ratt now your doing hairbands? Thanks for the video.
  • Steve the Pocket
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    All this is doing is making me wish they had actually recorded it as a proper hair-metal ballad instead of an acoustic number. It seems like it would have genuinely fit better that way, though I admittedly don't have the best ear for arrangements.
  • Emilie Bennett
    I can't lie; I LOVE Monster Ballads, and I own the CD. Yeah, it's obvious that hair metal is my biggest guilty pleasure. ^__^

    If you want for me to throw my two cents in there, Mr. Big sounded rather endearing with what Eric Martin wrote in high school. The next song is obviously inferior, but the song after that just seems like generic 90's music. I REALLY can't blame the Japanese for loving this band; they apparently love this band more than combined adoration of Germany towards David Hasselhoff and me towards a certain Jewish-Canadian comic actor from before Mr. Big's time.
  • SeanSandberg  - Hey Todd
    I don't mean to bitch about your decisions in your video, but you seriously did give Paul Gilbert enough credit. Speaking as someone who's met Paul twice, and has had the pleasure of learning from him for an afternoon, I can tell you there are a very small number of guitarists who are respected more in the community. Gilbert's easily on the same level as Vai Yngwie on the other hand is a total twat who does nothing but play every single thing as fast as he can, and rip off Paganini and Bach contantly. Paul at least has more musicianship than that. Hell, his impression of Yngwie on Viking Kong is more entertaining than Yngwie's entire catalogue.
  • FATIMAGIC
    This is the first One Hit Wonder episode you've ever done in which I literally had never heard this song, let alone heard of the artist. As always, I loved it. Your show is one of my favorites on the site.
  • ColeYote
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    Started the night off pretty rough, but you and an NC crossover cheered me up a lot. Thank you. Genuinely. Frakkin' clinical depression...

    I wouldn't go as far as calling that an awesome acoustic guitar solo, but maybe I'm spoiled by having heard Rodrigo y Gabriela's Orion cover first.
  • starfall42
    One of their Japanese albums was "Raw Like Sushi". Okaaay.

    I never really followed the hair bands -- I was more "Men Without Hats" in the 1980s than "Mr. Big". Yes, Van Halen was inescapable, but on the list of bands I think I only recognized Warrant.
  • Ribelin2000  - I must say, Todd, I'm pretty disappointed with you
    You obviously don't know the difference between metal and hard rock. You actually think Mr. Big is a metal band? I don't think so. SLAYER is a fucking metal band!!! Anthrax, Megadeth, pre-90's Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Iron Maiden-THOSE are METAL BANDS. There's no way in Hell that Mr. Big and Slayer are from the same genre-they're not even from the same fucking *planet*. In fact, none of the so-called "hair-metal" bands from the 80's were really metal. At best, bands like Poison, Bon Jovi, Warrant and Winger were hard rock. At worst, they were just crap. You really need to get your genres right, Todd.
  • MetalEd
    I hate to correct you here, but hair metal is actually still metal. Granted, it's a really popular style of metal and is commonly considered on the same lines as hard rock because the band rarely downtunes to a standard metal tuning (which some didn't even do in the 80's), but it's still metal.

    Proof can be seen in the sleaze metal scene (think glam metal, but with an extra punk influence). Crashdiet are one of the biggest sleaze metal bands and, well, if you can listen to their debut and honestly say it's not metal in any way, you probably need to listen to more glam metal. Heck, Twisted Sister's album "Stay Hungry", which is where the hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" came from, also includes a song called "Burn In Hell", which is definitely a metal track. And that's before I even talk about Skid Row...

    Most metalheads don't like glam because of the fact it was popular. It's the same attitude I notice with metalcore and nu-metal (although I'm not fond of those styles myself), so I suggest you listen to more glam metal before you call every glam metal band crap: some are/were actually really good if you ignore their popularity and just listen to the music.

    (And, before you start saying I don't know metal either, I'd just like to point out that I'm also a huge thrash metal fan, own the entire CD discography of Testament (and consider "The Gathering" one of their best albums as well: "DNR (Do Not Resuscitate" and "Legions Of The Dead" are two of my favourite Testament tracks, hands down), consider Judas Priest one of my favourite metal bands (I even enjoy "Turbo", despite the bad reputation it has) and yet still have an appreciation of non-metal related music. So don't even try pulling that card on me.)

    Anyway, nice review, Todd. I first heard of Eric Martin through Avantasia's recent album "The Mystery Of Time", so I was naturally interested in hearing more about Mr. Big. I like what I've heard about them so far, so I'll probably check them out when I get some free time. So, thanks for the review! Look forward to seeing what you review next!
  • PlayMp1
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    I argue that glam metal has to be determined as "metal" on a case-by-case basis. Early Motley Crue? Metal. Some Twisted Sister? Metal. Some Van Halen? Metal.

    Poison? Not metal. Bon Jovi? Not metal.

    It's unfortunately not black-and-white, same as metalcore which has the occasional actual metal band in the sea of crap. Nu metal, thankfully, can be almost entirely ruled out as not metal (indeed, I'm fairly certain that's where people trying to figure out what is and isn't metal originated - they wanted to separate themselves from those idiotic nu metal guys).

    I really do like some glam metal, too. I'll totally jam to Shout at the Devil or Bang Your Head (Metal Health). But Warrant or Cinderella can fuck off at hypersonic velocity.

    Oh, and to establish my metal head cred as well: Have the entire 80s discography of every one of the Big Four of thrash metal, I have every Death album, I've seen Testament, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer live, and I have innumerable albums from across almost every genre of metal except for drone doom, black metal (I don't mind black metal, just haven't gotten into it yet), grindcore and power metal (only have one power metal album).
  • MrKingOfWin  - TS is NOT hair metal
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    Sorry to point this out, but TS doesn't come CLOSE in sound to the glammy, ballad infested genre that is hair metal, the only similarity the have is the hair, but their genre is actually somewhere between heavy metal and rock n roll. Hair metal is a musical genre, so it entirely inappropriate to label it on a band simply by the way they look.
  • PlayMp1
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    After reconsidering... you're pretty much right, yeah. I listened to Under the Blade and Stay Hungry last night, and fuck, there is some heavy shit there.

    That said, they did make one pure glam album - their last one before splitting up in the 80s.
  • ohe
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    Nobody is going to retcon the original meaning of "metal music" no matter how many angsty noise machines are out there trying to own the term instead, nor how severely disappointed you personally may be. Give a few decades and the terminology will have been diveded neatly between "metal" and "dubstep", and your current favourite bands will be remembered as aimless in-betweeners.
  • GoldenGoat
    Looks like a lot of people here haven't heard of this one. I'll be the odd man; this is the first One Hit Wonderland song I really DO have a personal connection with - major, major high school nostalgia associated with this song. I never really researched them, though, so it was fun to hear the story of the song that 16 year-old me loved so much!
  • Veran
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    Woah, dude looks like a lady! And now they are big in japan. Me, I blame it on the boogie.
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