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Name that '90s female one-hit-wonder song
November 7, 2010 3:33 PM   Subscribe

I'm thinking of a song...from the '90s by a female pop artist who probably would be considered a one-hit-wonder. But I can't quite place it.

It's in my head, but I can't quite put my finger on this one. I remember it being a somewhat slow pop song by a solo female pop/rocker. I think it's from the early to mid '90s. I still hear it on pop/soft rock radio stations occasionally, and I'm pretty sure I've seen a music video for it.

It's vaguely along the lines of "I Love You (Always Forever)" by Donna Lewis or "Mouth" by Merril Bainbridge, but it is neither of these. It's not Meredith Brooks or Paula Cole or Shawn Colvin or Joan Osbourne or Dionne Farris or Natalie Imbruglia or Des'ree.

I don't think it was a very big hit, and I don't seem to find it on the Wikipedia list of 1990s one hit wonders. But like I said, it still gets airplay.

I think the title or lyrics may have a reference to water, but I'm not certain.

Any ideas?
posted by iamisaid to Media & Arts (36 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
 
Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden? His voice could easily be confused as female.
posted by hoperaiseshell at 3:39 PM on November 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Listening to the two you mention, what comes to mind is "As I Lay Me Down" by Sophie B. Hawkins, from 1995.
Do you have any memory of what the video was like?
posted by katemonster at 3:54 PM on November 7, 2010


billie myers - kiss the rain
Suzanne Vega - tom's Diner
on preview, I 2nd "As I Lay Me Down" by Sophie B. Hawkins,
posted by fizzix at 3:58 PM on November 7, 2010


Also by Sophie B Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
or
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me?
posted by Yorrick at 3:59 PM on November 7, 2010


Lisa Loeb - Stay

Sixpence None the Richer - There She Goes

Juliana Hatfield - Spin the Bottle

The Cardigans - Lovefool (I know this is on the Wikipedia list, but you didn't say it's definitely not on that list — only that you couldn't find it there. It's possible you overlooked it since the title isn't in the lyrics.)
posted by John Cohen at 4:00 PM on November 7, 2010


Crush by Jennifer Paige? (Also I am favouriting this thread because holy hell nostagia!)
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 4:02 PM on November 7, 2010


html fail.
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 4:02 PM on November 7, 2010


PJ Harvey - Down by the water
posted by Captain_Science at 4:03 PM on November 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


Cathy Dennis - Too many walls
posted by germdisco at 4:08 PM on November 7, 2010


None of these, I'm afraid. Thanks for trying though!

I'm pretty sure the song was credited only to the singer's name, even though there was a band backing her. I think she may have played guitar in the video, standing around with the rest of the band in a bar or on some kind of small set. Unfortunately I don't remember much else from the video.

"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" is getting pretty close, I think. It's in that vein and probably from that period.
posted by iamisaid at 4:13 PM on November 7, 2010


I Do by Lisa Loeb? She had a backup band but most media just talked about her IIRC.
posted by nakedmolerats at 4:22 PM on November 7, 2010


I'm thinking maybe Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, "What I Am?"
posted by hermitosis at 4:25 PM on November 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Edie Brickell? It's got that "dunk me in the shallow water before I get too deep" line.
posted by kpht at 4:25 PM on November 7, 2010


Natalie Merchant - Perhaps Jealousy?
posted by Yorrick at 4:28 PM on November 7, 2010


Later than you specify but "Be Like Water" by Sarah Fimm?
posted by Morrigan at 4:29 PM on November 7, 2010


All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow?
posted by nooneyouknow at 4:39 PM on November 7, 2010


Bright as Yellow - The Innocence Mission?
Here's Where the Story Ends - The Sundays?
posted by bcwinters at 4:48 PM on November 7, 2010


Sail Across the Water by Jane Siberry?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVtP-QumhuM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
posted by mattholomew at 4:50 PM on November 7, 2010


I know this is on the wikipedia list, but its title isn't contained within its lyric, so it's easily missed, and your description of the video is a pretty good fit: "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes. Otherwise I concur with the Edie Brickell guesses.
posted by jocelmeow at 4:51 PM on November 7, 2010


Merril Bainbridge had a song called Under the Water that was released but didn't get much airtime.
posted by Metroid Baby at 4:58 PM on November 7, 2010


Or maybe Missing by Everything but the Girl? ("like the deserts miss the rain")?
posted by nakedmolerats at 5:09 PM on November 7, 2010


Oh, and your username reminded me of this one: Alisha's Attic - I Am, I Feel
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:11 PM on November 7, 2010


Dido?
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 5:13 PM on November 7, 2010


Fiona Apple?
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 5:16 PM on November 7, 2010


London Rain by Heather Nova?
posted by *becca* at 5:21 PM on November 7, 2010


If Wishes Came True by Sweet Sensation?
posted by invisible ink at 5:23 PM on November 7, 2010


Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians - What I Am? the music video's set on a small stage, and the lyrics include a line about "shallow water"
Jann Arden - Insensitive
Bic Runga - Sway

You could also take a look at the performers who played at Lilith Fair and see if any of those names ring a bell.
posted by amillionbillion at 5:32 PM on November 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Jewel? Her big hits like You Were Meant For Me and Who Will Save Your Soul still get played on soft rock/AOR radio stations.
posted by ErikaB at 5:39 PM on November 7, 2010


Summer Rain by Belinda Carlisle?
posted by invisible ink at 5:40 PM on November 7, 2010


Lisa Loeb - Do You Sleep?
posted by 1UP at 5:49 PM on November 7, 2010


Or, another earlier one by Lisa Loeb: Stay. nakedmolerats already covered "I Do."
"Do You Sleep" has water and guitar playing in the video, though.
posted by 1UP at 6:11 PM on November 7, 2010


Stab in the dark guess: "Sleeping Satellite" by Tasmin Archer?
posted by Anima Mundi at 6:21 PM on November 7, 2010


"Missing" by Everything But The Girl?

something by Jonatha Brooke?
posted by wobh at 6:42 PM on November 7, 2010


I came here to say Sleeping Satellite as well, but it's got a bit more soul than Donna Lewis (I hope)!
posted by mykescipark at 7:00 PM on November 7, 2010


Mazzy Star is what popped into my head, for no real reason.
Fade into You?
posted by SaharaRose at 7:03 PM on November 7, 2010


Yes! It was "What I Am?" by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. Thanks so much to all of you. A bunch of searching turned up nothing and I probably never would have found that one on my own. And even the "wrong" answers here reminded me of a bunch of other songs I'd totally forgotten. I'm loving this list as well.
posted by iamisaid at 8:23 PM on November 7, 2010


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