Hootie and the Blowfish face death ray, headline Rites of Spring

I’m not a fan of Hootie and the Blowfish. Their music seems pretty well designed to not offend people, so I can’t really say anything
derogatory about it. It’s sort of like a noble gas, just filling space, not affecting the listener. But Hootie isn’t one of the fun noble gasses, like Neon or Helium. On the periodic table of music, I’d put Hootie as the equivalent of Argon, making up roughly 1% of the musical atmosphere.

However, mix Hootie and the Blowfish with the power of 112 suns, and you’ve got something much more interesting…

So say the creators of the Solar Death Ray as they blast a Hootie and the Blowfish audio tape into liquid oblivion. Hootie lives on, however, promoting the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch burger and headlining this year’s Rites of Spring.

I’ve been planning on attending Rites for a while now and, like most Vanderbilt students, surprise was my first reaction. Not so much because Hootie and the Blowfish were selected so much as that the band still exists. Surprise turned to perplexity as I tried in vain to recall a single Hootie song. Then, finally, I felt relief that Vanderbilt had not gone with its usual inexplicable choice of a rap group to top the concert billing… or had it?

Should be fun, with lots of good music and Aerobie time. The rest of the Rites lineup is available here.

Comments

  1. Mike says:

    I saw Hootie and the Blowfish two years ago with Jeff (a diehard fan), and they’re actually a pretty good live band – straightforward, catchy, tight songs, nothing more. However, I would suspect that the bands will not be the focus of your Rites visit. I wish I could make it up myself.

  2. Jay says:

    Ahh, a man who enjoys a good Aerobie. I knew there were reasons I liked you, Mr. Grier.

  3. Ben Stark says:

    You can’t remember a Hootie song?! “Time” “Hold My Hand” “Only Wanna Be With You” “I Will Wait” Dude, go back to the 90s and listen to any pop radio. Hootie rocks.

  4. Jacob says:

    Ben, at your suggestion I borrowed the Queso Crusader’s Chronological Nacho Device and traveled back in time to the 1990s. You’re right, “Only Wanna Be With You” does ring a bell!

    I didn’t mean to sound anti-Hootie. I’m sure they’ll put on a fun show.

  5. I check your website from time to time. I’d heard that Hootie was the headlining band but didn’t believe it because Cake was already playing, and how can Hootie upstage Cake?!? Oh, the insanity! Anyway, I will have to show up, what with my living in Nashville and all, but I don’t have to be happy about it.

  6. Meredith says:

    Oh! So I have this fantabulous idea – wearing Burger King crowns during the Hootie set. If nothing else, it will mean me being more dressed up than I’ve been in months. You in?

  7. Ben Stark says:

    ……and “Let Her Cry”…how could I have forgotten “Let Her Cry”? What a great band. I’m jealous of y’all seeing Rites.

    And Cake! Oh man…I’m already thinking “Reluctantly crouched at the starting line….” sigh. Damn law school.

  8. Jacob says:

    Meredith, I am definitely in. That’s the best Hootie and Blowfish concert idea ever. Do we have to go to BK and pretend it’s our birthday to get them?

  9. Adam Gintis says:

    Well, this may be a radical change in the lineup for Rites, but some things never change…the Rites website still sucks!

    Sorry to anyone involved with it, now or in years past, but so much fun was had making fun of it, I had to chime in… :P

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