Hootie and the Blowfish were never cool, exactly.
They were popular of course—their major label debut LP Cracked Rear View did Adele-like numbers, spawning four Top 20 hits and eventually selling more than 16 million copies—but it came out in 1994, the height of the grunge era. These guy wore baseball caps and cargo shorts, and the music they made was pop-rock at its most bouncy and lighthearted. This was the band of soccer moms and gateway music to frat-friendly jam bands in the Dave Matthews vein, not for any “serious” music fan.
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