The voters have spoken! Our mystery 90’s #1 hit song was none other than “The Sign” by Ace of Base! My favorite Ace of Base memory was from the afternoon I went on my one and only “date” with a girl I knew from South Park Township. We went to some multi-school student council picnic thingy down in South Park where she proceeded to ignore me the whole time. Instead, I spent my time hanging out with a much cuter, much more fun girl from Baldwin Township. There was a little dancehall or something like that there and when we were there, I seem to remember them playing “The Sign” several times. It wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but the Baldwin girl liked it, so y’know… that’s okay.
Covering Ace of Base today is Chugga Chugga, apparently a two person outfit from Silver Spring, Maryland. Chugga Chugga never amounted to much, but their MySpace page is still out there. Their poorly conceived LiveJournal page says they broke up in 2007, playing a final show at some guy’s birthday party. Cool. In any case, at some point, I stumbled across their cover of “The Sign” and y’know what? It works for me. The band may be gone and mostly forgotten, but there’s a home for ’em here at Corsairs Affairs.
Oh, and in case you were wondering about what was behind door #2, that would have been the Red Army Choir (the real one with a bunch of Russian military personnel) covering Men At Work’s smash hit, “Down Under”, taken from an Australian radio personality’s “Musical Challenge“, where a number of artists cover songs outside of their typical genre. It’s also a great, great cover, but how often do you get to choose between two excellent cover songs with so much in common, especially when it’s the only chance either performer has to show up on the list?
The Sign – Chugga Chugga (Sorry! This one’s not available on Spotify)