In the late 90’s, I spent a few years delivering pizzas during the summer and winter breaks. It may not be a glamorous job, but pizza delivery does have its perks: you’re not sitting at a desk all day and you get to drive around listening to whatever you’d like. I suppose that’s equally true of other occupations, like being a taxi driver or a trucker, the latter of which was one of my recommended professions when I took one of those “what you should be when you grow up” tests back in high school (okay, now that makes sense… a little sense, at least).
The car that I used for the job didn’t have a tape deck (remember those?) or CD player, just the radio. By and large, that wasn’t a problem, because Pittsburgh stations have always been okay and back then, I listened to them reasonably often. During the summer, I would also get nightly Pirates games, including a memorable night back in 1997 when I drove around listening to Francisco Cordova and Ricky Rincon throw a no-hitter.
Smash Mouth’s Astro Lounge wasn’t released until 1999, by which point I had finished delivering pizzas, but for whatever reason, I still lump them in with some of the artists like Sugar Ray and OMC that were in heavy rotation while I was delivering. “Then the Morning Comes” is also notable for excellent use of the key change late in the song.