Their debut album was Cracked Rear View (1994) and it was an instant success,selling over 13 million copies, propelled by three hits, "Hold My Hand", "Let Her Cry" and "Only Wanna Be With You".
In 1995, Hootie & the Blowfish contributed the song "Hey Hey What Can I Do" to the Encomium tribute album to Led Zeppelin. The band's second album was Fairweather Johnson. Though sales began promisingly, it quickly ran out of steam. Hootie & the Blowfish has since released three more albums, Musical Chairs, Scattered, Smothered and Covered, and Hootie & the Blowfish.
Contrary to popular belief, Hootie is not the nickname of frontman Darius Rucker. The band's name comes from two of Rucker's friends, neither of whom was ever a band member. One, with a round face and glasses, was nicknamed Hootie because of his perceived owl-like appearance. The Blowfish also got his nickname from his facial appearance, in his case chubby cheeks.
The album Scattered, Smothered and Covered is named in tribute of Waffle House, a popular Southern chain of all night diners.
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None of the four members of Hootie and The Blowfish is known as "Hootie" - and we should all stop asking.
Hootie and The Blowfish settled a $150 million lawsuit by a music promoter who claimed that he "discovered" the band, signed a contract with the band for 3 years (beginning in 1991), and then was abandoned.
Also a routine flight to Los Angeles with Hootie and The Blowfish on board had to land in Denver after a drunk fan approached the band with a book of poetry looking for autographs and a record deal, and later attacked their bodyguard and flight attendants.
HOOTIE and THE BLOWFISH have been the official whipping boys of the mainstream press ever since their debut album, Cracked Rear View, outstripped its natural place in the marketplace by selling 13 million copies worldwide.
Thus, Hootie and the Blowfish are anathema to snubbed rock critters worldwide, who see them as the final proof of the ignorance of the American public.
Hootie and the Blowfish are not Nirvanabes, like STP, Bush and various other supersuccessful acts; nor are they Britpoppers, new country or some other easily categorized slot in music.
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