The OffSpring, C+C Music Factory and Puff Daddy
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The OffSpring, C+C Music Factory and Puff Daddy

The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)

Released: November 9th, 1998
Album: Americana

One of the Offsprings most successful releases, Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum in multiple countries, enjoying the most success in Australia and the U.K.

Interesting Facts: The band wanted Seth Green to play the "white guy" in the video, but he was unavailable so they settled for Guy Cohen who also appeared in the video for "Why Don't You Get A Job?"

C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

Released: November 18th, 1990
Album: Gonna Make You Sweat

A song unquestionably synonymous with the 90's, and one that I bet my life savings on that you refer to as "Everybody Dance Now" rather than "Gonna Make You Sweat". It was a commercial success in the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and reached #1 in Switzerland.

Interesting Facts: The female vocals were recorded by Martha Wash, but the video features model-turned singer Zelma Davis lip synching to Wash's actual vocal recording. She filed a lawsuit but received nothing more than a small disclaimer that credited her performance anytime the video aired.

Puff Daddy - It's All About The Benjamins (Rock Remix I)

Released: August 12th, 1997

Album: No Way Out

"It's All About The Benjamins" had about as many remix releases as Puff Daddy has had names, but this edition is the rock remix, that features the Notorious B.I.G, Lil' Kim, the Lox, Tommy Stinson, Fuzzbubble, Rob Zombie and Dave Grohl. The video was directed by Spike Jonze but lost to "Ray of Light" by Madonna for best video of the year at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

Interesting Facts: It's not so much an interesting fact as it is a reminder that Weird Al released his parody "It's All About The Pentiums" and you should go listen to it now.


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