“Absolutely (Story of a Girl)”


I like songs.  That should be obvious by now.  And a lot of songs are by artists known as one-hit wonders, as in, they had one hit and disappeared from popular view.

Now, one-hit wonders have always been prevalent.  Back in the 1950s, when Rock was born, the cheapest mode of releasing a song was the 45 RPM single–a tiny (comparatively speaking) piece of vinyl with a large hole in the middle that required a plastic adapter to be played on most record players (just in case you were born anytime after 1990).  I began my musical journey right at the tail end of 45s.  For a while, singles were released on cassette and CD, but neither format ever caught on the same way 45s did.  For a brief dark period, post 45s and pre itunes, it was virtually impossible to find a single of songs you liked.  If you wanted something by a one-hit wonder, you were gonna have to buy the whole album.

That’s how I ended up with Nine Days’ The Madding Crowd.  I usually regretted buying CDs for one song, but this wasn’t one of those.  Besides having a title inspired by Thomas Hardy, there were some pretty good songs on the album.  I enjoyed listening to it.  And the one hit, the reason I wanted the album in the first place, was downright terrific.

The video makes about as much sense as a fish with a bicycle, and the song really isn’t that much more comprehensible.  The status of the relationship in this song seems a little murky, but he “absolutely” loves her, so I guess it’s okay.  I just like this tune.  There’s nothing remarkable about the song; they sound like everything else released in the late 90s-early 2000s.  Just better.

Follow-up success for Nine Days was hampered by trouble with their label, and they went back to releasing their own music after 2006.  Their website  even has free music available for download.  Unfortunately, I don’t think they would’ve repeated the success of “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” even if business had gone smoothly.  That song seems to be their one standout.