I’m going to go ahead and name tomorrow (Tuesday, April 28) as Unremarkable ’90s Album Cut Day. Though the men and women of the ’90s – okay, mostly the hat acts – sometimes get a bad rap as being less than distinct, their single releases were usually palatable and sometimes great. If you want to experience the ’90s in their full cheesiness, you have to dig up those songs so bad they were deemed unsuitable for radio release alongside lyrical marvels like Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart” or McGraw’s “Refried Dreams”… songs that, unable meet those high standards, were doomed to live forever on bargain bin albums.
It’s not Tuesday yet, but if you want to get an early start on the festivities, here’s the challenge: Come up with the most atrocious ’90s album cut you can think of and post a Youtube link to it (if available) in the comments.
I’ll go with Kenny Chesney’s recording of “Steamy Windows,” which seems all the worse for having appeared on one of Chesney’s strongest albums to date (1997’s I Will Stand). Amid a generally Strait-worthy set of material that includes an appearance from no less a luminary than George Jones (with Tracy Lawrence on “From Hillbilly Heaven to Honky Tonk Hell”), Chesney throws in a cover of… wait for it… a Tina Turner song. I kid you not.
For this, Kenny Chesney, you deserve whatever scorn the world can heap upon you. The minute-long guitar solo that begins the clip is bad enough, then the song actually starts and things take a turn for the worse: