Hootie & the Blowfish flipped the script on the conventional notion of college rock. During the 1980s, when the group cut their teeth along the Eastern Seaboard, college rock belonged to the arty rockers who resided at the left of the dial. Hootie's four members were raised on these sounds, showing a particular affection for R.E.M. and their jangle-pop heirs, but the band streamlined and straightened that chime, making straight-ahead music ideal for house parties, tailgates, and sports bars. Surprisingly, this formula turned Hootie & the Blowfish into superstars. Part of the reason for their breakthrough was Darius Rucker, who sang with a soulful gusto unfamiliar to other college rockers; he gave the band a focal point, so much so that some casual fans assumed his nickname was Hootie. Cracked Rear View, the band's 1994 debut, ...
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