This is the third installment of a five-part series this week documenting songs by “no-hit wonders.” Although these artists may have had cult followings and minor success on some of the “genre” charts, they didn’t even register enough mainstream success to really qualify as “one-hit wonders.” The tracks featured in this series reached the ears of TWTR podcast host Brian Kelley one way or another, and the objective of these posts is to hopefully focus some attention on some great songs that didn’t get the notoriety they likely deserved.
“Moon” by the northern New Jersey-based band Fossil was a minor college/alternative radio hit in the mid-1990s. The song was the lead track and first single from the band’s 1995 self-titled debut album, which followed the release of an EP titled Crumb the year before. The song’s clever lyrics and driving guitars make this a really fun song.
In addition to decent airplay of the accompanying video (above)–an homage to sci-fi “B” movies–on MTV, “Moon” was played quite often on 106.3 FM WHTG, a popular modern rock station located in Eatontown, N.J. That was how I heard this great, little-heard/mostly forgotten gem from the ’90s.
This October 2012 post by Alternative Nation looks back at Fossil and reports that singer/guitarist/co-founder Bob O’Gureck was making a living as a real estate agent in New Jersey. However, a Google search these days turn up a lawyer named Robert O’Gureck based out of Jersey City, so I wonder if that is him.
Again, this song should have been a huge hit.