by Hootie & The Blowfish
~ The first song you hear ~
In the Pantheon of all time side one, track one, debut album songs, there are a handful that completely set the stage for what comes out of the rest of that band’s career. “Welcome to the Jungle” from Guns n’ Roses is an obvious standout, as is “Bring da Ruckus” from Wu-Tang clan. This one belongs on that list, not as an all-time great song, but as an all-time template of exactly what you are going to get from that band for the rest of their career: big harmonies, a deep baritone, basic-but-catchy guitar hooks, easy to sing-along songs, and a vibe they can’t help but put you right back in the Carolinas in the springtime.