I got an unexpected treat during my Friday afternoon lunch at PopWatch’s favorite lunch spot, Faces & Names — and I’m not talking about Annie Barrett’s shocking last-minute switch from quesadilla to chicken Caesar. (Whoa!) Rather, I was delighted to hear Res’ “They Say Vision” pop up on the restaurant’s sound system.
Those of you who spent a lot of quality time with VH1 back in 2001 might remember the eye-catching video clip for Res’ restless, shuffling ode to nonconformity (see below). I know I was hooked on the track right from its nifty opening line — “I wanna try that pill that people take/Make you believe all the things that people say” — and haven’t grown tired after six years in regular rotation on my stereo. The weird thing is, though, that despite all the video play “They Say Vision” received, it never broke through to become the massive radio hit I expected it to be; neither did the singer’s equally catchy “Golden Boy” (check that one out after the jump). Maybe Res’ music just didn’t fit comfortably enough into any pre-approved radio format?
The good news is, a trip to Res’ MySpace page finds her musically alive and well, sampling Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night” to intriguing effect on a new track called “Steady.” Be sure to click here and ch-ch-check it out, but not before you explain to me: Why wasn’t “They-Say Vision” a huge hit?