Blues-rock and heavy harmonica aren’t the most common sounds blasting from Miami cars. More often, you’re treated to thumps of reggaeton or the sweet salsa croons of Marc Anthony. But every once in a while, drivers catch an earful of nostalgia when Blues Traveler lands on the scan.
Blues Traveler broke into mainstream music with hits “Run Around,” “Hook,” and “But Anyway.” Those lyrics about coffee and tea, Rin Tin Tin, and Anne Boleyn really drew in the masses. And while frontman Jon Popper’s instantly recognizable vocals could be heard on every radio station in the early ’90s, the average listener might not know the band’s long history with movie soundtracks.
Blues Traveler found its way into a shocking number of films, from Kingpin in 1996 to Kicking and Screaming in 2005. Speed, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Beavis and Butt-Head also feature the band’s hits. Another awesome fun fact: The band performed and arranged the Roseanne theme song, with lyrics by Popper.
But their crown jewel in film contribution comes from the made-for-TV movie She Fought Alone, starring three-named hotties Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Brian Austin Green. It’s about sexual harassment in a small-town high school. There’s football, street fighting, and really crass misogyny as Blues Traveler plays over flashback scenes of teenage trauma. Find it, watch it, and be amazed.
Sat., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., 2013