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Album: Cracked Rear ViewReleased: 1995Charted:
This song is a tribute to Bob Dylan. It contains lyrics from various Dylan songs, including a mention of Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue
." Some of the words come directly from Dylan's track "Idiot Wind
": "They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy. She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me. I can't help it if I'm lucky."
Apparently, Dylan felt the "tribute" infringed too closely on original work, and he sued the group for unauthorized use of his lyrics. According to VH1, he received a large, out-of-court settlement in 1995.
The video had a sports theme and featured former quarterback Dan Marino (the band were huge Miami Dolphins fans), golfer Fred Couples, and various ESPN anchors.
The line, "Put on a little Dylan sitting on the fence" is a reference to a band they used to play with called Dillon's Fence.
Cracked Rear View became the biggest-selling album in the history of Atlantic Records, as Hootie & the Blowfish were welcomed with open arms on Pop and Adult Contemporary Radio stations looking for a safe alternative to the '90s Grunge sound. Tim Sommer, who signed the band in 1993, said: "I never underestimate the value of karma in the success of Hootie & the Blowfish. They never expected to be a famous band or even to be signed. They would still be playing regardless of whether they'd signed to Atlantic or were doing it for $200 and a case of beer."
Regarding the lyrics, "I'm such a baby 'cause The Dolphins make me cry," fans of the Miami Dolphins had lots to cry about in the ensuing years as the team often struggled to make the playoffs. Asked in 2011 if the Dolphins still make him cry, Rucker replied: "Thank God no. I got over that a couple years ago. I don't know if I could take another 1-15 season."