Friday, April 13, 2012

The Better Blues Traveler Song: Run-Around or Hook

I think it's safe to assume that most people only know two Blues Traveler songs "Run Around" and "Hook."  They were pretty much two-hit wonders.

If you know more than those two songs, congratulations.  You were either a real fan or someone who bought the Blues Traveler album Four in a fit of passion during the 90s

I'm sure it's sitting right next to your Chumbawamba and Tonic CDs.

On the surface, "Run Around" seems to be the better song since it appeared higher on the Billboard Top 40 chart and it's Blues Traveler's' signature song.

Not to mention, the rapid fire pace of the song is pretty catchy.  But more often than not, people have told me that they prefer "Hook."

In a way, it is superior.  The song's lyrics taunts listeners that even though it's spouting nonsense that its catchiness will draw them in, and "Hook" delivers on this promise.

Originally I believed that "Run Around" was the better song, but over the years I've concluded that "Hook" is.

At least there's one thing we can all agree on though:  fat John Popper was so much better than skinny John Popper.

Which song do you think is better?

Better Blues Travelers Song


  1. I learned today that John Popper and Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) were college buddies and have collaborated on a handful of songs. Also that Joan Osbourne sang backing vocals on the first Blues Traveler album. The world of early-nineties pop-rock was shockingly small.

  2. That's crazy. Yet Popper and Barron could only come up with a total of four good songs. They could have been a 90s super group named the Spin Doctors Travelers. Does that mean that the two princes Barron was referring to in the song are actually him and Popper?