Ah, the sublime 90’s.
I really do have a soft spot for anything that was recorded back in that decade y’all – Madonna/Janet Jackson could have sneezed relentlessly on tape and I would have brought myself a copy.
Of course, being a 90’s baybeh, how can I not write a post on singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb’s classic 1994 smash ‘Stay (I Missed You)‘?
Possibly one of the most profound love songs of the 90’s, Loeb’s ‘Stay‘ was included in the Ben Stiller-directed ‘Reality Bites‘, featuring a cast that would give many a 90’s child a tingle somewhere deep inside – Stiller, Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Steve Zahn.
It was actually Ethan, who was Loeb’s neighbor and friend in NY, who got ‘Stay‘ to Stiller, who in turn used the song for the end-credits of the film.
The result? ‘Stay (I Missed You)‘ skyrocketed to # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Lisa Loeb the first artist in history to hit # 1 on the charts without having a record deal.
The song was later included in her gold-certified album ‘Tails‘ released in 1995 – her first major-label album on Geffen Records (after the song’s success had every record label lining up at her door).
The reason I love ‘Stay‘ is cuz the song is really as naïve as it gets, bordering around the lines of being lyrically immature, as Loeb captures the turmoil of ending a relationship with her lover.
Love songs from the 90’s were all about keeping it robust, both vocally and lyrically- think Celine, Mariah and Whitney.
But the innocence and sweetness of ‘Stay (I Missed You)‘ made it a compelling aural extravaganza – it easily stood out from the crowd of soaring ballads dominating the charts.
In the song, Loeb’s raw and vulnerable vocals often break into an occasional quiver – and that’s what touches me the most. Her pain is so easily palpable. Exactly how a post break-up messed up head feels like.
Over a lush folksy melody, Loeb laments ‘You said that I was naïve, and I thought that I was strong/ I thought, “hey, I can leave, I can leave.”, oh but now I know that I was wrong/ ’cause I missed you.’
‘Stay‘ pushed the soundtrack of ‘Reality Bites‘ to over a million units in sales, and received a Grammy nomination for Lisa and her band Nine Stories for Best Pop Performance By A Group.
And omg the video had Lisa flaunting some major 90’s style that we still dig today y’all – those cat-eye tortoise frames deserve their own Twitter account for starters #iconic.
Check out Lisa Loeb’s ‘Stay ( I Missed You)‘ right here :