First Hit #1: October 5, 1991
The credit for Good Vibrations starts with Marky Mark. Then, you get the Funky Bunch, though I’m not entirely sure what they do, maybe play keyboards or do interpretive dance. Then, last, you get Loleatta Holloway, who is pretty much the only memorable part of the song. She’s only got a brief snippet, singing about good vibrations over the chorus, and it’s kind of simple and over-used. In fact, it feels a lot like C+C Music Factory, a woman with a big voice doing a couple distinct lines that are really the only notable part of the song. Good Vibrations is the chorus, and there’s not actually that much there.
Marky Mark himself feels like a guest musician on his own song. The lyrics are hardly great – he’s probably smarter than Vanilla Ice, but he’s also less memorable, and it’s probably not a great choice to bring up pores. It’s kind of fun, as a work out jam – it’s telling that the music video is all Marky Mark showing off his abs and boxing – but it’s repetitive and doesn’t really show off anyone involved as a great talent.
Marky Mark eventually rebranded himself under his real name, Mark Wahlberg, and became a respected actor who people might make fun of because he was in The Happening, as well as someone who is an amusingly grumpy gus in interviews, which contrasts with his great skill at playing goofballs. It was a good choice, both for himself, and us, because he’s much better at acting than he is at rapping.