Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures: Pretend Band Performs Surprisingly Great Pretend Hit Song


In the 1996 film That Thing You Do!, the band The Oneders (suuuuuch a bad name) finds sudden fame with an infectious pop hit, only to fall on various sorts of hard times. As Monkey See's Marc Hirsh explained in this post about fictional works of genius, the pop hit (actually written by Adam Schlesinger, well qualified to write infectious music, coming as he does from Fountains Of Wayne) is actually a pretty great — and, yes, incredibly infectious — song. If you hear it for the rest of the day, don't blame me: that's the entire point of the song in the movie.

Special bonus: It was covered live by N*SYNC back when Justin Timberlake was sometimes just that guy playing a guitar up by the drummer.




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