In today’s edition of our new PopWatch feature, we discuss Jill Sobule’s “Underdog Victorious,” the title track to her 2004 album. Do you think Jill could’ve topped the pop charts if she’d also released a synergistic sex tape or lip-synched this song on SNL and blamed it on acid reflux? Because apparently, an instantly addictive melody and wry, lovely storytelling aren’t enough these days. But don’t take my word for it. Click here, listen for yourself, and then tell me, “Why Wasn’t This a Huge Hit?”
A. Because American radio hit bottom a couple years back and keeps on sinking.
B. Because Jill forgot to include “calling Lindsay Lohan a firecrotch” in her marketing plan.
C. Because nobody likes songs with jaunty “la-la-la-la-las” anymore.
D. Because people secretly like to root for dodgeball bullies.
E. Because, Slezak, you just have bad taste in music.