Song of the Day #125: ‘Stay’ – Lisa Loeb

loeb“Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.” So said Dorothy Parker, who clearly didn’t anticipate Tina Fey or today’s artist, Lisa Loeb.

Loeb has had a very limited amount of success but I’d guess what little she’s had can be largely attributed to her eye wear. Not to diminish her talents as a singer and songwriter, but it’s hard to deny the power of image in popular music. It’s kind of like Rhianna’s haircut, which seemed to get more press than her songs.

Aside from her glasses, Loeb is known for one thing, and that’s this song… ‘Stay.’

Her first and only hit, it’s a sugar-sweet break-up ballad that works like a charm. It’s destined to be on ‘Great Songs of the 90s’ compilations for as long as things like that exist.

The most interesting thing about this song is how it led to her big break through the intervention of none other than Ethan Hawke. Hawke lived across from Loeb in New York City and became a fan of the unsigned artist. He brought a tape of this song to Ben Stiller and convinced him to use it in a film they were shooting, Reality Bites. The rest, as they say, is history.

Hawke also directed the video below… a nice single-shot steadicam deal.

Finally, as a bonus, here’s a clip of Loeb making a cameo on The Colbert Report.

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #125: ‘Stay’ – Lisa Loeb

  1. Amy says:

    As I’m listening to this song, it’s as though this is the first time I’m hearing it. This was her hit? Sheesh. I think Lisa Loeb and I think Ethan Hawke. Unfortunately, no song pops into my mind (certainly not this one) to accompany that connection. Still, I’m in the mood to go watch Reality Bites 😉 Ironic, isn’t it? (“I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.)

  2. Dana says:

    Once again, Amy has posted as me. The real Dana HAS heard this song, and finds it pleasant enough, but could not have told you that she was associated with Ethan Hawke if you put a gun to his head (that his could be either me or Hawk).

  3. Clay says:

    As you see, I switched the name on the top comment even before Dana chimed in, so certain was I that he would not have made the Ethan Hawke connection (but that he would have heard the song)!

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