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.