“Hippychick” was released as a single from Soho’s 1990 album, Goddess. The single peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
I was 15 years old and just starting my sophomore year of high school when “Hippychick” was released. I wasn’t quite sure about the song when I first heard it, but it grew on me as I got more exposure to it through radio airplay. I liked how the song opened, and I learned a few years later that it was sampled from a song by The Smiths called “How Soon Is Now?” And from what I’ve read, a rhythm from Soul II Soul (or at least being credited to Soul II Soul) was also sampled. While I do still like the song, I’m a little disappointed to learn just how much it relied on sampling to create the iconic sound of the song.
I just saw the music video for the first time in a number of years right before I sat down to compose this. It’s a rather simple video that features footage of the vocalists lip-syncing the song and the band members miming their performance. For the type of song it is, it’s not terribly surprising that it got this kind of a video.