Dave Holmes is obsessed: What ever happened to Sudden Impact, the R&B boy band whose arrival was announced in Boyz II Men’s “MotownPhilly” video? What happens when you make a big debut, and then…nothing happens? Waiting For Impact is a deep dive into a disappearance that has haunted pop-culture die-hards since 1991. Dave is determined to track the group down and find out what really happened, and along the way he talks to his friends in the entertainment world— comedians, actors, writers— about the twists and turns that led them from where they were in 1991 to where they are in 2021. It's about high hopes, unexpected results, and why sometimes not getting what you want is the best thing that can happen.
1: I’ve Been Thinking About You
Dave Holmes has been obsessed with a pop culture disappearance for decades: what ever happened to Sudden Impact, the boy band who were featured in Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” music video and then vanished? Before we dive into the mystery, we’ll need to take a good look at life in 1991, when the music industry was flush, and what it was like to be a pop culture obsessive in a time before the internet. Plus, are we closer to the East Coast Family than we thought?
Introducing: Waiting for Impact
In 1991, a boy band called Sudden Impact made a big debut in the music video for Boyz II Men’s “MotownPhilly,” and then... they disappeared. Dave Holmes has been obsessed with this story for decades, and now he’s going to find out what happened. The search for answers will take us into the recording industry of the ‘90s, into Michael Bivins’ East Coast Family, into what life was like before the internet ruined us, into the definition of success and the nature of ambition. And that search may just solve an even bigger mystery: why can’t he stop thinking about this?
Exactly what I was hoping for
I’m a Dave Holmes and an Exactly Right Media fan, so this collaboration was an exciting announcement for me. First episode was great and I can’t wait to see where it goes!
I love the take on the 90s “monoculture”. It’s a walk down memory lane and also an education on what was happening in the world that I as a dumb 20 something didn’t know was happening. Can’t wait to hear the next episode
This podcast is amazing! Dave Holmes was my favorite VJ back in the day. He was clearly the better finalist, which is why MTV hired him. He has such an ability to tell a story, paint a picture and evoke the feelings of the time. This is a story I never knew I would or should care about, now I’m all in! Tell us more Dave and thank you for generously taking us on this ride, what a gift!