11 episodes

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.

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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

    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?
    Hosted and Written by Dave Holmes
    Produced by Hannah Kyle Crichton
    Recorded, Mixed, and Sound Designed by Andrew Eapen
    Additional Engineering and Assembly by Analise Nelson
    Music by Ben Wise
    Artwork by Garrett Ross
    Photography by Robyn Von Swank
    Executive Produced by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark, Danielle Kramer


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    • 38 min
    2: Right Here, Right Now

    2: Right Here, Right Now

    Big dreams require big swings. Dave talks to an unexpected voice about the bold action that changed her life forever. Meanwhile, 1991 Dave Holmes and Karen Kilgariff are leading parallel lives 2,000 miles apart. Dave Coulier is involved. And we are one step closer to finding Sudden Impact.


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    • 46 min
    3: The Promise of a New Day

    3: The Promise of a New Day

    The search for Sudden Impact continues, as Dave meets another member of the East Coast Family, a young singer who was set up for stardom and found something different instead. Plus, music chart journalist Chris Molanphy gives us the fascinating specifics on exactly how popular culture changed forever in 1991. 


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    • 52 min
    4: Top of the World

    4: Top of the World

    What’s it like when you reach the kind of super-stardom Sudden Impact was dreaming of, and what happens when it’s all over by the time you’re 21? Dave gets the real deal from a man who lived it. 


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    • 48 min
    5: Here We Go

    5: Here We Go

    We have made contact with Sudden Impact. Aaron Kane, the group’s lead singer, tells us how they came together, how they got Michael Bivins’ attention, and where things began to go wrong. Plus, Dave shares war stories with an old MTV colleague about having a normal life one day, and a TV show the next.


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    • 51 min
    6: Round and Round

    6: Round and Round

    Sudden Impact’s producer Tim Byrd has entered the chat. He and lead singer Aaron Kane continue the story of the group, through record label mishaps, internal strife, and a changing music scene. Plus, a deeper dive into the ways our culture evolved during the Sudden Impact years.


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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Malibu4mallory ,

My Childhood!

So worth the listen!

evantolley8 ,

Love this series!

Absolutely loved this podcast! Dave’s storytelling and wit make these episodes fly by. I didn’t want it to end. I wish he would do more like it or even a sequel. Would love to find something similar to get me through work days!

Not Tom Selleck ,

Good, but…

I don’t like being pointed at by a picture and that’s what I get when I click on this pod.

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