9 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.

    8: One More Try

    8: One More Try

    A brand-new lineup, a brand-new pop music scene, and a brand-new name. Our guys give the big time another swing, and get closer to a hit than ever before. Dave gets the scoop on the turn-of-the-millennium version of Sudden Impact, and makes contact with one of the most unforgettable faces in music video history. Warning: this episode will put your heart in motion.

    • 39 min
    7: Get A Leg Up

    7: Get A Leg Up

    Dave takes a detour into the ‘90s alternative rock journey of Dog’s Eye View: A young man with talent, drive, and a dream. A cultural moment that’s just right for him. A climb from the basement to the mountaintop, a story of big plans and big changes from a man who’s seen it all. And Dave stumbles on the single word that sums up his Sudden Impact obsession and points a way forward.

    • 50 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.

    • 41 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.

    • 47 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.

    • 44 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.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
769 Ratings

769 Ratings

charle45 ,

Obsessed

When I first heard about this podcast I was like, what is this crap? I cannot believe how wrong I was! I am now truly obsessed with Dave Holmes and Sudden Impact and re-obsessed with Boys 2 Men and Bell Biv DeVoe and all of that comes with them! Brilliant idea, brilliantly delivered!!

jonik23 ,

Can’t Get Enough

I rarely write reviews, but I adore Dave Holmes & the focus of this podcast. I also remember the brief glimpse of Sudden Impact in the Motownphilly video & wondered what happened to them. This story of their journey is fascinating!

Lnoyes8 ,

Love it!

This makes my 90s child heart explode! Love Dave’s voice and delivery. Brings back all kinds of memories and had driven me down the rabbits hole of early 90s music.
I will end with…Dave, I called in and voted for you and rooted you on the entire time on MTV!

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