Top 40 Smash Tap: “Six Feet Deep”

These posts are about the songs that can accurately claim to crossed the key line of chart success, becoming Top 40 hits on Billboard, but just barely. Every song featured in this series peaked at number 40.

I love that the history of the Geto Boys is so tangled that the fine folks at Wikipedia feel compelled to include a chart to detail the group’s various personnel permutations.

Judging by the graphic, the band’s 1993 album, Till Death Do Us Part, included Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Big Mike, a supposition fully supported by a scan of the credits listing. “Six Feet Deep” was the second single of the album, following “Crooked Officer,” which was a Top 5 hit on the Rap charts and made a tiny dent on the R&B equivalent without ever crossing over into the Billboard Hot 100. “Six Feet Deep” was different. It generated enough general attention to make it all the way into the Top 40, although just barely.

Befitting that convoluted chart, this particular line-up didn’t have an especially long lifespan either, with the somewhat tepid fan reaction to the album hastening a fairly quick end to the tenure of Big Mike. Their most famous trio was back in place by the following album, which was viewed as something of a reunion. But really, there’s only so much I need to say about the trajectory of the Geto Boys. That chart tells the whole story.

“Just Like Heaven” by The Cure.
“I’m in Love” by Evelyn King
“Buy Me a Rose” by Kenny Rogers
“Who’s Your Baby” by The Archies
“Me and Bobby McGee” by Jerry Lee Lewis
“Angel in Blue” by J. Geils Band
“Crazy Downtown” by Allan Sherman
“I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Rhythm of Love” by Yes
“Naturally Stoned” by the Avant-Garde
“Come See” by Major Lance
“Your Old Standby” by Mary Wells
“See the Lights” by Simple Minds
“Watch Out For Lucy” by Eric Clapton
“The Alvin Twist” by Alvin and the Chipmunks
“Love Me Tender” by Percy Sledge
“Jennifer Eccles” by the Hollies
“Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Olympics
“The Bounce” by the Olympics
“Your One and Only Love” by Jackie Wilson
“Tell Her She’s Lovely” by El Chicano
“The Last Time I Made Love” by Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne
“Limbo Rock” by The Champs
“Crazy Eyes For You” by Bobby Hamilton
“Violet Hill” and “Lost+” by Coldplay
“Freight Train” by the Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group
“Sweet William” by Little Millie Small
“Live My Life” by Boy George
“Lessons Learned” by Tracy Lawrence
“So Close” by Diana Ross

47 thoughts on “Top 40 Smash Tap: “Six Feet Deep”

  1. Dan writing about the Geto Boys? This is surreal and exciting. And like Willie D would say, “Legendary… yes, legendary.” Early-to-mid 90’s dead homiez tracks should be its own genre, and this is one of my favorites. It affected the way I listen to the Commodores and Marvin Gaye.

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