Don’t even get me started on how much I love Wilson Phillips. I remember singing Hold On, their first No. 1 single, at the top of my lungs every time it came on the radio. I tried to blend in a fourth set of harmonies thinking if they just heard my voice, surely they would invite me to join their awesome girl band!
Wilson Phillips is Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips, the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas. In the 25 years that have followed since their amazing music video they have inspired me to sing in the mountains, play the xylophone and wear black to the beach.
The song has inspired a few pop culture moments, too. Probably the biggest would have to be the finale to Bridesmaids, which has the band reuniting as a surprise to Lillian (Maya Rudolph) and making the entire wedding party sing along. It’s worth it just to watch Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph dance out the lyrics.
Bridesmaids isn’t the only film to reference this 90’s pop power ballad (yes I said power ballad). There’s a moment in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle when the guys uncover an old mix tape and awkwardly sing along in a broey way.
And what hit 90’s song would be complete without a cover from the cast of Glee? Blaine, Sam, Tina and Artie Hold On for one More Day at McKinley with a little help from Wilson Phillips, Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato. The DIY amateur covers are pretty good too, like this one, complete with mountains, hip 90’s thrift store outfits and home choreography!
My all time favorite cover of Hold On isn’t really a cover at all, but more a political spoof aimed at Chick-Fil-A, the fast-food chicken chain owned by the Cathy family, who spoke out publicly against gay marriage.
In response, Drag group Detox, William and Vicky Vox, who famously ripped Alicia Keys Girl on Fire and turned it into something else, changed the lyrics of Wilson Phillips Hold On. The story goes it happened after eating from the chain store and agreeing that despite their whole anti-gay marriage thing, the food was pretty good, and henceforth needed to be celebrated in song. The new lyrics go something like this:
“Some day somebody’s gonna make you wanna gobble up a waffle fry / But no go, don’t you know, Chick-fil-A says you make the baby Jesus cry”
The catchy mash-up even has a whole new rap break-down in the third verse. In their version of the song, dudes with boobs, gay-for-pay, even dykes are welcome to eat Chik-fil-a. Proving that Chik-fil-A is for everyone. So Chow Down, at Chick-fil-A.