If fame, fortune and popularity were doled out fairly and equitably, based exclusively upon merit, Paris Hilton would be giving handies for crack, the entire cast of the Harry Potter movies would be banished to Hades, and Letters to Cleo singer Kay Hanley would be considered the voice of a generation.
But they're not.
Letters to Cleo formed in and around the Boston club circuit at the end of the 1980's, and were a mainstay of that scene for years, garnering critical praise, but not breaking-out, as it were. In 1993, LTC released their first full length record, Aurora Gory Alice on CherryDisc Records.
And they blew up. Kinda.
The album received extensive airplay around the New England region and after a much hyped show at South by Southwest in Austin, Letters to Cleo signed a major label record deal with Giant Records, a Warner Brothers subsidiary, and Aurora Gory Alice was re-released worldwide, launching nationwide with their only charting single ever, "Here and Now".
Fast forward to 1994, when they contributed four songs to the movie "Ten Things I Hate About You", starring Heath Ledger and some girl who got hit in the face with a shovel.
Subsequent records did well in the Alt.Rock scene, until about 1999, when Limp Bizkit f--ked up an entire genre of music.
Word is that, around the set of Law and Order, Sam Waterston used to bitch about how stupid moviegoers are, and how he deserved to have the career Robert Redford had.
While Waterston might be a better actor, he looks like a hair-helmeted salamander, while Robert Redford looked like a Barbarella-era Jane Fonda with facial hair. (That was before his skin turned into Corinthian leather.)
The fact is, the heart wants what the heart wants, and despite having the musical chops, the beauty and charisma, acts like Hole clogged up the few spots that existed in Chick Rock, and LTC never got as big as they should have.