“It was a conversation between myself and the child within myself, but it was sparked by having a conversation with someone who was really young and around that time thought about God and those kinds of things, and just being really curious about it but hadn’t been taught to think a specific way. I just loved the innocence and honesty of having that conversation with someone who didn’t care either way how you would describe this or that – they were just curious.”
— Dishwalla’s JR Richards on Counting Blue Cars
If you were, for some reason, challenged to come up with the epitome of a generic 90s alternative band, that band would probably look a lot like Dishwalla and the song that they sang would probably sound a lot like Counting Blue Cars. That doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily bad song. It just means that both the band and the song definitely belong to a very specific era.
Counting Blue Cars may have been their only big hit but, for a period of time, it was inescapable. You could not turn on the radio without hearing that familiar chorus of Tell Me All Your Thoughts On God. The song also received attention because it described God as being female. According to Wikipedia and Songfacts, that made the song controversial. I can’t remember any controversy about it at all.
The video also feels like the epitome of a generic 90s alternative video. You would think that the video would at least feature a child asking questions or maybe a blue car but instead, it’s the band playing in some sort of new age trailer park. New age trailer parks were very popular in the 90s music videos.
What kind of weird child asks for all your thoughts on God?