Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Can't Touch This

PC has followed up his "albums of the 80's" post with a similar view of the 90's, which I wouldn't even attempt to touch. Even Peter admits to not having heard a lot of this music until after it had been out for some time - I didn't hear a lot of this at all. Other than a period when JennySlash was working at Barnes and Noble and I was picking up CMJ (and its attached CD) fairly regularly, I didn't hear a lot of new music at all. My local kollidge radio station, in an attempt to reach as few people as possible, was focused primarily on hard-core rap and Tibetan goat-herder nose-flute music from the Smithsonian Folkways collection for most of the decade (while every other indie station in the country was endlessly flogging local heroes Superchunk and Archers of Loaf). Commercial radio locally was an absolute disaster. MTV pretty much stopped playing music at all. It's not that I didn't hear anything good - I found some brilliant bands and some awesome CDs through a number of different channels, but didn't get the breadth of exposure to allow me to make any kind of overall judgement (yeah, I know, when has that stopped me before?). I only own 4 of the 15 discs on Pete's list and have only heard a couple more all the way through, as an example, so I'm just going to shut up, put on the Breeders' Last Splash and get back to work.


At 2:32 PM, Blogger Lex said...

Thoughts on PC's '90s discs, in no special order:

-- I think Matthew Sweet's single "Sick of Myself" was on a different album, but I loved that song.

-- "Eurotrash Girl" is another great reason to love Cracker.

-- Fountains of Wayne's debut also belongs in the Top 10.

-- If you pulled all the best songs out of GNR's "Use Your Illusion" double album, a la "1999" and "The River," you'd probably have a top 10 single album.

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


--"Sick of Myself" is on 100% Fun, which is almost as good as Girlfriend and gets less than half the attention--well worth a purchase, especially since it's often available in the used CD bin.

--I had a tough time deciding between Kerosene Hat and The Golden Age, but "Eurotrash Girl" was one good reason to go with the former.

--I'm a big FoW fan, and could easily have picked their debut, but Utopia Parkway has too many favorites--the title track, "Red Dragon Tattoo," "Hat and Feet," "Laser Show," and "The Senator's Daughter," among others.


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