I’m back for my second week of participation in http://jenkehl.com/ ‘s Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday. I had so much fun with these guys last week that I had to come back for more! It’s also week 2 of the 90s. And there’s not a decade about which I’d be more eager to blog. The rules of Twisted MixTape are as such: “Try to create a 5 song mix based on this week’s theme. As we move through the decades the assumption is you know about the music in the past, but not what is to come.”
The start of the 90s saw me entering 4th grade and closed out with me in my sophmore year of college. So as you can imagine, there was A LOT of change going on for me both personally and musically. I started the decade loving stuff like NKOTB, Madonna, and Tiffany. In the mid 90s I was sporty flannel and emulating the grunge scene. By the end of the decade my musical taste had broadened to include everything my parents cruelly subjected me to as a kid (ie. the music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s which I greatly adore to this day), all of the alternative rock bands that defined my high school years, and the few decent bands that emerged in the late 90s (there weren’t many).
In last week’s TMTT post I included some of my favorite angst ridden songs and I’ve already written about the 90s albums that I consider to be the most definitive of my teenage years. Today I give to you songs from some great bands of the 90s that I really didn’t get into until after the 90s were over. Sure, I might have jammed to some of their songs that were played on the radio (for those who actually got air play), but I never owned any of their albums and wouldn’t have really named myself a fan.
Bands of the 90s: Better Late Than Never
Foo Fighter- Big Me 1996
As I mentioned in previous posts, I love Nirvana. And I just wasn’t eager to acknowledge Dave Grohl in his new, more peppy positive role. I found myself enjoying their music, but just never made the leap to fan. It wasn’t really until the last several years that I’ve really started to dig these guys. It mostly spawned from my deep admiration for Dave (musical genius) and the fact that their music is evolving. They just get better and better (unlike other aging bands….looking at you Red Hot Chilli Peppers). Their latest album is amazingly good. I’ve listed to “Rope” several million times at this point.
Also, if you haven’t seen these guys live yet, do yourself a huge favor. I’ve seen them twice now. They put on one hell of a show. And they play an insanely long set. The first time I saw them, they were on stage for over 3 1/2 hours! No one does this. It was probably the best concert I’ve ever experienced and that’s saying a lot!
Screaming Trees- Alice Said 1991
The Screaming Trees never really came across my radar in the 90s save “I Nearly Lost You” on the soundtrack for the movie “Singles”. And funny enough, it was this soundtrack that sent me in search of their music years later while in grad school. Mark Lanegan just has such an interesting voice that every time the song would come on I’d think, I really need to listen to more of these guys.
Fugazi- Promises 1989 (close enough….)
Technically born in the 80s, these guys saw their biggest success in the 90s. And somehow I didn’t hear song one till around 2000. But then there was no looking back. Punk rock with more musicality. I was hooked. “13 Songs” was on repeat in my car for so many months that it’s ridiculous.
Our Lady Peace- Starseed 1994
Just like with Screaming Trees, a compilation disk led me to these guys. I can’t even remember what the song was or what the disc was at this point. It was some sort of 90s alt rock promo disc. “Somewhere Out There” was all over the radio but I don’t feel it’s very representative of their standard sound. I guess the mainstream loves a good ballad. I ended up picking up 2 CDs in a CD Warehouse (used CD store for those of you not familiar) several years ago and really got into them. Matt also missed out on these guys in the 90s and is now a big fan.
Bonus, they are still making great music.
Queens of the Stone Age- Regular John 1998
I was only a few years late to the show for these guys. I picked up when a lot of others did, the release of “Songs for the Deaf” in 2001. I immediately went out and bought their first two albums and have purchased every album since. Josh Homme is perfection. I love the weird guitar that you can immediately peg as QOTSA. I love his odd voice. I love that Dave Grohl has drummed for them. And I especially love that I will finally get to see them live this year at Music Midtown.
Oh, and in case you couldn’t already guess what I think about their new album….love it.
So I cheated a bit and went over my five songs in terms of Youtube videos, but I technically only listed five 90s songs. So it’s like, whatever dude.
Stay positive & love your life!
Listening to: Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Eating: Couscous and black-eyed peas.
Random fact: I always feel a bit taken aback when I discover a “new” band that’s been around for a while. It’s a combination of feeling dumb for not previously being aware that they existed and feeling deprived of all of their musical goodness over the years.
Me (second from the right) in 1999ish. I really need to dig out some OLD pictures so I can seriously embarrass myself.