I’m having a very Empire Records sort of day, which is probably driving the temp insane. Good.
Sometimes I get in these moods where all I want to listen to is music from my high school days. As far as I’m concerned, this short era in music was the critical boundary between the last of commercially-viable yet still good music and where we stand today — Clear Channel and their ilk ruling the airwaves, ramming mass-produced Top 40 crap down our throats. It all sounds alike. And it all sucks. But that’s just my opinion.
Music in the late 90s, like I’ve said, was just barely straddling that fine line. I mean, groups like the Indigo Girls were still making it onto mainstream radio — so that’s good — but then there was also the advent of Britney Spears and the tribes of heavily-makeupd, over-produced girls that followed her.
Even concert tickets were still affordable back then. I could easily attend a whole slew of summer concerts (I was a devoted Lilith Fair follower at the time…) on my lifeguarding paycheck and still have plenty of money left over for buying cheap Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill to drink before the concerts and shopping for tacky, midriff-baring clothes at Gadzook’s to wear to the concerts. Today you have the embarassment of Hannah Montana tickets selling out more quickly than Stones tickets, and for twice as much money. God, what have we come to…?
So, back to my original subject. A very abbreviated playlist of today’s tunes, for your auditory pleasure, is below. Click the links to listen and enjoy your momentary trip back to the 90s, friends.
- “Closer To Fine” – Indigo Girls
- “Stay” – Lisa Loeb
- “Desperately Wanting” – Better Than Ezra
- “Fake Plastic Trees” – Radiohead
- “Not An Addict” – K’s Choice
- “Runaway Train” – Soul Asylum
- “Found Out About You” – Gin Blossoms
- “Last Kiss” – Pearl Jam
- “Champagne Supernova” – Oasis
- “Criminal” – Fiona Apple
- “Sweetest Thing” – U2
- “Lovefool” – Cardigans
- “St. Teresa” – Joan Osborne
- “#1 Crush” – Garbage
- “To You I Bestow” – Mundy
- “Machinehead” – Bush
- “Angry Johnny” – Poe
- “Pepper” – Butthole Surfers
Have I missed your favorite, out of thousands out there? Let me know…