Saturday, July 05, 2008

Let's Watch Some Music from the 90s

If I managed a grocery store, I'd buck corporate suggestions for music and create my own loops that would keep the soccer moms shopping while also keeping my pimply-faced cashiers and baggers from going out of their minds. This particular loop would be called "Pop Rock of the 90s."
Is that an Airstream? Cool.
  • And you didn't even know you liked trip-hop. Six Underground, from Sneaker Pimps. (1996)
  • All you need for a Peter Murphy video shoot is a light kit, a fan and some cloud footage. He brings his own make-up and a bassist who plays with a violin bow. ("Let's grab some shots of you running in the woods out back.") Here's his 1990 scary hit, Cuts You Up.
  • The 90s brought us Angry Chick Rock. It's hard to know which angry Fiona Apple song to include on this list, so I'll just grab one of her best and angriest, Sleep to Dream, from 1996.
  • I'll bet breaking into music is easy when Bob Dylan is your dad. The Wallflower's one hit was good, even if it was really just recycled Tom Petty. But the bald dude in young Dylan's band does some nice note-bending. (1996)
  • Dave Matthews was inescapable in the 90s. This is the song that pretty much launched him out of Charlottesville in '94. (Catch him this summer in "You Don't Mess With The Zohan," a horrible, horrible movie that made me laugh out loud a number of times.
  • Harmonica on the previous song was played by John Popper of Blues Traveler. They had a very clever song (and video) in Hook the same year.
  • Extremely clever and probably low budget as well, Jamiroquai's 1996 hit Virtual Insanity is still fun to watch. (The room was on wheels, being pushed around a large space.) Sometimes the most creative ideas aren't computer generated or expensive.
Yep, did this before. Here and here. And on Bill Green's suggestion, it continues.

Previously in "Music to Shop By":
Grab Can, Lift Arm, Stack Can, Turn Around

There is purposely no Nirvana on this list. I'm sure you can find a thousand sites dedicated to Courtney Love's dead, overrated husband. This is also not a Rolling Stone or VH1-styled "Essential Albums of the 90s" list. It's my list. For my grocery store.

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  • YES!!! Let's bring back trip hop and whacky hats together. I have three words for you:

    Spin. Spin. Sugar.


    ps. Massive Attack?

    By Anonymous Natasha V.C., at July 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM  

  • And like a good Pat Benatar video, notice Matthews’ excellent use of simultaneous plot devices: Cutting back and forth between song metaphor/staged drama and band playing the song.

    By Blogger Make the logo bigger, at July 6, 2008 at 12:28 PM  

  • Can's shop anywhere that plays dave matthews. Can't THINK anywhere that plays dave matthews. My musician friends that like dave matthews can't play and sing at the same time, and sometimes have trouble counting to four in repitition. He should change his name to dave fleck and the re-hash, minus the banjo. I prefer pricecutter, and I get to play trivia trying to remember what one hit wonder did 'sky high' ( jigsaw )

    By Blogger warbird2010, at July 6, 2008 at 11:19 PM  

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