Stinkin 90s Playlist

March 18, 2005 at 8:22 pm 1 comment

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The Dumpstas show was ba-na-nas Wednesday night! I’ve just recovered enough to write something about it today.

Here is my very short, late-night playlist. In trying to keep with the 90s theme of things that were fun, danceable, and not evil, it was a challenge, because in the 90s, I was not listening to anything vaguely fun (except for riot grrrl) or even vaguely danceable, until I lost my shit in the late 90s and as a result, sold all my Touch and Go (sorry Cap’n)/Drag City/Chicago-Louisville axis/math-rock/post-rock/pigfucker/dude-rock CD’s, and stretched out and waited for the Slits/X-Ray Spex revival, only to get The Rapture and snotty New York people with bad haircuts and coke on their noses.

Played right before last call, this vague order:
TLC – “Creep”
Luscious Jackson – “Energy Sucker”
Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
Monie Love – “It’s A Shame”
Cibo Matto – “Know Your Chicken”
Missy Elliott – “The Rain”
Solex – “One Louder Solex”

If I’d played longer, it would have just turned into a Sugar Town playlist. These items were on the transom:

Rondelles – You hair is full of grease, your head is full of lies, lies!
The Vaselines (reissued in the 90s, cheating I guess)
Bjork – “Army of Me” The best song of hers, hands down.
The Donnas – something from the first album
Helium – “What Institution Are You From?”
Shonen Knife – most likely “Twist Barbie,” again re-issued in the 90s
Elastica – most likely “Stutter”
Sinead O’Connor – “Jump in the River” (and from there, she jumped into oblivion, still one of my fave Sinead songs).
Bikini Kill – most likely “Demi-Rep” or “Rebel Girl”
Stereolab – “Pack Yr Romantic Mind”
Boss Hog – “Winn Coma”
Everything But the Girl
PJ Harvey – Stella-marie you’re my star!
Saint Etienne
Portishead
Bis – something from the Teen C Power EP
Breeders, of course!
Le Tigre (first album is from 99)
Liz Phair (her cover of “Turning Japanese”, as my copy of Exile is exiled in an unknown place now).
Bratmobile – most likely “Cool Schmool” or “Cherry Bomb”
Autoclave – “Dr Seuss”
Blake Babies – “I’m Not Your Mother”

Did I leave out tons of stuff? Of course. That set was only gonna be for a half-hour anyway. And, I pulled CD’s off my shelf minutes before I left the house.

But if you think about it, most of the bad or joyless music of the ’90s was made by dudes, both major and indie, unless you count the whole Lilith Fair/Alanis, which was a triumph in getting women on the radio and in the driver’s seat economically, but musically, no fun. But seriously though, I’d listen to my playlist above Pavement or Slint or Sebadoh (or any of my male 90s faves) in a heartbeat.

Though I might be convinced to have a Math Rock Dance Party if Joe Paone showed up and Maria DJ’ed. It would be a party of three, but one for the ages.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. hal  |  March 21, 2005 at 1:46 pm

    Aw c’mon. The, uh, Delta ’72 were fun.

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