Dig Me Out - The 90s rock podcast
#522: Albums of 1991 Roundtable

#522: Albums of 1991 Roundtable

January 12, 2021

Is there a more crucial turning point for 1990s music and 90s rock than 1991? Artists released important albums weekly that would shape the decade (and even entire careers) such as Pearl Jam, U2, Soundgarden, Gun 'n Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primal Scream, Blur, Metallica, and more. Then there were the underground bands that lurked on college radio and outside the Billboard charts like Slint, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Mr. Bungle, Fugazi, Ride, Uncle Tupelo, Mudhoney, and Throwing Muses. It's the debut of Lollapalooza, the year trip-hop and desert / stoner rock would begin their ascension, the year Freddie Mercury released one last album with Queen before his passing, and the year "grunge" became a word everyone knew. It's a super-sized episode with lots of guests and lots to cover.

 

Songs In This Episode:

1991 Medley (Unbelievable by EMF, Rusty Cage by Soundgarden, There's No Other Way by Blur, Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet)

 

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#521: Yank Crime by Drive Like Jehu

#521: Yank Crime by Drive Like Jehu

January 5, 2021

Few bands can really be described as influential, most either affecting the latest pose or regurgitating a nostalgic vibe. On the other hand, some bands are so ahead of the curve, it can take time for the rest of the world to catch up. That's the case with Drive Like Jehu's sophomore 1995 album Yank Crime, which in the worlds of 90s rock, sounded like a runaway train of mixed up genres - post-hardcore, math rock, emo, post-punk, and more that weren't invented yet. It's not speculation to call this record and this band influential - members of At The Drive-in, Deftones, Modest Mouse, Jimmy Eat World, and more have weighed in over the years on DLJ's unique place in 90s rock canon.

 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Here Come The Rome Plows

22:22 - Luau

32:22 - New Intro

Outro - Do You Compute

 

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#520: Season Ten - Year In Review

#520: Season Ten - Year In Review

December 29, 2020

Our look back at Season Ten of the podcast, during which we hit milestone episode five hundred, is a great recap to a not so great year. Our Patreon community continued to support us and lead way, picking interesting and unexpected albums to revisit via individual selections and our monthly polls. It allows us to check out noteworthy 90s bands we had previously missed like Mudhoney, that dog., Neutral Milk Hotel, Dig, Morphine, and PJ Harvey, as well as discover a bevy of lesser-known acts such as Ricaine, Odds, Cosmic Psychos, Giants Chair, and more. From the Hindustani jazz fusion of Indian Ocean to the 70s funk of Big Chief, our sonic pallet was once again expanded thanks to our patrons, who also helped us launch our Discord community, which lead to our new weekly Box newsletter. We looking forward to moving into 2021 and Season Eleven!

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro/Outro - Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney

 

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#519: Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge by Mudhoney

#519: Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge by Mudhoney

December 22, 2020

Mudhoney may have written some of the most recognized pre-Nirvana breakthrough tracks associated with the Seattle sound of the 80s like "Touch Me, I'm Sick," "Suck You Dry," and "In 'n Out Of Grace," but the band has had as much in common musically with the sound of Detroit punk and garage bands like MC5, Iggy & The Stooges, The Gories, Sonic's Rendezvous Band, etc. On their second full-length album, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, released in 1991 just months before Nirvana's Nevermind changed the musical landscape, the band took their established template and added vintage organs, blazing harmonicas, and acoustic guitars to expand their sound. While it helps break up what can become a repetitive listen thanks to the eight-track lower-fidelity production, the band can't deliver on a killer melody or hook the way they had on their previous standout songs.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Let It Slide

14:05 - Generation Genocide

18:55 - Something So Clear

23:36 - Pokin' Around

28:03 - Fuzzgunn '91

Outro - Into The Drink

 

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#518: Waiting For The Punchline by Extreme

#518: Waiting For The Punchline by Extreme

December 15, 2020

As we've discussed previously with episodes on Mötley Crüe and Skid Row, the 1990s were a weird evolutionary period for '80s hard rock and metal bands tagged with monikers "glam" or "hair" to describe their look even if it didn't describe their sound. So much so, there's always a caveat to their '90s releases as to whether the band tried to update their sound to fit in with the new alternative and grunge landscape, or if they kept chugging along with only minor tweaks. In the case of Boston funk-metal band Extreme, their fourth (and until 2008, final) album Waiting For The Punchline ditched the big rock production for a more immediate style that gives the rhythm section more punch but still allows virtuoso guitarist Nuno Bettencourt room to dazzle.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Hip Today

18:52 - Waiting For The Punchline

26:42 - There Is No God

30:30 - No Respect

Outro - Evilangelist

 

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#517: Music We’re Thankful For In 2020

#517: Music We’re Thankful For In 2020

December 8, 2020

While the calendar confirms that 2020 was a standard 365 days, March seemed to last seven months, and in total the year seemed like one endless anxiety attack. Luckily, music still provided a momentary reprise via albums in a variety of forms. Some were unexpected, like from Hum, Shiner, Sparta, and Criteria. Some were long in the making, like albums from Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, and the Psychedelic Furs. Others were from active favorites, like The Lees of Memory, Guided By Voices, Local H, and Jeff Tweedy. There was something for everyone, and we talked about many.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Far Beyond by The Lees of Memory (from Moon Shot)

6:36 - Shameka by Fiona Apple (from Fetch The Bolt Cutters)

27:16 - Ghosts by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (from Letter To You)

34:32 - Step Into You by Hum (from Inlet)

48:33 - Lighthouse Spaceship by The Lickerish Quartet (from Threesome, Vol. 1 EP)

59:42 - Run Towards The Roar by Baby Chaos (from Apes Confronts Cosmos)

Outro - The Solution is Laughable by Godzillionaire (from Negative Balance)

 

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#516: Fictional Bands and Artists of the 90s

#516: Fictional Bands and Artists of the 90s

December 1, 2020

Fictional bands and artists have been a staple of movies and television shows for decades, from the heavy metal send-up of This Is Spinal Tap to Dan Akroyd and John Belushi getting the band back together in The Blues Brothers. The 1990s were no different, as movies and television were filled with bands we wished had put out full albums and toured, to some that were best left to thirty-seconds of screen airtime. Whether it's capturing the sound of the decade in shows like My So-Called Life and Daria or films such as Singles and Empire Records, or revisiting past decades like the 70s glam rock of Velvet Goldmine and 60s garage rock of That Thing You Do!, there is plenty to rediscover or check out if you missed it the first time around.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Shrimp Shack by The Wonders (from That Thing You Do!)

5:05 - All Over The World by Strange Fruit (Still Crazy)

20:14 - Freakin' Friends by Mystik Spiral (Daria)

36:40 - More Bad Times by Ed's Redeeming Qualities (Ed's Next Move)

42:43 - The Bedrock Twitch by The BC-52's (The Flintstones)

53:36 - By My Side by The Suburbans (The Suburbans)

Outro - How Do You Talk To An Angel by The Heights (The Heights)

 

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#515: Retreat From The Sun by that dog.

#515: Retreat From The Sun by that dog.

November 24, 2020

The third album by that dog. album didn't happen. 1997's Retreat From The Sun was intended to be lead singer Anna Waronker's debut solo album, but after pressure from her record label, it turned into a full-band effort. The result might be the highlight of the that dog. catalog, and one of the best guitar pop albums of the decade. Three minute mid and uptempo radio-friendly tunes with enough grit and subtly layered instrumentation allow Retreat From The Sun to work on two levels - a catchy pop record for casual fans, and a headphone experience for those desiring a deeper listen. With the talented Hayden sisters on vocals and multiple instruments, the record finds the balance between crafted and fresh.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Retreat From The Sun

18:27 - Never Say Never

21:39 - Annie

25:05 - Gagged and Tied

Outro - Long Island

 

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#514: Boggy Depot by Jerry Cantrell

#514: Boggy Depot by Jerry Cantrell

November 17, 2020

On this episode, we invited Drew Zakmin of the Songs Gone Wrong podcast on to discuss his pick of the 1998 Jerry Cantrell solo debut, Boggy Depot. While his guitar prowess and backing vocals in Alice Chains were well regarded in the 1990s, it wasn't clear what a large part Cantrell played in the overall sound of the band until this album, which features plenty of riffs and melodies on part with tracks on Facelift or Dirt. The heavier and darker sounds associated with the band are significantly reduced, as Cantrell indulges his songwriter side on longer tracks like "Settling Down" and "Cold Piece," while adding horns, piano, and other non-AIC instrumentation to the mix. But producing his own record may have led to some choices that a seasoned producer might have questioned, such as the overlong run-time and (at times) oddly mixing choices that occasionally bury the guitar leads. Once you're done with this episode, make sure to head over to Songs Gone Wrong for the other half of our podcast swap to hear us discuss the 1997 single Tubthumping by Chumbawamba.

 

Songs In The Episode:

Intro - Cut You In

12:01 - Dickeye

17:21 - Settling Down

22:27 - Devil By His Side

26:01 - Hurt A Long Time

Outro - My Song

 

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#513: Cattlemen Don’t by Triplefastaction

#513: Cattlemen Don’t by Triplefastaction

November 10, 2020

Way back in season number one of Dig Me Out we were joined by an old friend (Chip Midnight, who would become a frequent guest on the show) to discuss one of his favorite bands and albums, the 1996 album Broadcaster by Triplefastaction. During that episode we talked about eventually revisiting the second and final album by the band, 1997's Cattlemen Don't. While we predicted it would be five thousand episodes later, it only ending up being five hundred episodes later, as we are joined by Brian and Kevin from the band, along with producer John Agnello popping in for a bit, to revisit the record and discuss the just-announced double LP vinyl reissue on Chicago's Forge Again Records. From the label, Justin Wexler joins us to share the in's and out's of how a vinyl reissue happens, and of course, our old friend Chip is back to share stories and more with the group.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Pure

11:31 - Heroes

35:09 - Eurogirl

1:11:33 - If

Outro - Duck And Run

 

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