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#472: Albums of 1990 Roundtable

#472: Albums of 1990 Roundtable

January 28, 2020

1990 is a strange, contradictory year for music. How else do you explain alternative and underground bands like Jane's Addiction, Concrete Blonde, Faith No More and The B-52's taking up regular MTV rotation slots next to MC Hammer, Warrant, Paula Abdul and Vanilla Ice? There's a good chance you saw They Might Be Giant's "Birdhouse In Your Soul" right after Billy Idol's "Cradle of Love," or "We Die Young" by Alice Chains on the same Headbanger's Ball episode as "Unskinny Bop" by Poison. What we're saying is, there was a lot going on, and we attempt an overview of some of the most interesting overlooked, under-appreciated, and influential albums of the year.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Stop! by Jane's Addiction

10:46 - Graveyard Shift by Uncle Tupelo

24:15 - Is She Weird by Pixies

36:12 - There You Are by Goo Goo Dolls

47:41 - Candy by Iggy Pop

Outro - Cliffs Of Dover by Eric Johnson

 

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#471: Hormone Hotel by Bandit Queen

#471: Hormone Hotel by Bandit Queen

January 21, 2020

One and done bands are always an interesting listen, whether they were full-formed bands, one-off side-projects or solo albums, or something else entirely. In the case of Bandit Queen, they formed out of the ashes of Swirl, retaining three of the four members and an indie rock sound. Gone were the jammy rhythms and chorus'd guitars for a more straightforward approach, reminiscent of American female-led alternative acts like Throwing Muses and The Breeders. While the harmony vocals and honest production kept us interested throughout, a few more soaring vocal hooks would have made Hormone Hotel a can't miss record.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Back In The Belljar

14:00 - Big Sugar Emotional Thing

18:54 - Blue Black

20:57 - Scorch

Outro - Give It To The Dog

 

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#470: Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants

#470: Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants

January 14, 2020

There are plenty of anomalies in what did and didn't become popular in the rise of alternative music during the 1990s. Take for instance They Might Be Giants, who's breakthrough 1990 album Flood with almost thirty tracks of weird and quirky songs that combine humor and musical knowledge into a wholly unique recording. So what then to follow it up? The band decided to produce themselves, and rock out a bit more on the 1992 follow-up Apollo 18. While the experimentation with a slightly more traditional pop-rock sound on songs like The Statue Got Me High and Dig My Grave made the band a bit more palatable to our ears, the stripped-down reliance on simplistic looped drums held back what expanded in year with a full band backing them.

Two notes: Tim was battling a cold, hence the nasal congestion you can clearly hear in his voice. Also, this was recorded prior to the death of Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, which is why there was no mention of it when Rush was briefly brought up during the episodes. #RIPTheProfessor

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - I Palindrome I

11:48 - The Statue Got Me High

16:15 - My Evil Twin

24:17 - Mammals

38:47 - Spider

Outro -  Dig My Grave

 

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#469: Post Orgasmic Chill by Skunk Anansie

#469: Post Orgasmic Chill by Skunk Anansie

January 7, 2020

By 1999, the musical landscape had seen the rise and fall of a variety of genres touted as the next big thing. The electronic sounds of The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy offered varying takes on electronica, which bands would incorporate elements of over the years that followed. In the case of Skunk Anansie and their 1999 album Post Orgasmic Chill, it means adding layers to an already layered sound. Guitars are buzzsaw aggressive on one track, followed by a pop ballad approach on the next. Feedback is replaced by orchestrated strings. Booming drums by breakbeats. And making it all work is the dynamic Skin, who vocally covers all the ground with thought-provoking lyrics and near-unparalleled range.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Charlie Big Potato

17:00 - The Skank Heads

21:32 - Good Things Don't Always Come To You

Outro - We Don't Need Who You Think You Are

 

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