Tag: nirvana

  • Thank You, Next

    Yeah, this one is pretty ugly too, so let’s slog through.

    16. You Oughta Know -Alanis Morrissette (Jagged Little Pill, 1995, Maverick and Reprise)

    I don’t like this song, though I suppose I did the first couple of times I heard it. Then it was several hundred more times, and several hundred more after that, and I do not like it. There are songs I dislike a whole lot more, but this one would never make any playlist I am making unless I have a lobotomy. Also, I have never forgiven her for writing a song about irony filled with non-ironic things, although in the end, I guess that kind of makes the song itself ironic, which was not what she was going for I don’t think.

    Oh! And my favorite Alanis Morrissette-based trivia (no, not that one). She was on the straight-from-Canada-to-Nickelodeon kids’ sketch comedy show You Can’t Do That On Television as a tween. My sisters and I watched a lot of hours of that show. SLN did a spot-on parody of it a few weeks ago:

    Final Verdict: No.

    Replace with: Wild Thing – Liz Phair (Girly-Sound, 1991, self-released)

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    17. Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz (Are You Gonna Go My Way, 1993, Virgin)

    This is a good song. I will leave as is.

    Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz (Are You Gonna Go My Way, 1993, Virgin)

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    18. All the Small Things – Blink 182 (Enema of the State [witty], 1999, MCA Records)

    There were five to ten of these bands in the late 90s that I would not be able to tell apart with a gun to my head and none of them are good. I listened to this whole playlist while I worked over the past few days just to be thorough, and I can confirm that this song is not good.

    Final Verdict: No. I could be a smart ass and write it 182 times, but I think too highly of you to have you waste any more seconds of your life on this band.

    Replace with: All Your Experiments – Elf Power (Vainly Clutching at Phantom Limbs, 1995, Arena Rock Recording)

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    19. Sabotage – Beastie Boys (Ill Communication, 1994, Capitol)

    I have given up on the but-they-were-popular-in-the-80s argument. I mean they were, but whatever. I mean, they did form in 1981, and Licensed to Ill came out in 1986, but we will carry on. It’s a good song.

    Final Verdict: Good song. It stays.

    Sabotage – Beastie Boys (Ill Communication, 1994, Capitol)

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    20. Firestarter – The Prodigy (The Fat of the Land, 1997, Maverick)

    I did not know what this song was until I played it, and of course, it is instantly recognizable. I was not a club kid by any stretch of the imagination, but on the times that I did (a handful of times when I lived in Portland, Maine and another handful of times when I lived in Philadelphia), this song was certainly played. I don’t don’t like it. I wouldn’t listen to it every day, but I am feeling generous, and the commenters on YouTube live for this song, so I will leave it.

    Final Verdict: Staying, with a sort of ambivalence, but as you have probably noticed, when I don’t like something, I am pretty clear about it. For the record, I think the singer in the music video looks moronic, but maybe that was what he was going for. Also, I looked moronic a lot in the 90s too. And the aughts, and so on.

    Firestarter – The Prodigy (The Fat of the Land, 1997, Maverick)

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    21. Glycerine – Bush (Sixteen Stone, 1994, Interscope)

    No. I can’t get behind this band. I think they are at best meh. Kind of like Coldplay, like maybe you could catch yourself liking a song or two, but then just feel embarrassed about it. Their songs are boring, and there are far too many great ones out there to waste time on this horse shit.

    Final Verdict: Horse shit.

    Replace with: Holland, 1945 – Neutral Milk Hotel (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, 1998, Merge)

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    22. Today – Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream, 1993, Virgin)

    No, this band is boring.

    Final Verdict: No.

    Replace with: Truly Great Thing – Sebadoh (III, 1991, Homestead)

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    23. Everlong – Foo Fighters (The Color and Shape, 1997, Roswell Records)

    You already know from the first song that I don’t like the Foo Fighters, though I have not heard all of their songs. I do like the song Times Like These, but I don’t like this one.

    Final Verdict: No, sadly. Really truly, I admire Dave Grohl quite a bit.

    Replace with: Styrofoam Boots – Modest Mouse (The Lonesome Crowded West, 1997, Up)

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    24. My Own Worse Enemy – Lit (A Place in the Sun, 1999, RCA Records)

    Another song and band I do not remember having heard of before, but I can see why this song hates itself.

    Final Verdict: No.

    Replace with: A Minor Place – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billie (I See a Darkness, 1999, Palace)

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    25. Come as You Are – Nirvana

    Yes, I don’t want to be too hard on this album. It deserves acclaim.

    Final Verdict: Yes, good song.

    Come as You Are – Nirvana (Nevermind, 1991, DCG)

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    Scope & Horror

    dedicated to votaries of the absurd, beautiful, miserable, and suspicious

  • Where Were My Parents?

    Where Were My Parents?

    dedicated to votaries

    miserable, and suspicious

    of the absurd, beautiful,

    On Watching Headbangers Ball

    as a Fifth Grader, and Other Topics

    This list needs help. A lot of help.

    This list. Christ, this list. It’s bad. It’s really, really bad. I mean, the eyeballs of my sixteen-year-old self would not be recoverable, they would have rolled back so hard. It’s not alllll bad but collectively, it sucks. It’s also really long, so I guess I am going to have to screenshot it. I am too lazy to type out all of these shitty songs and give them even that much more legitimacy. We can deal with them in chunks, shall we?

    1. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (Nevermind, 1991, DCG Records)
    Okay, so I know I am probably literally quoting Jack Black’s character from High Fidelity here (a character I very much identified with btw), but come on. It’s a little obvious no? It’s a good song sure, but there are better ones. I like Nirvana. I liked them then, and I still like them (not so much on Foo Fighters though, my apologies. Dave Grohl seems like a truly wonderful human). I bought Nevermind on cassette tape in the 7th grade sometime after this video came out. I watched Headbangers Ball, and I remember them being on it, and that Kurt Cobain wore a ballgown in a joke that seemed kind of lost on the host, and probably most of the at-home audience. That seemed as good a reason as any to spend what little money I had on their album. Music was the only thing I ever spent money on. I guess I used to babysit because I can’t think of any other way I had any at all. There is no way my parents would have given me money to buy records. I don’t know.

    Anyway, I liked Nirvana, and for a couple of years, I loved them because the boy I loved from 8th grade, all of my high school years, and probably a few years after that even, loved them. Incidentally, one of the only letters I have ever received that would approximate a love letter even quotes a Nirvana song. I still have it. I was always writing him these long, intense letters asking why he would not give me the attention I so craved the answer, as painfully obvious then as it is now, was that I was fourth on a list of priorities that ranked as follows: drugs, skateboarding, other girls). When In Utero came out in 1993, I spent a lot of time listening to it on CD in his garage bedroom in Belgrade, Maine. Listening to this CD, smoking cigarettes, losing my virginity, and getting high. Oh, wasted youth. Anyway, in the letter he wrote out the lyrics Swap Meet, which after all is said and done, I still think was absolutely perfectly ninth grade, and rather sweet.

    Final Verdict: Yes, good song but there are better, less played ones.

    Better: You Know You’re Right*

    *I know this is cheating a bit, but obviously it was recorded in the 1990s, 1994 specifically.

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    2. Loser – Beck (Mellow Gold, 1994, DCG Records)
    Okay, also a good song. I always preferred the shit kickin’, speed takin’ Truck Drivin’ Neighbors Downstairs, and if I had complete power of this iTunes list, I would pick someone else all together. With this in mind:

    Final Verdict: Pretty good song
    Better: Daniel Johnston – Mind Contorted (Fun, 1994, Atlantic Records)
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    3. Spiderwebs – No Doubt (Tragic Kingdom, 1995, Trauma Records and Interscope Records)

    Final Verdict: Absolutely not.
    Replace with: Almost anything else. I didn’t care for the ska craze but try Blue Angel – Squirrel Nut Zippers (Hot, 1996, Mammoth)
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    4. Creep – Radiohead (Pablo Honey, 1993, Capitol Records)
    Ugh, I am already bored by this project. There are so, so, so many Radiohead albums and this song is okay, but there are better ones. To be fair, now that I am looking, most of them came out after 2000.

    Final Verdict: Good song but there are so many better ones.
    Better: Palace Brothers – You Will Miss Me When I Burn (Days in the Wake, 1994, Drag City)
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    5. Say It Ain’t So – Weezer (Blue, 1994, DCG Records)

    Final Verdict: They just aren’t that good.
    Replace: Guided by Voices – Drinker’s Peace (Same Place the Fly Got Smashed, 1990, Rocket #9)
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  • I Was There: ’90s Music 

    I Was There: ’90s Music