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my 10 favorite albums of the 1990s

Marc and I have a problem... he spent the 90s listening to hip hop, I spent the 90s in grunge and alternative. So we're not sure how to raise our kids. In case my kid misses out on her 90s music because I didn't do a good enough job fighting the good fight, here's my list that she can run into if she ever reads my journals years down the road.

(in no particular order)

Blink 182 - Dude Ranch
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
Jill Sobule - Jill Sobule
The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Fiona Apple - When the Pawn...
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
The Crow (Soundtrack)
Pearl Jam - Ten
Dinosaur Jr - Without a Sound
Hole - Live Through This
Barenaked Ladies - Rock Spectacle

And as a bonus, here are three albums from 90s artists who I actually think waited until the 2000s to make their best albums. So I'll add these on too.

Green Day - American Idiot
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Weezer - Make Believe

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one_raido
Mar. 30th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
Love American Idiot and Make Believe
lavenderspark
Mar. 30th, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
All good choices!

Andy and I mostly listen to the same genres of music, though he leans more to the metal/heavy side than I do. He somehow manages to listen to the current pop stations without gouging his ears out though. I don't know how he does it. I recently found an "oldies" station that I listen to in the car when I don't have a CD in.

I am currently listening to the 90s Alternative station on Pandora. :)

The only music I've gotten Kiley hooked on is Adele. She's a big fan. Otherwise she only likes "kid" music. The little songs they learn in school and stuff from the movies. I try to shield her from current pop music as much as possible.
caladri
Mar. 30th, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
You could compromise and go with pop and/or dance stuff which in places has elements of both. Or electronic music barely related at all to either. Raise your kid on The KLF and Aphex Twin! Or Nine Inch Nails and Underworld. Or maybe late Cocteau Twins! I am an unhelpful font of unhelpfulness.
randomdreams
Mar. 31st, 2015 01:45 am (UTC)
Underworld. 100% Underworld all the time.

We got a chance to see Underworld, with Paul Oakenfold opening. They were so good we can't even remember the Oakenfold set.
litlebanana
Mar. 30th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
I have to tell you, I was into grunge and alternative too in the 90s but my top 10 list would've looked a lot different than that. I agree that green days probably started getting better as they got older, but I'm not so sure about Weezer. Their blue album was classic. And Pinkerton was a masterpiece.
litlebanana
Mar. 30th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
Also, I don't think kids will ever like music of another generation more than they like their own. Well, except for some really artsy kids. I actually really like the music that's on the radio now. I even like Taylor Swift.
taigerchily
Mar. 30th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
Smashing Pumpkins! Nirvana! And, and that's what I love most on your list: The Crow! ♥

In the end, the kids will listen to what ever they want. In our family infantile impression (I have no idea if I translated this correctly. The German term is "Frühkindliche Prägung") has worked well so far. Our children like rock and metal. But Jón (he's 11) has already started to find his own favourite songs. At least they still are after our fancy :D

Edited at 2015-03-30 10:23 pm (UTC)
deloric
Mar. 30th, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about making a similar list in my own journal. I agree with an above commenter - my 90s grunge/alt list would look A LOT different, overlapping maybe 2 artists.
randomdreams
Mar. 31st, 2015 01:48 am (UTC)
I love this list, although it needs more Bikini Kill.
So, I'm still debating whether S-K's The Woods is better than All Hands.
Happily, the only way to tell is by listening to them both repeatedly.
yamamanama
Mar. 31st, 2015 02:54 am (UTC)
One per band. Roughly in chronological order, unless I changed my mind on something. I got to 37, so I figure I'll just make it an even top 40.
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
Dead Can Dance - Aion
Ride - Nowhere
Ghost - Snuffbox Immanence
The Magnetic Fields - The Wayward Bus/Distant Plastic Trees
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Lilys - In The Presence of Nothing
Lush - Split
Pale Saints - In Ribbons
The Telescopes - Untitled
Opium Den - Diary of a Drunken Sun
Seefeel - Quique
The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
Bark Psychosis - Hex
Closedown - Nearfield
Flying Saucer Attack - Rural Psychedelia
Helium - Dirt of Luck
Movietone - Movietone
The Curtain Society - Life is Long, Still
Eyeless in Gaza - Song of the Beautiful Wanton
The Future Sound of London - Dead Cities
lovesliescrushing - xuvetyn
Rachel's - Selenography
Splashdown - Blueshift
amp - astralmoonbeamprojections
luminous orange - waiting for the summer
Mistle Thrush - Silt
Radiohead - OK Computer
Stereolab - Dots and Loops
The Art of Noise - The Seduction of Claude Debussy
The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa - In Dust 3
Light - Paperboat
maudlin of the Well - My Fruit Psychobells… a Seed Combustible
Ozric Tentacles - Waterfall Cities
Tori Amos - To Venus and Back
Drop Nineteens - Delaware
Curve - Doppelgänger
Slint - Spiderland
caladri
Mar. 31st, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
Replying to say that this is an excellent list, and saving for later to check out the few I'm not familiar with, because I'm intrigued :)
yamamanama
Mar. 31st, 2015 11:22 am (UTC)
You should.
Which ones are unfamiliar?
madman101
Apr. 4th, 2015 12:55 am (UTC)
This is an amazing list.

I am unfamiliar with many, except the ones near/ the top.

Copying and sharing.
yamamanama
Apr. 4th, 2015 01:39 am (UTC)
Thanks.

I'd like to know what you think of the albums.

Edited at 2015-04-04 01:40 am (UTC)
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microxcuts
Mar. 31st, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
One of my favourites is Garbage's self-titled album (turning 20 years this year YEY!)
madman101
Apr. 4th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
Yay for Garbage!
cindylou07
Apr. 1st, 2015 01:57 am (UTC)
so many good albums! I loved Blink 182.
madman101
Apr. 4th, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
Blink 182 was so sweet, pop and even inspiring.
madman101
Apr. 4th, 2015 01:16 am (UTC)
I missed so much in the 1990's because of my illness.

I didn't really get into Liz Phair and Blink 182 until the 2000's. Exile in Guyville is really one of the top 100 albums of all time(!) - (imo?!). I only think of her, Blink 182, Weezer, Fiona Apple, and Smashing Pumpkins as bands of the 2000's. Fiona and Pumpkins still continue. (NOTE: One 1990's band which I was intrigued by, "Soul Coughing," is having a one-song come-back on NPR, at least, and it is more musical than the stuff they did n the past - "Walk Around in Circles").

If you liked Liz Phair, then I think you will also love Courtney Barnett - maybe you have heard her.

I don't know if I have ever heard, "Dude Ranch," but now I must!
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