June 28, 2005

Music question.

Dialogue:
CHRIS: If you could go back in time either to the 50s or the 60s and you could bring a CD of songs from the 90s -- burn a CD...

ME: They don't have CD players...

CHRIS: You bring a CD player...

ME (thinking but not saying): People would be fascinated to see such a device.

CHRIS: And the goal is to to demonstrate what the 90s were about and that the 90s were a great decade musically. Because I think the 90s were one of the best decades. Better than now or the 80s or the 70s.

ME (aloud again): But you specifically want to prove this to people in the 50s and 60s.

CHRIS: Yes.

ME: Because you think people are always acting like music from the 50s and 60s is the best? Or are you just trying to prove it to me?

CHRIS: Why do you think it's about you?

ME: Because I'm always acting like the music from the 50s and 60s is the best.

CHRIS: It's not about you, okay? Anyway, you've got to burn a CD or make a tape or whatever. You can pick 10 to 12 songs -- and they all have to be by different artists -- and the point is to prove the 90s are the best. So what would the songs be?

ME: Let me ask my readers to help us.

Readers?

61 comments:

jeff said...

George Strait - Check Yes or No.
George Strait - I Cross My Heart

..whaat? You mean there was music outside of Country & Western?

Goesh said...

I'm still hung up on Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to be of any help..

ploopusgirl said...

bonnie raitt - i can't make you love me

Allah said...

ME: Because I'm always acting like the music from the 50s and 60s is the best.

You're right.

JLP said...

But,... the 90s aren't the best!

Let's see...

Jazz:

Pat Metheny Group - We Live Here
Norman Brown - That's the Way Love Goes
Zachary Breaux - Comin' Home Baby
Pat Metheny - Finding and Believing (if you have never heard this song, listen to it! I hated it at first but later fell in love with it.)
Acoustic Alchemy - Against the Grain
Spyro Gyra - Shaker Song - Live Version

Rock:

Chris Isaak - Forever Blue
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
U2 - One
Rush - Bravado
REM - Man on the Moon

Country:

Dwight Yoakam - Thousand Miles from Nowhere

Those are mine.

JLP

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Hazy Dave said...

Songs that prove 90's music was the best? (Sounds of crickets chirping.) I've actually been thinking of making a Nineties compilation, but haven't been quite inspired enough to work that hard, yet. Coming up with 70 minutes of really great stuff from that decade may not be a task I'm actually qualified for. (Nirvana, obviously, did not make the soundtrack to my adolescence.) The idea that you could take really great stuff from any decade and convince a music lover 30 to 40 years earlier that it's even music seems fatally flawed. A Buddy Holly fan in 1959 might "get" a recent John Fogerty album, but that isn't really the point either. Radiohead would sound like crap to a rock and roll fan from that era, and I hardly think even U2 or REM would convince anyone. Sure, Tom Petty would sound okay to a Byrds fan, but "better"? Nah.

Brendan said...

I'm sorry, but if I'm going to save JFK, I don't have time to screw around with music.

Roger Sweeny said...

Almost by definition, music that is characteristic of the '90s is music that people in the '50s and '60s are "not ready for."

And yes, I'm thinking of the scene in Back to the Future where the Michael J. Fox character wins over an audience of '50s teens by playing Chuck Berry (one year in the future) and then loses them by segueing into Jimi Hendrix (ten years in the future).

Kathleen B. said...

I am always intimidated by these questions because I don't know enough about music. That aside, the CD would have to have a Nirvana song, a Pearl Jam song, a song by the Fugees or Wyclef or Lauren Hill, a song by Radiohead, the Smashing Pumpkins (Tonight, Tonight or Bullet with Butterfly Wings) and the rest hip hop (some songs from Dr. Dre, Tribe Called Quest, Regulate by Warren G and Sabotage by the Beastie Boys would be my picks). what can I say? I loved the 90s.

this was my favorite part of the dialogue: "Why do you think it's about you?"

ploopusgirl said...

I 'm prettyu sure the point of the post was to come up with songs from the 90s, not repeatedly post about how the 90s sucked or that the 50s and 60s were far superior. While you're most likely correct, it gets old really quickly.

kirstin said...

Paranoid Android - Radiohead

Under the Bridge - RHCP

Today - Smashing Pumpkins

Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band

Right Now - Van Halen

Man On The Moon - REM (BLOW THEIR MINDS!!!!)

All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow

One - U2

On & On - Erykah Badu

Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz

Gerry said...

Smells like Teen Spirit- Nirvana
One- Metallica
The Fly- U2
Under the Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Tears in Heaven- Clapton
Runaway Train- Soul Asylum
Good Riddance (Time of your Life)- Green Day
No Rain- Blind Melon
Uninvited- Alanis Morrisette
Barely Breathing- Duncan Sheik

SeanH said...

Jeremy - Pearl Jam
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
One - U2
Epic - Faith No More
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Enter Sandman - Metallica
Loser - Beck
Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry
Smooth - Santana and Rob Thomas
No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Tennessee - Arrested Development
Kiss From a Rose - SEAL

Patrick Byrne said...

The cd would have to start out with "Welcome to the Jungle". Although technically late '80s, that album definitely fits more into the "grunge" feel of the '90s.
Today -- Smashing Pumpkins
Smells like Teen Spirit
Nothing compares 2 U -- Sinead O'Connor
Fake Plastic Trees -- Radiohead
Nuthin' But a G Thang -- Dr. Dre

fenster said...

With the exception of hip hop (which I am not in any event especially partial to) I don't see that music has changed all that much. I doubt folks from the 60s would get all kerflustered by 90s music--I think they'd find it more familiar than we might assume.

Respondents above mentioned Clapton's Tears in Heaven, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Isaak, Seal . . . are these all that different from music made 30-40 years ago? Contrast that with the situation in 1965 . . . the music from 30-40 years prior to that date was unmistakably different.

That said, I'd agree with the guy who voted for Metheny's Finding and Believing (and the entire Secret Story "record"), though I should also point out that Metheny himself started out with a great record (including the wonderful "Phase Dance") as far back as the mid-seventies. I also loved Rundgren's 2nd Wind, though he got his start with Nazz in the mid-sixties and some of his work from back then ("Open My Eyes") could have been recorded last week.

Digital things have changed the world enormously in the last few decades, but music changes have been slow in coming--a very, very conservative world.

bos0x said...

Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful People. Or The Dope Show!! Even ploopusgirl would like that, it's all about the prty, prty wuns and all.

Gerry said...

Ah. I forgot to include in my CD "Nothing But Flowers" by the Talking Heads. A must!

I forgot it was released in 1990

bookman said...

My List with a lil help from the other lists
____________
Radiohead- Paranoid Android
RHCP- Under the Bridge
Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit
Dr. Dre ft Snoop Dogg- Ain't Nuthin' But a G Thang
Tupac- Only God Can Judge Me
Notorious B.I.G.- Juicy
Erykah Badu- On & On
Beck- Where It's At
Dave Matthews- What Would You Say
Blind Melon- No Rain
Outkast- Rosa Parks
Warren G- Regulate
Marilyn Manson- Beautiful People
___________
On a more personal note I'd add these songs
The Roots- The Next Movement
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony- 1st of tha Month
Prodigy- Breathe
Alice In Chains- Man in the Box
Beastie Boys- Root Down (beat from jazz great jimmy smith's song circa 1972)
Tool- Aenima
Jane's Addiction- Jane Says


this is too much fun... getting carried away

Pogo said...

I'd take:
Kristin Hersh "Your Ghost", 1994
Lisa Germano "Cry Wolf" 1994
the Innocence Mission "The Lakes of Canada" 1999 (could this be the most beautiful song ever?)
Sarah McLachlan "Adia" 1997
Annie Lennox "Why?" 1992
Tori Amos "China" 1992
Fiona Apple "Criminal" 1996
Aimee Mann "Wise Up" 1999
Alanis Morissette "Thank You" 1998

Stephen said...

The 90's were a great decade for country music...

Cake's "Going the Distance" would be on the list.

I don't know what song, but ska should represented, probably by Reel Big Fish.

mrbungle said...

Surely Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achey Breakey Heart" says alot about where a segment of American music has gone?

I think people from the 50s and 60s would be interested to hear what Marc Almond means in his version of Tainted Love also. How times change.

And just to rub salt into the wound how's about Paul McCartney's "Frog Chorus" to shock the Beatles faitfhul. Speaking of which, throw in some modern day Dylan, Stones, and Robert Plant to stun the hip of the day.

bookman said...

both cake- going the distance and fiona apple- criminal definitely belong on the list

bookman said...

as far as ska.. i'd recommend Mighty Mighty Bosstones- impression that I get

Kathy Herrmann said...

The best music is always from your high school years. Doesn't matter the decade.

Kathy Herrmann said...

The best music is always from your high school years. Doesn't matter the decade.

EddieP said...

Can't think of any at the moment. Not certain I know any '90s music. Now the 30's, 40's, and 50's were really something. My guess is that folks in the 50's and 60's would give a listen to '90s music and say WTF? The only great music of the last 25 years comes from Air Supply!

SM Icepick said...

Neither my wife nor I are big fans of 90s music, but we came up with this list. We tried to represent a variety of sounds, but we felt compelled to double up on a couple of bands to make sure they were't overlooked. The lack of Soundgarden on other people's lists is egregious. Chris Cornell has the best male rock voice of the decade.

U2--Mysterious Ways
REM--Shiney Happy People
Beck--Loser
Soundgarden--Burden in My Hand
Soundgarden--Outshined
Red Hot Chili Peppers--Breaking the Girl
Metallica--Nothing Else Matters
The Breeders--Cannonball
Elastica--Connection
LL Cool J--Milky Cereal
Green Day--Longview
Jane's Addiction--Been Caught Stealing
Weezer--The Buddy Holly Song
Sinead O'Connor--Nothing Compares 2 U
Madonna--Ray of Light
Bare Naked Ladies--Brian Wilson
Tom Jones--Kiss
The Butthole Surfers--Pepper
The Butthole Surfers--Cough Syrup
Tori Amos--Winter
Stone Temple Pilots--Plush
Stone Temple Pilots--Creep

chuck_b said...

I’m not sure I’d know how to talk to someone from the 1950s…I dedicate my list to the bored teenagers, horny housewives and beatnik junkies.

Dee-Lite - Groove is in the Heart
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
PJ Harvey - C’mon Billy

American Music Club - Challenger
Radiohead - High and Dry
Sleater-Kinney – Turn It On

Everything But The Girl - The Heart Remains a Child
Mary J. Blige – Deep Inside
Elvis Costello - God Give Me Strength

Slac said...

Include a brief selection of electronic music that would sound extremely fresh to their ears, the kind that has no words but is enjoyable, independent of its use in a soundtrack or a dance club.

Brian Transeau - Flaming June
Leftfield - Snakeblood

And the music that has its roots in electronica, particularly ones that provide catharsis. Something tells me that era needed it more. (no offense)

Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Moby - Porcelain
Faithless - God is a DJ

And let them know we tried to do Swing again. That might amuse them. Unfortunately it didn't last, but for a while it was looking respectable.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Jumpin' Jack
Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Brown Derby Jump

Ska and Punk were alive and well, doing their job criticizing established social order.

Less Than Jake - Al's War

What's that you say? A sad and dreary alternative rock song? Okay, maybe had one of those.

Placebo - Every You and Every Me

But let them know we were still asking questions...

Offspring - The Kids Aren't Alright

... and we still had a sense of humor...

Dead Milkmen - Bitchin' Camero

Kathleen B. said...

wow - how could I have forgotten Tori Amos? I couldn't have gotten through college without her!

but my most egregious error has to be leavig out Jeff Buckley. He is simply the most gifted musician of the 90s bar none. Hallelujah would have to go on there, and I would make a strong case for the Last Goodbye too. *hangs head in shame*

and definitely for a ska track, I vote for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

and I think the best music is from college, not high school. (if you went to college).

Barry said...

Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever was 1989, so I guess I can't include Free Fallin', even though it was my #1 song for the early 90s. Here's my list, pared down a little from the 25 I had at first:

R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
The Sundays - Here's Where the Story Ends
Tom Petty - Wildflowers
Bare Naked Ladies - Brian Wilson (that'd be a bit of a trip, eh?)
Natalie Merchant - Jealousy
Toad the Wet Sprocket - Fly From Heaven
Green Day - Longview
Counting Crows - 'Round Here
The Cranberries - Linger
Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
Creed - One
Live - Lightning Crashes
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
Sarah McLachlan - The Path of Thorns (Terms)
Freedy Johnston - Bad Reputation
Dave Matthews - Satellite
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul

And one more that means 90s to me:

Angelo Badalamenti - Theme to Twin Peaks

Ann Althouse said...

How many songs from the 90s are titled "One"? So far, I'm seeing 3.

amba said...

I'm a 60s person who loved a lot of 80s music (probably because I had my second adolescence around 40) and I observe that a lot of what people praise as 90s music is really a continuation of 80s music. The decade boundary cannot be so clearly drawn. I truly loved Nirvana, strange as that may seem. (I loved "Free Fallin'" too, but that's 80s.) I consistently like Natalie Merchant (that burnt-sugar voice) and like some Sara MacLachlan. But "90s music" has no decade-identity for me. And I stopped being able to hear much in new music -- probably because I'm no longer in the proper adolescent or faux-adolescent state to appreciate rock'n'roll.

Dirty Harry said...

50's, 60's 90's? Please.

Sinatra. Period.

Harkonnendog said...

Gotta agree with that comment about the high school years, regardless of when they were, being the best music time period for anyone.

For 90's music I'd mix some D-Lite with some Sara Mclachlin and throw in some Hawaiin music- Bruddah Iz and Keali'i Rachel. Good decade for Hawaiian music.

If you want to judge general musical talent more objectively maybe you need to compare television and/or tv theme songs....

80's you have Cheers and Taxi- Hill Street Blues? (or is that 70's?) 70's you have Baretta, the Jeffersons, Good Times (remember that? Just lookin' out of the window, watching the asphalt grow...) - 60's... what? Dream of Genie? Gilligan's Island?
Looks like the 70's win to me.
Cheers!

Harkonnendog said...

here's a good site to compare tv themse songs:
http://www.barbneal.com/tvthemes.asp

Matt Barr said...

I'll go along with One by U2, Losing My Religion and Nothing Compares 2 U. I'll add The Boy in the Bubble by Paul Simon, Wonderwall by Oasis, and Wicked Game by Chris Isaak. Nothing that would scare off a 50s or 60s person, which you don't want to do if you're trying to make the point that the 90s had great music. Can you imagine it's 1958 and you play Smells Like Teen Spirit trying to make the point that it's better music then they have there in the 50s?

leeontheroad said...

This looks to me like real white folks 90's music. I'd add my votes to these among them.

Sheryl Crow: All I Wanna Do
Annie Lennox: Walking on Broken Glass
Sarah McLachlan: Adia
Bonnie Raitt: Something to Talk About
REM: Losing my Religion and/or Shiny Happy People
U-2: One

Could be Lennox is also an addition. I left out Springsten and Joel, who may be "more 80's" and Clapton, as well, since I associate more with his earlier work. All three omissions may be "unfair", since each recorded in the decade.

Troy said...

Love is Blindness -- U2
Delia's Gone -- Johnny Cash
Jeremy -- Pearl Jam
Life By The Drop -- Stevie Ray Vaughn
God Moving Over the Face of the Waters -- Moby (and a decent Philip Glass ripoff)
Oh Boy! -- Joe Ely (just to show them we appreciate the 1950s)
I Can't Make You Love Me -- Bonnie Raitt
Bleed to Love Her -- Lindsay Buckingham
Give it Away -- Red Hot CP
Everlong -- Foo Fighters
All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down -- The Mavericks
I Need Love -- Sam Phillips
Flood -- Jars of Clay

Troy said...

Even though I'm sure no one is reading this far down the list I have to add The London Sinfonietta's 1992 release of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3: Sorrowful Songs. It was written in the mid-70s, but the 1992 recording is one of the best.

Gorecki, Arvo Part...

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bookman said...

Nothing that would scare off a 50s or 60s person, which you don't want to do if you're trying to make the point that the 90s had great music.

I say the point is more to represent the decade than to prove its greatness. and songs like 'Nuthin' but a G Thang' and 'smells like teen spirit' are representative of the cultural changes for sure. Any sort of rap would scare a person from the 50s. period. and yet its central to the decade and the changes in music during it.

Neil said...

While the 90s had some great music, it was not a decade of epic or unique creations like both the 50s or the 60s were. Rather, it was like the post-romantic period in the early 1920s: and end of a musical thread. For us, it was the last great sigh before the stylistic drought that has plagued the last 5 or so years, and for which we are all waiting for a next pop Stravinsky or somebody like that.

As far as music by Gorecki or Arvo Part are concerned, that is by no means 90s music. That is early 70s music that it took people 20 to discover.

Neil said...

While the 90s had some great music, it was not a decade of epic or unique creations like both the 50s or the 60s were. Rather, it was like the post-romantic period in the early 1920s: and end of a musical thread. For us, it was the last great sigh before the stylistic drought that has plagued the last 5 or so years, and for which we are all waiting for a next pop Stravinsky or somebody like that.

As far as music by Gorecki or Arvo Part are concerned, that is by no means 90s music. That is early 70s music that it took people 20 to discover.

Ann Althouse said...

On the subject of whether the choices would scare or shock the people of the 50s and 60s, I'm assuming Chrs was referring to the people who loved the rock music of their time, so don't forget that that music always shocked our parents. We of the 60s assumed the great music in future generations would shock us in a similar way and wondered what could do that. If you came from the future to the 60s and played "Wonderwall" and "Losing My Religion," I think we would have enjoyed these songs but wondered what happened to the idea of making everything different and new (and shocking the old people).

(And re TV in the 60s, let me just say: "The Twilight Zone.")

Slocum said...

I think we would have enjoyed these songs but wondered what happened to the idea of making everything different and new (and shocking the old people).

Well, I think if you wanted to take something back to the 1960s that would be perceived as new and shocking, the obvious candidate is gangsta rap--but that certainly wouldn't be the right choice for convincing people that 90s music is superior. Shocking, new, and GOOD?!? Sorry--can't have all three.

A lot of people have made 90s nominations. I like a lot of stuff from the 90s, but the idea that the 90s were some sort of renaissance after the dark ages of the 70s and 80s is ridiculous:

The Allman Brothers -- Live At the Fillmore East (1971)

Pink Floyd -- Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Bob Marley -- Natty Dread (1974)

Bruce Springsteen -- Born to Run (1975)

The Ramones -- Ramones (1976)

Elvis Costello -- My Aim Is True (1977)

The Clash -- London Calling (1980)

Prince -- 1999 (1982)

Stevie Ray Vaughn -- Texas Flood (1983)

Talking Heads -- Stop Making Sense (1984)

Paul Simon -- Graceland (1986)

REM -- Document (1987)

Cowboy Junkies -- Trinity Sessions (1988)

In my mind, the 70s clearly kick the 90s ass, and a good case can be made for the 80s, too. Or are there a lot of 90s albums you'd slot in above the ones above?

Meade said...

Ha! You gotta love that Chris.

Answer: "It's not about you, okay?"

Question: What is the perfect five-word sentence every Baby Boomer needs to hear - at least one time before dying - from his/her offspring?

---------------

All eleven songs from Dylan's Time Out of Mind album, omitting Make You Feel My Love would have given me hope in 1969.

Ann Althouse said...

Lmeade: Chris has also had some harsh words for the commenters who aren't following the instructions!

Also, people from the 60s would not be impressed by the 90s if all the 90s had was more Bob Dylan!

Meade said...

Instructions? Puh! What can I say - I'm a Boomer - we wrote the book on not following instructions.

Matt Barr said...

:) I don't care about scaring or shocking a person in 1958 as such. But if I wanted to prove to that person in 1958 that the 90s were a great decade musically, Smells Like Teen Spirit (for example) would lose me my case. I get on rereading that another point is to "show what the 90s were about," though, so ok.

Imagine you could hear a CD from the future that sounded somewhat like the music you were used to but had 10 years' worth of the very best of those songs. That would be great, not off-putting, I think.

leeontheroad said...

"new and shocking, the obvious candidate is gangsta rap--but that certainly wouldn't be the right choice for convincing people that 90s music is superior."

I happen to agree in that I don't like rap (not all of which is gangsta, of course but all of which is 80's/90's new). Hip Hop is an energetic musical innovation and a distinctly American form. I happen not to want to listen to lyrics that spew racial and gender epithets, however.

And that raises for me an interesting question about the way much Hip Hop Top 100, if you will, would be perceived the pre-Civil Rights Acts 60's or as the Panther and and Black Power movements emerged. I'm not so sure it would be shocking for a number of folks to hear "the n word" but playing with ideas about and possibily promoting thuggery via music might well be. (Gangsta rap is not "your father's Motown," if you will.)

I can't seem to pinpoint THE time I first heard epithets used by a group to defuse their historical power or in some way transform their colloquial meaning.

Pastor_Jeff said...

How would you determine that any decade's music is "better"? It's an expression of a certain place and time. But here are some favorites:

Blues Traveler - Run Around
En Vogue - My Lovin' (Never Gonna Get It)
Spin Doctors - Two Princes
Jars of Clay - Flood
Barenaked Ladies - One Week
Susan Tedeschi - Hurts So Bad

If you've covering the 90s, you do have to have Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." But if you want to help people in the 50s get it, play them Weird Al's "Smells Like Nirvana"

Slocum said...

How about this--instead of making a 90's mix disc and taking a CD player, could I just take 'High Fidelity' and a portable DVD player?

After watching that, your 60's guy would ask--so that's what music is like now? And you'd answer--nope, not at all--that was the 90s. Just about the time that movie was made, that whole record-store scene pretty much died. Now music exists mostly as disembodied bits of digital data moved around on a global computer network (only a fraction of which anybody pays for). And you can carry the music collection of a lifetime around in your pocket in a device smaller than a deck of cards (and that costs about $30 in 1964 dollars).

And then you vanish.

Reminds me of an Onion piece teasing gamers with all the 2025 technology that their kids are going to get to enjoy.

I'm still not following the rules, am I? Ok, ok. One of the thing I liked about the 90s as opposed to the 60s and 70s is that the 90s took music less seriously. Nobody imagined pop music was redefining high culture and producing geniuses the likes of which...blah, blah, blah.

So, in that spirit, off the top of my head, here are a few nominees for Chris's CD:

She's Got a Girlfriend Now -- Reel Big Fish
I've Been to Memphis -- Lyle Lovett
Around the World -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
What I Got -- Sublime
When I Come Around -- Green Day
Life In A Nutshell -- Barenaked Ladies
Because The Night -- 10,000 Maniacs
Flower -- Liz Phair

That last one, at least, ought to shock a few 60's ears I think.

Dogtown said...

Here are my suggestions. I think this would show the folks back in the earlier decades how they influenced music in the future, and what new music was created (i.e. Rap and Dance/House), plus it's a CD I'd listen to:

Pearl Jam - "Black"
U2 - "One"
Radiohead - "Fake Plastic Trees"
Dwight Yoakam - "The Distance Between You and Me"
REM - "Losing My Religion"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Other Side"
Social Distortion - "Prison Bound"
Dr. Dre - "The Day the Niggaz Took Over"
Beck - "Loser"
Underworld - "Dirty Epic"
The Verve - "Bittersweet Symphony"

Matt Barr said...

But anyway, The Boy in the Bubble was out when I was in high school (I just realized), and I graduated in 1987, so forget I mentioned that one.

Dogtown said...

I would also add:

Smashing Pumpkins - "Disarm"
Neil Young - "Unknown Legend"
The Pixies - "Velouria"
Ride "Vapour Trail"
Texas - "Why Believe in You?"
Grant Lee Buffalo - "Demon Called Deception"

Barry said...

For discussion, you could look at Rolling Stone's top 500 songs of all time list. Here's what they consider qualifies from the 90s in order of release year (the first number is their rank in the 500 songs list):

162 - Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor - 1990
399 - Enter Sandman - Metallica - 1991
9 - Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana - 1991
445 - Come As You Are - Nirvana - 1991
407 - In Bloom - Nirvana - 1991
331 - I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt - 1991
169 - Losing My Religion - R.E.M. - 1991
36 - One - U2 - 1991
353 - Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton - 1992
286 - Summer Babe (Winter Version) - Pavement - 1992
200 - Loser - Beck - 1993
419 - Nuthin' But A "G" Thang - Dr. Dre - 1993
455- All Apologies - Nirvana - 1993
475 - Sabotage - Beastie Boys - 1994
259 - Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley - 1994
497 - Buddy Holly - Weezer - 1994
376 - Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead- 1995
406 - I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly - 1996
346 - California Love - Tupac Shakur - 1996
256 - Paranoid Android - Radiohead- 1997
382 - Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve - 1997

You'd have to pick one from the multitude of Nirvana and on efrom the two Radiohead songs to meet Chris' criteria for your CD.

I appreciate the ingenuity and novelty of Nirvana's debut album, but do they really deserve 4 spots on this list?

the Rising Jurist said...

Jeff Buckley absolutely must be on this list. But not 'Hallelujah,' as it isn't his song (or even the best version of the song). My vote would be for 'Lover, You Should Have Come Over,' one of the most achingly beautiful songs ever written.

Kathleen B. said...

Rising Jurist: as a fellow Buckley-lover, I won't challenge you to a duel but who could have done a better version of Hallelujah? Jesus?

I do love "Lover you should have come over" though. so maybe three of his on the disk? :)

Jack Bog said...

Well, from Geezerville, you've got your Steve Earle, your John Hiatt, your Lucinda Williams. Something from Pat Metheny's "Secret Story." Joshua Redman. Robbie Roberston's "Storyville" album. Something from Nanci Griffith. Los Lobos's "Kiko."

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