In the early 90s there was Pavement but there was also Superchunk's "Slack Motherfncker" and Archers of Loaf's "Web in Front" which everybody thought was Pavement anyway......one of the decades great singles and one of the decades defining lines:
"You're not the one who let me down/But thanks for offering"
To some kids Jawbreaker were their Nirvana or Green Day .......and they almost became as big as them but when they jumped to a major label, it tore the band apart and yet they're are remembered in glorious and heroic terms. You don't know what you got until it's gone kids......
I have often talked about Sugar's Copper Blue - a no-brainer top 5 album in the whole decade and arguably the best record Bob Mould ever made - to some people at least. I don't think it quite matches the best work Husker Du did but it certainly approaches it and not many guys front two great bands.
For Mould it was exactly what he wanted too - a classic album and no Grant Hart around getting half of the credit now....
I often talk about the 90s bands (a lot in this thread ) that were below Green Day in popularity but that pre-date them and had a whole unique culture associated with them - Queers, Mr. T Experience, Screeching Weasel - who all paid tribute to the alter of The Ramones in their sound and then spawned an insane following in Europe with new bands like The Apers and Manges.
The Riverdales were a Screeching Weasel side band and had two scene stars - Ben Weasel and Danny Vapid - and were only slightly less fun.....and even more Ramones sounding and this song is a 90s punk classic - The Ramones should have covered it and made the joke go full circle.
Matthew Sweet was sort of the Mike Krol of the 90s - a guy made a left field classic that had everybody wondering how this guy made THAT album - and this song is not from "that" album. That's because Sweet was also the pacinoyes of his day - a lunatic fan of power-pop rules and detours and history.
As such he could sometimes outfox his critics - and here with a song left off of "that" album because it was too loud he came up with one of his best individual tracks.
See, Rock and Roll is a funny thing and often the best of it makes no sense......take Justine Frischmann a pretty much no talent girlfriend to a far more talented boyfriend (Blur's Damon Albarn) ........she somehow made a better album than he ever did (fact!) and she did it by ripping off (and getting sued by) Wire and The Stranglers and The Buzzcocks (who could have sued her).
Despite being bitchily concerned about everything but her music - mostly her sex appeal (considerable), and her drug habit (it would get considerable) and her love life - and in this song she mocked her boyfriend (Albarn?) for erectile dysfunction while she's smiling sexily to the camera.
I told you it was funny ......but funny strange......not funny "haha".......
Like their "rivals" The Brian Jonestown Massacre, creators of great singles ......albums ......not so much. But in the late 90s not many people were playing smart, hooky Rock at all......and it still sounds like one of the best singles of its era too.
Remember when a female singer/songwriter wrote a song that was sort of the equal to the boys? An "Unsatisfied" or "Lipstick Vogue" - without any pretense and so specific it's almost painful to hear and more than almost great to hear ......and you maybe thought how many of THESE does she have in her.......? Well turns out only just this one that was THAT great......but not many people ever had that in them anyway and if she fell off after this album......that's ok, she did it, even if it was only for one album and especially this one song.
Oh so many questions every day ........Uncle Tupelo or Wilco pacinoyes?
Well Uncle Tupelo made 4 very good records and broke up and Wilco made 3 and 1/2 very good ones, lost me halfway through (occasionally great but all time overrated) Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and has long since continued for some reason....... if that's being indecisive well I will tell you that Black Eye is the best song Jeff Tweedy ever wrote.
Released 30 years ago - September 25, 1990 - All Shook Down - either the last Replacements album or the first Westerberg solo album.....I tend to think of it as the first solo record because there weren't a bunch of great outtakes for one thing.....but for at least the first half it's predictably aces.
I believe this video is the last time Chris Mars drummed for them ..........and while this isn't my favorite song on the album (that's Someone Take The Wheel) I like seeing Chris behind the drum kit and I love how this video starts with Paul looking like he hates everything......and at 1:10 when he laughs....