Sunday, August 21, 2016

Flaming Lips & The Peach Pit

“You know, I’ve never been a big fan of alternative music, but these guys rocked the house!” An immortal quote from Steve Sanders. Never watched this show, but I discovered this clip while reading the Wiki page for “She Don’t Use Jelly.” Not a bad summary of this era.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot

Alice in Chains, perhaps not fondly remembered by most music snobs from this era, has an odd catalog. Certainly, they had a capacity for melody and memorable hooks. No Excuses, a song I specifically referenced due to its theme of friendship and loyalty.

Monster Magnet - Negasonic Teenage Warhead

Monster Magnet - Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Grant Morrison is a fan, creating an X-Men character in this song’s honor. Unbelievably, she was exposed to millions of people, via the Deadpool film.

T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy”

T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” – not an obvious influence on the post-Nirvana era of music, but that guitar sound would’ve fit in perfectly on Modern Rock radio.

Dinosaur, Jr. - Feel the Pain

Isolated bass track of the Dinosaur Jr. classic “Feel the Pain.” Great example of how a bass tone differs from a rhythm guitar.

chicka-cherry cola

This thing. That chicka-cherry cola song.

Ton Loc - Wild Thing

The novel is set during the period of the “Sammy or Dave?” Van Halen controversy. I don’t think any Van Halen discussion should forget this, however…

Hum - Stars

I’ve decided to use Tumblr   (or Blogger now, because I think Google is biased towards it) to post annotations for my novel, Yeah Shut Up.  Since the book is set in the ‘90s music scene, I thought I might discuss some of the music referenced in the book, such as this song from the 1995 album “You’d Prefer an Astronaut.”  I try not to speak directly through my characters, but David’s assessment of the song in Chapter Six pretty much sums up my thoughts.  I’m glad I’ve never heard this song in a Chevy commercial, but it does sadden me a bit to know that it’s kind of a lost classic from this era.
Also, Howard Stern was a fan
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