Wednesday, April 20, 2011

90s Music: Underrated Songs

The last few weeks I've talked about Alice In Chains, Oasis, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters.  All great bands and all deserved posts of their own.  This post will pay tribute to various underrated hits or just straight up one hit wonders from the 90s.  I'll try not to get too obscure, but I also am steering away from the super popular bands of the great decade.

Tripping Daisy "I Got A Girl" - I doubt anyone is a huge fan at this point of Tripping Daisy.  I'm not going to do the research to back this statement up, but I recall the rest of their album being forgettable.  "I Got A Girl" is a beautiful love song about a guy addicted to a girl who is bi-polar at best.  Correction- it is possible that the singer is bi-polar at best.  It's a catchy tune though!

For Squirrels "Mighty KC" - It's pretty crazy how close this song sounds to R.E.M. You can tell the difference if you know the bands well, but in passing it's easy to confuse this with a Michael Stipe Special. Poppy chorus with a dirty pre-chorus. If you missed this tune, check it out now.

Folk Implosion "Natural One" - Straight off the "Kids" soundtrack, this song is infectious. The bass line stands out as a particularly strong part of this tune. The lead guitar with the delay effect stands right up next to the bass and creates a great groove.

Marcy Playground "Sex And Candy" - I know that people know this song. It hasn't been forgotten. How do I know this? Because I've played it on stage before and people in the general area who previously weren't paying attention immediately turned my way and started singing a long. A monotone vocal line that manages to catch the attention of everyone around- that's quite a feat.

Primitive Radio Gods "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand" - Besides the fact the title helps to beef up the number of characters in this post, I must say, this is a relaxing and enjoyable song. I also find it funny that the title of the song is obsolete. I wonder if they would call it "Standing Outside Of Cell Phone Range With A Debit Card In My Hand" had it been written today.  Want me to post the video? As Jim Carrey would say, "I'll juice ya up!

Tal Bachman "She's So High" - I like to believe that this guy is G$'s long lost brother. I'm unsure if high school age G$ sported the hairdo of Tal but this one hit wonder is rocking the hell out of his blond swoop in this video. Excellent falsetto and historical references.

So there you go. I've got more up my sleeve for the near future. I'll be back to honoring bands the next few weeks, but after that we'll get back to the underrated hits. I love 90s music like a fat kid love cake (50 Cent reference on the way out for no reason whatsoever.)


GMoney said...

No relation at all. Tal is not even a real name! But that is a catchy tune.

Tony B. said...

I think I knew a guy named Tal- it's Australian if I'm not mistaken. You should totally karaoke that gem.

Clarkster said...

I'm right with you Tony on loving the 90's music I might have thrown in a little "Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)"
by Nine Days I was also a Huge fan Of a lesser known hit, Hell it might not have even been a hit but I still to this day love "Tail of the Sun" by Stroke Nine I recommend Listening to it if you're not familiar with it. It could be a cool acoustic song to play who knows.

Tony B. said...

Great Nine Days reference. I saw them open for Vertical Horizon and Third Eye Blind- great band!

Stroke 9 is always good. "Tail of the Sun" wasn't my favorite track for whatever reason, but it's still a good song on a great album.

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