Okay, one more. This is that 1993 mix that I’ve been talking about on and off all year: I’m callin’ it “Hey Man What’s Yr Scene We Got These Questions”.
So last winter there was a slew of “o-m-g these albums are 20 years old! you are old!” articles making the rounds. Maybe people do that every year, idk. It got me thinking about 1993, though, and I proposed making a 20-years-ago mix as kind of a bonus disc for my annual Spotify playlist.
In 1993 I was eleven years old, and I remember that was the first year I started actively seeking out certain kinds of music instead of just, like, listening to whatever happened to be around me. Oh man. I had this super-long bus ride to get to school every morning (like an hour-plus, if the roads were bad… and in rural MI, the roads are usually bad), and that winter someone (my dad? sister?) gave me a 2nd-hand Sony walkman to pass time on the bus and I vividly remember learning how to use a boombox and high-speeding-dubbing a couple of my sister’s cassettes. The first tape that I totally destroyed from constant repeats was a bootleg of Ace of Bass’s The Sign(!) w/ Side A of Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams on the back(!!). YESS.
And like, because I used a 90min cassette and had no idea what I was doing, I never even heard that awesome Lou Reed cover at the end of Side B. But what the hell, I was twelve. Which is kind of the point, isn’t it?
Annnnnnyway, in 2013 I proposed the idea of going back and trying to make a favorite-albums-of-1993 playlist from a 32-year-old perspective. Decided that as a rule I wanted to try and stay true to the kind of music that I was actually listening to in the ’90s. I don’t think my musical tastes have necessarily changed since then (see previous comments regarding the awesomeness of Eurythmics), they’ve just matured a bit. The idea was to imagine the record collection that 32-year-old *me* would have in 1993, not some Pitchfork-ified supercool version of myself that only listens to unreleased Dinosaur Jr. bootlegs or whatever. That’s why the core of this thing is Tuesday Night Music Club, August & Everything After, The Cranberries, Nirvana, and Björk.
Also, as a nod to the old school, I decided to make each side exactly 30 minutes long. Which is just as big a pain in the ass as it always was.
1993, Or: Hey Man What’s Yr Scene We Got These Questions
- 0:00 Nirvana - Serve The Servants
- 3:46 Bratmobile - Cherry Bomb
- 5:35 Cracker - Get Off This
- 9:51 Grant Lee Buffalo - The Shining Hour
- 13:44 The Lemonheads - Big Gay Heart
- 18:08 Counting Crows - Omaha
- 21:46 Sheryl Crow - What I Can Do For You
- 26:00 Björk - Aeroplane
- 0:00 The Cranberries - Pretty
- 2:21 The Breeders - No Aloha
- 4:28 Unrest - Make Out Club
- 8:48 Catherine Wheel - The Nude
- 12:39 The Smashing Pumpkins - Sweet Sweet
- 14:19 Heavenly - Atta Girl
- 18:16 Lois - Strumpet
- 21:11 PJ Harvey - Yuri-G
- 24:40 The Flaming Lips - Plastic Jesus
- 27:03 Liz Phair - Girls! Girls! Girls!
Anyway, this was super fun. Think I’ll do it again next.
btw, if you liked this one maybe check out my other two year-end mixes, [here] and [here]. later, dudes.
(photo of Björk in rollerskates— because duh, Björk in rollerskates— by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, 1993)