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My top 50 alternative songs of 1991...Three Strange Days

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 10, 2020 04:50pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1991...Part II #31-40

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s! This is part two of five parts for 1991. In case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I continue my journey through the greatest decade in alternative music.

nitzer ebb

#40 Nitzer Ebb "I Give To You" (Mute)

I got to see Nitzer Ebb and Electronic open up for Depeche Mode at Dodger Stadium in 1990. It was my first big concert and one of my favorite memories. I had seen a Nitzer Ebb sticker on a fellow students car. But I had not really listened to them. I was super into them at the show and became a fan of "Join in the Chant" & "Hearts & Minds." Ebbhead came out in 1991 and featured "I Give To You" & "Godhead." I thought these guys were the coolest. Industrial bands were always obessed with machinery and leather and they always seem to feature shirtless dudes rolling around on wet concrete in their videos. I was a fan. I loved this video and was hooked on danceable industrial music. It was speaking to my angsty self brewing inside of me.

My top 50 alternative songs of 1991...Can You Dig It?

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 21, 2020 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1991...Part I #41-50

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s!. I just finished up 1990. So in case you missed that last entry you can find it here. I am now moving on to 1991. This is part one of five parts for 1991. I am starting with #50. Come join me as I relive the greatest decade in alternative music.

#50 Northside "Take 5" (Factory)

What a fun band that only lasted for one album back in 1991! Chicken Rhythms was produced by my favorite Ian Broudie of Lightning Seeds fame. So it was not too surprising I would like this song. I never really knew much about this band or this song but it takes me right back to 1991. It is fun to go back and research some of these bands that I knew so little about way back in the early 90s. They are of course from Manchester. So many of my favorite bands at the time were coming out of Manchester. It was super important for me to visit when I went to England a couple of years ago. Think of Northside as a less serious Stone Roses. A more fun Charlatans. A Super catchy radio friendly song. A song that I was destined to love. And I still can listen to it all these years later.

My top 50 alternative songs of 1990...Living In Oblivion

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 14, 2020 05:15pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1990...Part V #1-10

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of 1990!.This is part five in my series. So in case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I relive the year that started the greatest decade in music. These are my top 10 favorite alternative songs released in 1990.

swervedriver

#10 Swervedriver "Rave Down" (Creation Records)

This is another classic of the shoegaze genre. I really don't think I have met anyone that does not love this song. I can listen to it over and over again. This the band's second EP released in 1990. The following year we would get their debut album Raise. I first heard this song on a mix tape and it is just one of those songs I instantly fell in love with. 1990 was such a great year for the music that I love. It was really hard to rank many of these songs but I always knew this song would be in my top ten. Swervedriver was always more on the Dinosaur Jr. end of shoegaze bands. Loud and dreamy grunge-gaze.

 

cause and effect

#9 Cause & Effect "You Think You Know Her" (Exile Records)

My top 50 alternative songs of 1990...Dreams Burn Down

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 7, 2020 06:08pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1990...Part IV #11-20

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of 1990!.This is part four in my series. So in case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I relive the year that started the greatest decade in music.

nick cave weeping song

#20 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds "The Weeping Song" (Mute)

How could I have this top 50 alternative countdown without Nick Cave! I can usually pinpoint around when I first heard some of these artists. I really don't think I had heard of Nick Cave before 1990. It really took a video on MTV or a song on the radio or a friend introducing me. Like so many other artists, this was the year for Nick Cave. I listened to this album so many times over the years. "The Weeping Song" and "The Ship Song" are both my favorites from The Good Son. Nick Cave has one of those voices and personalitles that I just sort of fell in love with. He for sure has a cult following and it is not hard to see why. He is like the goth Elvis. Heartbreaking and beautiful. A worldwide treasure.

My top 50 alternative songs of 1990...This Is How It Feels

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 29, 2020 05:28pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1990...Part III #21-30

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of 1990!.This is part three in my series. So in case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I relive the year that started the greatest decade in music.

 

janes addiction

#30 Janes Addiction "Three Days" (Warner Bros.)

You could not avoid Janes Addiction in the late 80s and early 90s.  loved how weird and mysterious they were. There was something always sexy and dangerous about them. Perry Farrel was sort of like the cult figurehead of alternative music. He would go on to create the Lollapalooza festival the following year in 1991. The band released their third and "last" album Ritual De La Habitual in 1990. I knew who they were from their previous album but this was the album that really made me a super fan. "Been Caught Stealing" was always the bigger song but I loved "Three Days." It was over 10 minutes long and I listened to it on repeat many times.

inspiral carpets

#29 Inspiral Carpets "This Is How It Feels" (Elektra)

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