3rd 2014
All you need to know about music in the 1990s in fewer than 2-1/2 minutes

Posted under: American history, art, happy endings

Awesome!!! (H/t Slate, Dave Shumka, and the CBC.)


6 Responses to “All you need to know about music in the 1990s in fewer than 2-1/2 minutes”

  1. Indyanna on 03 May 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Like a tangle of fish-hooks in a tackle box not used since last fall (if it was 1999)? Or what the astronauts would take into space, if they grew up in the ’90s?

  2. nicoleandmaggie on 03 May 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Hm, doesn’t really describe my 1990s for the most part. Too little TMBG, Annie Lenox, NIN … and the alternative they did hit often wasn’t really the pieces I consider emblematic for those groups.

    AND WHERE IS THE WOMEN POWER? Where’s En Vogue? Salt N Pepa? The 1990s are NOTHING without its divas (dynamic, intelligent, vivacious, attractive women).

    I guess the title of the video says it’s alternative, so that’s just a little sliver of music from the 1990s (a very white grungy sliver that we, admittedly, listened to a lot). Still, how can you do alternative in the 1990s without TMBG? Souxie and the Banshees? Tori Amos? Suzanne Vega? Aqua? (Maybe if you’re limited to one record label for your clips.) Alternative may be close to 100% male now, but back in the 90s there was more than just Alanis Morrisette and No Doubt. I still have the CDs to prove it.

  3. Historiann on 03 May 2014 at 10:07 am #

    The Breeders count, but yeah: you’re right. 1990s alt-rock was just as segregated and male as it is today, maybe less so.

  4. koshembos on 03 May 2014 at 11:47 am #

    No rap music, no black music, some 70s music. Iffy, iffy, iffy. And I didn’t even ask my youngest who knows music well.

  5. truffula on 03 May 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    I assume there is no rap in the video because it’s alt-rock. But the whiteness is striking, all the same. I don’t listen to very much of this genre, is this an accurate representation of its color? In the 90s? Now?

  6. Kevin on 17 May 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    The video itself doesn’t claim to be “everything you need to know about 90s music” – the video only represents itself as an “alt-rock vocal hook supercut.” The point is to highlight only alt-rock songs with wordless hooks. Maybe all your other favorite bands from the 90s took the time to write lyrics for their hooks. Anyway, there’s no need to read more into it than it represents itself to be.

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