July 27, 2012

Not-so-random Ten of the day

Today's search for a topic took me back into random ten land and got turned off by the ten that popped up, so I took one of them ("You Gotta Be" by Des'ree) and turned that into today's theme. Enjoy the 90's...

  • "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies - I'm gonna go all hipster here and tell you that I knew about Crash Test Dummies before they were popular. I remember that my freshman roommate, John Prince - also of New Albany birth, introduced me to the Dummies with their Ghosts That Haunt Me album back in the spring of '93. When they hit a little big a couple of years later, I was lucky enough to catch them in Aberdeen while I was overseas. Even got to take two girls I was sort of working on at the time, but that's another story for another day. I dig their first album a lot. This song is kind of okay.
  • "Good" by Better Than Ezra - This could be from any of a dozen different mid-90's bands. Very much indicative of the musical era.
  • "Dizz Knee Land" by Dada - This one I really like. Fun little guitar groove that feels very much like a summer's day to me. Feels like it should be followed up by something from Blind Melon. Nonsensical song that's got a brief political edge ("I just flipped off President George") and a safely anti-corporate tagline. Nothing threatening here but some pleasant pop.
  • "Who Will Save Your Soul" by Jewel - Saw her open for Neil Young in Nobelsville during my first year out of college. Gorgeous summer evening with The Girl...fun opener for the concert. Jewel seemed very taken with opening for Neil and gave a good opening set. I saw he on some VH1 storyteller special soon after that and was taken with her wit, her humor, and her attractiveness. Sadly, though, none of that ever really came through on her albums which after the debut one sort of tended to be all over the map - girly, AOR pop followed by guitar/electronic pop followed by twangy country. This, her first hit, is still her best.
  • "Lovefool" by The Cardigans - Pleasant enough and jangly pop with a good chorus hook. Nothing but air here, but at least it's fun.
  • "Groove is in the Heart" by Deee-lite - One of my favorite tracks of the decade, especially with the cameo from Bootsy. Tapped into a 70's nostalgia that was high for a moment in the 90's. At least it lasted longer than the zoot suit moment.
  • "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" by the Spin Doctors - I know that there were medical unfortunatenesses that waylaid their success, but these guys should have been bigger for a longer time than they were. Their moment was huge and their debut album massive, but it was years before anything came afterwards. Tragic, man, tragic...great hits off of this album.
  • "Mr Jones" by Counting Crows - For some reason I think very much of Hootie and the Blowfish when this comes up. I think it's because they both quoted Bob Dylan in their debut hits. Good song, one I heard a lot during my sophomore or senior year at Wabash.
  • "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree - The reason we're all hear. Spectacularly catchy chorus. I don't know that I could tell you anything else about the song.
  • "What's Up" by 4Non Blondes - This feels very much of the era to me. It's a great sing-along chorus and one that makes me think it's the title more than the title really is.
  • "Nothing Compares 2U" by Sinead O'Connor - Greatest 90's song...hands down. The Prince live version on his Hits/B-Sides album is outstanding as well.


coachsullivan said...

Nothing Compares 2 U? Greatest song of the 90's?

PHSChemGuy said...

I stand by my statement. What's your nomination?

calencoriel said...

Nothing Compares 2U isn't even Sinead O'Connor's best song...

PHSChemGuy said...

Her "Nothing Compares 2U" is an absolute knockout. Great vocal power...hell of a song