From Dec 26 until Jan 6 (weekdays 9pm ET) our Holiday gift to you is our list of “The Top 100 Big Tunes of the 90’s”. It’s a pretty badass list of songs but you can imagine how many great ones didn’t make the cut. So I’m cheating a little bit and suggesting tunes that didn’t quite make it but are still songs from the 90’s you should hear. Says me.
One of the most underrated bands over the past 30 years is Quicksand and if you haven’t heard their 1993 album “Slip” consider it your homework over the holidays. It’s essential rock and roll listening.
If the 80’s was a period of musical searching for Bob Dylan then the 90’s was the time he found whatever it was he was looking for. His 1997 album “Time out of Mind” is the album many call his comeback in that decade and aside from Dylan himself a lot of the credit has to be given to Daniel Lanois who worked as a co-producer and helped shape this amazing album.
Weldon Irvine was a poet, composer, and musician who experimented through many styles of music from jazz, blues and funk to hip hop and gospel. He is perhaps best known as being the band leader for Nina Simone and for his influence on artists like Mos Def and Q-Tip. Speaking of Q-Tip- In 1993 A Tribe Called Quest sampled a Weldon Irvine song called ‘We Gettin down” on their tune “Award” Tour”
This one is kind of a guilty pleasure for me.The song and band went away pretty quick but you know you loved it, especially when you saw this viral YouTube clip revive it.
Fiona Apple is only 34 years old but it seems like it has been FOREVER since she was one of the biggest names in music and that’s because it happened in 1998 when she was just 19 years old and won a Grammy for the track Criminal. Criminal along with her cover of The Beatles’ Across the Universe” are definitely the songs she is best known for, but all of the tunes she has released on her 3 albums are great…including this one.