Decades Gone

December 24, 2019

On this supposedly special day, and toward the end of another decade, a musical flashback to a decade 20 years ago and a period I consider the best ever in rock-n-roll — the 90s.
Although I came of age in the 1960s Beatles/Ed Sullivan/Rolling Stones era, the 1990s were by far the most creative, inspiring and neat rock period.

One of my most-favorites, Collective Soul, “Shine:”

Here no doubt, one of the perks of the 90s — Bush and “Comedown.” A daughter had a pet rat named Gavin Rossdale, who died toward the end of the 90s and was buried (with full ceremony) in a dune of Pismo Beach.

This for-real No Doubt, and “Just a Girl:”

One most-treasured off “Jagged Little Pill,” and a neat version of “Hand in My Pocket.” Way-belatedly, just a couple of weeks ago Morissette debuted ‘Little Pill’ at the fabled Apollo Theater in New York City, quipping: “It’s like a family reunion…Just keep the creepy uncles in the back.”

And a taste of the nasty assholes on the block (Blink-182, looking at you, among a whole shitload of others), The OffSpring and “Self Esteem:”

Creative soul from Pearl Jam and “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town:”

A decade leader — Green Day and “Basket Case:”

Another 90s giant, Third- Eye Blind, and “Motorcycle Drive-By.” Their first album produced five hit singles, but ‘Motorcycle‘ wasn’t one of them, though my favorite. Never cared for any other of their shit. (Enjoyed the music of “Semi-Charmed Life,” but loathed the lyrics).

This just a sample. The 90s were weird, ending too with an impeachment…

(Illustration out front: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Les Deux Saltimbanques: l’Arlequin et Sa Compagne,’ found here).

One thought on “Decades Gone

  1. E.M.
    December 26, 2019 at 2:08 am

    I really expected to see the Four Non-Blondes (hyphenated?) on this list! And Mr. Jones is also conspicuously absent….I’m reasonably sure that my memories of you soliloquising on his desire to be more funky than Bob Dylan are more than a misremembered dream, but I suppose anything is possible…..

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