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).

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