[Followup to this post
Unlike some of my commenters
, I think the 90's was a great decade for music. Depsite the influx of those damn nu-metal (rapcore) bands towards the end of the 90's, the rest of it was good for rock and roll. If you like my kind of rock and roll, that is. Some of my favorite albums from those years will never make most people's top tens. Incubus's S.C.I.E.N.C.E
, Faith No More's Angel Dust
, Mr. Bungle's California
, Fear Factrory's Demanufacture
and Tool's Undertow
- among many other fine ablbums - all helped mark the 90's as a banner decade for me. But, that's just me. Let's look at your
I narrowed the albums down to ten because that what the poll machinery allows. Mostly, I chose the albums that were repeated in the comments several times. There was no formal counting. I run elections according to my whim around here.
Of the ten albums in the poll, I own...ten! That's not to say I listen to them all. I haven't listened to U2 in years. The Tori CD might not even be open. Metallica was handed down to my son. I got sick of Nevermind a long time ago. The Jane's Addiction CD has been MIA since we moved.
The remaining titles:
Portishead - Dummy
gets taken out on dark, rainy days when I'm sitting on the couch reading and need a little headphone music. It's also known as the go-to album for when I've had too much to drink and am under the false impression that my husband would like me to serenade him.
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
SD is still to this day a pleasure from start to finish, especially Mayonaise
, which - in my humble opinion - is one of the greatest songs ever written. Even the songs that got constant radio play - Cherub Rock
, never suffered from the wear and tear that radio often gives to good songs. SD is a great reminder of what Billy Corgan was capable of before ego and drama ruined him.
Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
It might not be as fast and furious as the self-titled debut, but Colour and Shape is still an amazing album. Hey, Johnny Park
is always on my songs I can't live without
. And Walking After You
makes up for the overwrought My Hero.
Pearl Jam - Ten
One of the few albums I can listen to from start to finish without ever skipping a song. My sister says this about Pearl Jam - they started with a ten and went down a digit with each susbequent album. 'Tis true. Each PJ album after Ten
left me vaguely disappointed, like they had topped out with their first effort. Best song on the CD: Porch
Radiohead - Ok Computer
I prefer The Bends
, but you guys seem to like OK. Actually both albums are works of art. While the rest of the world were scratching their heads over Paranoid Android
and Karma Police
, the rest of us Radiohead fans were being swept away by the beauty and sadness of Lucky
, No Suprises
and Exit (Music for a Film).
I never, ever get tired of Ok Computer
. In fact, I'm going to put it in the player right now.
So which will I vote for? I think you can figure that out. The poll is below and you
can vote starting now. Comments on voting enabled.
New category in the Best of the 90's Awards
coming up later today, hopefully. Category suggestions warmly welcomed.
(Poll ended. Poll gone.)