I just listened to that whole Liz Phair album – you know, the one that rocks all the heartsick ‘Holden Caulfied n’ Columbia House’ tape collectors of the late Herbert Walker Bush era? I’ve switched to a righteous Joe Jackson bootleg from Kingston that’s entirely unrelated to this strain.
Anyway, I’ve decided to spend time thinking about a blog-only-comp devoted to Great Bands of the 1990s, with the major criterion bein’ you have’to’ve made at least four very-good/great records during that period. To give you a sense of from where I’m galloping, here’s some bands that maybe don’t satisfy this requirement in my book:
1) Nirvana, cuz Bleach came out in 1989. The question becomes whether or not you think the Unplugged thing is very good/great.
2) Pavement, okay so Watery Domestic, Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, and…I need to wait for the fancy new take on Wowee Zowee to decide whether or not it’s great.
3) Wilco, three 90s albums only and I don’t think AM‘s really very good/great, despite some beautiful songs. Too many Stones-y lark songs.
4) Liz P. herself, natch. Things went South, it seems.
5) Bob Dylan?
Great Bands that Simply Don’t Live up to the Four-Album Quota: Gastr Del Sol, Slint, Rodan, Breeders, Strapping Fieldhands, Dinosaur, For Carnation, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Drive Like Jehu, Rorschach, Born Against… it goes on a long time, this list.
Anyway, who’s got nominees? I understand the four album thing is all controversial and shit, but the idea is to highlight bands that survived the 90s, dig? I’m looking for bands of the 90s, rather than bands that happened to make great records during those times.
Whatever, it’s something to wank about when there’s another more pressing form of scholar-wank I shouldn’t shirk but shirk nonetheless.