Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Best of the 90's (1990-1999)

Here are my top 100 songs of the Decade ranked by year in a very loose order with links to Youtube videos.

1990
1. Sinéad O'Connor- Nothing Compares To You (I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got)
2. Depeche Mode- Enjoy the Silence (Violator)
3. Iggy Pop- Candy (Brick by Brick)
4. Midnight Oil- Bed are Burning (Blue Sky Mining)
5. The Black Crowes- She talks to Angels (Shake Your Money Maker)
6. World Party- Put the Pieces in the Box (Goodbye Jumbo)
7. Concrete Blonde- Joey (Bloodletting)
8. The Soup Dragons- I'm Free (Lovegod)
9. Peter Murphy- Cuts You Up (Deep)
10. Blues Traveler- But Anyway (Travelers and Thieves)

1991
1. Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit (From the album Nevermind)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers-Under the Bridge (Blood Sugar Sex Magik)
3. Matthew Sweet- Girlfriend (From the album Girlfriend)
4. U2- even better Than the Real Thing (From the album Achtung Baby)
5. R.E.M.-Shiny Happy People (From the Album Out of Time)
6. Morrissey- Our Frank (From the album Kill Uncle)
7. Violent Femmes- American Music (From the album Why Do Birds Sing?)
8. Seal- Crazy (From the album Seal)
9. Spin Doctors -Little Miss Can't Be Wrong (From the album Pocket Full of Kryptonite) 10. Pearl Jam-Even Flow (From the album Ten)

1992
1. The Cure- Friday I’m in Love (From the album Wish)2. Cowboy Junkies- Sweet Jane (from the album Black Eyed Man)
3. R.E.M- Drive (From the album Automatic for the People)
4. The Lemonheads - It’s a Shame about Ray (From the album It’s a Shame about Ray)
5. Sade- No Ordinary Love (From the album Love Deluxe)
6. Neil Young- Harvest Moon (From the album Harvest Moon)
7. Tori Amos- Crucify (From the album Little Eartquakes)
8. Black Crowes- Remedy (From the album Southern Harmony and Musical Companion) 9. Ween- Push the Lil Daisies (From the album Pure Guava)
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain- Far Gone and Out (From the album Honey’s Dead)

1993
1. The Cranberries- Linger (Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?)
2. Counting Crows- Round Here (From the album August and Everything)
3. Crash Test Dummies- Afternoons and Coffee Spoons (From the album God Shuffled His Feet)
4. Radiohead- Creep (From the album Pablo Honey)
5. Chris Isaak- Wicked Games (From the album San Francisco Days)
6. Nirvana- All Apologies (From the album In Utero)
7. Lenny Kravitz- Are You Gonna Go My Way (From the album Are You Gonna Go My Way)
8. Lemonheads- Into Your Arms (From the album Come on Fell the Lemonheads)
9. U2- Zooropa (from the album Zooropa)
10. Whatever – Aimee Mann

1994
1. Beck-Loser (Mellow Gold)
2. Nine Inch Nails- Hurt (The Downward Spiral)
3. Dave Matthews Band-Satellite (Under the Table and Dreaming)
4. R.E.M.-What's the Frequency Kenneth (Monster)
5. The Cranberries- Zombie (No Need to Argue)
6. Soundgarden- Fell on Black Days (Superunknown)
7. Collective Soul- Shine (Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid)
8. Wheezer- Undone The Sweater Song (Wheezer)
9. Stone Temple Pilots Vasoline (Purple)
10. Sheryl Crow- Leaving Las Vegas (Tuesday Night Music Club)

1995
1. Alanis Morissette- All I Really Want (Jagged Little Pill)
2. Radiohead- Fake Plastic Trees (The Bends)
3. Bruce Springsteen-Youngstown (The Ghost of Tom Joad)
4. Garbage-Stupid Girl (Garbage)
5. Wheezer- Buddy Holly (Wheezer 1994 Deluxe Edition)
6. Sheryl Crow- Strong Enough (Tuesday Night Music Club)
7. Oasis- Wonderwall (What’s the Story Morning Glory?)
8. The Smashing Pumpkins- Bullet With Butterfly Wings (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)
9. Natalie Merchant-Carnival (Tigerlily)
10. PJ Harvey- Down by the Water (To Bring You My Love)

1996
1. Tracy Chapman Give Me One Reason (New Beginning)
2. Dave Matthews Band- Crash Into Me (Crash)
3. Beck- Where It’s At (Odelay)4. The Wallflowers- One Headlight (Bringing Down the Horse)5. The Cardigans- Lovefool (First Band on the Moon)
6. Cake- The Distance (Fashion Nugget)
7. Alanis Morissette- Ironic (Jagged Little Pill 1996 Single Release)
8. Fiona Apple-Criminal (Tidal)9. Eric Clapton- Change the World (Phenomenum)
10. Social Distortion- I Was Wrong (White Light White Heat White Trash)

1997
1. Ben Folds Five- Brick (Whatever and Ever Amen)
2. U2- Staring at the Sun (Pop)
3. Ben Harper- I Shall Not Walk Alone (The Will to Live)
4. The Verve- Bitter Sweet Symphony (Urban Hymns)
5. Foo Fighters- Everlong (The Color and the Shape)
6. Sarah McLachlan- Building a Mystery (Surfacing)
7. Squirrel Nut Zippers- Hell
8. Let’s Face It – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones9. Björk- Unravel (Homogenic)
10. Barnaked Ladies- The Old Apartment (1997 Single Release from Born On a Pirate Ship)

1998
1. Dave Matthews Band-Crush (Before These Crowded Streets)2. Bare Naked Ladies- One Week (Stunt)
3. Pearl Jam- Wish List (Yield)
4. Alanis Morrissette- Thank You (Infatuation Junkie)
5. Goo Goo Dolls- Iris (City of Angels)
6. Liz Phair- Polyester Bride (Whitechocolatespaceegg)7. Sheryl Crow- Sweet Child of Mine (The Globe Sessions)
8. R.E.M.- Get Up (Up)
9. Lenny Kravitz- Fly Away (From the album 5)
10. Lucinda Williams- Right in Time (Car Wheels on a Gravel Road)

1999
1. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals- Steel My Kisses (From the album Burn to Shine)
2. Beck- Sexxlaws (From the album Midnite Vultures)
3. Macy Gray- I Try (From the album Oh How Life Is)
4. Santana-Smooth (From the album Supernatural)
5. Dido- Thank You (From the album No Angel)
6. Moby- Run On (From the album Play)
7. The Flaming Lips- A Spoonful Weighs a Ton (The Soft Bulletin)
8. Beth Orton- Stolen Car (from the album Central Reservation)
9. Sugar Ray- Someday (From the album 14:59)
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Californication (From the album Californication)

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Best of the 90's- 1990

My favorite radio station in Pittsburgh, 91.3 WYEP, will be counting down the top 100 songs of the 90's on Labor Day Weekend. I have already submitted my top ten and I am looking forward to seeing what the folks in Pittsburgh and beyond come up with for the top 100. For me, the process of coming up with "ten" has been as fun and daunting. As a tribute to the great decade of the 90's- which brought us the likes of grunge and Lilith Fair- I thought it might be fun to go through the decade year by year, giving each year a top ten.

Of course, this list is in NO WAY objective. Instead, it is comprised of all of the songs that I have experienced, along with the rest of the world, during a decade where I graduated from college, got married, started a career, and had my first child. The criteria for the songs that I have listed are as follows:
1. I experienced these songs in everyday life- at shows, in the car, while mountain biking and bmxing, and at home with my family and friends. Each song holds an experience and contains memories, and helps to give shape to the decade.
2. The song says something valuable. Some of the songs below are silly and ironic, beautiful and spiritual, while others are cynical and violent. Each, however, conveys a message that can teach us more about what it means to be human and in need of a Savior.
3. The song helped to shape the decade. A few of the songs below are "alright" in my book. Yet, the force that they have had on the decade on on a generation has been powerful. So, there are instances where songs have been included not so much because I "love that song" but because it is an important part of our collective history as a nation and a generation of people.

For you "yungins" this is a great opportunity to learn your roots! For those of you who lived through the nineties listening to great music, I would love to hear your thoughts and sentiments.

1990

1. Sinéad O’Connor- Nothing Compares To You (from the album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got)


2. Depeche Mode-enjoy the silence (from the album Violator)


3. Iggy Pop- 
Candy (From the album Brick by Brick)


4. Midnight Oil- Bed are Burning (From the album Blue Sky Mining)


5. The Black Crowes- She talks to Angels (From the album Shake Your Money Maker)


6. World Party-Put the Message in the Box (From the album Goodbye Jumbo)


7. Concrete Blonde- Joey (From the album Bloodletting)
Joey


8. The Soup Dragons -I’m Free (From the album Lovegod)


9.Peter Murphy- Cuts You Up (From the album Deep)


10. Blues Traveler- But Anyway ( From the album Blues Traveler)


But Anyway Original Video (Youtube Link)


But Anyway Live

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Best of the 90's 1991!

1991
1. Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit (From the album Nevermind)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers-Under the Bridge (Blood Sugar Sex Magik)
3. Matthew Sweet- Girlfriend (From the album Girlfriend)
4. U2- even better Than the Real Thing (From the album Achtung Baby)
5. R.E.M.-Shiny Happy People (From the Album Out of Time)
6. Morrissey- Our Frank (From the album Kill Uncle)
7. Violent Femmes- American Music (From the album Why Do Birds Sing?)
8. Seal- Crazy (From the album Seal)
9. Spin Doctors -Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong (From the album Pocket Full of Kryptonite)
10. Pearl Jam-Even Flow (From the album Ten)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Best of the 90's 1992

1. The Cure- Friday I’m in Love (From the album Wish)

2. Cowboy Junkies- Sweet Jane (from the album Black Eyed Man)

3. R.E.M- Drive (From the album Automatic for the People)

4. The Lemonheads - It’s a Shame about Ray (From the album It’s a Shame about Ray)

5. Sade- No Ordinary Love (From the album Love Deluxe)

6. Neil Young- Harvest Moon (From the album Harvest Moon)

7. Tori Amos- Crucify (From the album Little Eartquakes)

8. Black Crowes- Remedy (From the album Southern Harmony and Musical Companion)

9. Ween- Push the Lil Daisies (From the album Pure Guava)
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain- Far Gone and Out (From the album Honey’s Dead)

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Best of the 90's 1993

1. The Cranberries- Linger (Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?)

2. Counting Crows- Round Here (From the album August and Everything)

3. Crash Test Dummies- Afternoons and Coffee Spoons (From the album God Shuffled His Feet)

4. Radiohead- Creep (From the album Pablo Honey)

5. Chris Isaak- Wicked Games (From the album San Francisco Days)

6. Nirvana- All Apologies (From the album In Utero)

7. Lenny Kravitz- Are You Gonna Go My Way (From the album Are You Gonna Go My Way)

8. Lemonheads- Into Your Arms (From the album Come on Fell the Lemonheads)

9. U2- Zooropa (from the album Zooropa)

10. Whatever – Aimee Mann

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Best of the 90's 1994

1. Beck-Loser (Mellow Gold)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJN3PGqDRNg



2. Nine Inch Nails- Hurt (The Downward Spiral)



3. Dave Matthews Band-Satellite (Under the Table and Dreaming)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRsOK6cN7tU


4. R.E.M.-What's the Frequency Kenneth (Monster)


5. The Cranberries- Zombie (No Need to Argue)


6. Soundgarden- Fell on Black Days (Superunknown)


7. Collective Soul- Shine (Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid)


8. Wheezer- Undone The Sweater Song (Wheezer)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqgN0T6f1kg

9. Stone Temple Pilots Vasoline (Purple)


10. Sheryl Crow- Leaving Las Vegas (Tuesday Night Music Club)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DsWLQ4gl4k

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Best of the 90's 1995

1. Alanis Morissette- All I Really Want (Jagged Little Pill)

2. Radiohead- Fake Plastic Trees (The Bends)

3. Bruce Springsteen-Youngstown (The Ghost of Tom Joad)


4. Garbage-Stupid Girl (Garbage)

5. Wheezer- Buddy Holly (Wheezer 1994 Deluxe Edition)

6. Sheryl Crow- Strong Enough (Tuesday Night Music Club)

7. Oasis- Wonderwall (What’s the Story Morning Glory?)
8. The Smashing Pumpkins- Bullet With Butterfly Wings (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)

9. Natalie Merchant-Carnival (Tigerlily)

10. PJ Harvey- Down by the Water (To Bring You My Love)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Best of the 90's 1996

1. Tracy Chapman Give Me One Reason (New Beginning)

2. Dave Matthews Band- Crash Into Me (Crash)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ_Nf7yGxbc

3. Beck- Where It’s At (Odelay)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uQ9W4KexnA


4. The Wallflowers- One Headlight (Bringing Down the Horse)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLqOwiZ8n5I


5. The Cardigans- Lovefool (First Band on the Moon)

6. Cake- The Distance (Fashion Nugget)
White Light, White Heat, White Trash – Social Distortion

7. Alanis Morissette- Ironic (Jagged Little Pill 1996 Single Release)

8. Fiona Apple-Criminal (Tidal)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTpvjNn2BUM


9. Eric Clapton- Change the World (Phenomenum)

10. Social Distortion- I Was Wrong (White Light White Heat White Trash)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyCERZBxv5Y

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Best of the 90's- 1999

1. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals- Steel My Kisses (From the album Burn to Shine)
2. Beck- Sexxlaws (From the album Midnite Vultures)
3. Macy Gray- I Try (From the album Oh How Life Is)
4. Santana-Smooth (From the album Supernatural)
5. Dido- Thank You (From the album No Angel)
Thank You- The Link from Youtube


6. Moby- Run On (From the album Play)
7. The Flaming Lips- A Spoonful Weighs a Ton (The Soft Bulletin)
8. Beth Orton- Stolen Car (from the album Central Reservation)
9. Sugar Ray- Someday (From the album 14:59)
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Californication (From the album Californication)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Plight of Boy Soldiers

What Hitler did in the 40's, War Lords are doing in our time in Africa through the training of boys to murder mass numbers of innocent people. I recently discovered the plight of these child soldiers in Africa through Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone, Memoir of a Boy Soldier. If you want to see a little bit more of the world as it really is today, read this book.



Blood Diamonds

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Peace be Upon Us- Sheryl Crow


This morning, while making a vacation breakfast, listened to Cheryl Crow’s new single, Peace Be Upon Us. The song “stopped me.” There are times in life when I hear a song and it stops me. U2 stopped me the first time I heard One. Bob Dylan stopped me the first time I heard Hard Rain. Trent Reznor from NIN stopped my the first time I heard, Hurt. Bruce Springsteen stopped me the first time I heard Reason to Believe. Well, this morning I heard Cheryl Crow and she stopped me.

So, why did the song stop me?

First off, let me just say that I like Cheryl Crow. She is intelligent, has a beautiful voice, and she is a great thermometer for gadging the cultural temperature of aging hip third millennium Americans. So, when I hear a Cheryl Crow song, I tend to give her room to just sing the song rather than putting her through the am-I-going-to-like-this-artist regimen that I have developed over the past few decades.

Secondly, because Peace Be Upon Us sounded vaguely spiritual it tugged at my Christian Worldview sensibilities. And, when my worldview is aroused, I listen.

Thirdly, because the song sounded like it was searching for answers and offering solutions (something that my worldview craves), I listened. Cheryl said, “All the sinners and saints, All you creatures of faith, Don't need to be afraid, If you know what I mean, Let me hear you say, Peace Be Upon Us.

Ok, thought I, I know where peace comes from. I am one of these men of faith that you are refering to and I know that all of my guilt, shame, unrest, and hope comes from that place on the cross where Jesus says, ‘It is finished.’ Yeah, I do not have to attack and judge and get even with everyone who has wounded me and I do not have to be in despair about the judgment that I deserve due to all the people that I have wounded because, I have the ability to offer forgiveness and to receive forgiveness because I have been forgiven by God through Jesus Christ. As one of these men of faith that Cheryl is talking about, I understand that Jesus paid for all the injustices of the world by reconciling us to God on a cross.

But, wait a minute. I continued, I am filtering Cheryl’s song through my worldview. She is actually offering no way of forgiveness in the song. She is merely saying that we ought to live in peace and hoping for it. And, I agree. She is hoping for peace and saying nice peaceful things and I am digging it.

But, here is the rub. After the song, after I sat down to eat my vacation breakfast, NPR (National Public Radio) news came on and announced that in Jerusalem, a Palestinian had ran a bulldozer into a bus killing three people and injuring 40 people. A bulldozer and a bus… And three Islamic terrorist groups claimed to be responsible. Now, all this talk of peace is great. But, where does the forgiveness come from that brings peace? How will the families of the murdered people find their peace? How will the boys and girls grow up and not be bitter hate-filled adults who want revenge because an enemy killed their daddy and mommy? They need justice and justice either comes through making payment or through granting forgiveness. We all know that forgiveness has a cost, a price that must be paid. Forgiveness and justice are not just words or feelings. Justice and forgiveness are a very expensive things. And it costs us dearly to pay for one anothers wrongs or to seek payment for others wrongs. Likewise, the global, cosmic problem of injustice, murder, and terrorism, echoing across the universe, must be paid for and forgiven if we are to have peace. Or, maybe I have gone wrong somewhere in my thinking that peace is always a result of resolution or having things right or finished or just or sound or lovely or true rather than unfinished and unjust and unsound and twisted and evil. See, I want Peace but in order for there to be peace, we all need a way to get the violence paid for and forgiven. We cannot just posit peace or proclaim peace. Just saying Peace be upon us. is thin and will not console the victums of terrorisms rape, murder, violence, and the myriad of other injustices that haunt our world.

Anyway, I am thankful for Cheryl Crow today. She stopped me. Peace.




Sheryl Crow Peace Be Upon Us Lyrics
Walking down the street of dreams
Eating from the fruits of life
Tripping out on the smallest things
Trying to reach the light, trying to reach the light
Pick the key up off the floor
Put the key into the lock
Turn the lock, open up the door
Look at all you've got, look at all you've got
All the sinners and saints
All you creatures of faith
Don't need to be afraid
If you know what I mean
Let me hear you say
Peace be upon us, Peace be upon us,
Be upon us all
Peace be upon us, Peace be upon us,
Be upon us all
If we speak in tongues of love
But we kill in the name of God
How can we profess to own his name
And still be so lost and still be so lost
The world will turn even when we're gone
The earth will host many souls to come
Who will write the history, tales of
Wisemen, villians and innocent ones
All you sheherds and sheep
When you wake from your sleep
It will be a new day
If you know what I mean
Let me hear you say
Peace be upon us, Peace be upon us, Be upon us all
Peace be upon us, Peace be upon us, Be upon us all
As-salaamu alykum
Wa-alaykum assalaam
Assalaam alykum
Wa-alaykum assalaam
(The meek shall inherit the earth)
Peace be upon us, Peace be upon us,
Be upon us all
As-salaamu alykum
Wa-alaykum assalaam
Assalaam alykum
Wa-alaykum assalaam
Peace be upon us, Peace be upon us,
Be upon us all