Tag: 1990s

Gray Flannel Mixtape – Desert Island #1s

Gray Flannel Mixtape – Desert Island #1s

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I'm not sure what the origin of the whole "desert island" thing is when referring to music, movies, and other stuff you really like. Why not a tropical island? That one Tom Hanks got stuck on in Cast Away seemed pretty nice, didn't it? Oh right, the point. So apropos of nothing, I recently participated in a fantasy draft on a favorite message board of mine. But instead of drafting a sports team, we picked from a list of every song that has ever reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, now in its 50th year. The only catch was that each team had to select at least two songs from each decade ('58 - '69 was lumped together). That made things interesting, because the pickings for truly good #1 songs started to get real slim starting in the 1990s. Overall I'm pleased with my team,...
Retrotisement – Beverly Hills, 90210 dolls

Retrotisement – Beverly Hills, 90210 dolls

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You kids can have your Webkinzes and your Dora the Explorer crap. Back in my day -- well, maybe a little past my day -- we had real toys. Why, take these Mattel Beverly Hills, 90210 dolls. No seriously, take them. Sadly, it seems this set didn't include Brian Austin Green, probably because his character hadn't completely sold his soul and driven his best friend to suicide yet, all in an effort to get with the in-crowd. Even sadder is the lack of everyone's second-favorite television restaurateur, Nat (on a side note, is Joe E. Tata not the greatest name in history?). Despite this, you have to admit this is one rad set of dolls. I'm not sure how you're supposed to play with them, however. I guess they could preen around your playroom/bedroom and ostracize your other dolls and a...
Rush Album Countdown: #8 – #5

Rush Album Countdown: #8 – #5

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If you've been paying attention to the Rush album countdown thus far, you'll notice that with one exception, the remaining albums were released between 1976-1984, a period most fans consider the Golden Age of Rush (although some would stop at about '81 or '82). This is typical of many bands, I think. After finding their way (no pun intended) for a few albums, great bands tend to hit their stride by no later than the 3rd or 4th release. Then it's smooth sailing for awhile. Most bands experience a decline after some time, and it's just a matter of how much that decline is. I think Rush is in a select group that can claim a very soft landing, with some occasional spots of greatness in later years. But I digress... Here's the rundown of things so far: Part 1 (#17 – #15) — Rush, Hold Your
Rush Album Countdown: #17 – #15

Rush Album Countdown: #17 – #15

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In anticipation of the May 1 release of Rush's 18th full-length studio album, Snakes & Arrows, I'll be reviewing the first 17 in order of greatness. I'm skipping compilations and live albums, mainly because none of Rush's compilations or live albums are all that essential. And I'm lazy. That can't be stressed enough. I originally wanted to dedicate a post to each album, but I think that would rightly be seen as a transparent attempt to drag this thing out needlessly. So I'll start with 3 at a time, and we'll see how that goes. #17 - Rush (1974) No surprise here. While by no means a bad album, Rush represents a group that obviously hadn't found their own style yet. Most reviews of this album point out how influenced it is by Led Zeppelin and Cream. Honestly I can't hear the...
1994 in popular music – musical hell, heaven or purgatory?

1994 in popular music – musical hell, heaven or purgatory?

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Nothing cures a pesky bout of writer's block like a good old-fashioned Inter-web meme!I stumbled across one today on a blog that is full of crap.  So like the lemming I am, here we go: The gag here is that you travel to musicoutfitters.com and enter the year you graduated high school into their search engine. It gives you a list of the top 100 songs for that year, based on some super-secret algorithm. If you didn't graduate high school, just have a friend read the list to you. (more…)