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5 Slightly Obscure 90’s Tracks – II

"Go to town, burn it down..."
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From the treasure trove of stuff that never got the attention it deserved, here’s 5 Slightly Obscure 90’s Tracks Part II.

 

Going to Town – The Afghan Whigs, 1996

Cincinnati’s Afghan Whigs strutted their stuff on MTV’s 120 Minutes in the wee hours of the morning, and made a dent on modern rock radio with tracks like Honky’s Ladder and Debonair. This was the band you were into when grunge didn’t satisfy your quotient of soul. Check out Going to Town for a taste of primitive cool totally missing from anything you’ll hear on the radio today. 


Go West – Possum Dixon, 1996

Possum Dixon had a cult hit with Watch That Girl Destroy Me, but the songwriting and band performance on Star Maps pointed to a golden future that would never come to pass (though there’s great tracks on their third LP New Sheets, produced by Ric Ocasek from The Cars). I admit that I played Star Maps to death. Songs like Emergencys About to End,  Crashing Your Planets and Radio Comets were the jangly soundtrack to my youthful indiscretions. 


Citysong – Luscious Jackson, 1994

New York’s Luscious Jackson were cut from the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal cloth and would eventually ride their indie charms into the Top 40 with Naked Eye. On Citysong they flex some low-fi old-school cool that seems just a stones throw from Basquiat era NYC. 


Bull in the Heather – Sonic Youth, 1994

Ah, the nineties, so supportive of the oddballs. No disrespect to Sonic Youth, who happily avoided commercial appeal in (most of) their songs. And I’ll admit it; for me there was nothing hotter than watching Bikini Kill‘s Kathleen Hanna spazzing through this video and into the riot grrl fantasies of my early twenties. I can be as shallow as the next guy. This song makes me regret that I ever agreed to grow old. 

 

Slackjawed – The Connells, 1993

The Connells had a few songs I really dug, like the beautiful and underrated ’74-’75 and this goddamn gem Slackjawed. If REM released this one, it would have gone through the roof. Meanwhile, you ain’t never even heard of it. There is no justice in the music industry. Not then and especially not now. Long live the nineties. 

 

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