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5 Slightly Obscure 90’s Tracks – III

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Nineties music, am I right? Let me be your guide to some killer tracks we don’t want to lose to time. Here’s 5 Slightly Obscure 90’s Tracks Part III.

 

Reach the Rock – Havana 3AM, 1991

You probably know that Paul Simonson played bass for The Clash. He formed Havana 3AM is the wake of that iconic band, and they produced two records of Latin-flavored rockabilly. I got hip to Reach the Rock on 120 Minutes, back when MTV had some relevance.


Cracker – Big Dipper, 1996

They were best known for Low and Teen Angst, but Cracker are at their best when they slow things down. Big Dipper smacks of campfires under a carpet of stars, of traffic grinding to a halt on the Interstate. Not just one of the best songs of the nineties, one of my favorites of all time. “Hey June, why’d you have to come around so soon? I wasn’t ready for all this nature.”


Mic Check- Cornelius, 1997

In the nineties I was always on the hunt for music that spit in the face of popularity. Fantasma by Cornelius, the stage name of Japanese musician Keigo Oyamada, was pure sonic bliss and unlike anything else in my record collection. I didn’t know what Shibuya-kei was at the time, I just knew it massaged my brain in all the right places, especially if you rolled a sizeable fatty first.


Summer Babe  (Winter Version) – Pavement, 1992

Slanted and Enchanted, Pavement’s first record, introduced me to Stephen Malkmus, a musical smartass in the broken-mold of the Velvet Underground. But more songy and with chops. I’m down with whatever Malkmus is up to, including his last great record with The Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags.

 

Reverend Black Grape – Black Grape, 1995

Black Grape, made of members of the Happy Mondays and Ruthless Rap Assassins, recorded a few anti-organized religion songs you could dance to. How they managed to shoehorn joy and brutal criticism into the same track is beyond me. “Standing in the pews, talking bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.”

 

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