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5 Slightly Obscure 90’s Tracks

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If you can remember the 90s you’re probably already self medicating with a steady stream of Nirvana, 2Pac and Wilson Phillips. But a lot of the best music of that era perhaps never made it to your soon-to-be-replaced Sony Discman. Say no more; here’s 5 Slightly Obscure 90’s Tracks that will dress you in plaid and buzz a goatee onto your chin. Sorry, ladies.

 

Funky Shit – Prodigy, 1997

In the 90’s you couldn’t cruise the bully without blasting some Prodigy, Massive Attack, Chemical Brothers or The Crystal Method. At least I couldn’t. Hell, I even found myself moshing with the rest of the pseudo-punks at a Prodigy show at the now defunct Roseland. Funky Shit samples Root Down from Beastie Boys, a song released just three years before.


High 5 (Rock the Catskills) – Beck, 1996

Beck released Odelay in 1996, and if you were afraid that tracks like New Pollution and Where It’s At were too commercial, the inclusion of High 5 on the record reminded you of that twisted wunderkind who released Mellow Gold.


6 Underground  – Sneaker Pimps, 1996

This sexy Sneaker Pimps track made a dent on the airwaves, especially in the UK, but only reached 45 on the US charts. The live version rules my world and I can watch Kelli Ali stare me down with that rag-doll hair and those dangerous fangs on repeat forever. The most relaxed singer this side of trip-hop Perry Como.


Missing Link – Dinosaur Jr. & Del the Funky Homosapien, 1993

Rap-Rock broke through when Aerosmith and Run DMC released Walk this Way in 1985,  but it reached new creative heights on the much ignored Judgement Night soundtrack in 1993. Some trippy combos made beautiful music together, the likes of which have never been repeated until a similar experiment with the Spawn soundtrack years later. Some great pairings on this record. I’m talking Teenage Fanclub with De La Soul, Sonic Youth with Cypress Hill, Mudhoney with Sir Mix-A-Lot. Pick this album up if you don’t already own it. Here Dinosaur Jr. and Del the Funky Homosapien find perfection with Missing Link.

 

Dr. Rock – Ween, 1991

In 1991 Ween released The Pod, a drug fueled exercise in low-fi DIY whatsit. It’s more punk than Punk, and less noisy than Noise-Rock. It’s somewhere in the middle and probably best experienced post-nitrous oxide, although I like it just fine without. Gene and Dean Ween were music machines and made the polar opposite of what you’d hear on the radio. Listen as they giggle and cough their way through this anarchistic track. The Pod has some psychotic and magical musical moments, perhaps best exemplified by Pollo Asado, a fever dream of racial and stoner stereotypes ordering Mexican food from a mathematically challenged cashier. Long live the Boognish!

 

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