Music of the 90s: Alternative

This post is a part of 90s Month.

There were many different genres of music that were popular in the 90s but my all time favorite is alternative (or alternative rock). Much like disco music, which had a brief resurrection in the 90s, my favorite genre of music is dead, despite what Wikipedia says. They also list about a billion bands under this moniker, many of which I disagree with. However while putting together this playlist I figured out why. It’s a little trickier to define than I thought. It seems to have grown out of punk, goth, metal, ska and who knows what other genres. It’s also sometimes used interchangeably with grunge. Looking back, some bands straddled many genres or even just made 1 alternative album (ala the disco phenomenon).

Alternative just encompassed the slacker feeling of the 90s. Although alt rock is often considered depressing, it’s not the same as when you go through a goth or heavy metal phase (aka music to slit your wrists to), in that it’s not as depressed. I mean, it is, but you get a sort of a unifying feeling of everyone’s life sucks, not just yours, so get used to it.

I think for a while that we thought that alternative would come back, but then the good radio stations either folded or switched to pop or whatever this easy listening rock that is out now is called, it became apparent that Gavin Rossdale really was just a stay at home daddy (who occasionally pops up to sing ballads, ballads, ballads, sorry, it’s still horrifying) and even Eddie Vedder (who I was never crazy about or anything) decided that ukuleles were cool.

But let’s ignore that and just listen to this playlist of tunes, shall we?


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BONUS: shirtless pics of Gavin Rossdale from the 90s. (click for the full size pics)

The 1st Annual MMM Awards

This is a repost of my own, original work from 1998. Feel free to skip ahead to the-future, present or past, depending on when you read this, here to my associated post, so that’s it more relevant. But, I’m reposting it here, for reference.

The 1st Annual MMM Awards
In the words of Sickboy (Jonny Lee Miller) (Trainspotting 1996) (The Academy Awards means) “f*** all” So vote for your favorite movie, actor, etc. & have your say. The following movies were released in 1997 & the tv awards are pertaining to this tv season. By the way my name is Mary Marie Miracle, hence the title “MMM Awards”.

And The WINNERS are !
Don’t Forget To Come Back & Vote Again Next Year!

1. ACTOR
WINNER***Ewan McGregor-A Life Less Ordinary***WINNER 35%
Val Kilmer-The Saint 26%
Mike Myers-Austin Powers:International Man of Mystery 21%
Kevin Kline-Fierce Creatures/In & Out 12%
Jay Mohr-Picture Perfect 6%

2. ACTRESS
A TIE!
WINNERS***Alicia Silverstone-Excess Baggage 26%
Cameron Diaz-A Life Less Ordinary***WINNERS 26%
Julia Roberts-My Best Friend’s Wedding 24%
Elisabeth Shue-The Saint 18%
Jennifer Aniston-Picture Perfect 6%

3. SUPPORTING ACTOR
WINNER*** Jamie Kennedy-Scream 2***WINNER 44%
Ben Affleck-Good Will Hunting 23%
Ruperett Everett-My Best Friend’s Wedding 12%
Alan Cumming-Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion
/Spiceworld 12%
Steve Buscemi-Con Air 9%

4. SONG
WINNER***Along Comes Mary-Bloodhound Gang***WINNER 32%
Deadweight-Beck 29%
Wishful Thinking-Duncan Sheik 18%
Life In Mono-Mono 12%
In The Absence of the Sun-Duncan Sheik 9%

5. TV ACTOR
WINNER***Peter MacNicol-(John,The Biscuit) Ally McBeal***WINNER 29%
Scott Bairstow-Significant Others 23%
Joshua Jackson-Dawson’s Creek 23%
James Van Der Beek-Dawson’s Creek 16%
Gil Bellows-(Billy) Ally McBeal 9%

6. TV ACTRESS
A TIE!
WINNERS***Katie Holmes-(Joey) Dawson’s Creek 32%
Lisa Kudrow-(Phoebe) Friends***WINNERS 32%
Calista Flockhart-Ally McBeal 24%
Lisa Nicole Carson-(Renee) Ally McBeal 6%
Michelle Williams-(Jen) Dawson’s Creek 6%

7. TV SHOW
WINNER***The Simpsons***WINNER 41%
Dawson’s Creek 36%
Ally McBeal 16%
Significant Others 7%
Veronica’s Closet 0%

8. BEST PICTURE
WINNER***My Best Friend’s Wedding***WINNER 31%
A Life Less Ordinary 30%
The Saint 22%
In & Out 13%
Picture Perfect 4%

* YOUR SAY:
Other than the movies listed under Best Picture, what is your fav movie movie of 1997 ?
*If it has an * next to it more than one person voted for it.

An American Werewolf in Paris
As Good As It Gets
Austin Powers:International Man of Mystery*
Con Air
Contact*
Event Horizon
Excess Baggage*
Face/Off
Good Will Hunting
I Know What You Did Last Summer*
Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion
Titanic*

NEGLECTED AWARDS
These awards are based on my own opinions
The Full Monty-Best Picture
Why didn’t I nominate it to begin with ? I hadn’t seen it yet because I unfortunately don’t live in a social mecca. Now I wish I had, so here’s there mention.
David Spade-Best TV Actor
Now what’s my excuse ? I watched this show when it first came out, but this year I could never figure out when it was on. It’s a good thing that they added it to Must See TV Thursday

TO VOTE: simply e-mail me at dlm@hhs.net with each number & the letter you choose. (ex.4 for song & c if you choose Deadweight) There is no need for you to include the category name or title/name you choose. Numbers are sufficient. Also submit your favorite movie if you choose. All will be included on this page when I list the winners. So if you wish to know the winners bookmark this page & return April 19th or later.

RULES:
1. Do not submit multiple entries.
2. For the Your Say section you can submit any movie from 1997 that you want except for a movie that is nominated for Best Picture.
3. Titanic-Why didn’t I nominate it or anyone in it ? I’m sick of the hype about it. Don’t say that I probably didn’t even see it, I saw it twice. Yes, I think that Leonardo DiCaprio is a talented, handsome actor, but was he robbed of an oscar ? No. Personally I’ve always enjoyed his movies, but if it takes Titanic for him to win you as a fan you’re no fan of his.
4. Contest ends April 17th & results will be posted April 19th.

Copyright 1998 Mary Miracle

originally found here.