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When 'Angels in America' Came to East Texas – Texas Monthly
Twenty years ago my hometown made national headlines when the local college staged an internationally acclaimed play about gay men and the AIDS crisis. The people I grew up with are still feeling the aftershocks.
lgbt  theater  texas  90s  history 
1 hour ago by adegru
RELIQUARY: Beck - 1992 Demos and the Metal Demos (Complete) [SBD]
"I'm a loser baby... why don't ya kill me?"
'1992 Demos and the Metal Demos' (Complete)
(The Maxell Normal Bias UD 90min Cassette)
Studio Soundboard Recordings
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3
Metal Tracks were recorded by 'Loser', a lo-fi metal band formed by Beck and Steve Hanft in 1991.
The Story:
Way back in 1997 notsaved's friend dated a member of Beck's entourage. He gave her one of Beck's demo tapes. It was a Maxell Normal Bias UD 90min cassette and had a ton of cool songs. Upon her giving the tape to him, it was decided to seperate it into two parts, because most of the songs were acoustic and solo Beck songs, and a handful were metal songs featuring a band. (...More) -Original
music  beck  90s  demo  bootlegs  SBD  download  alt_rock  acoustic  hard_rock 
8 hours ago by rgl7194
| Paula Pierce of The Pandoras - Dark November ...
Paula Pierce of The Pandoras - Dark November
“Dark November was one of the last demos recorded by Paula Pierce of The Pandoras. I believe it was recorded in late 1990. She passed away on August 10th, 1991 and the following day Rodney Bingenheimer played this song on his radio show during his tribute to Paula.” - Rogers Rave
“Paula recorded this on her 4 track. It’s all Paula (with a drum machine). This is how she used to present songs to the band.” - Sheri Kaplan
music  alt_rock  90s  RIP  songs  demo 
10 days ago by rgl7194
The 30 Best Grunge Albums of All Time
3. Pearl Jam, 'Ten' (1991)
According to some troublemaking observers, Pearl Jam crashed the grunge party thrown by Nirvana with the rather more classic rock-steeped (as opposed to punk-based) sound of 1991’s Diamond-certified ‘Ten.’ But there’s no disputing the fact that the group composed of former Green River and Mother Love Bone members Gossard and Ament had more than earned its Seattle birthright. What’s more, now classic songs like “Even Flow,” “Alive” and “Jeremy” (all released one month prior to ‘Nevermind,’ incidentally) did just as much to codify grunge’s signature sound among the masses as Kurt’s creations, making Pearl Jam’s magnum opus a worthy cornerstone of alternative rock’s rising tide.
2. Nirvana, 'Nevermind' (1991)
That ‘Nevermind’ ranks among the greatest rock records of all time goes without saying; but it also bears mentioning that Nirvana’s sophomore opus catalyzed a musical and cultural revolution like no other work of popular music short of the Beatles' ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ A perfect storm of raw power and melodic sensitivity ‘Nevermind’ and its complement of immortal tunes, led by “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” basically claimed rock and roll back for its original intended audience – disenfranchised youths -- 35 years after Elvis set the example. In doing so, it created a reluctant living legend out of band leader Kurt Cobain (with bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl not far behind), and turned this strange term, “Grunge,” into a household word.
1. Alice in Chains, 'Dirt' (1992)
If the public at large still remained oblivious to the grunge community’s pervasive drug abuse, then Alice in Chains went ahead and told them all about it on 1992’s ‘Dirt.’ Undisguised examples like “Sickman,” “Junkhead,” “God Smack” and “Angry Chair” were terrifying and mesmerizing in equal measures, and similarly gloomy issues like depression, war, and mortality pervaded other key tracks like “Them Bones,” “Rooster” and “Would.” All of which might have made AIC’s sophomore album a downer and a slump, if not for the haunting beauty of Cantrell and Staley’s vocal harmonies and the musical exorcism of their demons.
music  grunge  AIC  top_ten  PJ  90s  screaming_trees  SG 
14 days ago by rgl7194
Alice in Chains' 'Dirt': 10 Facts Only Superfans Would Know
By 1991, Alice in Chains had already made their grand entrance with Facelift. Anthems such as "Man in the Box" and "We Die Young" proved this band were going to be one of the biggest of the decade. But no one had any idea what was coming next.
The quartet released their sophomore album Dirt on Sept. 29, 1992. It was their sludgiest, darkest work yet, and also their last with original bassist Mike Starr. Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell's haunting vocal harmonies were back, and the music was heavier overall. Coming in right after the explosion of grunge, Dirt spawned five singles and spent 106 total weeks on the charts.
In celebration of the anniversary of one of the best grunge albums in rock history, here are 10 facts only Alice in Chains superfans would know about Dirt.
1. It's statistically their best album.
Many rock fans choose Dirt as their top AIC album, but the facts support the notion as well. Though their self-titled third effort debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Dirt peaked at No. 6, the latter sold almost twice as many copies, making it their highest-selling album.
music  90s  grunge  AIC  record 
14 days ago by rgl7194
The Recording of the “That Boy John” EP | It's My Party!
May 12 | JohnG
That Boy John Cover
After the success of the single “Can’t” in 1997, IT’S MY PARTY! set out to record more material, with a goal of a 1998 release. Unlike “Can’t,” which took two years to complete, while enduring several vocal personnel changes, the next recording benefited from the polished vocal lineup of Vanessa, Roseanna, and newcomer Lauren, who had replaced Aubrey. Aubrey, finding it difficult to juggle her commitment to the group with the pursuit of her other passion, theater performance, departed on good terms, and would return for a second stint in IT’S MY PARTY! the following year.
I selected the material for the new release based on the relative strengths of the singers. Vanessa’s voice seemed to lend itself to a relatively unknown Barry/Greenwich composition, “That Boy John.” A decade before, in 1988, Paul Kanack and I visited Ellie Greenwich’s Manhattan apartment with the idea of working with her. She shared with us her frustration about the timing of the release of “That Boy John,” by her group, The Raindrops, in early December 1963, just weeks after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The timing couldn’t have been worse, and the record failed to chart. It was her thought that a release at any other time would have produced a hit. Remembering this, Paul and I were determined to give this song a second chance. “That Boy John” became the title track of the new release.
The second song selected for the single was “I’m Bobby’s Girl.” Not to be confused with “Bobby’s Girl,” by Marcie Blaine, “I’m Bobby’s Girl” was an original song, written by Syeed Abdulal-haqq, especially for the group.
60s  90s  music  record  rochester  rock_n_roll  songs  women 
16 days ago by rgl7194
"Can’t," an IT’S MY PARTY! recording from 1995-97 | It's My Party!
Jul 27   |   JohnG
The cover of the “Can’t” CD Single from 1997
 I’d like to tell you the story of the release of the IT’S MY PARTY! single entitled “Can’t” b/w “I’d Much Rather Be With the Girls.” It’s hard to believe that so much time has past since this recording, and I’d like to write down my recollections of this project before I lose any more memory of the events as they unfolded. Fortunately, we keep very good records of the recording sessions as well as saving artifacts through the years.
IT’S MY PARTY! got back into the studio in 1995 with the intention of recording and releasing a single. The group was in a state of flux for the previous two years, but the time seemed right in ’95, as new candidates auditioned for the vocal lineup and had shown potential.
I thought it would be a nice tribute to the original girl group sound to try to recreate one of the thousands of great tunes to choose from. I always liked Donna Lynn’s version of “I’d Much Rather Be With the Girls,”  a Rolling Stones song from their album, Metamorphosis, recorded in 1965.  Besides paying out the proper mechanical royalties, we needed to ask permission to change the name from “I’d Much Rather Be With the Boys,” to “I’d Much Rather Be With the Girls.” With permission from the publisher granted, we proceeded to track this one in the spirit of the Donna Lynn version.
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16 days ago by rgl7194
The oral history of Veruca Salt's American Thighs
There are bands that find success relatively early—and then there’s Veruca Salt. Within the span of their first half-dozen shows in 1993, the Chicago foursome—singers and guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post, bassist Steve Lack, and drummer Jim Shapiro, Gordon’s brother—were signed to a label. Six months later, they had recorded an album. Before 1994 was up, they’d be signed to Geffen; have a massive hit in their first single, “Seether” (also a staple on MTV at the time); and be well on the way to American Thighs, the band’s debut LP, going gold and spending 23 weeks straight on the Billboard charts. Time-wise, it was less like experiencing quicker-than-expected stardom, and more like being strapped to a booster rocket and launched into the stratosphere.
Although the original lineup only released two full albums before breaking up (the band reunited in 2014 and released the excellent Ghost Notes), they remain one of the defining bands of the mid-’90s alternative rock era, defined by the indelible harmonies of Post and Gordon’s dual-vocal magic. Rolling Stone has listed the album as one of the best records from “alternative’s greatest year” while Spin named “Seether” one of the best alt-rock songs, nestled comfortably between Soundgarden and Blur.
For the 25th anniversary of American Thighs’ release on September 27, 1994, we spoke to the key players behind the landmark record: Each member of the band, along with producer Brad Wood and Minty Fresh label head Jim Powers, weighed in with their thoughts about the heady time when a young Chicago band just starting out found itself in a maelstrom of excitement.
music  alt_rock  90s  anniversary  record  women 
22 days ago by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1996 Nissan 180SX Type X (2019 Car Culture - Street Tuners)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting. These Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  tuner  nissan  90s 
28 days ago by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1995 Mazda RX-7 (2019 Car Culture - Street Tuners)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting. These Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  tuner  mazda_rx  90s 
28 days ago by rgl7194
Happy Anniversary: Sisters of Mercy, “Temple of Love 1992” | Rhino
24 years ago today, the Sisters of Mercy released an updated version of a single that they’d originally released back in 1984. The original version didn’t chart. The updated version became the biggest hit of their career.
Remember, kids: recycling pays.
When the Sisters got started in the late ‘70s, it would be fair to say that their sound was not necessarily one which lent itself to mainstream popularity, and this was borne out by the fact that none of their first five singles – “The Damage Done “ (1980), “Body Electric” (1982), “Alice” (1982), “Anaconda” (1983), and the aforementioned “Temple of Love” – made their way onto the chart in the UK, let alone anywhere else. In 1984, however, the band’s profile began an upward trajectory, starting with their “Body and Soul” single, and by the time 1992 rolled around, they’d accrued five top-40 singles in the UK: “This Corrosion,” “Dominion,” “Lucretia My Reflection,” “More,” and “Dr. Jeep.”
In ’92, with no new album on the immediate horizon, the decision was made to compile the band’s earliest singles and reissue them on a collection entitled SOME GIRLS WANDER BY MISTAKE, but more or less in conjunction with this release, the Sisters recorded a new version of “Temple of Love,” this time featuring the late, great Israeli vocalist Ofra Haza. The caveat of “more or less” is included because the new version was not included on the compilation, although you can find it on a different compilation: A SLIGHT CASE OF OVERBOMBING, the band’s greatest-hits album, which was released in August 1993.
As noted, “Temple of Love ‘92” was a smash for the Sisters, making it all the way to #3 on the UK Singles chart. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting for that next new album by the band, so if you know Andrew Eldritch, please tell him it’s very hard to type with our fingers crossed that we’ll still get it one of these days.
music  TSOM  90s  songs  anniversary  women  voice  goth_rock 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
The BBC website has a slowly growing gaming archive with some brilliant and stuff on it.

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