Boombox Overload

Yo Listen

The boombox
is making a return from the past
The music, yo bring it down fast

The cassette is on me, so slot it in
its gonna drop a beat, made out of win
it sounds so bad, y’all think it was a sin

Yeah break it down

This is my love dedication to Boomboxes or Ghetto Blasters. I still have a 90s all black one hidden somewhere.

If I am able to get my hands on an 80s boombox and get my friends to dance with me on the streets, that will be the coolest thing that will ever happen to me. Who needs to go to a club when you can create your own?

Aww man. I’m trying to remember where I saw a scene of 80/90s kids in a New York street blasting the ghetto blaster. Where have I seen this?! Was it a music video? A TV show? Feel free to post youtube videos of scenes with the boombox as these are the only ones I could find.

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Smells Like Grunge Spirit

When people think of the greatest album ever released in the 90s, most people picture this:

Even I picture it. It’s not because it’s my favorite 90s album, it’s because I read about it everywhere. I love Nirvana, I do. As much I would love to conform, I can’t lie. My favorite Nirvana song is actually underated Dumb which can’t be found on this album. “I think I’m dumb, I think I’m dumb…” sounds like he’s in a trance. He sounds like he just took a downer and gosh, it’s sexy. Am I weird for thinking that?

I remember why it’s the greatest 90s album now– it started the grunge movement and helped revolutionise mainstream rock music. How could I forget that? The album peaked at number 1 on the billboard charts on the 11th January, 1992 replacing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. Of all artist that could replace Michael Jackson’s number one spot, I’m glad it was Nirvana and not some rediculous girl-band. The album was released on September 24, 1991. It stayed on the charts for 252 weeks!

My favourite songs off Nevermind are Come As You Are, On a Plain and definitely Something in the Way. Normally I would say Smells Like Teen Spirit but it’s just a typical answer and . . . I’m tired of listening to that song. I guess that’s my own fault for repeating the track.

I was listening to the album in the car (yesI still listen to CDs, what’s MP3 mean?) and it put a frown on my face the entire time I was driving. I wasn’t pissed nor was there a dog territorial pissing on my car wheel. It put me in a frowning mood. I personally like bopping to music whilst driving. I do recommend popping this album on when you’re in a lounge act manner. I didn’t take any type of illegal drugs, but when you’re lazing around to this album, you’ll feel like you did. If you just had a hard time at work, college, or school and all you want to do is the opposite of thinking, this is a must.

Honestly, you don’t need  many words to describe how amazing this album is. I didn’t have to write all this! This is what I should have just written:

My friend and I lying on her bedroom floor with Nevermind blasting in the background.

Friend: Hey . . . this song’s cool.
Me: Yeah . . .

FYI:

Coming up from Behind by Marcy Playground sounds really similar to Come As You Are.

Right?!

Bitter and not very sweet Symphony

Bitter Sweet Symphony, the lead single off The Verve’s Urban Hymns album, is what I consider to be one of the greatest songs of all time. If I had to pick one song to listen to for the rest of my life, this song will be my top pick. It doesn’t get old. It was released on the 16th of June, 1997 and was nominated for a Grammy award.

I only recently discovered that The Verve made no money from this song because they plagiarized the Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s version of The Rollin Stone’s song, ‘The Last Time’. When I first found out, I was a peeved at The Verve. After doing some research, I changed my mind.

The Last Time actually sounds nothing like ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’. I am not a fan of this song.

The Verve managed to get the rights to use the sample of the orchestra version but used a bit too much. Take a listen:

Wow, great song, but I still don’t see how the Andrew Oldham Orchestra created this from ‘The Last Time’. It does not have the same impact ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ has.  The song lyrics of ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ were written by The Verve’s vocalist Richard Ashcroft. Regardless, the band lost all rights to the song due to its popularity. “The Rolling Stones got greedy when the song became successful” (Superwells). This is where it’s unjust. The Verve made the song their own and it is way better than the original. He wrote the lyrics! The Verve deserved fifty percent of the rights. At the Grammy Awards the nominees for the song were Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Well, that’s all in the past now. Let’s all remember what a brilliant song The Verve revolutionized and the impact it left on this planet.

*Purchase their last album, which was released in 2008, titled “Fourth”. The band has broken up and gotten back together so many times, I don’t know if they’re still together or not.

Source: Superwells – Sampling Law

THE King of Pop

I never thought I would be writing about Michael Jackson on this blog, but I have to. Shame on me for not thinking of it before. Michael Jackson came into the spotlight at a very young age. He was a child star without a childhood. He joined his brothers band at age six!

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His second solo album Thriller turned out to be the best selling album of all time! He revolutionized pop music like no other. Of course, you already know this don’t you?

I am a 90s child and Michael Jackson was probably the first ever celebrity music artist I knew about. He was my definition of a superstar. Everybody knew who he was. He definitely appealed to me for his dance moves and for his eccentric looks. It was not until I reached my teen years that I started to love his songs.

In 1991 he released Dangerous with ‘Black or White’, ‘Remember the Time’, and ‘Heal the World’  as the released singles. In 1995 he released a double disc album HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1 with ‘Scream’ beings its first single. It is known to be the highest selling multiple disc album of all time.

Not only was he a fantastic music artist, he was also a very giving and caring man. In 1992 he founded the ‘Healing the World Foundation’. All profits from his Dangerous World Tour went to the charity.

Michael Jackson was not a 90s man nor was he a 60s man. He entertained the world for over four decades. He was there for it all. That’s why he is THE King of Pop. Legend.

There is no other.

He will never be forgotten. Thank you for your music, Michael Jackson.

 

Just Out! February 1998

I like to collect 90s magazine and post some interesting articles on this blog. I only did it once so far, and since there is a large time gap between my post these days, I decided to post some more.

Here are the albums that were just released, appearing in the February edition of TV Hits magazine. I don’t have any of these albums so I can’t give my personal opinion on them.

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“Yield” Pearl Jam – Those mad rockers Pearl Jam are finally back with their latest album, “Yield”. The excellent single, “Given To Fly” and the tracks “Brain Of J” and “Wish List” will have Pearl Jam fans in rapture! This album is reminiscent of the excellent “Vitalogy” and “10” albums. If you haven’t been a fan of the Jam, start now!

Okay! Sounds like a plan!

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“LSG” Levert. Sweat. Gill. – Three legends of R&B unite to make LSG – it’s Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill – and they’ve made one very smooth album. Don’t go past the tracks “My Body”, “Where Did I Go Wrong”, “Curious” and “You Got Me”. This is definitely the CD to play if you’re in the mood for some sultry sounds.

I don’t think I have ever heard of these guys. =S

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“An American Werewolf In Pairs” Various – This soundtrack to the freaky movie with Julie Delpy and Tom Everett Scott is just awesome. With “Mouth” by Bush, “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Cake, Eva Trout’s (!) “Soup Kitchen”, Fat’s “Downtime” and loads of other great tracks, this album is made to be played very loud! Way-cool.

Never saw the movie and I’m not exactly interested in it either. The title of the movie sounds . . . lame, but hey, if you’ve seen it and recommend the flick or soundtrack, leave a comment! I’m just going to prejudge this flick as terrible until somebody tells me otherwise.

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“A Moment of Love” La Bouche – If La Bouche’s latest CD doesn’t get you up and dancing’, nothing will! Fans will love unreal ditties like “A Moment Of Love”, “You Won’t Forget Me” and “Oh A Night Like This”. Also check out the cover of “I Can’t Stand The Rain” …the oldies might even like this one! So whack it on and start shakin’ your thang!

Their song “Be My Lover” is a pretty tough single to beat. I love that song.

“Ground Zero” Various (Polygram) – Whoa! From the TV show Ground Zero, this CD is chock full of hits. With Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”, The Chemical Brothers’ “Block Rockin’ Beats”, Dannii’s “All I Wanna Do”, Texas’ “Say What You Want” and Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There”, it’s an absolute must-have CD!

That’s all.

I can’t help but ask, is there anything this reviewer doesn’t like? Everything happens to be Rad! Cool! Whicked!

After this, I realized I definitely don’t have a big enough music collection…

Truly Mad!

I’m back, as promised! As mentioned in my previous post, Savage Garden has two albums, ‘Savage Garden’ and ‘Affirmation’. They have a third album with all their songs together on one CD called, ‘Truly Madly Completely’. Here’s a quick review of the first two albums.

Australian release of ‘Savage Garden’

  1. “To the Moon and Back” – 5:41
  2. “Carry on Dancing” – 3:45
  3. “Tears of Pearls” – 3:46
  4. “I Want You” – 3:52
  5. “Truly Madly Deeply” – 4:37
  6. “Violet” – 4:04
  7. “All Around Me” – 4:11
  8. “Universe” – 4:20
  9. “A Thousand Words” – 4:00
  10. “Break Me Shake Me” – 3:23
  11. “Mine” – 4:30
  12. “Santa Monica” – 3:37

Released on March 4, 1997, this album sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. It debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts for 6 weeks. If you happen to buy the album, you MUST listen to their signature songs, ‘To the Moon and Back’, ‘I Want You’ and ‘Truly Madly Deeply’. As with all other songs on the album, these three songs are by far the most popular ones. With a catchy tune and romantic lyrics, these songs will definitely make any Valentine’s Day dinner a very special occasion. Rating: 8.5/10.

Australian release of ‘Affirmation’

  1. “Affirmation” – 4:56
  2. “Hold Me” – 4:50
  3. “I Knew I Loved You” – 4:10
  4. “The Best Thing” – 4:19
  5. “Crash and Burn” – 4:41
  6. “Chained to You” – 4:08
  7. “The Animal Song” – 4:39
  8. “The Lover After Me” – 4:50
  9. “Two Beds and a Coffee Machine” – 3:27
  10. “You Can Still Be Free” – 4:18
  11. “Gunning Down Romance” – 5:34
  12. “I Don’t Know You Anymore” – 3:50
  13. “The Animal Song (Hector Hex Club Mix)” (Bonus track which appears on the Australian edition)

Following the success of their debut album, they released another album two years later. The MUST listen songs on this album include, ‘Affirmation’, ‘I Knew I Loved You’ and ‘Crash and Burn’. ‘Affirmation’ has meaningful lyrics, so meaningful that Savage Garden was asked to perform the song live during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. ‘I Knew I Loved You’ and ‘Crash and Burn’ covers pretty much the same scope as the previous songs, ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ and ‘To The Moon and Back’ respectively. All the other songs on this album are catchy as well, with meaningful lyrics that will definitely make you reflect about your life and make comparisons. Rating: 8/10.

In all, Savage Garden did a marvellous job in appealing to Australian music critics and music enthusiasts. Too bad the band broke up too early. Hope they will reunite sometime in the near future.

Source(s): Wikipedia

I’m a Barbie Girl in a Bubblegum World

Do you want Bubblegum Pop? Then Aqua is the band for you.

 Aqua is a Danish-Norwegian band.  Isn’t it great how the 90s pop world had acts from all over the world instead of the music industry being swamped by American music. They are best known for their single ‘Barbie Girl’ which peaked at #1 in Australia, UK, and many other countries. It peaked at #7 in USA and #2 in Japan.

In 2007 Rolling Stone named the song as one of the top 20 most annoying songs. Okay, if you play this song non stop all day and all night, 24/7 for as long as possible (which is probably what you did when you purchased the single) then yes this song will eventually you drive you nuts. This was the only song I played when I was a kid and it’s been recorded with the family camcorder. After watching the video for old times sake and heard this song play in the background a gazillion times, I was going crazy. I felt sorry for my parents.

However, if you think their music is annoying and you have not heard their songs as much as my parents, then you must be really old and close minded. If you enjoy their songs then you must be full of youth.

For every music lover out there, if you like alternative music and hate bubblegum pop and you call others close-minded then you are a hypocrite. I enjoy pop, hip-hop, rock ‘n roll, alternative rock, other alternatives, classical, the 60s (surf music), 70s, 80s, and the 90s. I love all genres of music so why shouldn’t you? I hate techno but I don’t consider that music.

Their other single ‘Doctor Jones’ also did very well. It was #1 in Australia for seven weeks! That was my favourite song from the band. They were around the same time as Spice Girls since they were both so popular they were being compared a lot. Aqua wins!

If you enjoy their singles then you will LOVE their album. Buy it! Their album include some slow rhythmic dance songs which is always good to hear.

I will end this post with their colourful in-their-own-world music videos!

 

If you want to see more videos, just go to youtube.