It's summertime in the year 1992. You can't get this new song out of your head. It's been playing on all the top 40 stations in town. It's slowly becoming the hit of the summer, but it's bigger than that. The song hits every emotional heart string of your soul. And because you can't seem to get past your feelings for an ex-girlfriend, you need this song to help you cope. You go as quickly as you can to your nearest record store. You're determined to get your hands on the single. Your Walkman desperately needs this. You search the "Sizzlin' Summer Songs" rack and, staring at you is a cassette single of Boyz II Men's "End of the Road." You'll be playing, rewinding, and replaying this tape until the magnetic strip falls out.Read More
90s pop culture worth talking about.
R&B was never better, and may never be better than it was in the 90s. The collective soul sound from the 70s and 80s meshed well with the new jack style and meteoric rise of hip-hop during the decade and produced phenomenal hits. Many hits came from the female super groups of the 90s. This is a relatively thorough attempt at ranking these groups through the means of the elimination game. Not just ranking them, but finding the second-best female R&B group of the 90s.Read More
The Manchester benefit concert will have Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, U2, and Coldplay performing. For music fans in England, however, those acts won't compare to the possibility of seeing Oasis perform in all their glory for the first time in 8 years.Read More
Something felt different about Cornell. He was bright. He was edgy and sensitive. He could sing better than any other lead singer from any other 90s band. Chris Cornell was an amazing talent. Was.Read More
Mountain Dew lids became the Wonka bars of our time. We all wanted to find the golden ticket. We wanted a cap that said Kentucky or Syracuse.Read More
Country music has long been a mirror of life in the rural towns of America. It encompasses the dirt roads and the flyover states, the mill worker and the farmer, the lazy days on the lake and the harsh summers begging for raindrops. And of all the peaks and valleys in life, there's always a love song or two we can pull from the country music file.Read More
In the glossary of hip-hop music, you could not put the 1990's as a chapter unto itself. You must dictate chapters to individual years in the decade. This speaks to the depth of quality the genre birthed in the 1990's, in particular, the mid-90's which saw a burgeoning rise in gangsta rap along with melodic hip-hop mixed with R&B vocals. What we're going to do here is talk about 90's rap songs specific to 1994. More specifically, we are going to discuss which rap song from that year was the best: Warren G's "Regulate" or Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy"?Read More
20 years ago this month, one of the greatest shows in history ended its run. Let's look back at the hilarious and touching ways Fresh Prince impacted all of us, white and black.Read More
If the 1980's was the decade of excess, then the 1990's was the "toned down with cautious introspection decade". Sure, the music of the 90's was riddled with party anthems and obnoxious dance songs (thanks Macarena and Mambo No. 5). In the snippets of thought-provoking lyrics, however, many secular artists found curious ways to intermingle God into their songs.Read More
Anyone that knows grunge music at all, or rock music in the 1990’s knows about “Jeremy”. We know his story and how it ends. We know Eddie Vedder, the lead singer for Pearl Jam, and the way he sings the song in a callous matter-of-fact tone.
That was 1992. Now some 150 school shootings later, the song “Jeremy” has even greater relevance. In 1992, two school shootings took place in America. In just half a year in 2014 thus far, we’ve had 31 different occurences of violence in our nation’s learning institutions.Read More