Saturday, March 15, 2008

Counting Crows

"Mr. Jones" was fucking ubiquitous.  Looking back, it's weird that bands like this managed to get so popular back in the day.  I must admit that I still pull out "August And Everything After" from time to time and listen to certain tracks.  The singer from this band has the worst case of white boy dread-locks of all time, but still managed to drill that chick from friends.  Just goes to show that if you act like a big enough pussy girls will fuck you no matter what...even if you're the Hitler of hair-do's.




Saturday, March 8, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Offspring

i jammed the shit out of this band back then. they had a corny white dude with braids and a guitar player named "noodles". yuck. i bought "smash" when it came out and yanked "ignite" from a friend, jamming both pretty consistently and then just putting it down and not really ever listening to either of them again. i dont think i voluntarily listened to the offspring past 1995. everyone else i knew was into this band too. looking back and hearing these songs, they're all pretty lame. i dont know why i dug it so much then. i'm sure this is the same as green day where someone can chime in on how this used to be a "legit" band. if you're that dude, you're a fucking dork. by the time that "americana" album came out, they were pretty much the worst band ever. the video progression is awesome, by the way. watch the evolution of "punk" in progress.
-phillip





Aphex Twin

not really too familiar with aphex twin. on the other hand, i doubt too many readers here are either. these are the only two videos i remember getting airplay. the video for "windowlicker" is a crazy unedited directors cut. definitely worth checking out. one time i gave a chick at a bar a ride back to her apartment, and in exchange she decided to fellate me on her couch to the sweet backing of her aphex twin video dvd. as creepy as the video for "come to daddy" truly is, the bizzaro level shoots through the stratosphere when a strange girl simultaneously has her mouth on your junk. not recommended, yet neither discouraged...
-phillip

Unkle

i dont think i know anyone who cared about anything unkle did other than this song. thom yorke 's vocals contribute to a pretty amazing song. i dont think anyone realized this is what radiohead was going to sound like in a few years. cool video....one of those ones that always came on late at night.
-phillip

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Compulsion

This song was an MTV staple when it came out.  I had the album and don't remember thinking much of it, but for some reason I really enjoyed this song.  It doesn't seem that great in retrospect -J.W. 

Sarah McLachlan

Make fun of me if you want, "Surfacing" is one of my favorite albums.  I was majorly crushing on Sarah M. 10 years ago. Now she looks really matronly and I am not feeling it. -J.W. 



Wax

I had a few friends that were real into Wax.  I didn't get.  The video for California IS pretty cool, though. -J.W. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Judgement Night

Soundtrack or not, the Judgement Night album is a GREAT record.   Nary a bad track to be found, not to mention at LEAST a half dozen bona-fide classics.  I love it and still rock it regularly to this day.  Here we have the videos for the collaborations between Faith No More/Boo-Ya Tribe, Biohazard/Onyx, and Teenage Fanclub/De La Soul.-J.W. 


Sponge

I know next to nothing about this band.  "Rotting Pinata" was really popular.  Their next album didn't seem to do much, despite the fact that "Wax Ecstatic" is a fantastic song.  -J.W. 


Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Divinyls

this video gave me a boner then and now. i don't think i ever blinked once when it came on. A++ VIDEO! A++ BOOBS!
-phillip

Unsane

i fucking love unsane. such a dirty, heavy, noisy band. they never got big or anything, despite the fact that this video was on ALL THE FUCKING TIME. for at least a couple months i couldn't watch mtv for a prolonged period of time without seeing the most painful display of goober-ass kids eating shit proper on the pavement. i was into skateboarding back then and loved every second of this video. considering the band never really got popular outside the underground, it goes to show that if a video was entertaining or ingenious enough, it could get heavy rotation.
-phillip

Cannibal Corpse

i always remembered there being a cannibal corpse video on headbanger's ball for awhile, but i could never remember what it was. after some scouring i saw something familiar- "staring through the eyes of the dead". that being said, never been a fan. i always thought they were some sort of joke band, as i scoffed at their t-shirts in the "rockabilia" ads in the back of circus, hit parader, kerrang, metal maniacs, or any random guitar magazine i found on the bottom shelf of the periodicals rack while at the grocery store with my mom. the sad part is, this band was probably a "gateway" band for a lot of dudes who got into death metal. this song in particular is pretty bland and features the shite vocals of one chris barnes. for those of you unfamiliar, he continued his campaign of shitty sub-par metal with another band by the name of six feet under. kids who like this shit generally have long hair, oversized black t-shirts, black military pants, boots, subscribe to fangoria, refer to most things as "brutal", are overtly proficient with computers, wear those glasses with the bars across the top like kip dynamite, have little to no experience with the opposite sex, throw the "metal claw" up as a congratulatory gesture, smell bad, suck in general, etc., etc.
-phillip

Supergrass

this video was fairly popular at the time. to be honest, i dont know shit else about this band, nor will i claim to. i remember the controversy among my peers regarding whether or not they were saying "humping" or "pumping" on your stereo. listening back, it definitely sounds like "humping". the video itself was mildly amusing. its one of those things where you say to yourself, "wow, this would probably be more enjoyable if i were on drugs". just so happens, i myself spent the second half of the decade high or in the pursuit of being so. a word of caution- if you make the decision to watch this video there's a high probability that you'll be singing the shit in your head for at least the next 72 hours. you've been warned.
-phillip

Friday, February 29, 2008

Jawbox

Jawbox's eponymous LP is FLAWLESS.  FUCKING FLAWLESS!  If you haven't ever heard it, go buy it.  NOW.   
BEST
RECORD
EVER 
Unfortunately the jerk that uploaded the videos from that album ("Cornflake Girl" and "Mirrorful") as well as "Cooling Card" from "Your Own Special Sweetheart" disabled embedding...so I can't put these videos on my entry.  Why the fuck would you do this?  Thanks a lot, dick.  So all I can post is "Savory" from "Your Own Special Sweetheart."  You'll have to go to YouTube for the rest. 

The Roadrunner Evolution VHS Tape Tribute

One of my fondest memories of the 90's was the Roadrunner Records "Evolution" video sampler.  This compilation had videos from Type O, Sepultura, Life of Agony,  Black Train Jack, Machine Head, Dog Eat Dog, and Obituary, and was $1 or something at the store.  I watched this tape over and over again, so I thought I'd share it here for those of you who missed out on it the first time. Here are the videos, in the sequence they were found on the tape.-J.W. 






Thursday, February 28, 2008

Pixies

great band. it took me years to "get" the pixies. i remember kurt cobain swinging on frank black's nuts in interviews all the time. the video for "velouria" has to be the absolute lowest budget project in music video history. by the way, has anyone seen these guys recently? it looks like frank black and kim deal ate the other two members. frank black looks like he should join tenacious d whenever kyle gas finally strokes out.
-phillip

Rage Against The Machine

I can't really get down with them like I used to, but for a long time RATM was one of my favorite bands.  They've been playing shows again, so hopefully some new recordings will come out of that, since I liked everything up to and including "The Battle of Los Angeles." 
Most people know that these guys ditched their singer, and then hired the singer from another one of my favorite 90's bands, Soundgarden.  You would think that the collaboration would be wonderful, but as it turns out, it was mostly doo-doo. 
LOL at the fat kid going crazy in the "Freedom" video.  I'm right there with you, young one.  UUUHHHHHH!-J.W. 






Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill.  I'm not down with that "Rock Star" shit they're doing now, but back in the day, this was ill.  "Insane..." was so ubiquitous that at one point I heard my junior high school principal's wife singing it.  I guess she saw them on Saturday night live. -J.W. 






Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Type O Negative

i've had my ups and downs with type o negative. carnivore was always more my thing. when "black no.1" was in heavy rotation on the 'ball, i thought it was pretty goofy shit. i still liked the song, and giggled to myself when ever it or "christian woman" would come on. then "october rust" came out. i HATED october rust. its still my least favorite type o negative album to this day. it offended me so, that i refused pay the band any more attention what so ever. several years later i was in a serious long-term relationship with a girl who's favorite band happened to be type o negative. wouldnt you know it, but her favorite type o album was fucking october rust. that shit got played so much it drove me crazy and awakened all the animosity i had felt years before. i fucking hated this band. some time later i bought her "life is killing me" when it came out. my hatred had subsided, but now she was the one loathing them. i shelved this band until recently when my bass player hit a type o phase and jammed this shit for weeks at a time every time we left for tour. giving them a listen after a few years off and hearing their newer material was a breath of fresh air. me and type are in good standings as of now. looking back these videos are just as awesome/hilarious as i remember them. i still have to say i like carnivore better, though. sorry, chris.
-phillip


Machine Head

Machine Head was one of the definitive bands of my youth.  I remember watching the "Davidian" video on my Roadrunner Evolution video cassette.  That shit has basically every component you could want to make a great video.  Fire, footage of the band walking their dog, footage of the band playing live, footage of some black guy doing a feet first stage dive at a Machine Head show.  Too bad pretty much everything after "Burn My Eyes" sucked.  -J.W. 

Bjork










Biohazard

think biohazard was my first real foray into the world of hardcore. of course, back then i couldnt really tell the difference between this and metal, i just knew that bands like these had way more tattoos and possessed a real affection for bandannas and basket-ball jerseys. i got a friend's brother to buy me "state of the world address" and jammed it pretty constantly. this was the same time period as machine head's "burn my eyes". when i heard an announcement for a tour involving biohazard/machine head/slayer i was obsessed with seeing the heroes of headbanger's ball live and in the flesh. when i tried to break the news to my folks of my aspirations they promptly told me to fucking forget it. these videos are all pretty hilarious looking back on it. the video for "5 blocks to the subway" was always kinda funny, because from what i can tell they were pretty much roaming around prospect heights and acting like it was the toughest place on earth. regardless, i still jam biohazard. "punishment" makes me want to commit genocide.
-phillip
The videos for the songs off "Urban Discipline" are amazing in the fact that their artistry (in my opinion) actually exceeds the quality of the songs that they were made for.  And I like the songs!   "Punishment" is particularly great.  Tons of cameos from NYHC all-stars.  Other notes: Bobby Hambel is like a wild, caged animal.  "Judgement Night" is the most ingenious combination of rock and hip hop that has ever (or will ever) be made. 




Limp Bizkit

Any video tribute to the 90's wouldn't be complete without Limp Bizkit.  Ok, Fred Durst is a douche, the guitar player wears a corset and cosmetic contact lenses, and the other two guys are dime-a-dozen, interchangeable rock rap dudes..."Rollin'" is still really fucking catchy.  Plus the Durst man f'ed Britney, discovered Kenna, and starred in a video with Method Man (not to mention Pauly Shore).  File under: Good Things Happening To Bad People.  I think I'm going to go download all these songs and hide them on my ipod under Sepultura: Schizophrenia. 
P.S. I'm not really sure if all these came out in the 90's. 







Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Helmet

Great fucking band. these were the only videos i could dig up. i think me and jerry should start a "fuck universal music group" blog to vent our frustrations over getting repeatedly cock-blocked when trying to post vids. anywho, there's not a lot i can say about helmet other than they were truly awesome and a definitive 90's band that influenced countless bands after them. me and jerry actually saw them recently and it was insanely fun. page hamilton was kind of a dork, but he did nail winona ryder which makes him leaps and bounds cooler than you.
-phillip

Danzig

i traded this douchebag in my class a couple of shitty x-factor comic books for the cassingle of this g. danzig classic. i wore it out until i finally broke down and bought the whole live album. to be honest, the live album kinda sucks but i didnt know any better at the time. no one pulls off mesh quite like danzig. no one. viva metal elvis!!!
-phillip












Sepultura





Slayer

"Seasons in the Abyss" is the video that got me into Slayer.  It also got me into my favorite metal album of all time, "Seasons in the Abyss."  No, "Reign In Blood" is not the best Slayer album, sorry.  Anyway, Slayer really started to go downhill after SITA.  Their last somewhat good record was probably "Divine Intervention."  I watched this video for "Dittohead" frequently on Headbanger's Ball.  It is a good track and an awesome clip, but I found out it is about Rush Limbaugh or something (in a good way).  This is further evidence that, while they may have brought us some of the best tunes ever, Slayer is comprised of huge homos.   
PS All you people out there that thought Slayer was "making a comeback" with that crap album they put out last year, FUCK YOU.  That thing is a steaming pile of shit sewage.   Stop wasting your time and just go play "War Ensemble" on repeat. -J.W. 


Soundgarden

what a band. all of their material was top notch. i still say superunknown was one of the best records of the 90's. yeah, thats right, superunknown. it was like what, 15 tracks, and half of them were singles? i've always heard that chris cornell was a waiter at red lobster before he hit it big. you know just as well as i do that the rest of the waiters there probably made him sing "happy birthday" every single time one rolled in. "HERE'S YOUR CHEESE BISCUUUIITTSS!!! YOOOUU GUYS READY TO OOOORDEEERR???"
-phillip







Monday, February 25, 2008

Pantera

"far beyond driven" was one of the coolest things i had ever heard at the time. i think every dude of my generation who was into metal was into pantera. i remember watching those home videos and thinking, "wow, one day i hope i can be drunk all the time and break shit and gamble money on whether kirk windstein can drink a bunch of booze and hang out with slayer and break shit and do drugs...". as far as i'm concerned, vulgar display of power and far beyond driven are the only albums that matter, but since im a nice guy....
-phillip








Oasis

good band, backed hard. everyone thought they were some reincarnation of the beatles at the time cause they had stupid mod haircuts and round sunglasses. "dont look back in anger" was my favorite jam out of the lot. it was great cause noel sang and liam just got to bang on a tambourine like a dildo and make faces at the camera.
-phillip

p.s. if memory serves me correctly i gave my first finger-bang to the sweet backing of "wonderwall".



The Smashing Pumpkins

a definitive band of my youth. all three of these albums received copious amounts of play in my boom box. even though some of these singles weren't my favorites (*cough*disarm*cough*)
i never changed channels when these videos came on. one word- d'arcy.
-phillip








Lisa Loeb

i remember watching this video while waiting for the "jon stewart show" to come on all the time. its like mtv knew how to bum you out right before jon stewart or the state came on. everyone dissed on her glasses at the time. its weird, she never did it for me but looking back "i'd say"- WOULD.
-phillip

4 Non-Blondes

stupid fucking song. completely unavoidable at the time. there's a reason they were a one-hit wonder. great to sing acapella whilst drunk, but the video just reminds you that some people actually thought the "grunge dyke" look was cool. if i want to see 90's chicks dressed like shit i'll watch the breeders' "cannonball".
-phillip

Sunday, February 24, 2008

EMF

BRUTAL FUCKING PIT ACTION!!! say what you will about this song, that break hits fucking hard as demonstrated by the hundred or so amped euros doing their zany euro hop. this shit was in constant rotation when i was a kid. this along with jesus jones "right here" were inescapable. then again you didnt really want to get away from them. that "OOOHHH" still makes me want to run around and fucking clobber the unsuspecting.
-phillip

Entombed

Fuck the assholes who hate on them for the more rock and roll oriented approach they ended up taking.  Wolvering Blues kills.  Here we have the evidence. This song makes me want to eviscerate the gods and rob sugary confections from the mouths of babes.  Best song ever?  A definite contender.  -J.W. 




Carcass

God-fucking-damn.  From the only Carcass album I care about. -J.W. 

Obituary

This video is the shit.  It was on the semi-famous "Evolution" Roadrunner Record videos sampler.  It expresses how I feel about most things (I really don't care) while also reminding me that industrial pollution is pretty fucked up, even if you're in Obituary.  
Actually, I'm not really sure what this video is trying to say. Is it that mankind doesn't care, and this apathy will lead to an apocalyptic future where children play in sewage?   Is it that Obituary doesn't care about pollution?  I can totally see John Tardy driving down some backwoods Florida road, listening to Leprosy on his truck's tape deck and throwing Budweiser cans out the window.  Or is it that children just don't care about getting dirty? I'd consult the lyric sheet, but I think there are only four words used in this entire song. -J.W. 

Afghan Whigs

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Candlebox

this shit was huge. i wasnt a fan then, but it never really offended me. this is the sort of stuff that i came to realize arkansas cover bands were made of.
-phillip

Sunny Day Real Estate

This was the soundtrack to the latter days of my high school experience.  When the song came out 3 or 4 years before, I thought it was pretty weak.  Then again, I thought Slayer was the apex of modern music at the time...wait, I pretty much still do.  cool video regardless.-phillip 

Nine Inch Nails





Radiohead








Godflesh



Thursday, February 21, 2008

Failure


Hum





Morrissey

holy ambiguous sexuality, batman! morrissey is another one of those 90's staples that i felt was fruitier than richard simmons in a punch bowl at the time, but later became one of my favorites. i remember some of these videos getting casual play on 120 minutes, but i cant remember any of them seeing heavy rotation. they were probably enormous over in jolly ol' england. like depeche mode, i had some prior familiarity with the moz-father due to my sister's dingle-berry boyfriend. its funny to watch the progression of style from the earliest to the later videos. i remember wondering why these dudes with greaser cuts and neck tattoos were being led around by an obviously effeminate pied-piper. if you start with the video for "sing your life" you notice he 's totally rockabilly with a 2 and a half foot tall pomp, but by the time of "alma matters" his hair is way more constrained and he's dressing like james vanderbeek. maybe his power rests in his hair? maybe thats why those couple of 90's albums after "vauxhall and i" suck ass? those last two albums he released in 2003 and 2007 were pretty good, and wouldnt you know it....the hair got big again.
-phillip









Jackyl

Sadly, these were the only two Jackyl videos I could find. The video for "I Stand Alone" is amazing.-J.W.

little do the other members of my band know, but we will be covering "i stand alone" in the very near future. sing-a-long city!
-phillip

Megadeth


To some, it might be blasphemy, but I fucking hate Megadeth (outside from a few tracks).  This band really started to go downhill with the "Youthanasia" album, or however the fuck you spell it.  The title to that album was really clever.  So was the riff in "Train of Consequences" that sounded exactly like a train.   They played the video for "Train..." on Headbanger's Ball with an almost religious zeal, so I guess all the cleverness worked out well for these guys. 
The bass player in my band went through a phase about a year ago when pretty much all he listened to was Megadeth.  One time we were making a road trip and he put the entire Megadeth catalog on shuffle (even the newer albums).  I remember simultaneously wanting to kill him, myself, Dave Mustaine, and the entire world.  Anyway, fuck this band.  Enjoy. -J.W. 






Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Swervedriver

After the nirvana post, its time to get a little more obscure. i remember these videos exclusively from "120 minutes" and anytime i tried to bring this band up people would go, "who the fuck is swervedriver?". well, here they are.
-phillip

p.s. mezcal head was on the soundtrack for "road rage" along with rusty cage back when the playstation first came out.

Nirvana

for some reason nirvana doesn't really have the staying power with me as a lot of other bands from the era. sure i listened to the shit, but who didnt? i think i probably heard it SO much that there's little nostalgia factor to take in effect. unfortunately, this dude blowing his brains out has somehow perpetuated the career of that disastrous sow, courtney love. if you hadnt seen at least 75% of these videos in heavy rotation, you either a.) lived under a rock b.) didnt have cable c.) didnt have friends with cable.
-phillip

p.s. notice in the video for "the man who sold the world" kurt beefs the guitar solo. shit became a huge hit single and there's a big glaring mistake on it. its like having your picture put in the sunday paper with a giant zit on your face.






Beck

"Loser" was fucking everywhere! i didnt want to actually buy this album so i had a friend of mine make me a cassette. for you youngsters, this was the 90's version of "burning a cd". basically your rich friend had a fancy stereo with a dual cassette deck (or if he was really ballin' he had the cd/cassette combo) and would dub you all the albums that his rich parents bought his spoiled ass. this was always the same kid who owned the terror dome or the ninja turtles sewer playset. he was your friend and all, but deep down you fucking hated him for all the shit he had and would find any opportunity to call him out whenever he was a douche. anyway, remarkably i remember all the words to "loser".
-phillip

Weezer

when i was a kid it wasn't cool to like weezer, so i had to sneak it. coincidentally enough, when pinkerton bombed it became really cool to like weezer. i used to watch intently for the "say it ain't so" video. unfortunately, universal fucked me out of posting the "sweater song". i really wanted to post it so i could comment on rivers' awful medieval-serf-penis haircut.
-phillip


White Zombie

Unfortunately, universal music group are a bunch of uptight dong-huffers who wont let me post the rest of the white zombie catalog. we'll make do with these two great songs. this reminds me of a friend of mine who's mom freaked out and grounded him for two months when she found his copy of "la sexorcisto". dumbass should've hid it better. my porn piles may have gotten confiscated, but i'll be damned if my copies of "reign in blood" or "covenant" were ever discovered.
-phillip

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Rocket From the Crypt

man, i love this song. usually bands with horn sections send back breaking douche-chills careening down my spine, but RFTC was an esteemed exception. i remember this video airing occasionally, and even though i thought it was a wicked gay concept, the song was good enough to get me to watch it. i read not too long ago that the original video they shot was too shocking for mtv to air , so in protest they re-shot the thing with them trying to act as cuddly and homo as possible. great song, great album. do yourself a favor and pick up "scream dracula scream" if'n you don't already have it.

Bush

all my friends thought this was the greatest shit since pogs when it came out. i wasnt opposed to it, but it never really did anything for me. most of these videos were pretty popular. i actually got dragged to one of their shows by a girl who thought gavin rossdale was "so cute". they were on tour with two little known acts- no doubt and the goo goo dolls. needless to say, i had an awful time. on the other hand, i did get to make out with that girl. i guess mr. rossdale had done his part in getting her adolescent panties all soppy and left her ripe for the picking. unfortunately i hadnt quite perfected the art of "closing the deal" at the time, so a little tongue-twister had to suffice. to bush i say- thanks?
-phillip




Blind Melon

inescapable song. this video was on almost as much as "november rain" or "losing my religion". no one could really figure this out at the time. it was like some bizarre neo-hippy bullshit, the song didnt really have a catchy chorus and the dancing fat girl in the bee tutu ....well, lets face it...she sucks. thats why she got laughed at in the beginning. whats weirder is that several years prior, shannon hoon (the singer) was singing backups to none other than w. axl rose in the "don't cry" video. how does that happen? just like the fat retard from sublime, this guy dosed himself with a lethal spoonful of smack. whatever.
-phillip

AC/DC

AC/DC are true poets of rock.  Like a masterful haiku, their songs attain the highest levels of artistry while utilizing only the sparest of tools.  Plus, they are truly bad-ass.  Put them up against the heaviest metal band, and AC/DC will make them all look like a pack of 12 year old girls making their first trip to Rite-Aid for maxi pads.   Fucking pussies. 
This first song is from a film that sucked.  Enjoy.