90’s Music Superlatives Part 2/4

Here it is: My second installment of the best of the best of the 90’s when it comes to music. So just sit back and imagine your mom driving you to the pool with the windows down and the FM radio blasting.

Best Alternative Rock Song: Eve 6 – Inside Out

The rhythm of this song is just fantastic. It flows so well and hits hard, especially at the “NOW I’M THROUGH WITH YOU!” part.

Best Life Reflecting Song: Everlast – What It’s Like

One of the guys from House of Pain (see below) totally reinvented himself with the Whitey Ford Sings The Blues album. Try to listen to the lyrics. Makes you think about how you treat others everyday. That, along with a great voice and great guitar part makes a great 90’s song.

Honorable Mention: The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

Watch the guy just drill this random girl in the video and not even think twice about it.

Best Song to Wake Up To: Fastball – Out of My Head

Could be considered for above as well, but every time I hear this song it make me want to take nothing for granted and make the most out of every day.

Best Band From a Disney Channel Original Movie: Five

Slam Dunk Da Funk” from the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Smart House.” The kid is chillin’ with his bros waiting for the ladies to arrive to his party and this song comes on. Just quality dancing ensues.

Most Underrated 90’s Alternative Band: Gin Blossoms

Yes, they have many hits from te 90’s. From “Til I Hear It From You,” to “Hey Jealousy,” “Until I Fall Away,” and “Found Out About You.” These guys know how to make a great alternative song. But to this day, I get the feeling that their songs have lasted longer than their name has. Everybody thinks about Matchbox Twenty, Third Eye Blind, and Goo Goo Dolls, and these guys are easily as good if not better than most of these.

Best Song to Put a Tear in Your Eye: Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

Although I haven’t seen City of Angels, which is the movie this song is from, this song doesn’t need video with it to make me cry like a 14-year-old girl at a Backstreet Boys concert.

Honorable Mention: Hootie and the Blowfish – Let Her Cry

I mean when “Cry” is in the title, cue  the waterworks.

Best Irish Artist: House of Pain

Sinead O’Connor and The Cranberries are amazing, but “Jump Around” by House of Pain is still played at every sporting event at least once. It’s a great party feel good song, and although they are a one hit wonder, that one hit brings them to the top of the Wicklow Mountains (irish analogy) for me.

Best Song to Bump in the Car To: Jay-Z – Can I Get A…

My senior year, I just fell in love with this song. It’s really got a great message too, which is: If I wasn’t rich and famous, would you still love me? And the girl’s verse in it is one of the filthiest verses I’ve ever heard.

Best Latino Girl from Queens: J-Lo

Okay, so this is a pretty narrow category, but Jenny from the Block needs to be mentioned. She was HUGE in the 90’s. And I might have had an obsession with her in 8th grade.

Dirtiest Song: Khia – My Neck My Back

No words need to be said about this song. I’m even putting the edited version for the link because I don’t want this blog to be flagged and inappropriate.

Most Eclectic Artist: Kid Rock

First he was rap, then he was rock, then he was a little country, now his last hit is poppy feel good summer time. He’s got more genres then… I have no idea, but he has a lot.

Best Summertime Song: LFO – Summergirls

The best part of this song by far is all the random lines. “Macaulay Culkinn was in Home Alone,” “The great Larry Bird jersey 33,” “Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole lot of sonnets,” “There was a good man named Paul Revere.” I could go on.

Best Song I Never Wanna Hear Again: Los Del Rio – Macarena

HUGE song. GREAT dance. STILL annoying. Not even putting the link up  because that obnoxious beat is already in your head.

Best Chill Song: Marcy Playground – Sex and Candy

“Who is that lounging in my chair?” We’ll never know, but what we do know is this song it AWESOME.

Best Pipes: Mariah Carey

My favorite song is “Always Be My Baby,” but in all of her songs, her singing ability is revealed. I hear she has something like a 6-octave range or something. Wowzers.

So there you have it, the second installment of my 90’s music extravaganza.

Check out the Polls section for a great (not really though) poll about some great musicians who died way before their time.

Agree or not (you probably don’t), this is what I think I think.


90’s Music Superlatives Part 1/4

Anybody that know me knows I’m all about the 90’s music. So here I go. The best of the best of the best of 90’s music. I have over 350 songs in my 90’s playlist and probably about 100 artists. I love it all: pop, rap, R&B, rock, especially alternative, and even some country. Some of these you will disagree with. Some of these I disagree with, but I put the band in there because I feel that it is worth mentioning. Here we go.

Best Pop Band: Ace of Base

Starting off with probably the one that people will disagree with the most is the Best Pop Band. Not Backstreet Boys, not *NSYNC, not any other but Ace of Base. I pick them for one reason: pure catchiness. To me that’s what a pop band is all about. Their songs are catchy, but also amazingly meaningful and deep. And they’re Swedish. Here’s one of my favorites, All That She Wants.

Best R&B Group: TLC

TLC had something going. Before Lisa (Left-Eye) Lopes burnt down NFL star Andre Risen’s house and died in a car crash,  they were on top of the world. Lisa wrote numerous TLC classics including Waterfalls and No Scrubs. To this day, everyone knows that a scrub is a sleazy guy, and Left-Eye coined the phrase.

Best Angry Woman: Alanis Morissette

I’m scared of her. Every guy should be. Alanis puts every breath she has into every note and because of it I’m terrified of her. Here’s arguably her angriest song, You Oughta Know.

Best “What the Hell is This?” Song: Baha Men – Who Let The Dogs Out

No explanation can be made for why this song was a hit. To this day it’s still played at numerous sports arenas. Take a catchy Jamaican beat and a nuts question that nobody has had the answer to for over ten years, and there you have it: WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

Best “Still Got It” Band: Beastie Boys

So many bands can be here, but I think the band that stays truer to original form is the Beastie Boys. Bursting onto the scene with Fight For Your Right, then solidifying there place with Sabotage, we knew they were going to be around for awhile. Their most recent lyrical album, “To the 5 Buroughs” is an amazing CD, and as soon as MCA gets done with chemotherapy they are releasing another.

Best Use of Uncommon Musical Instrument: Blues Traveler’s Harmonica

I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the harmonica, and it’s mostly because of Blues Traveler. This very large man just kills the solo in Hook.

Most Popular Artist: Britney Spears

No question on my mind. She’s been in the tabloids constantly for almost 15 years. Whether she’s going to rehab, shaving her head, getting married (for a few hours) in Vegas, or dominating the charts, she’s there. It’s all because of …Baby One More Time. Probably one of the most famous videos of all time. Everyone can picture the pigtails.

Best Obscure Music: Cake.

They’re awesome. I’ll just give you some lyrics:

Can cut you from their bloated budgets like sharpened knives through chicken McNuggets.

I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity Who uses a machetti to cut  trough red tape.

That’s just pure genius, as is my favorite Cake song: Never There.

Honorable Mention: Fatboy Slim – The Rockafellar Skank.

Best Diva: Celine Dion

Her songs are just magic. From making me ball every time I hear the Titanic song to Because You Loved Me, this Canadian can get it done.

Best Use of Odd Vocals: The Cranberries

Pride of Ireland, The Cranberries can do it all. From Linger to Dreams and Zombie, their talent is on display always. The chorus of Zombie is where I get the odd vocals idea. Who thinks of singing like that?

Best Lame Ass White Rap Group: Crazy Town

Butterfly. I love this song, but I can’t watch the video without laughing at how lame all these guys are.

Best Band for Grade School Dances: K-Ci & JoJo

All My Life makes me think of slow dances and just the absolute uncertainty on how close I can get to touching a girl’s booty during them. Oh gotta love those awkward times.

Best Christian Band: Creed

I admit it. I liked them. Now they are probably the funnest band to make fun of behind Nickleback, but Higher was my jam.

Best R&B Song: Say My Name – Destiny’s Child

Maybe the best song of the 90’s. I remember this song was big on the countdown for a little bit, then it disappeared, only to just absolutely explode everywhere. One of the oddest verses with all the stops and starts, which makes it amazing. Great video with all the colors too.

Best Use of Profanities: Eamon – Fuck It

I’ve never had a bad break up, but if I had, this song would be the most played on my iTunes. Just a sad angry dude yelling about a girl. Gotta love it.

Best Song About a Color: Eiffel 65 – Blue

Heard this song at a club in Dublin this summer, and it was amazing still. Kinda like “Who let the dogs out?” in that it just baffles me how this song was every popular. But I’m so glad it was, cus it’s awesome.

So there’s part 1 of my picks for the best of 90’s music.

Agree or not (you probably don’t), that is what I think I think.

An Apple a Day…

We are talking about Apple quite a bit in my Marketing 3000 class, from product innovation, to advertising, to brand identification. But where I fit in with the Apple conversation the most is brand loyalty. I get it from my mom, original Mac-addict. I bought her a shirt for one of her birthdays that says “I owned a Mac before it was cool.” No statement is truer.

I’ve always used Apple computers. When I was a kid, my friends would make fun of me for it because I couldn’t play all the cool games. Brand loyalty is a funny thing. I worked for MillerCoors after my senior year of high school, so I rarely drink Bud products (recently turned 21, so I can talk about drinking Mom, it’s okay). Brand loyalty in that aspect can be expected, but what is it about Apple? I can pretty much swear to you right now that I will never ever own another computer that is not a Mac, or another phone that isn’t an iPhone. It’s scary to think about.

Chasing technology sucks. I recently received my 3rd iPhone for my birthday. I got one for senior graduation, then my mom’s 3G when she got a 3GS, now the 4. It’s a weird feeling having what is widely considered the best phone out there. I remember with LG’s and Razr’s how I couldn’t wait for my contract to go up or my phone to break to get a new one. Now this is it. I have it. I think I’m on only my 2nd iPod. The classic white one with the 4 buttons at the top for 8th grade graduation, then a new video some time in high school, maybe my junior year that we got discounted with a new computer purchase.

I can sit here and talk about how much better Apple products are than everything else, which they are, but I think there is more to brand loyalty than enjoying phenomenal products. Is it because these products are what I’ve grown up with and what I’m used to? Maybe. But I think there is seriously some psychological stuff going on here. If Apple fails to improve any of their products in the next 15 years, I will still use them. Only recently has Apple really jumped ahead of the curve. The iPod is less than ten years old, and only after that did the brand leap forward. Any other brand can just as easily take over the mp3 and mobile phone market. The new Droids are pretty freaking sweet. Does that matter? No. I will always use Apple. I admit this. It kinda sucks because it doesn’t matter whose the best, all that matters is that little half-eaten apple on the back of my product. That’s it and that’s all.

I often think about my grandma. When her sewing machine broke, there was literally no way to fix it because they haven’t been making the part for the last 30 years. She was generously given an antique machine to replace it by her friend because she did not want a brand new one. She knew what she had and was comfortable with and there’s no way of talking her into getting a newer fancy one. I’m thankful for everything I have and I try not to take any of it for granted, but it can be difficult to live simply in this world. Heck, right now I’m on my laptop at a coffee shop in Columbia, charging my phone and playing games with friends on it all at the same time. Is the art of language and the written word bng lost w/ all the txtng n speed of society? Some could argue so. Keeping this blog is a nice way for me to try to stay in touch with the written word and language. But sometimes I see younger kids talking back and forth on facebook and I wonder what they think language really is. I heard in some grade schools they stopped teaching kids how to write in cursive. This amazes me. There’s typing classes k-8, and soon enough all the kids will have laptops of their own. Weird to think about how the hand written word is dying faster than the Kansas football team.

So those were pretty random thoughts, but that’s why it’s in the “random thoughts” category.

GameDay Saturday! MIZ