Pizza-shaped marshmallows? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cereal? We can just hear the diabetes in that sentence. Juxtapoz just posted about a new release, The Great American Cereal Book, and it seems full of great box designs and memories of how children convinced their parents to start paying for insulin in the 1990s. I am a diabetic, so I can write that.
Must watch. Probably the best duo in our version of contemporary art, Barry McGee and his late wife, Margaret Kilgallen, made some of the most important, heartfelt folk graffiti and fine art of the past 25 years. They were the Diego and Frida for the 1990s. A must-watch, inspirational piece of two young artists beginning to become major figures.
Lauryn Hills was on top of the world in 1998, with The Fugees and her solo career on absolute top notch levels. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” was always one of our favorite tracks from the 1990s, with the Sixties vibe and hip-hop beat. Hill decided to go her own way shortly after this success, but the video is pure fun MTV artistry.
Goddamn, the second half of the 1990s was dominated by Atlanta’s Outkast. Three albums in a row of just straight classics, with 1998′s Aquemini and its intro, “Return of the G” being some of the best music hip-hop has ever seen. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover references? Check.
Through all the pompous behavior and running out of the gate with one of the greatest debuts in history (with the greatest of bravado to boot) there was a love song by Noel Gallagher called “Slide Away” that he hid away at the end of Oasis Definitely Maybe. To call it a highpoint is a major understatement. A song that seems to be unearthed and not written, here is one of the great rock songs of the 1990s.
You want to know why there are so many people that are upset with Radiohead for not playing guitar music anymore? Its because in 1995, you were hearing music like this from the Oxford band, straight ahead, but progressive, three guitar outfit rock. Soaring, youthful, and one of the finer records of the 1990s. “The Bends,” a classic.
They may have been brash, annoying, and pompous as shit, but when it came down to it, Oasis was one of the biggest bands of the 1990s. “Champagne Supernova,” with its non-sensical lyrics and poor metaphors, was an epic triumph, making even the distant of fans know exactly what it meant to say “Where were you when we were getting high?”
We are definitely looking forward to this. If you grew up in the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest touched your life in some sort of way. This new documentary, directed by Michael Rapaport film will be shown in over 20 major US cities, premiering in both New York and Los Angeles July 8th, and here is a full list of screening times and places.
There is a reason that Radiohead’s second LP is widely considered one of the great guitar rock albums of the 1990s. Songs like “Bones” are just the perfect amount of straight-ahead music and Radiohead’s 3-guitar experimentation. Enjoy the sound of 1995.
The world’s tallest shanty town happens to be in the major city of Caracas, Venezuela. Squatters have taken an abandoned 45 story tower, and decided the live there. Because economies of the world have slowed, this major project built in the boom of the 1990s and now is sitting there with over 2,500 squatters. Crazy town.