Alternative Early Days Exploration Playlist


Clark Maybe it’s a sign that I’m really getting older instead of just being on a history kick. Seriously, isn’t a sign of old age that you suddenly value where we’ve come from and pay attention to the evolution of things when history is more of a value than it’s ever been before?

I’m approaching my 34th birthday, which isn’t old at all in the grand scheme of things (and actually a b-day I’m looking forward to because of something I’ll share in the next month, so you’ll have to pay attention and tune in!!!). But I do care about how one thing we enjoy now is the result of something from the past. As we collectively partake in the beauty and awesomeness of modern indie rock and indie alternative, join me in a collective look at the history of what transformed modern music into alternative everything (rock, folk, progressive, etc).

90s alternative is one of my all-time favorite eras of music, which I’ve talked about both here on the blog and on the radio show in a large capacity. I love and advocate for all of the artists from this week, including some of the lesser knowns. I’m so thankful that one of the contributions of Seven Mary Three was an expansion of my 7th grade vocabulary when their hit song came out. But like 7M3, there are so many great Bsides and album cuts from many of the “hit” albums which went largely unknown and deserve to be discovered and celebrated. This is one of my favorite playlist collections and showcasing of music that has been a part of my personal story as well as opening my horizons to different styles of music from punk to rock to singer-songwriter and beyond. So let’s do it. Enjoy!

Hour 1 Playlist

(Show Theme) Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:40
Ben Folds. “Boxing” Ben Folds Five. Caroline Records Inc, 0. 04:43
Ben Folds. “Video” Ben Folds Five. Caroline Records Inc, 1995. 04:08

Seven Mary Three. “Lame” American Standard. Atlantic Recordings, 1995. 04:52
Seven Mary Three. “Roderigo” American Standard. Atlantic Recordings, 1995. 04:24

Counting Crows. “Rain King” August And Everything After. DGC Records, 1993. 04:16
Counting Crows. “Omaha” August And Everything After. DGC Records, 1993. 03:39

Better Than Ezra. “Rewind” Friction, Baby. Elektra Records, 1996. 03:07
Better Than Ezra. “Scared, Are You?” Friction, Baby. Elektra Records, 1996. 04:07

Weezer. “Holiday” Weezer. DGC Records, 1992. 03:25
Weezer. “No One else” Weezer. DGC Records, 1002. 03:05

R.E.M.. “You” Monster. R.E.M./Athens, 1994. 04:54
R.E.M.. “What’s The Frequency Kenneth?” Monster. R.E.M./Athens, 1994. 03:57

Melissa Etheridge. “Talking To My Angel” Yes I Am. The Island Def Jam Records, 1993. 04:48
Melissa Etheridge. “Ruins” Yes I Am. The Island Def Jam Records, 1993. 04:55

Hour 2 Playlist

(Show Theme) Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:45
Live. “Pain Lies On The Riverside” Mental Jewelry. Radioactive Records, 1991. 05:11
Live. “The Beauty Of Gray” Mental Jewelry. Radioactive Records, 1991. 04:12

Smashing Pumpkins. “Luna” Siamese Dream. Virgin Records America, 1993. 03:21
Smashing Pumpkins. “Hummer” Siamese Dream. Virgin Records America, 1993. 06:57

Green Day. “One Of My Lies” Kerplunk!. Green Day Inc, 1992. 02:18
Green Day. “80” Kerplunk!. Green Day Inc, 1992. 03:40

Rancid. “The Way i Feel” And Out Come The Wolves. Epitaph, 1995. 02:34
Rancid. “Roots Radical” And Out Come The Wolves. Epitaph, 1995. 02:48

MxPx. “Money Tree” Teenage Politics. Capitol Christian Music Group, 1995. 01:42
MxPx. “Misunderstanding” Teenage Politics. Capitol Christian Music Group, 1995. 02:43

Nirvana. “Sliver” Incesticide. Geffen Records, 1992. 02:17
Nirvana. “Son Of A Gun” Incesticide. Geffen Records, 1992. 02:28

Pearl Jam. “Just A Girl” Ten (Legacy Edition). Epic Records, 2009. 05:01
Pearl Jam. “Once” Ten. Epic Records, 1991. 03:52

Radiohead. “Planet Telex” The Bends. Parlophone Records, 1995. 04:18
Radiohead. “Black Star” The Bends. Parlophone Records, 1995. 04:07
Stone Temple Pilots. “Crackerman” Core. Atlantic Recordings, 1992. 03:00

DGrantSmith

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