Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sire Records Just Say...Series (Part Five)

I graduated from high school in 1991 and with that my entire musical universe changed. At the time I did not know of course that NIRVANA, PEARL JAM and others were on their way into my life. I felt like I had a good grasp of what I liked and what I didn't. I like electronic pop music (Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, and was growing to like more traditional alternative rock (REM, U2) but I was starting to get a bit restless with the music in my collection. This happens to me from time to time. I was lucky that, for the most part, I escaped high school without a real Hair Metal encounter (which was certainly possible living in the Inland Empire part of California). So I was ripe for a musical revolution in my world, but it would have to wait for another year. 1991 was all about keeping on with what I was already comfortable with. The Sire compilation from that year (the last one I have) was very much more of the same. THE OCEAN BLUE, returned with another lovely song called "The Planetarium Scene", which sealed the deal for them becoming one of my all time favorite bands. PRIMAL SCREAM and MY BLOODY VALENTINE are also here but with songs that, at the time, I was not as impressed with as I am today. What really strikes me about this compilation is that by this time I was ready to move on to something new. I guess the timing was right given that I was leaving high school and on to college. It's funny how our tastes seem to change at just the right time.

(mp3) The Judybats -- Don't Drop The Baby (a highly underrated Southern folk band with a quirky lyrical sense and a soft, soothing musical style.)

Tracklisting for Just Say Anything...
1) John Wesley Harding and Steve Wynn -- Warning Parental Advisory
2) Body Count featuring Ice-T -- Body Count
3) Royal Crescent Mob -- Timebomb
4) Seal -- Crazy (ed note: remember when he was cool?)
5) Dinosaur Jr. -- Puke + Cry
6) The Judybats -- Don't Drop The Baby
7) Ride -- Today
8) Throwing Muses -- Not Too Soon
9) Primal Scream -- Higher Than the Sun
10) Morrissey -- That's Entertainment
11) The Mighty Lemon Drops -- Another Girl, Another Planet
12) Richard X Heyman -- Falling Away
13) Danielle Dax -- Big Blue '82 (Zen Mix)
14) My Bloody Valentine -- Honey Power
15) Bigod 20 -- Carpe Diem (Transmission Mix)
16) Merlin -- Feel the Fury
17) The Farm -- Groovy Train
18) The Ocean Blue -- The Planetarium Scene


CJS said...

My Lyonsssssss

I just wanted to thank you for few years ago when you gave me Rogue Wave. I saw them Friday for the first time live and It was incredible. They played Bird on a Wire and I almost cried I was so excited. Then I met them and they so incredibly nice. I just wanted to thank you for giving me such amazing music. I don't know what I would be like without it. :]


Unknown said...

"It's funny how our tastes seem to change at just the right time."

I've found it coincides with fundamental changes in your life (eg leaving home, moving in with a girlfriend, losing that girlfriend, finding a new girlfriend, getting married, didcovering the joys of blogging etc).

I hope my tastes, even at almost 45 years of age, are still evolving.