Archive | March, 2010

The Top 103 Albums of The 1990s

A while back, I posted a list of my favorite 75 albums of the 2000s, and had so much fun doing it, I thought I would make a list for some of the previous decades as well. Thus, the 1990s! (And soonish, the ’80s, ’70s & ’60s.)

I started the ’90s making mix tapes and finished it by ripping mp3z. In the meantime, I’d pretty much replaced my entire vinyl collection with CDs, thanks to the Columbia Record Club, the BMG Record Club and the explosion of stores like Ragin’ in Fresno and Amoeba in Berkeley that had vast quantities of used CDs to buy and trade for.

It was also the decade where I once and for all got overwhelmed by new music: there was so much access to so much music and the time to listen to all of it had contracted so much that I feel much more confident about the early part of the decade than I do about the end part. That may be a natural thing: after all, by the time the 1990s ended, my 20s were long long gone.

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Singing For Alex Chilton

“Children by the millions sing for Alex Chilton when he comes round
They sing: I’m in love, what’s that song?
I’m in love with that song.”

— Paul Westerberg, 1987

I still remember precisely where I was when I first heard Big Star: the front room of the condo Kirk & I lived at during the exact center of the 1980s. At that point, Big Star was just a rumour, a murmur that had begun to percolate from the burgeoning indie scene. We, of course, were both DJs at CSUF’s radio station, KFSR, and Kirk was also the Music Director.

Being Music Director had a really nice perk: keys to the Music Library in the Speech Arts building. The Music Library held 1000s and 1000s of albums going back decades. A certain portion of those records had been deemed suitable for KFSR by the previous Music Directors, but that left a vast treasure of undiscovered music to dig through. So we did.

Of course, this really was like looking for gold in a silver mine (or trying to drink whiskey from a bottle of wine), and usually led to escapades like the great Heavy Metal Record Toss, which was competition to see who could fling a vinyl record the furthest from the stage of the CSUF Ampitheatre. I think that Tim won that one.

But occasionally, we’d find some amazing stuff for the radio station, and one time, we found Big Star.

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