Music Monday #4: 90’s

7 May

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The 90’s was such a glorious decade. My youngest sister was born in the 90’s. I started junior high and became a social leper in the 90’s. I came home past curfew and got into trouble with my parents in the 90’s. I went through a phase where I wore pirate-y outfits and had a lesbian haircut in the 90’s. I was a ridiculously moody teenager for a better part of the 90’s.

“So Jen, it’s really great that you love the 90’s, and that you enjoy looking like a pirate, but can you get to the point of this Music Monday post already?”

You guys are so impatient.

Something else that really stood out about that decade was the music. If the names Babyface, TLC, Janet Jackson or Boyz II Men mean anything to you, you’ll want to keep reading. If not, you better educate yourself.  No, I’m not kidding. Go to a library and read a book or something.

I may be really late to the party on this one, but I recently discovered the site MixCloud. From what I can tell, it’s a place where users can generate playlists, and put them up on the site for people to stream on-demand. I’ve found a ton of great ones there, and the site is worth checking out for any of you music lovers out there.

My favorite, favorite, FAVORITE mix by far is by someone named DJ Kasio Smashio.  It’s a tribute to female 90’s R&B singers, and I swear she included every single one of my favorite songs from that time period. Have a listen:

The most glorious 90’s R&B mix you’ll ever hear

I would have just embedded it, but WordPress was being a big, fat embed blocker last night so I had to hyperlink it. Sorry, guys. *shakes fist at WordPress*

So, what is your favorite song from the 90’s?

38 Responses to “Music Monday #4: 90’s”

  1. Simon 05/17/2012 at 6:01 pm #

    This speaks my language, I listened to it all. One that always takes me back is Warren G and Nate Dogg In Regulate. I wonder the 16 year old me would have thought of my proclamation last weekend that the Spin Doctors were great clean the house music.

    • Jen and Tonic 05/17/2012 at 9:17 pm #

      YES! “It was a clear black night, a clear white moon/Warren G was on the streets, trying to consume/some skirts for the eve, so I can get some funk/just rollin in my ride, chillin all alone”

      What a classic.

  2. legionwriter 05/11/2012 at 6:37 am #

    I was a flannel wearing grunge lover in the 90s. Favorite song: Soundgardens “Outshined”

    • Jen and Tonic 05/11/2012 at 8:17 am #

      That’s a good one too! I think Soundgarden is another band that everyone listened to during that time.

  3. John the Aussie 05/10/2012 at 5:47 am #

    Not my favourites of all time, to hard to choose honestly, but two that always followed me were…

    Here’s Johnny – Hocus Pocus and Dr Worm – They Must Be Giants

  4. Sophy 05/10/2012 at 3:39 am #

    I was one of those depressed, pretentious kids during the 90’s, so I waaay too cool to listen to RnB or pop songs (something I bitterly regret nowdays). However, I still think that Nirvana set the mood for the 90’s generation, and therefore I have to say that Smells like Teen Spirit was one of my favorites along with various songs by Marilyn Mason, Radiohead and The Smiths/Morrissey.

    • Jen and Tonic 05/10/2012 at 11:07 pm #

      Awwww, you missed out on seriously funny love songs that would make you lust after someone who didn’t realize you existed. At least, that’s the way it was for me 😉

      I agree that “Teen Spirit” is one of those songs that sort of embodies what was happening in music at that time.

  5. Smaktakula 05/09/2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Wow–this is tough, because, like you, the 90s were so full of good music for me (not R&B jams, however!)

    Off the top of my head, favorite song from the 90’s is Radiohead’s “How To Disappear Completely.”

    • Jen and Tonic 05/10/2012 at 11:05 pm #

      I think Radiohead was on everyone’s playlist at that time. How could they not be? “How to Disappear Completely” is a good song. Did Kid A come out in the 90’s? Holy crap, I think it did. Wow, time flies.

  6. Adrienne schmadrienne 05/08/2012 at 7:28 am #

    Epcot Food and Wine Festival has an Eat to the Beat music series (insert laugh here) and they notoroiously include 90’s acts. It’s awesome. On separate occasions we’ve seen Boyz II Men, En Vogue, Night Ranger and Air Supply. The Masshole and I awkwardly, high school. slow danced to On Bended Knee.

    • Jen and Tonic 05/08/2012 at 1:11 pm #

      WHAT?! That’s pretty cool. There’s something about having the names En Vogue and Air Supply in the same sentence that makes me happy on the inside.

  7. Just Rambling 05/07/2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Ooohhh… I loved AZ Yet, Boyz II Men, yes… I think “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” was my favorite. But then again… no… “All Cried Out” by Allure. Definitely my favorite song back then. Yep.

    • Jen and Tonic 05/08/2012 at 1:10 pm #

      OMG. “All Cried Out” was my jam back in the day! I used to listen to this song and pine over a guy who didn’t even know I existed.

  8. Sword-chinned bitch 05/07/2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I must say, though an insane death metal head, I did enjoy some of the hip hop of the nineties — speaking of which — RIP MCA…

  9. timmer 05/07/2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Memories of me mowing the lawn and blasting my Boyz II Men cassette tape on my walkman are rushing back to me. Things were a lot simpler back then.

    • Jen and Tonic 05/08/2012 at 1:08 pm #

      Things WERE a lot simpler then. I actually had a young kid ask me what a Walkman was not too long ago. I just laughed because I have so many fond memories of using it to listen to mixed tapes I’d burn from the radio.

      • timmer 05/09/2012 at 7:29 am #

        So sad these kids will never know the art of creating the mixtape with a finite amount of recording space. What do they give their middle school girlfriends/boyfriends now? iPads? Farmville requests?

        • Jen and Tonic 05/09/2012 at 12:57 pm #

          They “chat” them. Nobody wants face to face contact anymore.

  10. daterofboys 05/07/2012 at 4:11 pm #

    ❤ and I'm back in high school.

  11. Viciously Sweet 05/07/2012 at 2:40 pm #

    I can’t even pick one 1990s song! I was a moody teen too! All the music spoke volumes to me… Semisonic, Matchbox Twenty, Mariah Carey, Fastball, Phil Collins, Green Day, TLC, Brandy… I still listen to it all! However I would like to share one of my favorite songs ever, Lisa Loeb “Stay”…
    And quite honestly, I own her greatest hits album, and I play it loudly in my car with reckless abandon.

    • jamiebmusings 05/07/2012 at 4:27 pm #

      Loved all of those artists, too. Stay is a total classic!

    • Jen and Tonic 05/08/2012 at 1:07 pm #

      “Stay” is one of those songs that is timeless. It sounds just as good now as it did then. I feel this way about Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” or “Six Underground” by Sneaker Pimps as well. You could listen to them thousands of times, and it never gets old.

  12. lizziecracked 05/07/2012 at 12:11 pm #

    I was liking hearing about your 90’s moody teen days.. I am gonna just say it.. 90’s music didn;t do that much for me .. 😕 but thanks for the link and I am gonna check it out anyways – just cause you said so. I was a moody teen in the 80’s – that could be part of it actually…,just saying.

    • Jen and Tonic 05/08/2012 at 1:05 pm #

      I love the 80’s too! I always imagine me being a completely different person if I was a teenager in the 80’s. How can you be moody with all those colors and over-the-topness of everything?

      Then again, teenagers find ways 😉

  13. jamiebmusings 05/07/2012 at 10:00 am #

    There is nothing like 90s R&B…. thanks for sharing this!

  14. Sheena 05/07/2012 at 9:51 am #

    Sweet! I must check it out! Yeah for moody teens! I was intolerable, even to myself. 🙂

    • Jen and Tonic 05/07/2012 at 11:06 pm #

      “I was intolerable, even to myself.” We were the same kind of teenager apparently.

      • Sheena 05/08/2012 at 5:32 am #

        Jerks? I’ll bet, I was soooo moody! I for one am happier as an adult!

        • Jen and Tonic 05/08/2012 at 9:39 am #

          I thought being moody was really cool then…now I realize I was just an asshat. Cheers to being happier adults!

          • Sheena 05/08/2012 at 11:52 am #

            Yay cheers! Yeah it’s NOT cool to be a real life Debbie Downer

  15. sweetmother 05/07/2012 at 9:42 am #

    i love the 90’s. second only to the 80’s. i love when you give me music recs. i am too lazy to look for them myself. momma loves you! xo, sm

    • Jen and Tonic 05/07/2012 at 11:05 pm #

      You and I may be the same person. I LOVE 80’s music– the cheesier the songs, the better.

      I’m glad I could assist in your musical laziness.


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