20 Years Of Garbage

I was in junior high in the early '90s and listened to R&B/hip hop (TLC, Boyz II Men, En Vogue, Bell Biv DeVoe, SWV), rap (Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg), and country (Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, John Michael Montgomery, Trisha Yearwood). I know, I was pretty weird. I just wasn't into the Seattle grunge sound so I never tuned in to our new alternative station to hear songs by Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, etc. I didn't I even discover the genius of Nirvana until after Kurt Cobain's death.

But by my sophomore year in high school, in 1994, I was all over it. Alternative music wasn't as hard and depressing anymore. I loved bands like Bush, Oasis, Green Day, Rancid, The Presidents of the United States of America, 311, Everclear, Better Than Ezra, Weezer, Eve 6, and Cake. And I also realized that there are some seriously awesome female singers out there!

I was obsessed with Courtney Love and still have such a soft spot for her. I wanted to be her back then. I was also in awe of Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morisette, Jewel, Tori Amos, Monique Powell, Delores O'Riordan, and Shirley Manson. These are the CDs I listened to on repeat for years, in the boombox in my room and in the disc man I plugged into my car's tape deck. Technology.

Garbage's self-titled album turns twenty years old this August. In honor of the anniversary, the band is hitting the road on their 20 Years Queer tour. They're playing the album, in it's entirely, plus it's B-sides (hello, #1 Crush! So much nostalgia it hurts!). I've only seen Garbage once before, when they opened for No Doubt in 2002, and I AM DYING to go to this show. So far they've only announced a few European dates. They better be coming to Seattle, otherwise I'm going to visit my BFF in California. I've always wanted to see a concert when the band plays an entire album from beginning to end. This one would be perfect for me!


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Special is still one of my favorites. Shirley Manson is awesome.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

Shirley Manson is cool as hell.

I love your post title, too. It made me laugh once I read the post :)

Kimberlee VDW said...

YES to all of this! lol I've been missing my bad bitches of the 90s. I started a Hole Pandora station and it makes my day... every day :) I will also have a soft spot for Courtney Love. Did you see her on Empire, she's still got pipes!

Allison said...

The 90's alt Pandora station is still my absolute favorite. I love this post, and adore the 90's. Fiona Apple and Alanis were my favorites (and probably made me an even more angsty teenager, but really, who cares?). LOVE that you brought me back to the 90's! (And seriously - check that Pandora station, it is on point!).

Karen M. Peterson said...

So many memories of great music!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

You know how I feel about 311 (Nick Hexum's 45 birthday was yesterday - still hot as hell!). I still think that POTUSOA album is one of the best. "Kitty on my foot and I wannnna touch it..." I'm going to have that stuck in my head for a week lol.

I loved Garbage too. All that alternative came out when I was in junior high. Do you remember POE? So weird but I loved it lol!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I listened to and loved all of these. I forgot all about Poe! I totally have the Presidents album on my iPod. Little blue dune buggy!

My friends and I were obsessed with Nirvana and grunge in 7th grade. This post brings back so many memories.