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!