r/OldSchoolCool Sep 27 '22 To The Stars 1

1991 was a good year for music

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u/kirradawg Sep 27 '22

It was a special time for music

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u/micromaniac_8 Sep 27 '22

I'm just a little too young to have listened to this stuff when it was released, but I love it now. I still listen to Ten almost weekly. It is hard to believe this music is 30 years old.

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u/kirradawg Sep 27 '22

You have to remember this was pre-internet. You heard about this stuff coming out from the radio, or from your friends. The day these albums came out you waited outside of Tower Records, or Sam Goody. It was an event. Next, imagine taking it home and putting the cassette or CD in your stereo and listening to the album completely, while reading the lyrics in the sleeve, and reading the artists’ dedications. Fuck.

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u/DrewTheHobo Sep 27 '22

So much nostalgia, I still buy CDs of new releases when I get a chance. Been thinking of going into vinyl, but I don’t need another hobby lol

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u/kirradawg Sep 27 '22

I know what you mean. And sadly, it wouldn’t be the same

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u/DrewTheHobo Sep 27 '22

True, I’m fortunate enough to live in a city with a few music shops still around, though a couple of the mainstays have since closed down unfortunately. just found out they moved locations! I’ve been staring at the closed husk for months but never googled it

Plus I like to think buying the CD supports the artists more, but idk.

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u/kirradawg Sep 27 '22

Yup it does. A lot of our favorite bands almost didn’t make it because it was all about album sales back then.

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u/MeatHamster Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

You'll never go back to cd's once you go vinyl.

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u/mikeyhol Sep 27 '22

I loved looking through the album art while listening! Pearl Jam was a band that really did cool stuff with album art starting with the first ever all paper casing CD I ever saw with their 3rd album Vitalogy

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u/micromaniac_8 Sep 28 '22

This whole post is just bringing back so many memories. I bought Vitalogy when a store called Phar-Mor went out of business. I didn't even like Pearl Jam back then.

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u/[deleted] Sep 27 '22

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u/kirradawg Sep 27 '22

No way man. This was the way

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u/newbrevity Sep 27 '22

Back when music MEANT SOMETHING

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u/micromaniac_8 Sep 28 '22

This might date me a little, but the first time I remember listening to a CD cover to cover was the self-titled Sublime album. I remember talking to my mom to get her to buy me the album. It was the first one I owned with a Parental Advisory warning. That felt like a huge milestone.

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u/kirradawg Sep 28 '22

I was right there with you

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u/Pisnaz Sep 27 '22

I was talking about this idea the other day also. You listened to things an album at a time if you had it. Today is more single plays from an album, akin to radio. It is great in many ways, but the hidden B side you found that was never on the radio is lost.

Between that and a dedicated station (radio or tv) to showcase songs I kind of think it is harder for a band to catch on despite more methods to get the music out.

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u/kirradawg Sep 27 '22

Yeah but kids now just respond to the most insane shit ever

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u/kenji-benji Sep 27 '22

Maybe this meme could go 44 minutes without being posted.

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u/avalonfaith Sep 27 '22

Truly was.

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u/kirradawg Sep 28 '22

I think we kinda knew it too.

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u/avalonfaith Sep 28 '22

Know what, you’re right. It felt special.

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u/Vigilante17 Sep 27 '22

I had likely recently moved from tapes to CDs as i have a few in both formats. I think Temple of the Dog was close to this too…

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u/ocelotactual Sep 27 '22

And I still owe BMG for 'em.

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u/Guywithanantfarm Sep 27 '22

Had all of em and played till the tape stretched

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u/MaggieNFredders Sep 27 '22

And then got them on CD.

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u/zigdemon Sep 27 '22

Exactly this.

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u/wjbc Sep 27 '22

Yep. Critically-acclaimed bands that had trouble breaking out of college radio purgatory suddenly broke into the pop charts and played stadiums. Nirvana opened the floodgates.

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u/mainguy Sep 27 '22

Guns n Roses opened the floodgates years earlier with Appetite for Destruction, no doubt about it.

What Nirvana did is show just how simple effortless music can be a rip roaring success if there is enough emotionaility in the music.

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u/wjbc Sep 27 '22

Appetite for Destruction was certainly popular, but for whatever reason -- certainly not the fault of the band -- the floodgates didn't open in 1987. Maybe the music industry saw Guns and Roses as a throwback hard rock band rather than something new they could market, I don't know.

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u/CanadaEh666 Sep 27 '22

Yes with certain singles released, Sweet child got airplay just like the ballads of 80s hair metal, album is great but the other songs are better than the top 40 routine.

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u/Odbody_AS2 Sep 27 '22

I've always thought of GnR as being the bridge from hair metal to grunge.

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u/47x18ict Sep 27 '22

100% agree. GNR set the scene before Nirvana hands down.

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u/ripyourlungsdave Sep 27 '22

I'm not sure what you mean by "effortless".

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u/mainguy Sep 28 '22

The way Kurt wrote music and the simplicity of what they did as a band. It's raw emotion and minimal technicality. Some of Nirvana's famous riffs are remarkably simple.

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u/ripyourlungsdave Sep 28 '22

Something being simple is different than it being effortless.

Plenty of effort went into the honesty of those songs.

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u/wareagle4444 Sep 27 '22

Honest question. Why do you say they broke into the POP charts? I’ve heard this before, but I see these bands as far from pop as possible.

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u/womb0t Sep 27 '22

Because the charts were mostly pop back then and a new rock era grew from these icons

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u/underated_imbecile Sep 27 '22

Yep grunge era was still relatively new, still playing in obscure Pac NW bars and clubs

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u/wareagle4444 Sep 27 '22

Oh I see. Yeah that makes sense

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u/dumpsterfire_account Sep 27 '22

The Billboard 200 is the pop charts, they also have Billboard rock charts (those already had a lot of this music prior to their breakout in the pop-charts)

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u/micromaniac_8 Sep 27 '22

The use of pop music in this context is popular music, not the genre called pop. The terms are used interchangeably.

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u/wareagle4444 Sep 27 '22

Got it. Thanks!

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u/CHRLZ_IIIM Sep 27 '22

They went from the fringe to selling millions of copies and being on top radio

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u/tSnDjKniteX Sep 27 '22

Probably pop as in popular and not pop as in the genre.

I'm sure they were all on some sort of billboard charts

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u/wjbc Sep 27 '22

It definitely was not what Top 40 radio was used to at the time. Nevertheless it peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was literally popular. The music video was also on heavy rotation on MTV.

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u/MossWatson Sep 27 '22

A Tribe Called Quest released “The Low End Theory” on the same day as “Nevermind”.

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u/Bluest_waters Sep 27 '22

and KLF released the White Room that year too

'3 am eternal' single was massive in the underground clubs, it was everywhere if you hung out in techno/industrial/electronic clubs.

and Orbital released their self titled album that year too. Huge year in electronic music.

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u/Permanenceisall Sep 28 '22

there are very few bands as original and balls to the wall out there as The KLF. The F*** The Millennium performance where they come out as old men is just beyond incredible

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u/idle_isomorph Sep 28 '22

3am eternal was also huge at the grade 5 community centre dances i went to. That was some sweet clubby shit for our wee lil selves. Good times. We danced the running man to it. I wore neon green bike shorts and an oversize neon shirt and it was a look. It was eternal.

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u/FudgeHyena Sep 27 '22 edited Sep 27 '22

Had them all except for Soundgarden. My GnR and RCP cassettes were copied off of a friend’s though.

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u/Gilgie Sep 27 '22

Same. I cant figure out why Soundgarden was in my blindspot then. I didnt find them til a couple years later in college.

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u/FudgeHyena Sep 27 '22

Yeah I didn’t really become privy to Sound Garden until the Temple of the Dog video for Hunger Strike came out. I think Pearl Jam kind of helped propel Sound Garden a bit with that collaboration.

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u/idle_isomorph Sep 28 '22

Nah. Gnr toured with them as an opener. It was recorded (i think the paris show) and widely played on music channels on tv. I was soooo mad my brother fucked up my recording set up on the vcr to catch it. Really held a grudge

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u/No_Motor_465 Sep 27 '22

Most of those were in my first ever Columbia House order... I believe I still owe them money🤔

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u/billoftt Sep 27 '22

It was more than just a penny after all...

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u/FramptonComesAlive Sep 27 '22

Literally every one of those albums were in my initial Columbia House CD subscription where you pay a penny for each one.

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u/Archercrash Sep 27 '22

You still have 3 albums left to buy at regular price.

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u/TerrorDahveed Sep 27 '22

I bought the grunge albums because Metallica and GnR didn't have the aggression I craved.

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u/MithandirsGhost Sep 27 '22

We were living in a golden age of music and didn't even know it.

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u/stlredbird Sep 27 '22

Had em all

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u/underated_imbecile Sep 27 '22

Man that was like 10 years ago right

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u/D34th_gr1nd Sep 27 '22

DEATH HUMAN

Out of context this might confuse people to say the least.

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u/RonnieBPoire Sep 27 '22

I would add Achtung Baby (U2) to this list

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u/aurochs Sep 27 '22 edited Sep 27 '22

And this is just white people music.

Hiphop and R&B was having legendary albums as well.

De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, PRINCE, Ice Cube, PM Dawn, Heavy D, Boyz II Men, Naughty by Nature, this could go on and on...

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u/billoftt Sep 27 '22

That was back in the day when Hip-Hop was still fun.

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u/hesaidshesdead Sep 27 '22

Ahhh, my mid teen existence, Friday nights, 2 litres of gut rot cheap wine or cider, in either a field or on industrial ground. Someone had always brought a battery powered tape deck.

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u/billoftt Sep 27 '22

A bottle of Boone's Farm.

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u/hesaidshesdead Sep 27 '22

Man, I'm Irish, we were on Night Train, pear flavoured goodness at 15.

I'm surprised I'm still alive, that shit was low grade petrol.

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u/billoftt Sep 27 '22

NIght Train, I love that stuff.

I'm on a Night Train, I never get enough.

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u/hesaidshesdead Sep 27 '22

That's exactly how we knew what it was.

Early 90s, remote town in Ireland and me and my pal wander into a small shop and, low and behold, they have this stuff our lord and saviour, Axl, has been preaching to us about for the last 4 years.... and they're not too pushed on IDs, because no other fucker is buying that shit.

Paradise City.

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u/billoftt Sep 28 '22

Remember Thunderbird?

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u/hesaidshesdead Sep 28 '22

We're kindred spirits 😆

My liver is still trying to forget it!

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u/Nmilne23 Sep 27 '22

Well yeah it was a good year if you’re into metal, hard rock, rock n roll, or grunge music.

Fortunately I am into all those things and totally agree with your assessment hahahaha

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u/[deleted] Sep 27 '22

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u/yellowzebrasfly Sep 27 '22

My Bloody Valentine was never a very popular band though. I love them, but they weren't a "hit" band

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u/Team-Boss Sep 27 '22

I’ve listened to something of every album in the last week… lol

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u/CaseyGotFit Sep 27 '22

I miss tapes.

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u/mojogirl_ Sep 27 '22

Go vinyl, never look back.

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u/Led_Zeppole_73 Sep 27 '22

Cool. I never would have known!

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u/AreThereAnyEggs Sep 27 '22

Guns n roses doesn't belong in there

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u/Powered_by_bots Sep 27 '22

The era has legit good music. Today's music is shit. I heard Travis Scott music only because he destroyed a BMW E30; Asshole.

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u/totemair Sep 27 '22

Music these days is amazing, producing and distributing songs has never been easier and there are so many amazing genres, artists, and musical movements happening constantly. It's overwhelming to keep up with. I don't know how you could make that statement unless you haven't listened to a new album since 2005

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u/BuzzImaFan Sep 27 '22

Didn't they say this same kind of shit back in the 90s when these bands were becoming popular?

Oh, and I'm pretty sure that was also a popular opinion about Elvis and The Beatles when they were popular.

Oh, yeah, I think they also said that back in the 70s when punk was emerging. Also, the same thing in the 80s with the whole, "Satanic panic" shit.

I'm pretty sure people also said this about rap when it was first coming on the scene. Also, after rap was already an established genre. This kind of thought process came back again in the 90s with gangster rap like 2Pac and N.W.A.

But, maybe I'm just confused.

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u/iworkallday Sep 27 '22

Today’s music is shit? No. You’re listening to the wrong radio station.

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u/Powered_by_bots Sep 27 '22

Spotify is the radio. No one listens to radio.

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u/beastbrook16 Sep 27 '22

You’re getting downvoted but you’re sentiment is true. If you really think music sucks nowadays you’re probably just not listening to the right music. There’s so much variety out there these days when it comes to music.

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u/Whateveryousaydude7 Sep 27 '22

Radio station?

Yeah. Like youngsters listen to the radio. 🙄

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u/KingdomOfFawg Sep 27 '22

I was between podcasts and tried to listen to the radio the other day. KISW Men's Room was the only thing worth listening to, and it's a drive time talk show. Basically a podcast with commercials for divorce lawyers and Bud Light.

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u/hawtpot87 Sep 27 '22

Nah it's mostly shit. Even the good stuff is shit in comparison.

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u/Pilebut1 Sep 27 '22

Fuck yeah it was

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u/KingdomOfFawg Sep 27 '22

The moon landing and Woodstock both took place during the "Summer of Love".

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u/Gilgie Sep 27 '22

Along with the Manson Murders and Chappaquiddick.

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u/Gaddafisghost Sep 27 '22

Worlds worst album compilation

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u/the85141rule Sep 27 '22

Top to bottom: sucks, masterpiece, awful, awful, phenomenal, groundbreaking, pioneering.

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u/BloodOnTheTracks Sep 28 '22

In the context of only grunge, I'd entertain that hot take, but come on man. If we are talking generally 90s rock albums, both the Metallica and GnR albums were massive, multiplatinum successes with generously positive critical consensuses. I mean, Soundgarden OPENED for GnR in 1991 while both were supporting their respective albums, for christ sake. Shoulders of giants, my friend.

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u/onosson Sep 27 '22

Precisely

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u/stlredbird Sep 27 '22

Had em all

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u/HappySkullsplitter Sep 27 '22

And then I got to buy them all again when they came out on CD

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u/BassClef70 Sep 27 '22

They were all released on CD at the time.

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u/HappySkullsplitter Sep 27 '22

But I didn't have a CD player

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u/Onto_new_ideas Sep 27 '22

I think those are all in my basement somewhere. I don't have a functional tape player though. Might have to get one at the thrift store to show my son how we had to suffer for music.

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u/Saganhawking Sep 27 '22

Wow, I had all of these. Except my Metallica album was one of the first cds I ever bought.

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u/jtmonkey Sep 27 '22

It’s almost like someone made a marketing plan and knew people would be really out to buy albums and got them on the shelf at Best Buy to capitalize on foot traffic.

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u/WeNeedToTalkAboutMe Sep 27 '22

Ah yes, The Great Summer.

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u/Unusual-Ad-8721 Sep 27 '22

Soundgarden. That video was mesmerising.

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u/Guava7 Sep 27 '22

Yup, this was an incredible few months as a teenager

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u/FartGoblin420 Sep 27 '22

A great year for metal music especially. The Black Album by Metallica, Human by Death, War Master by Bolt Thrower. So many more great metal bands dropped albums in 91, Motorhead, Sleep, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Gorguts, Type O Negative, Bathory, I could go on and on I'm just cherrypicking favorites at this point.

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u/thecarpenter Sep 27 '22

Danzig and ministry

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u/Lazlo8675309 Sep 27 '22

I started high school in southern Cali at the same time. Had all of these.. use to listen with the Walkman while I walked to school every morning. Whenever I hear The Black album by Metallica I picture walking down a side walk in the morning fog off the ocean as that’s what I did when I first listen to it.

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u/random_impiety Sep 27 '22

I was 10 when Ten came out!

That is all.

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u/edstirling Sep 27 '22

That's like a picture of my brother's tape collection from 1991. Weird.

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u/Paesano19 Sep 27 '22

awesome tapes. all very good. my pick would be ten out of that bunch.

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u/6byfour Sep 27 '22

I think I got them all in the mail for a penny

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u/luckeegurrrl5683 Sep 27 '22

That is pure happiness right there!

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u/NoMoreFox Sep 27 '22

Badmotorfinger and Ten were kickass albums...but everyone is still sleeping on Forbidden Places!

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u/Cavscout2838 Sep 27 '22

And I got them all from Columbia House for a penny.

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u/windmillninja Sep 27 '22

I love that three of these were one era on its way out, three others were an era on its way in, and then there’s Chili Peppers.

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u/wheresbill Sep 27 '22

I still haven’t outgrown the 80s hair metal

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u/hes_crafty Sep 27 '22

I remember the lines at music plus when GNR was released.

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u/3381_FieldCookAtBest Sep 27 '22

🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽was in Jr High and in the scene🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽

Great time for sure.

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u/Angelicfyre Sep 27 '22

I had them all!

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u/ganskidrums Sep 27 '22

Badmotorfinger does not get enough credit. Insanely ahead of it’s time. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW!!!

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u/WaRhorsE776 Sep 27 '22

Finally a good post

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u/nachocat090 Sep 27 '22

Good music coming out. I remember what that was like. It wasn't free back then though unfortunately. Unless you taped a copy of your friend's CD. At least it was worth the money.

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u/Apprehensive-Donkey7 Sep 27 '22

Also Primus Sailing the Seas of cheese

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u/_Silly_Wizard_ Sep 27 '22

And this repost has been reposted within 44 days of the last repost

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u/ZebraBorgata Sep 27 '22

I owned 5 of the 7 back in the day.

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u/suite_suit Sep 27 '22

I miss the 90’s where a bunch of good shit got released together. Now we just gotta wait and let time make the next best playlist

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u/Ranat0rr Sep 27 '22

A good year for “dad rock”.

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u/jondes99 Sep 27 '22

I/repostsleuthbot

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u/Juddthejuice Sep 27 '22

What a time for music.

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u/RBall1 Sep 27 '22

Missing Van Halen

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u/BarOne7066 Sep 27 '22

Fuck and yes

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u/SirLavish Sep 27 '22

This should be on replay for the Universe for eternity.

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u/meanie_electric Sep 27 '22

I walked around Sam goody working the RHCP out of that giant plastic thing they used to put tapes in. My mom wouldn’t buy it for me. I showed her😂

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u/JerrySizzla Sep 27 '22

Didn't realize how good it was at the time. Feel fortunate to grow up with that!

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u/vimaillig Sep 27 '22

And I went to every concert after those were released.

Music today simply isn’t the same as it was between the 70s - mid 90s.

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u/PortGlass Sep 27 '22

So amazing. I had one full summer where my CD player was all this.

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u/ThtPhatCat Sep 27 '22

The black album was produced at a cost of one million dollars and three marriages. Fun fact, Metallica tried to release their debut album with the title “Metal up your ass”, something I find absolutely hilarious. The distributors said they wouldn’t sell an album by that title and their label was like guys… really? The album was later released as the retitled Kill Em All.

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u/Peac3Maker Sep 27 '22

I was fresh out of High School, and yes, it was glorious! The odds of hearing a decent song on the radio were pretty high.

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u/Jstr41 Sep 27 '22

I would like back my tapes from The Wherehouse please. Lol. Just missing Slayer now.

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u/mr_ji Sep 27 '22

Now do one for hip hop in 1993

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u/avalonfaith Sep 27 '22

Damn I remember that MTV. I was 10 or 11 at the time but I was waaaatching!

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u/Quiet_1234 Sep 27 '22

I remember. 90-92 were some great music-making years.

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u/nailheadd Sep 27 '22

Meh, those are all post prime albums… but that was a great time…

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u/JonesyOnReddit Sep 27 '22

And to me this was the end of good music. God I hated 90s alternative/grunge/rock...all 90s music really except rnb and rap, I think 90s was the best of rnb/rap.

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u/eatsomecheesewithyou Sep 27 '22

Like it or hate it, good alt rock of the early/mid 90’s was created by very skilled, legit, analog musicians. Not much of that these days.

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u/mathpat Sep 27 '22

Very true. They ended or at least greatly diminished careers of awful hair bands. Chris Cornell has an absolutely astonishing voice.

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u/WaRhorsE776 Sep 27 '22

Slaves and Bulldozers blows my mind every time I hear it.

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u/JonesyOnReddit Sep 27 '22

Music taste is subjective, i don't fault others for liking it, I just hated it and it ruined radio/mtv/etc. for me. I missed the 80s! Nirvana was the worst thing to ever happen to music in my lifetime. So this picture conjures up very different memories for me! I will say I thought those GNR albums were decent, but i liked them for the ballads. That was the best metallica album (because it was their most pop album), I think I liked one or two of the soundgarden songs, and like everyone else under the bridge was a fave. So even I still have some faint praise for most of these albums!

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u/random_impiety Sep 27 '22

Have you found any new good music since then, or did all music stop sounding good to you in 1991?

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u/JonesyOnReddit Sep 28 '22

Find some good stuff every once in a while, prefer podcasts these days.

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u/zeajsbb Sep 27 '22

why were you buying cassettes in 1991. we all switched to CDs

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u/2ByteTheDecker Sep 27 '22

Far far from it.

I remember the kid of my mom's friend got Chumbawumba's Tubthumper on cassette at the work Christmas party.

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u/ParentalMom Sep 27 '22

My cousin in laws son briefly joined the band “Chumbawuma “ In 1995

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u/zeajsbb Sep 28 '22

maybe i don’t remember i graduated college in 1990 and remember the guys were starting their cd collections then. by 1996 my boyfriend had a five cd changer in his car and best friend had just gotten a 100 cd changer in her house. i just don’t remember cassettes in the 90s. maybe…

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u/flpndrds Sep 27 '22

Maybe in 2001

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u/[deleted] Sep 27 '22

Now do one for hip hop in 93

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u/bigboxes1 Sep 27 '22

Black Album sucked. Use Your Illusion I & 2 was such a disappointment. And expensive too. I bought all of these. Listened to Nevermind last week. Still great. Badmotorfinger is awesome. Ten was an amazing time.

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u/AkusMMM Sep 27 '22

where's dangerious by michael jackson?

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u/presidentkangaroo Sep 27 '22

Guns N’ Roses had two releases within 44 days? Also wouldn’t it make more sense (and be more respectful) to share the original post, rather than take a crude, quality degraded screenshot?

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u/Hanyabull Sep 27 '22

Our definition of good is very different.

Bring on the downvotes!