tune tuesday: 90’s alternative dream

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This week I wanted to share one of my all-star Spotify playlists for Tune Tuesday. It’s no secret that I wish that life was still the 90’s and I refuse to let it go, most of my favorite bands are still 90’s relics (most of them are still out touring… if they aren’t dead, that is.) Grunge and alternative bands from that era were so influential and innovative, and it’s my favorite era/genre combo of all time. Probably given the choice between listening only to The Hold Steady or 90’s alt, I would by far pick the heavy angst and jangle pop of guys like Doug Hopkins and Justin Currie (sorry Craig.)



“Roll to Me” by Del Amitri is definitely that song that everyone knows, but no one knows they know it. It has been my karaoke go-to for years, and every time it starts up in the bar, everyone goes nuts and sings along. (Which is great, because I’m a terrible singer.) You’ve been down so hard, you can hardly see. When the engine’s stalled & it won’t stop raining, it’s the right time to roll to me.


It’s not a habit, it’s cool, I feel alive. This one by K’s Choice is a song that I don’t think I did hear in the 90’s. It was on a “forgotten songs” playlist and it quickly became a song I would blare in my car and sing over, and over, and over again.


Jane’s Addiction’s “Jane Says” epitomizes the great writing of the 90’s for me. The music in it sounds happy and upbeat, but when you listen to the lyrics, they’re really about a girl in a pretty bad situation. I love that contrast between what it sounds like is going on for the listener and what is actually being talked about in the song. I’ve never been in love, I don’t know what it is, I only know if someone wants me.


You know it’s all I think about, I write your name, drive past your house. Your boyfriend’s over, I watch the lights go out. Gin Blossoms are one of my top five favorite bands of all time, and I think New Miserable Experience is one of the most perfect pop masterpieces of the decade. “Found Out About You” is one of the best songs on the record, and I also love the footprint it left in Empire Records (one of the most perfect pop music movies ever.)

Stream the playlist directly through the widget above, or click here to open and subscribe in Spotify! What’s your favorite jam from the 90’s?