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The Plumbing Info Playlist #10
I remember my buddy coming home from California in the summer of 1991. We were outside playing horseshoes drinking some beers. He was
super excited to play two new records for us. One was Nirvana “Nevermind” and the other was Pearl Jam “Ten”. I was never the same. Those two albums defined an era and although we label them “grunge” they were really just great rock records. They were followed by so many great bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Alice and Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, etc. I have once again broken my 13 song rule, it’s just too tough to give you only 13 songs when picking a cross section of the era. So bust out your torn up jeans, flannels and combat boots and get rocking to my Grunge rock playlist.
Bust out the Flannels, It’s Grunge Time Playlist #10
1.) In Bloom – Nirvana – It would have been too easy to pick “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for this spot but you may be like me, you’ve heard it so many times it’s like the “I Melt with You” of grunge. Love the song but I can’t listen to it anymore.
2.) Drown – The Smashing Pumpkins – The very last song on an iconic soundtrack featuring Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone,
Alice and Chains, etc. It may have been last but it was one of the best songs on the record. It actually preceded their major label debut Siamese Dream.
3.) Animal – Pearl Jam – There are so many. I will eventually put together a greatest hits playlist.
4.) Come Down – Bush – Bush’s “Sixteen Stone” record can be found en masse at every CD resale shop in America. As I was clearing out my CD collection to take to the resale shop I came across this album and decided to give it a listen. I came to realize I really like Bush……I apologize I’m a 12 year old trapped in a 42 year old body. In all honesty Bush is often over looked and they shouldn’t be.
5.) Rooster – Alice in Chains – Awesome song, with some poignant lyrics. If all you heard was “Snuff the Rooster” look up the lyrics. Support the troops.
6.) Big Empty – Stone Temple Pilots – This song debuted on “The Crow” soundtrack and although the record had plenty of great tunes this was “the” song.
7.) Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dog – Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder. The funny thing about this record and subsequent single is that in predated the debut of Pearl Jam’s “Ten”. After the commercial success of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam A&M Records decided to release this song as a single.
8.) Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns – Mother Love Bone – A band destined to be great but drugs got in the way and the lead singer Andrew Wood over dosed. However, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard went on to form Pearl Jam with Eddie Vedder.
9.) Tomorrow – Silverchair – The members of Silverchair were 15 years old when this song was recorded which is crazy because this really holds up well. Although they only had moderate success in the US after their debut record “Frogstomp” they went on to win many award in their home country of Australia.
10.) Fell on Black Days – Soundgarden – It’s sort of ironic that Soundgarden was one of the bands that defined the “grunge” sound in the mid to late 80s but they were the last to find real commercial success. I think this song defines the sound. Heavy handed guitars and a slow methodical tempo.
11.) Today – The Smashing Pumpkins – One of the first single released off of Siamese Dream. This was the song that catapulted them to stardom.
12.) Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
13.) I Alone – Live – Although Live isn’t usually mentioned with grunge they should be.
14.) Alive – Pearl Jam – One of the greatest rock songs ever written period.
15.) Alone + Easy Target – The Foo Fighters – The former members of Nirvana went on to form The Foo Fighters after the death of Kurt Cobain. I maintain that The Foo Fighters are a better, more significant band than Nirvana. David Grohl is a musical genius. I could list 20 songs I love but this was one of their first.
16.) Who Was in My Room Last Night – Butthole Surfers – The “Surfers” were not really associated with the grunge movement but some of their songs moved in that circle. The Surfers were a classic American punk rock band and this song is killer.
I apologize this one was late. I went a week without showering and took a box knife to a pair of jeans and tried to squeeze into a few old Abercrombie shirts to find inspiration for this list so I hope you and enjoy. Don’t forget to listen me on The Football Educator Podcast every Friday night. Click the link and look on the left to download. www.thefootballeducator.com. You can also subscribe via iTunes.