The mid-nineteen-nineties was not a time with out irony. You might recall that, again then, “various” rock had not solely gone mainstream, however, in sure areas, had even turn out to be the preferred style of music on the radio. That was definitely true within the Seattle space, the place I grew up. And should you wished to start out a rock band there, as author Adam Cadre remembers, you knew what steps you needed to take: “get a report deal, make a video, get it on 120 Minutes, have it turn out to be a Buzz Clip, surprise why huge success doesn’t ease the aching void inside.”
In the event you bought into bands like 10,000 Maniacs, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M., The Replacements, the Pixies, the Offspring, or Sonic Youth within the mid-nineties (to say nothing of a sure trio referred to as Nirvana), chances are high — statistically talking, no less than — that you just first noticed them on 120 Minutes.
On the peak of its reputation on MTV, the present outlined the alternative-rock zeitgeist, introducing new bands in addition to bringing new waves of listeners to present ones. Although most strongly related to the nineties, it premiered in 1986, hosted by three of the primary MTV VJs, J. J. Jackson, Martha Quinn, and Alan Hunter. 36 years later, you’ll be able to relive the whole lot of 120 Minutes‘ seventeen-year run (with a quick revival within the twenty-tens) on Youtube.
A consumer named Chris Reynolds has created a playlist that seems to comprise each tune ever aired on 120 Minutes. (These have been documented by The 120 Minutes Archive, beforehand featured right here on Open Tradition.) Among the many playlist’s greater than 2,500 movies are songs — Violent Femmes’ “Kiss Off,” The Psychedelic Furs’ “Love My Means,” Pearl Jam’s “Alive,” Fishbone’s “On a regular basis Sunshine,” R.E.M.’s “Stand” — that may take you again to the pop-cultural eras 120 Minutes spanned. However there are much more — Manufacture’s “Because the Finish Attracts Close to,” Lloyd Cole and the Commotions’ “Jennifer She Mentioned,” Helmet’s “Milquetoast,” Trigger and Impact’s “You Suppose You Know Her” — that you could be nicely have missed, even should you rocked your means by way of the eighties and nineties.
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Based mostly in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His initiatives embody the Substack publication Books on Cities, the ebook The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll by way of Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video sequence The Metropolis in Cinema. Observe him on Twitter at @colinmarshall, on Fb, or on Instagram.