Category Archives: ’90s Music

The Chemical Brothers’ sophomore effort (1997)

On April 26, 1997, the highest ranked “new entry” on The Billboard 200 album chart belonged to The Chemical Brothers. Their LP, Dig Your Own Hole, debuted at #14, but would go no higher on the US charts (it would … Continue reading

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General Apathy and Major Boredom singing, “Whatever and Ever Amen” (Ben Folds Five and their sophomore effort in 1997)

On April 5, 1997, Whatever and Ever Amen by Ben Folds Five debuted on The Billboard 200 at #90. Ben Folds Five was a quirky anomaly in popular music for the late ’90s. The group’s namesake, pianist Ben Folds, had … Continue reading

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On Jan. 29, two songs enter the singles charts at #75 (Beck and the Bobby Fuller Four)

On January 29, two singles entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #75—but they were 28 years apart. So which one do I write about? The 1994 song “Loser” by Beck, or the 1966 song “I Fought the Law” by the … Continue reading

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There goes my hero … he’s ordinary (Foo Fighters in 1998)

On Jan. 19, 1998, Foo Fighters released “My Hero” as a single from their second LP, The Colour and the Shape. It was the third of four singles from the album (with “Monkey Wrench” and “Everlong” preceding it, and “Walking … Continue reading

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Not to put too fine a point on it … make a little birdhouse in your soul (They Might Be Giants, 1990)

On Jan. 5, 1990, They Might Be Giants (TMBG) released their third album, Flood. This was the band’s first release on a major record label (Elektra – previous work had been released on Bar/None Records), and the LP would peak … Continue reading

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It’s the next best thing to be … (“Free As a Bird” — The Beatles in 1995)

On Dec. 30, 1995, The Beatles’ “Free As a Bird” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #10. It would peak at #6 the following week. The single was released to promote The Beatles Anthology documentary and Anthology 1, the … Continue reading

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Mirror Ball leftovers create Merkin Ball (Pearl Jam in 1995)

On Dec. 23, 1995, a two-song single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #7. It was “I Got id / Long Road” from Pearl Jam. The recording is also known as the EP (extended play) Merkin Ball. Only three … Continue reading

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