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Top 5 “smells like ’94”

December 18, 2014

Next up on the time travel calendar: it was 20 years ago today this year.

In lieu of a Top 5 albums, a Top 5 quintessential sounds of 1994.  I wouldn’t say these examples sound “dated” per se; more so that a few notes ought to instantly transport listeners back exactly two decades.

Enjoy the trip!


5. smells like…Grade 8 dance
Boyz II Men, On Bended Knee

No vocal group did a better job at helping boys dance arm-length apart from their middle school crushes!

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4. smells like…Unplugged
Nirvana, The Man Who Sold the World

Other groups did the unplugged routine first, others had arguably superior performances.  None anywhere near as iconic as the Nirvana set.

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3. smells like…Woodstock
Green Day, When I Come Around

20 years later, I still have next to no idea what Billy Joe is singing in the verses.  I also might hesitate before putting what appears to be a divot of grass in my mouth; perhaps that’s why they put on a much better live show!

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2. smells like…Britpop
Blur, Parklife

The middle years of the decade were also a golden age for music from across the pond.

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1. smells like…Some of the best music of all-time.
Jeff Buckley, Grace

Oh who am I kidding, I can’t not do a Top 5 Albums!  Too many 1994 honourable mentions to mention, here goes:
5) Grace
4) Parklife
3) Day For Night
2) Twice Removed
1) The blue album

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Albums by Suede & Soundgarden are celebrating their vicennial on the blog this week, enjoy!

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8 Comments
  1. jprobichaud permalink

    Some great great albums in 1994. Hard to argue with any of your picks.

    • Thank you sir – and for anyone reading the comments, I practically insist you go to musicinsanity.ca and follow along with the Top 50 songs of ’94!

      • jprobichaud permalink

        Thanks for the plug. I’m looking forward to your post on Dog Man Star by the way.

      • Anytime – and as you might imagine, the review will be favourable!

  2. You know those survey emails that still go around today? “What is Geoff’s favourite band?” etc?

    A guy I knew named Freddy answered his survey questions thusly in 1994:

    “What is Mike’s favourite band?”
    A – Boyz II Men. Because he has a whole freaking case of them.

    It was true! At the store had a box with 100 copies of Boyz II Men II behind the counter, a sight to behold. That album was HUGE.

    • 100 copies would definitely qualify as a whole freaking case!

      • I have to admit it was a funny sight. We had 100 of those, and another case with 50 copies of Madonna’s Bedtime Stories that Christmas.

  3. Agree on Parklife and Grace!

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