Top 5 Tunes from the turn of the Century
When I reviewed Mercury Rev’s Deserter’s Songs, I bemoaned the state of music in the late 90s.
In preparation for my voyage to 1999, I looked at my CD tower and was surprised to see that a lot of my favourite groups released albums that year.
*Norm MacDonald voice & miming use of tape recorder* Note to self: In the future, before bemoaning, check CD tower.
Once again, it’s good to be wrong.
Although I wouldn’t say any of these 5 tracks represent the artists at the peak of their respective powers, as it turns out, the turn of the Century wasn’t so bad after all.
5. Tender – Blur
I like how the song doesn’t go anywhere in a hurry. Unconventional opener.
4. Waiting for Slow Songs – Sloan
If you asked me in 1999 to name my favourite member of Sloan, I probably wouldn’t have said Jay. But I’m not so sure any more, his tunes have a slow grower quality to them.
3. Wishlist – Pearl Jam
It appears I was into slow songs as Y2K approached!
2. Baseball – Ozma
Well now that I’ve started the slow songs &/or ‘slow songs’ in the title streak, I can’t very well break it here. From reading online, this album seems to have been released multiple times by multiple labels in multiple years. My CD says copyright 1999 so if there are no further objections, for the purposes of this countdown, it is hereby/conveniently deemed eligible as a ’99 release. And speaking of baseball…
1. Major Leagues – Pavement
…bring on the Major Leagues indeed.