Category Archives: 1990s

Give me your body: the best of Queen

58% on Rotten Tomatoes is frankly higher than I expected for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic, as most reviews I’ve heard or read have been scathing. But there’s one good thing in all this hubbub over the film: it’s making … Continue reading

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Music sounds better with you: the best of ’98

In alphabetical, unranked order. For once I went with Soto‘s rule that if an album’s on my list, no singles from that album are included. It’s been fascinating reading everyone’s 1998 lists in the wake of Pitchfork’s celebration of said … Continue reading

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Do you wanna get rocked? The biggest and best of Def Leppard

No band in the ’80s sounded bigger than Def Leppard, and that wasn’t because of their riffage; that was thanks to “Mutt” Lange, sprinkling his magic studio dust over them in his pre-Shania years. On their biggest album and crowning achievement, … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Music Sounds Better With You”

I had to get to this at some point. This song is why I love filter house/French Touch so much: it’s disco-y goodness, it’s a chunk of a Chaka Khan record sampled and looped into infinity, it’s dance music that never fails to … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Flava In Ya Ear (The Bad Boy Remix)”

Oh, NYC hip-hop in 1994: perfection, absolute perfection. Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” is a now-and-forever jam, but never underestimate the power of mid-’90s Puffy to lace something up even sweeter. In this case, Puff took the original instrumental … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “I Got Him All the Time (He’s Mine Remix)”

The early-mid ’90s were glory days for R&B, with girl groups everywhere, good for a couple singles before they disappeared. And at least one of ’em almost always had a remix with a guest rapper, as those versions were just … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “For the Cool in You (Quiet Storm Vocal Mix)”

Babyface’s third solo album, 1993’s For the Cool in You, was the one which really broke him hugely to pop audiences as well as his native R&B. (Tender Lover spun off a number of pop hits at the height of … Continue reading

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