At no point between “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Nookie” was the alternative bubble more booming than 1994. A record breaking eight alt-rock albums topped Billboard that year, and Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” let alternative nation plant a rare flag atop the singles charts. The Offspring sold more of their indie label record than Pink Floyd did on their major label record. Green Day stole Woodstock ’94 from Bob Dylan. New Kids on the Block broke up and Earl Sweatshirt was born. Here’s the 40 best albums from the year where the losers finally won.
I would not have ranked them in this order, but it is a solid list.
1. Norva in Norfolk, VA 2. First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN This downtown Minneapolis club opened in 1937 as a Greyhound depot, but the history of First Avenue as we know it begins with Prince. Throughout the Eighties, he and the Revolution were sort of the house band here – you can see it in all the famous concert scenes in Purple Rain. The club was also a key staging ground for the city’s punk-and-hardcore scene, starring the Replacements, Husker Du and Soul Asylum. Today’s fans still love the no-frills vibe and killer acoustics, even if waiting in line during a Minnesota winter can be a bummer. “Plus,” says hip-hop star Talib Kweli, a regular headliner, “I saw [famous rapper’s name redacted] deck an undercover cop and hop in a cab and get away at the club.” Capacity: 1,600 Website:http://first-avenue.com Fun Fact: Prince reunited with his classic band, the Revolution, including Wendy and Lisa, at First Avenue early last year. Questlove DJed the post-show party. 3. 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. 4. Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN 5. Metro in Chicago, IL 6. Continental Club in Austin, TX 7. The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA 8. The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA 9. Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA 10. Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY
The hopeful part of my heart wants Axl to show up, scream, and completely destroy the naysayers by melting the hipster glasses right off their faces with a crushing performance ofSweet Child O’ Mine, while ushering in a new wave of hair metal to fill the void of good music we live with today.
The blackened, cynical part of my heart understands that Axl will probably let us down again.
Slash thinks so too. In aninterviewwith Rolling Stone, Slash said that Axl hates him and that a reunion performance is not likely. Then again, if you read the Slash autobiography, you’ll learn Slash is deeply scarred by his relationship with Axl. A psychiatrist could write a book on how mental Slash and Axl really are.
Do you think Guns N’ Roses will reunite and perform on Saturday?
Posted onMay 11, 2011|Comments Off on Happy 70th Birthday, Bob!
Minnesotans love to claim Dylan as one of their own. He is, after all, one of our most successful exports. Anyway, Bob Dylan turns 70 years old on May 24th. Rolling Stone has a nice write-up in honor of Dylan and his music. Check it outhere.
Source: LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Bob Dylan's First-Ever China Concert