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  1. '96 and '97 saw the rise of neo-soul thanks to artists like D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell. I prefer classic soul, but compared to the landscape of the previous decade, it was a breath of fresh air. My favorite thing about it is the Gill Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson influence. 1997 is where I check out on hip hop. I need to listen to more post '96 stuff. Still, everyone was waiting for this to drop:
  2. 1997 This was my senior year of high school. I think the book gives a pretty fair reflection of what was going on in music at the time, at least the kind of stuff you saw from the major labels. To me, 1997 will always be remembered as the year OK Computer came out. Like I said before, it was our Sgt. Pepper's, and pretty much redefined music for my generation. But other artists were making good music too. I think the only omission in terms of stuff that was big was The Verve. Bjork was still writing beautiful songs like these: Ween had an interesting concept album that year as well: The usual indie stuff -- Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, a couple of Japanese acts (Cornelius & Fishmans), etc. I always liked Blink-182. Fun band. This was a favorite too: 1997 also had this monster: I was quite taken with Robert Wyatt's album from this year: And I'm still pushing for some Misfits to make the list:
  3. Bad choice for a Cardigans song. What edition of the book are you using? Earlier editions had Kelly Watch the Stars by Air and You Get What You Give by New Radicals sandwiched in between Lauryn Hill and Stardust. The book has gone pretty mainstream with its late 90s picks, but Goo Goo Dolls? I was gonna say something nasty, but I guess we're reaching the point where the songs are more nostalgic for my sister's generation than mine.
  4. I finished Red Nails, which is considered by many to be Barry Smith's best work on Conan. What interested me is that Roy Thomas wrote an editorial where he said it might be the final issue of Savage Tales. It seems Marvel had a difficult time publishing their black and white magazines, which is a shame because they are a clear precursor to the rise of independent comics, graphic novels, and comics for mature readers. If that trend had begun earlier we would have seen some amazing creator driven stuff in the 70s.
  5. I finished up the Squadron Supreme mini-series today. Lots of interesting ideas about superhero comics in keeping with what a lot of the British writers were doing in the 80s. I can see the parallels with Watchmen except that the writing and artwork is obviously superior in Watchmen. The thing that kept bugging me is that even though I enjoyed the way Thomas used the Squadron Supreme in the Avengers, what's the point in introducing these DC copies into the Marvel Universe? If the DC characters are so iconic, and you want to work with them so desperately, then why not jump ship and work for the opposition? I get that Gruenwald used the characters, and their alternate universe, to tell the kind of story he couldn't with the Avengers or the Fantastic Four, but the entire concept of the Squadron Supreme is strange to me. And I say that as someone who loves Astro City and all of the homages/tributes in that series.
  6. My sister was a huge Spice Girls fan along with every other tween on the planet. Given to Fly is a nice song, but I still can't understand why the book waited until Yield to include Pearl Jam. I know a lot of folks checked out on them after 10 and Vs, but the album that meant the most to me in my teen years was Vitalogy. I bought it the date it came out and listened to it religiously. I must've sang along to it on a daily basis (well out of tune, according to the neighbour.) OK Computer was our Sgt. Pepper's. I must've listened to that record a thousand times in 1997. I hadn't listened to it in years, but I've been listening to lately and the songs are still amazing. For a lot of us teenagers, it was our first exposure to more sophisticated songwriting. It was like discovering foreign films or comics for mature readers. I still think it holds up. Yorke is incredible on that record. I liked Kid A. Not as much as my stoner mates, but I think it's a great record. I had lost interest in modern music by the time they released anything else and haven't heard any of their later stuff, but they're a 90s band whose work I think you can place alongside any other band from any other era. I was disappointed by them live, btw, though I did get to meet Yorke and the drummer in the street when they toured NZ which was cool. That Aphex Twin song reminds me of this classic Misfits tune: Why aren't The Misfits in the book? All Saints... Jesus... I'm pretty sure my teenage brain wasn't concentrating on their music. I'm not sure my adult lizard brain is either. OK, so I listened to Neutral Milk Hotel... How the fuck had I never heard them before? Jaw dropping. Amazing. Best thing I've heard since I jumped on board this thing. Is Backstreet's Back the greatest pop song ever?
  7. Liam, we didn't get a write up for 846-850.
  8. The first few issues of John Buscema's run on Conan the Barbarian were a bit rough, but I liked issue 27 enough that I decided to keep reading the book. I was still hankering for some Barry Smith Conan, though, so I read the first issue of Savage Tales. I'm pretty sure the Frost Giant's Daughter story was printed in Conan the Barbarian, Savage Sword of Conan and Savage Tales, but it's a nice short story. What really impressed me was how good the rest of Savage Tales was. An anthology with Barry Smith, John Romita, Gray Marrow, Gene Colan, and John Buscema doing non-Comic Code art? It's a travesty that it was cancelled after the first issue. It could have been an amazing outlet for Marvel's finest to do mature comic book work. Sure, the stories are full of scantily clad women, and Stan Lee has some weird sexual politics going on in his stories, but I don't think Man-Thing was ever better than the origin story in Savage Tales #1. Maybe I'm a sucker for the black and white art, but it felt closer to Bernie Wrightson's Swamp Thing than the Man-Thing stories that followed. I also started reading Michael Golden's run on Micronauts which has been supremely fun. It doesn't feel like a Marvel comic at all. I feel like I'm reading an 80s independent publisher like First or Comico.
  9. I hate to break it to you guys, but Phil reviewed that Fujiwara match in 2016.
  10. The book has started to ignore New Zealand and Australian music. Here are some 90s songs from both countries. New Zealand Australia
  11. I forgot about Belle and Sabastian. I had friends who were really into them. I've only started listening to them recently. I also really like this Greek band, Trypes:
  12. I think Crossroads should have been in the book. And De La Soul: The Roots: Some more tunes:
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