Monday, October 15, 2012

Playlist of the week- 10/15/12

Justin will be doing a regular playlist here, being the music expert and all. No, seriously, he knows his music. I get to pick the theme so this week I chose 70's disco 90's grunge. 

I always hated the term 'Grunge'.   To me there is a huge difference between what Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the Pumpkins were doing.  Usually the common thread was a big guitar sound and lyrics that were not well suited for the frat house keg party. If you want that kind of rock you can shout along to Paradise City by GNR.  These are 4 of my favorite 'Grunge'-era acoustic based songs that make you focus on just how different these bands were from the crop of hard rock bands they were destined to eradicate.   

Daughter- Pearl Jam

This comes off Pearl Jam's second album VS.  This was a well-known song for them, despite not having a music video and covering a downer subject.  Check out how Eddie Vedder plays with words to subtly suggest the abusive nature of the relationship discussed in the song.  Is it violins or violence?  

Luna- Smashing Pumpkins

The final song off the Pumpkin's smash hit Siamese Dream.  After all the guitar blaring and existential angst displayed within, Billy Corgan decided to end the journey with a life-affirming and sweet lullaby that would make The Beatles proud. Check out the sitar among the sweet backdrop of strings.  

Off of the beautiful Nirvana - Unplugged album.  Almost half of the set list from this album were covers and this is my favorite among.  Check out bass player Krist Novoselic picking up the accordion for this and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl providing back up vocals.

Burden In My Hand- Soundgarden

A decent hit for the band in the last days of the 'Grunge- era'.   The tempo for the song is a bit more energetic and it shows off Chris Cornell's voice beautifully.  

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  1. I want to hear Jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam. I wonder if it's anything like the version I learned in southern Baptist Bible school just a few years ago.

  2. Mom, if you click on the link it will take you to a sampling of the song (and the option to purchase the MP3).. or you can google it, there's a youtube video of it.