Friday, February 4, 2011

Sound Opinions: 1991

Sound Opinions is weekly radio show hosted by two Chicago-based pop music critics, Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis. They bill it as "the world's only rock and roll talk show." Each week hey take on a different topic, and last week's show was devoted to 1991 as a watershed year for popular music. The key points were:
  • Nirvana and the birth of Grunge
  • My Bloody Valentine and the growth of Shoegaze
  • Lollapalooza and the rise of the Alternative Nation
  • N.W.A and the reign of Gangsta Rap
  • Massive Attack and the “tripping” of hip-hop
They referenced lots of albums from the year, both the hugely popular and the crucially influential. Many are available in the Media Center:
  • Garth Brooks, Ropin’ The Wind, Liberty, 1991, CD 396
  • Spin Doctors, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, Epic, 1991, CD 4816
  • Nirvana, Nevermind, DGC, 1991, CD 1333
  • My Bloody Valentine, Loveless, Creation, 1991, CD 16089
  • Guns N’ Roses, Use Your Illusion I, Geffen, 1991, CD 5401
  • Pearl Jam, Ten, Epic, 1991, CD 4588
  • N.W.A., Niggaz4Life, Ruthless, 1991, CD 15073
  • De La Soul, De La Soul is Dead, Tommy Boy, 1991, CD 8260
  • Massive Attack, Blue Lines, Virgin, 1991, CD 11771
The show doesn't air in Boston but is available as a podcast or via online streaming.

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