Monday Mixed Bag – College Rock

Eux Autres – Home Tonight

M. Ward – Primitive Girl

Last night I watched Reality Bites and absolutely hated it. Okay, to be fair I didn’t hate the movie, I just hated the people in it. The movie itself sets up a pretty typical story arch where a girl has to choose between a deadbeat who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else and a nerdy square. Even though the deadbeat is emotionally abusive, unreliable and has a serious superiority complex, she goes after him because…..true wuv? Man, I don’t know. All I know is that I’m glad I was a kid in the 90’s and not some idiot 20-something who thinks quoting the easiest fucking line of Shakespeare makes them a god. At least now, I can be an idiot 20-something who communicates through nerdy inside jokes.

So, here’s songs influenced by indie music that tells the 90’s to go to hell. First, we’ll start with a better era of music: the 1980’s. The term “indie rock” started in the 80’s when college radio stations started playing cool, undergroundish music like The Vaselines and Sonic Youth. These sounds are responsible for a lot of bands you enjoy today like Belle and Sebastian and even Arcade Fire. They paved the way for lo-fi, and proved to be young music that was the logical next step of maturity out of high school.

First up, we have Eux Autres with their new song “Home Tonight” off their hot new EP. If you’re a fellow fan of The Vaselines, you’ll see why I picked this song. It’s sort of sweet, smart and a little disconnected from the world.

Then, we have M. Ward, a college rock pioneer on his own right, with “Primitive Girl” off his new album which you should totally check out. This song actually reminds me of The Smiths and certain sects of chamber pop. What’s that, you ask? Well, chamber pop was developed in the UK out of a complete dissatisfaction for how rock music (which was dominated by America, by the by) at the time was heading. The 90’s were a time of grunge and hard hitting alternative rock, so chamber pop wiggled the other way and mixed some music from the 60’s (cough cough Velvet Underground cough) and electronic noises they found laying around. Not all chamber pop is good since a lot of it is experimental, but I like that it’s a big fuck you to the 90’s.


Filed under Lo-Fi, Monday Mixed Bag, Music

4 responses to “Monday Mixed Bag – College Rock

  1. M. Ward is such a boss. Hope he hooks up with zooey – now that’s she’s single again – and continue to make music together.

  2. FINALLY SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS. The 90s was made for kids in a lot of ways. But as an adult I can’t look upon it too fondly. That and nerds had to take a lot of crap in the 90s.

    M. Ward is quite good- he reminds me of Cass McCombs in some ways. I think She & Him’s music would be a lot stronger if his voice was given more presence.

    Did Eux Autres write a song with all French lyrics (the first line ended with “tres bien”)? Because this sounds nothing like that, but it does remind me of 80s indie stuff like Biff Bang Pow! or Prefab Sprout.

  3. Now, I kind of disagree with you guys on your opinion of the ’90s. You need to get the feeling of the time: the USSR has just collapsed and so has communism. Ideology crumbles, and nothing can take its place. Consumerism has won the fight, people’s lives are condemned to be led by consumption and money forever, even more that they had begun to do in Reagan’s 80s.

    Such feeling of emptyness won’t fade. Hence, trash culture, grunge and ignorant people who feel like they’re the most cultured human beings in the world. But also a big revival of the pulp genre, which scrambles emptyness in a sort of a constructive way.

    And, musically speaking, we get the first Porcupine Tree’s, Mogwai’s and Sparklehorse’s, just to name a few and to keep within a broad definition of alternative rock. Otherwise I’d save 90’s music just because of Ayreon :D

    So, not one of the most constructive decades of the XX Century, but not even THAT bad, actually.

    • I will say that I like a fair bit of 90s music, just none of the things I listened to actually growing up in that era (though I had some babysitters that liked Oasis a lot).

      My brother even told me that I hated “Dream On” by Depeche Mode when I was younger, which I find entirely possible because I was stupid.

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