Sunday, January 1, 2012

Songs from 1988-93

Songs from 1988-1993

I'm working on a series of essays that focus on my life from 1988-93, which are my undergraduate years (though the essays are not really about college).  I've been thinking for a while of creating a playlist of songs from the time because music was always in the background, whether from my car radio, my CD player when I was riding the bus, or the background in bars and clubs.  Thanks to Wikipedia, I am able to find out when the songs were released and put them in order.  But that's not just my Virgo mentality at work.  I can look at the list and see a kind of progression, my transition from boyhood to manhood.  I just set my timer for twenty minutes today and got the list started.  It'll be fun to listen to on the treadmill, though I better have a notebook handy for the memories that arise.

If anyone can think of any songs from that time period, feel free to let me know in the comments.  My only rules for including them on the playlist are 1) only one song from an artist or I'll end up putting all of Depeche Mode's Violator and R.E.M.'s Out of Time on the list and 2) they have to be something that played a role, however minor, in my own life.  Perhaps your memories might trigger some of my own.  You can click on the image to enlarge it.


  1. Anything from Pearl Jam's Ten?
    Madonna's Express Yourself or Like a Prayer?

    If I think of anything else, I'll come back and post.

  2. Madonna certainly. I think I'll go with "Express Yourself." Pearl Jam doesn't hit me, though I do remember singing to "Jeremy" in the car. Thanks!

  3. Okay, mine: Dee-lite, Groove Is in the Heart; REM, End of the World As We Know It; B-52s, Love Shack; and perhaps the biggest, Indigo Girls, Closer to Fine. Which I have been singing since writing this comment. :-)

  4. How could I forget "Love Shack"?!? A couple of friends and I almost enter a lip-synch contest at the mall, but since they were high school friends, I guess I associated that with 1988 or before, and it's 1989.

  5. Dude, where is U2???? Abd Peral Jam, Sarah Mclachlan or even Madonna?

  6. Did you listen to anything from Manchester? I listened to The Stone Roses's debut album like crazy during that time period, but there was also James, Happy Mondays, and Inspiral Carpets. Also, I think Sinead O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got came out during that time period, so something from that would be included for me, for sure.

  7. "Unbelievable" by EMF

    "She Drives Me Crazy" or "Good Thing" by Fine Young Cannibals

    "All I Want" by Toad the Wet Sprocket

    "Wild Wild West" by The Escape Club, or maybe "Shake for the Sheik"

  8. Also, "What I Am" or "Circle" by Edie Brickell?