Throwback Thursday: 10 Abandoned R&B Cuts From ’91-’01

10 R&B tracks from the genre’s prime, most of them neglected and all of them fit for elementary-school revival…

1. “Bring It All to Me (Feat. *NSYNC)”-Blaque, Blaque (1999)

 

2. “Seven Days”-Craig David, Born to Do It (2001)

 

3. “Almost Doesn’t Count”-Brandy, Never Say Never (1998)

 

4. “Playas Gon’ Play”-3LW, 3LW (2000)

 

5. “No Doubt”-702, No Doubt (1996)

 

6. “It’s Over Now”-112, Part III (2001)

 

7. “He Wasn’t Man Enough”-Toni Braxton, The Heat (2000)

 

8. “Return of the Mack”-Mark Morrison, Return of the Mack (1996)

 

9. “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)-Monica, Miss Thang (1993)

 

10. “Every Day of the Week”-Jade, Mind, Body, & Song (1994)

Playlist: Hippie Antiques

 

A warm & cozy, ten-track-deep playlist of acoustic mementos from the hippie era’s sweetest singer-songwriters…

1) “Cactus Tree”-Joni Mitchell, Joni Mitchell (1968)

2) “Scarborough Fair/Canticle”-Simon & Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966)

3) “At Seventeen”-Janis Ian, Between the Lines (1975)

4) “Almost Cut My Hair”-Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Deja Vu (1970)

5) “A Horse With No Name”-America, America (1972)

6) “A Case of You”-Joni Mitchell, Blue (1971)

7) “Old Man”-Neil Young, Harvest (1972)

8) “Long Time Gone”-Crosby Stills Nash & Young, CSNY 1974 (1974)

9) “Evil Ways”-Santana, Dance of the Rainbow Serpent (1970)

10) “Sugar Mountain”-Neil Young, Decade (1969)

Post-Punk October: A Playlist

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A genre ominously glorified in the equally Halloween-suitable classic, Donnie Darko, post-punk stays one of rock’s prime and most low-profile, goth-dipped sub-categories. Post-’90s and endangerment by rock and pop’s upstaging, its only real modern revitalization occurs through nostalgic 8tracks playlists, a handful of hardly passable ‘post-punk revival’ bands (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, etc.), and classically-versed indie films (i.e. Donnie Darko). So, fittingly, here’s a 10-track playlist to usher in Halloween [and the lost genre’s relevance] with spine-chilling synths, pummeling percussion, and ultra-weird lyrics…

1) “Twenty Four Hours”-Joy Division, Closer (1980)

2) “A Strange Day”-The Cure, Pornography (1982)

3) “As High As You Can Go”-The Chameleons, Script of the Bridge (1983)

4) “Messidor”-The Durutti Column, LC (1981)

5) “A Forest”-The Cure, Seventeen Seconds (1980)

6) “Passion of Lovers”-Bauhaus, Mask (1981)

7) “A Passage in Time”-Dead Can Dance, Dead Can Dance (1984)

8) “The Killing Moon”-Echo & The Bunnymen, Ocean Rain (1984)

9) “Transmission”-Joy Division, Novelty (1979)

10) “Void”-The Raincoats, The Raincoats (1980)

Diamonds in the Rough: 90s R&B Edition

 

A brief but essential, 10-track collection of understated numbers and ‘non-hits’ from R&B’s best decade, designed & assembled by yours truly…

1) “Whatcha Need”-SWV, New Beginning (1990)

2) “Can I Get With You”-Jagged Edge, J.E. Heartbreak (1999)

3) “Candy Rain”-Soul For Real, Candy Rain (1995)

4) “Only You”-112, 112 (1996)

5) “No Doubt”-702, No Doubt (1996)

6) “U Know What’s Up”-Donell Jones & Lisa ‘Left-Eye’, Where I Wanna Be (1999)

7) “You, Me”-Men At Large, Men At Large (1992)

8) “Return of the Mack”-Mark Morrison, Return of the Mack (1996)

9) “Tell Me (I’ll Be Around)-Shades, Shades (1997)

10) “I Wanna Be Down”-Brandy, Brandy (1994)

Paying ‘Nevermind’ Tribute: A 90s Grunge-Gloom Playlist

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In commemoration of Nirvana’s Nevermind and a belated celebration of its 23rd anniversary, here’s a playlist specializing in 90s grunge & all the gloom that accompanies it.

To start…a piece of the low-maintenance yet thunderous album that morphed alternative music beyond comprehension…

1) “Come As You Are”-Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)

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2) “I Could Have Lied” -The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

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3) “Creep”-Radiohead, Pablo Honey (1993)

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4) “Dumb”-Nirvana, In Utero (1993)

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5) “Comedown”-Bush, Sixteen Stone (1994)

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6) “Right Through You”-Alanis Morrisette, Jagged Little Pill (1995)

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7) “Black Hole Sun”-Soundgarden, Superunknown (1994)

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8) “Would?”-Alice in Chains, Dirt (1992)

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9) “Zombie”-The Cranberries, No Need to Argue (1994)

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10) “About A Girl”-Nirvana, Bleach (1989)

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