I once heard Halloran say “That was Soundgarden of Speedin'” on 91X like it was no big thang. Garden of Speedin was the business I ran for eleven(!) years (archived link below). Apparently it wasn’t the only time he ever did it. I probably did damage cranking my college roommate’s Badmotorfinger cassette back in the day but I don’t remember much about seeing them at Lollapalooza in 1992, other than Ben Shepherd’s ridiculously awesome floor-scraping rock posture.
60. SOUNDGARDEN 82. Outshined (92) 56. Spoonman 49. My Wave 36. Fell on Black Days 13. Black Hole Sun (94) 48. Blow Up The Outside World 38. Burden In My Hand 25. Pretty Noose (96) 35. Black Rain (10) 77. Been Away Too Long (12) 461 points/10 songs
When they first got hot, they played SNL but instead of getting to do two songs, the Dream Academy was booked to do one song too. With their dark, long straight hair, I thought maybe it was the same guy singing for both bands. I got wise and was even Ian Astbury for Halloween once. Not because I was a huge fan but because I had a long sleeve white shirt, a patterned vest, a head scarf and no other ideas. He is famously one of the only people to be publicly anti-Spinal Tap because it makes dramatic bands look stupid.
59. THE CULT 12. She Sells Sanctuary (86) 28. Wild Flower 23. Love Removal Machine (87) 68. Sweet Soul Sister 15. Edie (Ciao Baby) 6. Fire Woman (89) 88. Heart and Soul 33. Wild Hearted Son (91) 463/8
Ah, the Queen of Darkness. I happened upon them a few times at big shows: at the first Lollapalooza, headlining a KROQ acoustic show and Coachella 2002, where they shunned desires for “Dear Prudence” with a rumbling cover of “Blue Jay Way” (their “Helter” is even better).
58. SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES 57. Dear Prudence (1983) 10. Cities in Dust (86) 75. The Passenger (87) 22. Killing Jar 1. Peek-a-Boo (88) 27. Shadowtime 3. Kiss Them for Me (91) 64. Face to Face (92) 477/8
Where would they be if she ever could’ve cleared her throat? I never did see them but I went to see the Innocence Mission open for Natalie. She’d apparently finally found her groove because her set started with her curvy-dancing shadow projected onto the closed curtain. We were out of there pretty quick.
57. 10,000 MANIACS 57. Don’t Talk 21. What’s the matter here? 17. Like the Weather (88) 31. Eat for Two 14. Trouble Me (89) 9. These are the Days (92) 84. To Sir With Love 78. These Are The Days 39. Because That Night (93) 478/9
Remember that time that RATM played their very first show in your student union? I do. A future Yer Doin Great tale. Promise. You can watch video of the whole set on Youtube or on their debut album anniversary DVD. Even on that grainy video you can tell how amazing they already were. Sadly, they never panned over to me eating my lunch in awe. My friend Allen was front and center for the whole set. Youtube comments proclaim him as the first Rage fan. Grin. I saw them twice more. Once at a KROQ Xmas Acoustic show where they played it pretty straight but with Morello on acoustic guitar. Of course, the final song/reading/mock rape left everyone more than uneasy but….happy holidays! We were exhausted by the end of the second day at the Tibetan Freedom Festival so we watched them work the heaving masses from afar. I never get tired of watching footage of them in front of big crowds. I just watched their 2000 Democratic Convention film. Phew.
56. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE 28. Killing In The Name Of (93) 31. Bulls ON Parade (96) 75. Bounce w/ Snoop Dogg (97) 23. No Shelter (98) 17. Guerilla Radio (99) 59. Sleep Now In The Fire 51. Guerilla Radio 32. Testify (00) 33. Renegades Of Funk (01) 479/9
Replacing Allison Moyet with a skinny, unfabulous male version of her? Oh, Vince. If Boy George had been available, you really would’ve had something. Instead you got one of the most awkward frontmen in showbiz history. Gimme Ride’s Andy Bell any day of the week. Blasphemous Guitars (“the gayest straight band on earth”) played the San Diego Pride Festival the year that Erasure headlined. I had a blast jumping all over their stage risers and still have a box marked “Village People hats”. Know your audience. If I loved ’em more, I might’ve got better at Photoshop to make the David Lynch homage.
55. ERASURE 65. Sometimes (87) 11. Chains of Love 5. A Little Respect (88) 73. Stop 39. Drama (89) 82. Blue Savannah (90) 39. Chorus 21. Love to Hate You (91) 83. S.O.S. 73. Love to Hate You 69. Take a Chance (92) 63. Always (94) 481/12
Possibly the most polarizing of all bands. I can’t think of another band that is more loved and hated in southern California. When I started doing Too Cool For Karaoke they were our first most requested act of the month since I didn’t have any. I bought “What I Got” and it was quickly voted down to the $1/minute list, then the $10 list then banned forever in rapid succession. ‘Nuff said. I like ska. I like his voice. I shouldn’t say anything else. Their fans aren’t always the most understanding bunch. My grandpa once tried to steal a San Diego Music Award from a Sublime tribute (video below).
54. SUBLIME 8. Date-Rape (95) 5. Santeria 1. What I Got (96) 11. Wrong Way 5. Doin’ Time(97) 34. Panic (w/Rome) (11) 488/6
Since I added up most of this stuff last year, I know that they are the second of two new acts in the top 91 this year (up from #116). Duo comparisons abound but they’re more groovin than the Stripes ever were and don’t insist on it being a two-piece onstage. That New Orleans marching band bit was the best thing the Grammys has seen in years.
53. THE BLACK KEYS 7. Tighten Up (10) 51. Tighten Up 27. Lonely Boy 17. Howlin For You (11) 26. Little Black Submarines, 13. Gold On The Ceiling, 6. Lonely Boy (12) 497/7
The Police are down at #93 on this list because most of their biggest hits came before 91X was doing countdowns. Sting actually made SDSU’s Open Air Ampitheater his first ever US solo show and it was the second concert I ever went to. His original band with Branford Marsalis, Omar Hakim & Daryll Jones was incredible.
52. STING 56. Russians, 47. Set Them Free, 31. Love Is the 7th Wave 17. Fortress Around Your Heart 7. Money For Nothing (w/Dire Straits)(85) 24. We’ll be together (87) 64. All This Time 53. Mad About You (91) 64. Fields Of Gold (93) 48. When We Dance (94) 509/10
My ultimate example of seeing a band and THEN getting into them when it was too late. Even with my friend Andy touting them from way back, I was uninitiated when I saw the Irvine Lollapalooza show in 1991 and, honestly, wasn’t knocked out. But I checked out the records right after and was FLOORED. Ooops. 91X managed to convince Lolla to let them call the San Diego stop XFest in ’91. The official tour guide page (pictured) gives you all the details. Aside from seeing Porno For Pyros play “My Time”, I had to wait until 2001 to see a reunion show and it was surprisingly great. The intro alone with Perry donning a dress that covered most of the stage and had girls dancing underneath was the best entrance I’ve ever seen (video link in comments). A couple of years ago, some friends wanted to start a Jane’s tribute and though I said I couldn’t do it for reals, I’d love to sing those songs once for my birthday. Jane’s Diction was a blast but it was so loud the first time, I was terrible so I agreed to do it one more time. I was better but there’s almost no evidence. A blast to play with echo and have scantily clad girls waving fire around me though!
51. JANE’S ADDICTION 40. Jane Says (88) 6. Stop 1. Been Caught Stealin’ (90) 57. Ripple (91) 40. So What! (97) 74. True Nature 13. Just Because (03) 86. Underground 43. Irresistible Force (11) 44. Twisted Tales (12) 516points/10songs
14 YEARS IN BETWEEN HITS: SOUNDGARDEN Pretty Noose (96) Black Rain (10)
8 YEARS IN BETWEEN HITS: JANE’S ADDICTION Just Because (03) Irresistible Force (11)
6 YEARS IN BETWEEN HITS: JANE’S ADDICTION (twice) Ripple (91) So What! (97) AND So What! (97) Just Because (03)
5 SONGS IN ONE YEAR: Sting (85)
4 SONGS IN ONE YEAR: Soundgarden (94)
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