Tag: 1990s

Rock for Choice – 1990’s Music Supporting Abortion Rights

Rock for Choice (or Rock 4 Choice) was a series of benefit concerts held over the ten-year period between 1991 and 2001. The concerts were designed to allow musicians to show their support for the abortion rights movement in the United States and Canada.

…The concert series evolved into an organization managed by the Feminist Majority Foundation, which released a number of compilation albums featuring artists that supported Rock for Choice. The album Spirit of ’73: Rock for Choice included fourteen female artists of the 90s singing hits from the 70s[9] and was named based on the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973.[10]

The final Rock for Choice concert was held in 2001 and was emceed by actress Gillian Anderson.[11]

Artists featured in the Rock for Choice concerts included:

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Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

A Sound Garden is an outdoor public art work in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is one of six such works on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) campus, which lies adjacent to Warren G. Magnuson Park on the northwestern shore of Lake Washington. Designed and built by sculptor Douglas Hollis from 1982–83, the sound sculpture is composed of twelve 21-foot (6.4 m) high steel tower structures, at the top of each of which hangs an organ pipe attached to a weather vane that produces soft-toned sounds when stirred by the wind.

The sculpture attracts many visitors owing to its location overlooking Lake Washington, its visual and kinetic qualities, and its being the namesake of the Seattle rock band Soundgarden. It became a makeshift memorial to Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell following his death in 2017.

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Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice – The Annotated Vanilla Ice

“Ice Ice Baby” is a hip hop song by American rapper Vanilla Ice, and DJ Earthquake. It was based on the bassline of “Under Pressure” by British rock band Queen and British singer David Bowie, who did not receive songwriting credit or royalties until after it had become a hit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Ice_Baby

Singles can be rough going, especially very popular ones. It’s often hard to admit that you were one of the eight billion people who streamed “Gangnam Style” at its hottest. That’s how irony culture works. My biggest records in DJ sets now are “Ice Ice Baby” and “U Can’t Touch This,” and I wouldn’t have dared play them at any hip-hop cred party twenty years ago. All the songs I spin for ironic purposes are now legit parts of people’s enjoyment.

Music Is History
Questlove

An anachronistic corruption of the phrase “word to the mother”, which was a popular reference to Africa or “The Motherland” during the late 1980s Afrocentric movement. While the replacement of “the” with “your” effectively obliterated the term’s Afrocentric roots, it continued to be used in the same manner, that is, to express agreement. Alternatively, the “your” could take on sinister connotations, implying that speaker was sexually intimate with the listener’s mother, as in “say hi to your mom for me“, or, in keeping with the whack terminology, “props to your mom, she’s da bomb”. Finally, the phrase might mean nothing at all, and be used to ineptly feign street cred, in the style of Vanilla Ice.

Lithium – Nirvana

On the simplicity of Nirvana’s music
I think that’s one of the reasons why it’s proved to be so effective. The guitar playing is very simple. The drumming is very simple. … We would record a song in one or two takes. It was very pure and honest and real. And I think when Kurt wrote songs, he really tried to capture that simplicity because he realized that that’s kind of a direct route to someone’s heart or soul or mind.

On Cobain fluctuating between being fun and reclusive
When I moved up and started living in that small apartment with them, I mean, this was someone that I had never met before. I didn’t know at first — I thought, maybe he’s quiet, maybe he’s shy, maybe he has social anxieties, whatever it is. There were times, too, where he was outrageously funny and really fun to be around. The two of us would get $7 and go to the grocery store and spend half an hour in the freezer section looking for the perfect TV dinner. And those moments were so much fun. So it wasn’t always doom and gloom. …

A lot of the times when we’d go to the apartment after rehearsal, I slept on the couch, so I would kind of get on my couch and he would go in his room, close the door. Little did I know that most of that time he was writing in his journals, and more often than not, the next day at rehearsal, he would have a new song. So I think he had moments of being introverted and sort of reclusive, but that was also balanced with someone that was pretty fun to be around and pretty great to be in a band with, because when we counted into a song, it exploded, and it was real, man, it was real.

Dave Grohl retraces his life-affirming path from Nirvana to Foo Fighters
Fresh Air, NPR

Instantly Recognizable Lyrics

Celtiri
SOME….

thisdudeabidestwice
BODY

Rand0m_Pers0m
ONCE

tom_cruises_closet
TOLD

xiaosleftpinky
ME

steamingsilver
THE

tom_cruises_closet
WORLD

5hrek_is_hot
IS

UnassumingSingleGuy
GONNA

CarmelCoffeePrincess
Yo I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want

OldSoulRobertson
So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.

Picante_Duke
I tell you what I want, what I really really want

Midnight712
So tell me what you want, what you really, really want

goodgollymizzmolly
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna

 

Auggie’s Photo Album – Smoke

Auggie: You’ll never get it if you don’t slow down my friend.
Paul: What do you mean?
Auggie: I mean you’re going too fast you’re hardly even looking at the pictures.

Also of note, from IMDB quotes:

OTB Man #1, Tommy: Look, I’m telling you, there’s gonna be another war. I mean, those slobs in the Pentagon are gonna be out of job unless they find a new enemy. They got this Saddam character now, and they’re going to hit him with all they’ve got. Mark my words.

Smoke (1995)
A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers.