First order of business, KHIRAD is the winner of the first Planet Pop Quiz. There were two people that got “A’s” because both answered the bonus question correctly but alas one person got 1/2 more questions wrong than the other. Thanks for all those who participated. I know many of you are cringing in a cold sweat but there will be others. The answer key is at the bottom of the post (there were so many good detailed answers that I used some of your answers for the answer key).
By the end of the 80’s music had become commercial and had a distinct tone of compliance to the new world order of greed is good and the notion that capitalism defeated communism. Then came the post cold war angst of the 90’s when the comfort of having a common enemy seemed to disappear. Everyone could see something big was wrong with our society but in the early 90’s rebels did not have their cause as of yet. Musical genres like grunge, rap, alternative and industrial mocked the culture of compliance and made statements that our current way of life was wrong in so many ways. From globalization to unending military interventions and our failure to even to try to address the problems in the inner cities anymore, our problems within the global society were smoldering.
Many artists responded with unguided angst at least early in the decade that became focused like a laser beam with bands like Rage Against the machine later on in the decade. The 90’s produced the best music since the 60’s and 70’s because music reflected this angst in our society like it did those previous decades. There were too many excellent artists to name from that period but some of the best were Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Pepers, NWA, R.E.M., Public Enemy, Pearl Jam, TLC, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Bush, The Offspring, Aaliya, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Dave Mathews Band, The Chemical Brothers, Tu Pac, Green Day, Biggie, Radiohead, Beck, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, The Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Alanis Morissette, The Verve, Tori Amos, Garbage, Esthero, Alice in Chains, Tool, U2, Korn, The Smashing Pumpkins, Phish, The Crystal Method, Guns N’ Roses, Primus, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Jane’s Addiction, Coolio, Stone Temple Pilots, The Fugees, The Roots, The Black Crows, Live, 311, Sublime, Sheryl Crow, The Pixies, well you get the idea. I know I’m probably leaving off one of your favorite artists, because there were so many great artists during that decade.
Some of my favorite songs from that time are listed below.
Probably the song that best marked the grunge movement of the decade.
My favorite Rap song of the decade. Get me some gin and juice with my mind on my money and my money on my mind.
On of the great things about the 90’s is the way musical genres’ fused together creating great new music.
Perhaps the most soul touching songs of the decade was from TLC.
On of my favorite albums of the decade was the “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and this was my favorite song and the video was inspired as well.
Fighting with trolls on HP this song from the Offspring always came to mind.
Probably the best protest band of the decade Rage Against the Machine with “Testify” and “Killing in the Name of”.
Answer key to the Pop Quiz:
1.) Who is Ruckusium and what comic strip and later animated series did that name come from and why?
Clarence Thomas – Uncle Ruckus (born 1939) is a fictional self-hating African American white supremacist from the comic strip and animated television series The Boondocks. An overweight, homely man with a glass eye, he enjoys disassociating himself from other African Americans as much as possible, and is outspoken in his support of what Huey calls the “white supremacist power structure.”
2.) Who is Birtherbillium and why is that name appropriate?
Rep. Bill Posey – Leading political figure in the “Birther” Movement – “billium” could mean his birther “bill” that he presented or his name?
3.) Who are Pimpium and Hoium?
Pimpium is James O’Keefe and Hoium is Hannah Giles of the famous ACORN pimping scandal.
4.) Who is Goebbelium and what is the historical reference?
Orwelium – Frank Luntz. Reichsminister of Propaganda. Often misattributed with Hitler’s and Lenin’s quotes about the big lie.
5.) What group uses the seal shown in Vigilantium?
The Minuteman – Border vigilante group
6.) Who is Gedfedjobon and where did he say to deserve that name?
Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R-IA) – He said if you want quality coverage, “go work for the Federal government.”
7.) Who is Johnous and what did he do to deserve that name?
David Vitter. Associated with DC Madame. (Rape victim confrontation might’ve been good too.)
8.) Who is Homophobic and why is she properly named?
Virginia Foxx. Called Matthew Shepard hate-inspired murder as a hoax with his mother present during debate over eponymous act for hate crime legislation.
9.) Who is Xenophobon and why does the name fit?
Sheriff Joe Arpaio – Extreme “Xenophobic”, which is the fear or hatred of foreigners, such as him going after illegal aliens.
10.) Who is Hypocritium?
Michelle Malkin – Hyper critical of Obama and Democrates, totally obsessed with anything to do with ACORN.
11.) Who is Hefooledum and what magazing is that naked image of him from?
Scott Brown – Picture from 1982’s Cosmopolitan Magazines “America’s Sexiest Man”.
12.) Who is RIPdemium and what group does he represent?
Who is James Bopp, Jr. – Represents Focus on the Family/works as legal advisor to Citizens United/Started The Madison Center for Free Speech
13.) Who is Orwelium and what pseudo documentary did he create that the right and left use to attack Obama?
Alex Jones – The movie was “The Obama Deception”
14.) Who is Blood$ium (aka Bloodmoneyum) and what infamous corporation did he found?
Erik Prince & Blackwater/xe
15.) Who is Puristium and why is he related to RIPdemium in this case?
Glenn Greenwald, supported Citizens United v. FEC on first amendment grounds. While I agree with Greenwald on most legal issues he’s even using a Republican defense to back this terrible ruling. He’s using the logic that the campaign finance laws don’t make much difference and are not enforced enough which is the same logic the right wing uses against gun control legislation.
Bonus Question: What yet undiscovered particles make up Huckaboson?
The Higgs Boson is the God Particle
Well, this has nothing to do with the 90s either. Been watching this wile doing some cleaning…Funny stuff. Paula Poundstone.
I wish I could watch that.
Paula is very funny!
She had me in tears. And I didn’t get my chores done! 😆
Did you know she is a frequent panelist on Wait…Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
Yes, boomer, that is why I looked for her on the U-tubes. She was on “wait,wait….” during the find raiser today
Is this one from the ’90s Sally?
What’s the saddest day in the whole wide world?
How soon they forget
Can they really have any complaint about Obama after this reminder about Bush???
Hey is Hume out there somewhere, this is one of his favorites….
This Rufas Wainwright version is fun too
Khirad if you want to go really hard one night we might have to do it away from the crowd. You should see the playlist I have in my care right now. When I get sick I get really pissed and love to play the hard stuff like Dope, Celdweller, Drowning Pool, Three Days Grace and of course Zebrahead. It’s tough being a prisoner in your own body.
Here’s one of the milder ones.
From the late 80’s but This is worth posting because of this…
Midnight Oil performed the song in front of a world audience of billions (including then Prime Minister John Howard) at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The whole band were dressed in black, with the words “sorry” printed conspicuously on their clothes. This was a reference to the Prime Minister’s refusal to apologize, on behalf of the government of Australia, to the Aboriginal Australians for the way they had been treated over the previous 200 years, particularly in relation to native title and the government-sanctioned removal of Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations from their families.
at the olympics…
Rabbit Proof Fence is on my required watching list, Patsy. And yes, Midnight Oil was great as a political statement band. They felt about Howard like we did Bush.
Speaking of 90’s and Aussies:
Silverchair – Tomorrow
He’s wearin’ the same T00L shirt I had, hehe. Sometimes I fear I’m getting too old to pull off band t-shirts, and then I see guys in their mid 40’s with Ramones shirts, and feel better.
Silverchair was great but Bush was my favorite Aussie band.
Cool too, but another creepy mask, this time a cow?
Bad dreams for me….
What is up with the masks?
😆 I swear their are not masks in this one.
OK that pig creeps me out more then the wolf!
I loved Midnight Oil too they were definitely a transition type band from the 80’s and 90’s.
Lord, so many to choose from and so many good suggestions KQuark! And, including one of my defining genres, Industrial, no less! Phew! I’m overwhelmed. I’ll rest assured there will be another day and post but the following.
Seeing as angst was both integral to Grunge, and these were some of my faves as a more than typical angsty teen…
Soundgarden – Head Down
Alice in Chains – Love, Hate, Love
Next two are for the gentler folk:
Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (I dare you not to get shivers)
Nick Cave w/ Kylie Minogue – Where the Wild Roses Grow
One of the things that drew me into Industrial was its often explicitly sardonic, political nature. A post-apocalyptic ironic embrace of the cold mechanization of a dehumanized cyber future (think of it as electro-punk if you’re not in the know).
KMFDM – Dogma
NIN – Happiness in Slavery
I had a friend whose mom wouldn’t let them listen to this song. What is wrong with literal people? Honestly, it’s like a classifiable mental disorder… 🙄
Anyway, I shan’t overdo it. But, as winner, I just want to say that this is how I feel:
KMFDM – Power
Excellent play list. I have not heard KMFDM in ages it seems.
My favorite MTV unplugged performance was Alice in Chains.
This is my favorite from NIN.
This makes a great adventure into 90’s playlist ! Thanks Khirad
KQ – I see the couple that I got wrong, oh well, I’ll be better next time!
You still got and “A” with the bonus question. You get a gold star.
Congrats Khirad !!
The Latin Dance sound was big then…..
X X X 😈
I remember those both well. “If you had my love” was JLo’s first, and boy do I remember that. I remember joking about going gay for Ricky, as well.
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You are tough, KQ. I didn’t take the test ’cause I knew I would miss too many! Hehe. Does Khirad get a free t-shirt?
I actually did the quiz because I knew people did not get some of the harder ones because they were obscure references and people you don’t usually see. I did not know what some of these people looked like before a Google search like Alex Jones, Virginia Foxx and Bill Posey.
No longer a huge music fan, however I do like to go to this page and listen to a good variety of sounds.
I love NPR. The BBC (Beeb like Kalima would say) has some great stations too.
This song always makes me nostalgic for the 90s:
Wasn’t that just a couple of months ago,Pepe? 😆
Seems like decades ago for me after the horrible Bush years. I probably won’t even do an article on the 00’s.
I think you pretty much covered it, KQ.
“the horrible Bush years”
There were some cathartic anti-Bush songs…
Excellent. Reminds me of George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
Why those YouTube bastards! It worked to begin with! 👿
First off, I actually feel a bit guilty for not taking on the challenge of the pop quiz, but that’s my teenage rebellion against quizzes and tests still lingering within me.
What can I say?
I still hate authority figures and there’s still that bit of rebel in me, and for that, I am grateful.
As for music in the 90’s, my tastes aren’t cool or whatever the term for cool is today.
Gosh, I am old and have turned into my parents.
Here’s some of my favorite music from the 90’s:
Whoa, that was harder than the forgotten 80’s for me!
I thought about Mallissa Etheridge and was going to write her name down but I got distracted. She’s such a great performer and song writer.
I so love her, and could you remind me, since I can’t play the youtubes, what is the first one?
I read somewhere that Eric Clapton didn’t like to do that song in concert because it was too painful.
My daughters would be better contributors to the 90’s than I. One graduating from HS in ’91, going on to The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; the other graduating from HS in ’98, going on to Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH.
I am all over the place musically, and enjoy many genres. In recent years however, I have become more of a PBS, NPR news geek. My music enjoyment comes from CDs and online programming; and less and less from “radio station” programming.
Okay — I’m an old fart! 😆
I can’t remember the last time I turned on broadcast radio but that makes you young at heart and ahead of the curve. Radio is so 70’s.