Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The 00's

I was watching the Fuse music video channel yesterday and happened upon a show counting down the top ten videos from the 90's. I picked it up at #2, Green Day's "Longview," certainly an excellent music video as far as those things go. I guess.

Anyway, the VJ dude came up and said "Well that was Green Day with the #2 video and that means we have only the top video from the 90's to go..." I made a quick mental guess at #1 and went with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Sure enough, it was.

That got me to thinking. Whenever anyone talks about music in the 90's and lists the best album or video or song or whatever, there are really only two possibilities: Nirvana's "Nevermind" and Radiohead's "OK Computer." That's basically it. If anyone says anything different, they're mainly saying it to be different and include those two in the top five at least.

I continued thinking and thought that I couldn't really do the same with the 00's. I mean, everyone complains about how hodgepodge the 90's were, but that decade's got NOTHING on this one, man. I bet if you asked ten people what the best album of the 00's were, you'd get ten different responses...and we're just over halfway done.

Me? I'd go with Various Artist's "NOW That's What I Call Music 18." It's got 20 of my favorite chart-topping hits!


baz said...

a quasi-respite from yr charting trauma: pitchfork's best of the 90's. ok computer is #1, but nevermind is NOT in the top 5. it's #6.

Slippery Hipster Puddle said...

Yeah, but TWO pavement albums? Come on.

-- kathy

Alex said...

Well, Nevermind came out in 1991, but OK Computer didn't come out until 1997. By your logic, Geoff, we should only have one easy to name seminal album by now.

First thing that comes to my mind is something by Eminem, possibly Marshall Mathers LP?

Alex said...

Oh, maybe also American Idiot, but its too soon to tell yet.

Alex said...

Btw, my number one album for the 90s is "The Simpsons Sing the Blues."

Anonymous said...

So that's what we're calling it - the 00's. Is that pronounced ooh's or oh's?

Geoffrey said...

I would go with "the zero's". Any time you work a z in there, I'm happy.

I would also go with Outkast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."

baz said...

don't hate on those pavement albums. anything after crooked rain is fair game, but those two are edible platinum (blog-joke callback!).

i'm calling these days "the aughts", you know, like prospectors and pioneers called the 1900-1909's.

John said...

As I am from Seattle I cannot allow you to defame Kurdt and Nirvana's Nevermind which is "The Greatest Record Known to Mankind."™

Anonymous said...

Let's face it nobody is calling this decade anything (not the zeros, not the aughts, not the o's or the oohs)which corresponds to Geoff's point that its music lacks identity.

Caitlin said...

duh guys. "Has Been" by William Shatner.

I bet a close runner up is "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" by Wilco.

Just wanted to get those in there.

Andrew Missel said...

I am Irritating Contrarian Music Guy, hear me roar:

"American Idiot" might be the best album of the decade, but only if you're a 15-year-old suburban kid whose mom took him to the music store to buy it.

As much as I love a lot of "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," it's just too uneven. I like my greatest albums without so much filler, thank you very much.

In my opinion, (and I know I'm in the minority), the entire output of Radiohead in this millenium doesn't equal shit, so any "Kid A"/"Hail to the Thief" self-important masturbatory crap is out.

Wilco? Man, Jeff Tweedy used to be that guy in Uncle Tupelo who wrote the charming, if somewhat lightweight, alt-country-pop songs. Everyone (critics, I mean) commented on how he was the Paul to fellow Tupelo-er (?) Jay Farrar's John. Then Tupelo broke up, and Tweedy started Wilco, and the first couple albums were more of the same. Then, I stop paying attention for a couple of years, and Wilco is all of a sudden important. The lyrics are "heavier." Umm, sorry Jeff Tweedy. You may fool some people, but those of us who heard your earlier stuff know that it's all an act, that you're trying really hard to not be the old happy-go-lucky popster. You're even an alcoholic now (OK, that's pretty low of me). Please go back to writing light little country-pop songs, Jeff.

So what are some viable choices? The problem is that it not only needs to be a great album, it needs to have some cultural importance (like "Nevermind" or "OK Computer"). So as much as I love the Shins, I understand why their stuff is too lightweight. Same thing goes for the Decemberists, Magnetic Fields, Pernice Brothers So, maybe Sufjan Stevens' latest album? Man, this is hard. Let's just agree on this.

By the way, I think the best album of the 90s is the Magnetic Fields' "69 Love Songs," and I'm not sure it's even close.

Anonymous said...

Andrew, thanks for teaching us about music - what's good, what's bad, all of it.


Andrew Missel said...

Thanks for the snarky comment, dusty! And good job managing those Cubs.

brian said...

I think we're using "aught aught."

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to ge my hip replaced.