Oral History

Everybody Get Up, It’s the Oral History of the Space Jam Theme Song

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Aggression at Looney Tune Land--more commonly known as Space Jam. His legend already secure, Michael Jordan was looking…
Brian Josephs / November 15, 2016

I Want My M2: An Oral History of Heaven on Music Television

"The format is there is no format." With that seven-word paradox as its unofficial, Seinfeld-ian mantra, M2 launched 20 years ago today. The…
Andrew Unterberger / August 1, 2016

Heard and Unseen: The Oral History of Ghost Town DJ’s ‘My Boo’

As 2016 has re-confirmed, the only time when an artist’s song reappears on the Hot 100 decades after its release is usually immediately after the artist's death. But…
Brian Josephs / May 26, 2016

Prince: The Oral History of ‘Purple Rain’

This article was originally published in the July 2009 issue of SPIN, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Purple Rain. In the wake of Prince’s death,…
Brian Raftery / April 22, 2016

Slow Change May Pull Us Apart: The Oral History of Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’

This February marks the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club, director John Hughes' classic teen-angst flick about five archetypal high school students (a brain, an…
Andrew Unterberger / February 24, 2015

Get Yourself Control: The Oral History of Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’

Somewhere between a man beating himself bloody with spoons and a producer ripping a door off its hinges, Soundgarden made the record they'd been waiting…
Stacey Anderson / June 5, 2014

You Will Ache Like I Ache: The Oral History of Hole’s ‘Live Through This’

It's hard not to work through the what if's of Live Through This. What if the world had gotten a proper introduction to this album?
Jessica Hopper / April 14, 2014

Clan in Da Back: The Behind-the-Scenes Oral History of ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

The Wu-Tang Clan introduced themselves to the world cloaked in a shroud of mystery. Claiming the hip-hop hinterland of Staten Island as their homeland, the…
Phillip Mlynar / November 5, 2013

Biddy Biddy Bop: The Oral History of Us3’s Bold Jazz-Rap Breakthrough ‘Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)’

The Blue Note Records catalogue dates back to 1939 — and names like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman are just the tip of…
Kory Grow / October 24, 2013

Enter Sandman: The Oral History of Adam Sandler’s ‘They’re All Gonna Laugh at You!’

During his first three seasons on Saturday Night Live, Adam Sandler's best and funniest characters included a mushmouthed man-child in a straw hat, a hanky-waving…
David Marchese / September 26, 2013

She’s Such a Bitch: The Oral History of Juliana Hatfield Three’s ‘My Sister’

In 1993 at the age of 26, Juliana Hatfield was in the eye of the alternative-rock storm. She'd made a name for herself as one…
Kory Grow / August 28, 2013

Wrong Way on a One-Way Track: The Oral History of Soul Asylum’s ‘Runaway Train’

In 1992, it might have looked like Soul Asylum were a band nearing the end of their career, not one about to embark on a…
David Peisner / July 24, 2013

Girly Show: The Oral History of Liz Phair’s ‘Exile In Guyville’

In 1993, no rock record was as divisive as Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville. With her 18-song double-LP debut, Phair pried the lid off her…
Jessica Hopper / June 24, 2013

Let It Bleed: The Oral History of PJ Harvey’s ‘Rid of Me’

PJ Harvey has a walloping, 50-foot-tall legacy — musicially and emotionally raw when stadium angst was a boys club; opening the door for everyone from…
David Peisner / May 1, 2013

Souls of Mischief Look Back at 20 Years of ’93 ‘Til Infinity’

Los Angeles was the molten-hot core of hip-hip in the early '90s, and no year was more heated than 1993. The feud between Dr. Dre…
Jordan Sargent / March 26, 2013
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