It Was 20 Years Ago…

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

The, Um, Oral History of King Missile’s ‘Detachable Penis’

It's easy to forget just how weird the landscape of popular music was in the early-to-mid-'90s. The success of bands like R.E.M., the Red Hot…
David Peisner / February 25, 2013

Cracker Look Back at 20 Years of ‘Low’

The jangle and rasp of "Low," the leadoff track from Cracker's 1993 platinum album Kerosene Hat, was a ubiquitous signpost of the alternative-as-the-new-mainstream era. As…
David Menconi / January 29, 2013

Rage Against the Machine Look Back on 20 Years of ‘Killing in the Name’

With lyrics comparing cops to Klansmen, a free-noise breakdown, and a bridge containing "FUCK YOU" repeated no less than 16 times, rap-rock agitators Rage Against…
Kory Grow / November 19, 2012

Sisters Outsiders: The Oral History of the ‘Bikini Kill’ EP

Bikini Kill were more than a band — and intentionally so. They were a beacon and a call to arms. They were "Girl you can…
Jessica Hopper / November 15, 2012

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Looks Back at 20 Years of ‘Smells Like Nirvana’

"I was such a fan of the band," says parody kingpin "Weird Al" Yankovic about Nirvana. "I heard Nevermind and I thought, Oh this is…
Christopher R. Weingarten / October 11, 2012
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