Oral History - Page 2

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

Screaming Trees Look Back at 20 Years of ‘Nearly Lost You’

At the onset of the '90s, major labels didn't consider the Screaming Trees an especially attractive prospect — literally. "I recall getting in an argument…
Mark Yarm / August 10, 2012

The Pharcyde Look Back at 20 Years of ‘Passin’ Me By’

In early 1992, the international rap profile of Los Angeles was N.W.A's appetite for destruction, Ice-T's new-jack hustles, and Cypress Hill's hands on the pump.
Chris Martins / June 28, 2012

Pantera Look Back at 20 Years of ‘Walk’

Metal entered its awkward phase in 1992. The rise of Nirvana and grunge had made the genre seem passé to radio programmers, scene leaders Metallica…
Kory Grow / May 22, 2012

Sugar Look Back at 20 Years of ‘If I Can’t Change Your Mind’

If 1991 was the year punk broke, then 1992 was the year everyone tried to pick up the pieces, or, alternately, figure out how to…
Steve Kandell / April 27, 2012

L7 Look Back at 20 Years of ‘Pretend We’re Dead’

As '90s alt-rock anthems go, L7's "Pretend We're Dead" was a perfectly immediate slice of "bubblegrunge," simultaneously channeling the noisiness of an active trash compactor…
Phoebe Reilly / March 7, 2012

House of Pain Look Back at 20 Years of ‘Jump Around’

Despite decades of slams, get-lows, and hip-hop hoorays, no dumb-out arena anthem has proven as sublimely Pavlovian as House of Pain's indomitable cattle prod "Jump…
Christopher R. Weingarten / February 24, 2012

The Orb Look Back on 20 Years of ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’

In the early '90s, "What were the skies like when you were young?" was the new, "Can you pass the acid test?" — the question…
Piotr Orlov / January 5, 2012

Naughty By Nature Look Back on 20 Years of ‘O.P.P.’

In the 1990s, "You down with O.P.P.?" was as omnipresent as "Just Do It" — and was about as unsubtle. To the world it seemed…
Christopher R. Weingarten / December 7, 2011

Chris Cornell Looks Back on 20 Years of Soundgarden’s ‘Rusty Cage’

Perhaps more than any other song from the early '90s, Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" is emblematic of grunge's rock-mutt DNA. It was punk spirit tempered with…
William Goodman / November 22, 2011

Public Enemy Look Back at 20 Years of ‘By the Time I Get to Arizona’

The video for "By the Time I Get to Arizona" aired on MTV only one time in 1991. But its vision of violent retribution in…
Evan Serpick / November 10, 2011
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