A.V. Club’s Steven Hyden owns the 90’s

Last week saw posting of the final in A.V. Club Music Editor Steven Hyden’s fantastic 10-part series on mainstream 1990’s rock, Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?. Not only have the essays offered insightful and entertaining analysis on the rivalry between Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses (Part 2), the eternal wackness of Bush and Live (Part 6), and the forgotten festival mayhem that closed the decade (Part 10, which is on Woodstock ’99), but Hyden has also succeeded in confirming my suspicion that the tragically post-Telecommunications Act, pre-Napster years I was personally in high school for (1996-2000) were, without a doubt, the lamest years to be a mainstream music fan, ever.

There is at least some fun 90’s nostalgia floating around as of late. I like the new Fred Armisen-Carrie Brownstein sketch show Portlandia (where “the dream of the 90’s is alive!“). And NPR just did a mondo podcast on the best of 90’s music that I recommend.


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