Mr Wrath is right: a lot of the music we listened to in the 90s is very bleak. Was that an overall musical trend for that period, or does everyone enjoy depressing music in their late teens and early twenties, or were we oddballs?
We copied selected tracts onto iTunes, then stuffed boxes full of the Tragically Hip, Watchmen, REM, Tom Waits, Counting Crows, 54•40, Crash Test Dummies, Billy Bragg, Jayhawks, Victoria Williams, Matthew Sweet, John Lee Hooker, Márta Sebestyén, Waterboys, Ali Farka Touré, Pursuit of Happiness, Spirit of the West, Kashtin, Bob Wiseman, Spin Doctors, Stan Rogers, Violent Femmes, Vonda Shepherd, Rankins, 10000 Maniacs, Bruce Cockburn, Melissa Etheridge, Captain Tractor, Waltons, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Pogues and others. It feels like I am giving away my youth. Acknowledging that I no longer remember the names of a single Tragically Hip song, makes me feel much older than admitting that my hair is graying, my knees ache after a hike, and that there are three black hairs growing out of my chin.
The Great 2011 CD Purge was also remarkable because I learned that my husband owns four Sinéad O'Connor CDs. I don't think he's played one in the last 14 years, but the idea of Mr Wrath listening to Sinéad O'Connor sing "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" even once, makes me giggle. For his part, Mr Wrath did not shame me for owning a Celine Dion cd. "I WON IT OFF THE RADIO!" I said far too loudly and much too shrilly. Then I sang a few choice lines from "Je Danse Dans Ma Tête" and Mr Wrath ran screaming from the house.
Know what else is going away? Annie Lennox's Diva. In the early 90s every time a boy broke my heart I'd listen to (and sing at top volume) "Walking on Broken Glass." I was -- obviously -- an overly dramatic ass. Listening to the lyrics now makes me cringe, but the video is rather amusing. Look at young(ish) Hugh Laurie!
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Do you still have your CDs? What's the most embarrassing CD you own(ed)? Anyone have suggestions for reinventing old Ikea CD towers?