I admit it, I’ve come down with a serious case of 90’s nostalgia.
Maybe it’s because of the 90’s-inspired trends currently permeating the zeitgeist. Millennials are walking around looking like they raided Wilson Phillips’ wardrobe.
Maybe it’s because I’m in my thirties and I’m just at that stage where I long for the simpler time of being a teenager spending endless hours listening to music, flipping through Jane magazine, making photo collages on my walls and writing bad poetry by candle light.
I want to be transported back to a time when I wore fishnets with 10 hole Docs, dark matte lipstick, and every piece of jewelry I owned at once. When I could be unabashedly angsty, carried my journal everywhere, and I had no knowledge of the impending adult responsibilities on the horizon.
It was a good time to be a music-obsessed girl. This was a sweet spot in music’s history when we had kickass female-led bands. Instead of manufactured “girl groups” or mid-drifted pop queens with invisible bands, these women played music.
And they did it in sea of male-dominated grunge.
Bands like Luscious Jackson, Sonic Youth, Elastica and Lush included women who are real honest-to-goodness musicians. I could watch music videos that featured women who weren’t just dancing in pleather space suits.
They had guitars, they kicked stuff, and they looked awesome. Their music made me feel like I could be myself unapologetically.
For the most part, when I Google 90’s playlists, they include a lot of Sugar Ray and Britney Spears, which is fine, but does not accurately reflect the Angela Chase-y mood I’m trying to capture.
Since I can’t mail each of you a mixtape decorated with stickers from Sanrio, here is my personally curated playlist.
Babydoll Dresses and Combat Boots: The Ultimate 90’s Alternative Girl Playlist
Here it is on Youtube.
Here it is on Spotify.
- Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos
- Here’s Where the Story Ends – The Sundays
- Feed the Tree – Belly
- Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins
- Naked Eye – Luscious Jackson
- Change – Lightning Seeds
- Queer – Garbage
- Stars – Hum
- Summertime – The Sundays
- Alright – Supergrass
- Not An Addict – K’s Choice
- Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies
- Bizarre Love Triangle – Frente!
- Mary Jane – Alanis Morissette
- Wild Horses – The Sundays
- Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
- Ladykillers – Lush
- Common People – Pulp
- Stutter – Elastica
- Stay – Lisa Loeb
- Silent All These Years – Tori Amos
- Wonderful – Adam Ant