Left Of The Dial #113 - The '94 Sound

May 13, 2016

This week we're delving into another specific year from music's past: the momentous one of 1994. 

In pop culture Nintendo had declared it the “year of the cartridge” but Sony countered by releasing the Playstation, which of course used CDs. "Ice" beers were an attempt to get slightly more alcohol into a can. Marvel canceled The Sensational She-Hulk, concluding the humorous run with the hero making good on her Issue #1 threat

It was also a good year for music, despite the definitive pall that was cast upon it. As is always the case the music featured on this show is in no way definitive, nor is it meant to rank any particular importance one song might have over the other. It's barely even organized. If you'd like to have your MTV, here it is

On the show I feature a set of music from Sarah Records. I certainly prattle on about it, but there's a documentary that says it better than I ever can. On this page you'll find neatly organized Spotify playlists that simulate the compilation releases

Seven days after Kurt Cobain died, Courtney Love, who was married to Cobain, and her band Hole released their breakthrough album Live Through This. 20 years later music journalist Jessica Hopper compiled an oral history of that album, and published it in Spin. It's a fascinating read, because Courtney Love and that band were already constantly having to answer for existing alongside Nirvana. 

Soul Coughing - Down To This from Mark Kohr on Vimeo.

Big thanks to Pete "I Love The '90s" Andrews for the Apple Music playlist. Cowabunga!