There are a lot of great tracks by The Smashing Pumpkins, and even tho this is likely the most commercially successful, it’s still the one I have to include as track of the week simply because of when it was released and what it meant to me at the time. I think a lot of people who were the same age as me when this track was released have the same relationship to it. Billy Corgan’s somewhat unpolished vocals coupled with heavy guitars and really grungy drums is such a fantastic combination.
So, I guess there’s no use for me to deny I like mid-90s techno a lot? I had no plans on including this track, or Fluke at all to be honest, as a track of the week, but for some reason I happened to listen to it and that made me remember just how great it is. There’s still great electronic music being produced, but nothing quite like this.
Apart from being a great song from an amazing soundtrack to a good movie, it’s also thematically appropriate for today. This fun, well composed and very well performed track is a natural fit as the track of the week.
The track this week is special to me in more ways than one. First of all, it’s just a great mid-90s techno track, but it was also a very prominent part of Wipeout 2097 which is one of my favorite games for the original Playstation. The big beat nature of this track means that it has great drums, but it also features heavy sampling of Run DMC which is very well done.
I think most people who were teenagers in the mid to late 90s have some sort of relationship with Green Day’s music. As someone who have always enjoyed music, I certainly have listened to my fair share of them over the years. Their 1997 album Nimrod remains one of my favorite albums of theirs, and there’s something special with this particular track. The trashy guitars and vocals together with a few fun oddities makes it stand out.
It’s been a while since a cover was track of the week, so what better track than this as the next example of why covers can be fantastic? Ugly Kid Joe’s version of this classic is not only great, but I have a lot of early teen memories attached to it. I remember thinking it was super cool, and even though I’m so, so much older now I still think it’s pretty awesome.
I listened to a lot of rave in the mid 90s, which has stuck with me until today. One of the best rave acts was a German duo called RMB, and this is one of their absolute best tracks. The main sample is taken from a Swedish movie from 1984, and they use it very cleverly. What I like about all RMB tracks is how they layer them, making them interesting to listen to again and again.
When I heard this track for the first time, I had no idea about Dave Mustaine’s past. I just knew I liked it, and that I liked it a lot. In fact, I still do. This track remains my favorite by Megadeth, and I think it’s a great piece of heavy metal songwriting.
There are some groups out there who consistently put out great tracks. Barenaked Ladies is one of those groups, in my opinion. This track is from their very first album which came out 22 years ago. Realizing that makes me feel old. Either way, it’s a nice mellow track with amazing lyrics that makes me smile every time I hear it.
I almost managed to miss posting this week’s track, due to the fact that I thought i had already posted it. Well, crisis averted! The track this week is from a duo that I sometimes catch myself thinking “I wonder what it is I like about these guys” about, and the I put on one of their tracks and it all comes back to me. The track I chose is not one of their bigger hits, but to me it’s one of their better.