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Weekly episodes digging up lost and forgotten 90s rock — in-depth album reviews, roundtable discussions, and artist interviews that reveal the unique story of the 90s.

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Weekly episodes digging up lost and forgotten 90s rock — in-depth album reviews, roundtable discussions, and artist interviews that reveal the unique story of the 90s.

    Skeleton Key - Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon | Album Review

    Skeleton Key - Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon | Album Review

    Though known for a variety of harder post-hardcore bands like Helmet, Quicksand, Biohazard, and many more in the early 90s, the New York City indie music also include a number of outliers who had their major label moments. Like Soul Coughing or Firewater, Skeleton Key sought to do something slightly different. Sure, there are guitar-driven alternative rock tunes like "Wide Open" or "The Worlds Most Famous Undertaker," but the majority of the album isn't so straightforward. With a "junk" percussionist, there is a pallet of sounds not regularly heard on most alternative rock records of the decade.

     

    Songs In This Episode:

    Intro - Watch The Fat Man Swing

    23:05 - Wide Open

    28:22 - All The Things I've Lost

    35:24 - Vomit Ascot

    Outro - The Worlds Most Famous Undertaker

     

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Dishwalla - And You Think You Know What Life’s About | Album Review

    Dishwalla - And You Think You Know What Life’s About | Album Review

    One-hit wonders are not unique to the 1990s, and revisiting sophomore albums is always a hit-or-miss experience. Double down on what made the band or artist successful, evolve the sound into something unexpected, or somewhere in between? After scoring a hit with "Counting Blue Cars" on their 1995 debut Pet Your Friends, Dishwalla returned in 1998 with And You Think You Know What Life's About. From the opening track, the band play with sounds and melodies that stretch from the industrial rock of Stabbing Westward to the big choruses of Oasis to the experimental quirk of Radiohead. The album is unafraid to go BIG, with soaring guitar lines and vocals, but does it add it up more than just a collection of disparate influences?

     

    Songs In This Episode:

    Intro - Healing Star

    11:56 - Stay Awake

    18:03 - Until I Wake Up

    23:06 - Pop Guru

    Outro - Bottom Of The Floor

     

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    • 48 min
    Little John - Derailer | Album Review

    Little John - Derailer | Album Review

    The late mid-to-late 90s were overwhelming based on the number of new album releases each week. Unfortunately, that meant bands like Little John either had a breakout single and video or were quickly relegated to the cut-out bin. In the case of their 1996 album Derailer, full of pop-rock that veers between Dinosaur Jr. guitar riffs and the quirky lyrics and melodies of They Might Be Giants, the band crafted some earworms alongside some less engaging album tracks. From the opening title track to the Presidents Of The United States of America-esque "Evel Knievel," the band craft tight, fun songs that more people should know.

     

    Songs In This Episode:

    Intro - Fell From The Sun

    15:24 - Shoelace

    22:05 - Scared

    31:40 - Evel Knievel

    40:49 - Derailer

    Outro - Down On Me

     

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    • 59 min
    Art Alexakis of Everclear | Interview

    Art Alexakis of Everclear | Interview

    There isn’t a Dig Me Out listener who isn’t familiar with Everclear, a staple of ‘90s alternative rock radio and MTV. With a string of hits like “Santa Monica,” “I Will Buy You a New Life,” and “Father of Mine,” Everclear spent the better part of the decade relentlessly touring, playing to sold-out crowds around the globe. But, had it not been for the relative success of the band’s 1993 debut, World of Noise, Everclear might have been just another footnote in a long line of forgotten bands. Singer Art Alexakis had tried his luck in San Francisco with the band Colorfinger in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s but after that band’s demise, moved with his pregnant girlfriend to Portland, Oregon where he decided to give the music thing one last try. Though World of Noise was cheap to make, the songs that Alexakis recorded with bassist Craig Montoya and drummer Scott Cuthbert - rough and raw as they were - caught the ears of major label A&R reps looking for the “next Nirvana.” After an initial release on indie label Tim/Kerr Records, Capitol Records picked up the band and reissued the debut, and set Alexakis on the way to a career that has lasted 30+ years. For the first time ever, World of Noise is now available on all major streaming services, and a vinyl reissue is planned for later 2022. While Montoya and Scott Cuthbert (and Cuthbert’s replacement, Greg Eklund) are long gone, Alexakis continues to make a living by releasing new Everclear music and touring. While the venues may be smaller, the passion is still there and Everclear will be celebrating World of Noise, and the rest of its catalog, on a summer tour with openers Fastball and The Nixons.

     

    Songs In This Episode:

    Intro - Fire Maple Song

    4:38 - Nervous and Weird

    Outro - Sick and Tired

     

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    • 30 min
    Face To Face - Ignorance Is Bliss | Album Review

    Face To Face - Ignorance Is Bliss | Album Review

    Face To Face had established themselves over their first three albums as a skate punk band with elements of Bad Religion and Hüsker Dü. But for 1999's Ignorance Is Bliss, they purposely showed the tempos and expanded the pallet to a much more alternative rock sound. That left some fans confused, others angry, but also welcomed new listeners into the fold. Depending on whether you're a punk purist or prefer creative detours, there is plenty to enjoy on the album, which sounds confident and catchy in a way that only veteran players with songwriting chops could pull off.

     

    Songs In This Episode:

    Intro - Heart of Hearts

    15:37 - The Devil You Know (God Is A Man)

    22:33 - Prodigal

    27:26 - (A)Pathetic

    40:25 - I Know What You Are

    Outro - Overcome

     

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    • 49 min
    Headstones - Picture of Health | Album Review

    Headstones - Picture of Health | Album Review

    Describing rock bands can be tricky, as there is usually a need for comparison to set expectations. In the cast of Headstones, it's not that simple. The band is heavy, but not metal. They rock in a way that fits into the 90s, but they're not grunge or alternative. Smart lyrics, big guitar riffs, and short catchy songs that have hints of Australian bands like AC/DC or The Angels, with a touch of Guns 'n Roses and even a ballad or two. On their 1993 debut Picture of Health, all the ingredients for a smash hit debut are there, and while the band is beloved in Canada, they didn't make a ripple outside their home country.

     

    Songs In This Episode:

    Intro - When Something Stands for Nothing

    17:10 - Heart of Darkness

    22:39 - Oh My God

    35:19 - It's All Over

    Outro - Judy

     

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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117 Ratings

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Tremendous

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Worth every minute for a 90s alternative rock fan!

Only here would you be able to hear folk discuss some 90’s alternative rock music that you may or may not have heard of. Sure, anyone can talk about Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Nirvana… but it’s definitely more fun to discover artists that may have been lost in the fray of their peers success. I have found that a lot of these underrated albums definitely deserve more attention (and maybe a little bit of your hard earned money), Tim and J definitely shine a light on these and many others.

natescottsmith ,

Solid 90’s Music Podcast!

Wow, finally a podcast that allows me to nerd out on some obscure (and popular) 90’s bands and albums. Tim and J are fantastic hosts and the discord is super active. Can’t believe I’ve only just heard of this podcast! Loving it guys!

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