One song for each year I've been alive, not necessarily the best or favorite, just whatever I feel like talking about when that year comes up.
Part 1 is here
, and Part 2 is here
1994: In the mid-90s, Pravda
released a series of cover/tribute albums focused on the kind of top 40 pop trash that used to be featured on K-Tel
collections. Like virtually all examples of this kind of collection, the results were mixed, but the high points of the series were among the best covers I've heard. When The Loud Family
's soft-rock hit horse with no name
, the results transcend the limp original. Moving from a distorted and phased guitar into an ethereal bed of keyboards, Scott Miller's band delivers a psychedelic re-vision of the original.
I used to own all of the Pravda series, but they all went away at some point. Have to re-download those.
1995: The Apples in Stereo
were the first Elephant 6 band I heard, so they can be credited with leading me to Neutral Milk Hotel
and The Olivia Tremor Control
, among others. …