I Was Up Late Watching VH1 Classic and Wrote This Blog So I Wouldn't Feel Quite So Lame About It

There won't be any Two-Minute Man for a couple of weeks since I'll be in Austin and then San Francisco. But rather than leave you without any content about songs that are a few decades old, here are some random thoughts I had while reading Baseball Prospectus and watching the last half hour of VH1 Classic's "120 Minutes" Sunday evening...

Is there any more typical late-'80s/early-'90s alternative video than Sonic Youth's "Candle"? It's all there - blurry montages, band members wearing sunglasses, constant quick cuts, random fire, no real point. And, lo, the template for all alt-rock videos for the next six years was established.

How embarrassed is Eddie Vedder about his performance in the "Even Flow" video? Very, I'm sure. He's such a young and eager rock star, complete with the balcony dive. I feel like every career move he's made since that video was done to try to distance himself from that persona. And good for him! This is probably the most fun alt-rock hit to sing along to. Because you get to do both an Eddie Vedder and an Adam Sandler impression.

"I Know What Boys Like" by the Waitresses. A fantastic novelty song, but check out that backing band. First off, the bassist, Tracy Wormworth, is the brother of James Wormworth, Max Weinberg's replacement on "Conan" when he hits the road with the Boss. Secondly, just look at that group of people! That's what bands used to look like back in the day! Now they look like ... Vampire Weekend.

Yes, "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen is a great song, but it really doesn't need to be played on every episode. Don't spare us "The Cutter."

No wonder people went so crazy for Nirvana when "Smells Like Teen Spirit" broke. Because before that, they had to settle for stuff like "Kill Your Television" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin.

By David Malitz |  March 11, 2008; 9:35 AM ET Randomness
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Whoever programs 120 Minutes on VH1 Classic really really really likes Dramamrama. If Dramarama got that much play back in the day, they might have sold some records.

Posted by: Ronnie | March 11, 2008 12:50 PM

Please don't ever hate on Ned's Atomic Dustbin ever again.

Thank you.

Posted by: stophating | March 11, 2008 3:04 PM

What's with the Ned's hate? Haven't listened to them since I was 17, but c'mon...

Posted by: basil | March 14, 2008 7:15 PM

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