Buro 24/7 Singapore Weekly Playlist: The 90's Music Challenge
Smells like nostalgia
When I got tagged with the 90's challenge by an old friend, I was immediately flooded with a barrage of memories that came with each song that shot through my mind. Commuting home from school, first dates, pyjama parties and later on, spending every weekend on the Zouk dancefloor. It was also probably when I developed my eclectic taste for music. It all sounded so fresh and new to me and each time a new genre emerged I was eager to explore it. Indie, Brit pop, big beat, trip hop, house, grunge, the 1990's introduced me to all of it and it changed my life. It also reminded how I used to buy an album and digest it from back to front, including the B-sides, always finding hidden gems.
The Sundays are and will always be a soundtrack for my life because I can't listen to any of their songs and not feel a happy nostalgia. It was hard to just put one song in here but I picked Here's Where the Story Ends, for its bittersweet lyrics that still manage to uplift.
I've always been more partial to female vocals and albums like The Cardigans, Life, Veruca Salt's American Thighs and Bjork's Debut and Post were played so much my CDs lost their grooves. Rise & Shine was my wake up song for a year.
When Brit pop emerged, you were either an Oasis or a Blur fan, and I was Oasis all the way. Then in 1998, Phuture opened and it ushered in the genre of Big beat of whom Fatboy Slim was king — every song of his became a hit. So much so that I can't listen to any of it now because it was so overplayed, but At The River by Groove Armada is still a soothing goodie.
This remix of the Depeche Mode track, Useless by Kruder and Dorfmeister was on an album called The K & D Sessions and it was on rewind many a late night after clubbing while trying to unwind from vodka redbulls, along with songs like Morcheeba's Moog Island.