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  • Lou got doubly screwed, because, just as a populist chart hit, “Natural One” still sounds amazing. Also, I still love the shit out of “Ocean” but that might be just personal preference. “Gimme Indie Rock” would have fit somewhere, as it explains a lot of what made the list. I guess younger folk could give a shit about Sebadoh?

  • My vote also goes to “Ocean.” That line, “I tried to chase you down but I got tired/So I’m leaving you with you or someone else…” That gets me every time.

  • @Jeff K.:

    Yeah, I really thought that between the Barlow pedigree, the zeitgeist soundtrack placement, and the actually pretty forward-looking production, that I wasn’t completely crazy to assume its absence from 200-21 meant it was in the Top 20.

    Also I was in middle school at the time, so there is also that.

  • Nope, everybody who was of music-caring age when it was big still loves that song, I think. Maybe it just sort of disappeared after its heyday, because of its one-off, side-band status. Also, “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand” by Primitive Radio Gods is an unjustly overlooked one-hit wonder. At least on par with Spacehog’s “In the Meantime” and def. better than Len’s “Steal My Sunshine”.

  • Seriously, freaking Len (What, no Wheatus? No Sprung Monkey or Bran Van 3000?)…

    The email I sent to Conklin this morning had the subject line “Primitive Radio Gods” (he can confirm).

  • Yeah, how can you ignore the song that started that whole, huge “bathing yourself in zebra-flesh” trend? It was the “e-lectrical banana” of the 90s!

  • Yeah the humpty dance was awesome . . . give it a rest

  • fuck the Humpty Dance. also fuck Freedom 90 and fuck Mother 93. I’d make a better case for including complete discography of Spice Girls on this list. Bell Biv Devoe? give me a fucking break. Sorry if I just made fun of your favorite artist but this I had to get off my chest and I’m really really tired right now…

    Also, nice make-up call putting Pavement at #1. all is forgiven!!!

  • Oh man, I’m way late on this. But “Steal My Sunshine” is far superior to the Primitive Radio Gods song. That whole first Len record is a semi-awesome, eclectic Beck-ish hybrid pop album and I really need to put it into my itunes.

    Also, picking not just a Pavement song, but that particular Pavement song, for #1 is a total bullshit indie-establishment-but-really-we’re-indie statement move. No one behind that list actually likes that song more than anything else from the nineties.

  • This notion that people are lying when they say they like something more than some other thing that more people happen to like is idiotic. I assure you: I think “Gold Soundz” is better than most songs, including all the post-grunge mainstream bullshit people keep bringing up because it’s what they listened to when they were 15. There are many problems with the list. Pavement being number one is not among them.

  • I’m sure those voters love that song, almost as much as they love themselves for loving it. “Gold Soundz” smacks of “we want to vote for Pavement, but we don’t want to throw too much weight behind any of THOSE Pavement songs” where THOSE equals “Cut Your Hair,” “Shady Lane,” “Stereo,” “Carrot Rope,” “Summer Babe,” etc. I’m sure some of the voters like “Gold Soundz” more than some of those but it’s a fluky choice. It’s a fine song. But putting at #1 on a nineties list to me is akin to putting “Drive My Car” or “Back in the USSR” on a list of the best songs of the sixties. Great songs, from great albums, by a great band, but as a number one, it’s a bizarre mix of obvious and inexplicable.

    Who is bringing up post-grunge mainstream bullshit that they listened to when they were 15? And how is that description more honorable than saying I don’t really believe most of those writers like “Gold Soundz” more than any other song from that decade? It’s actually entirely possible for the latter to be literally true, depending on how their voting system works.