Re: CRF2 Best of the 90ís Poll: Recommendations Thread
GG Allin & The Criminal Quartet -- Carnival of Excess
Write-up: Now, if you cannot tolerate any swear words what-so-ever, this record isn't for you. But if you have any seedy punk rock in your soul, it may be up your alley. Severely tamer than GG's punk rock work, this is a rockin' country record inspired by the likes of The Rolling Stones and Hank Williams. In front of a killer backing band reminiscent of early Crazy Horse (circa Goldrush), GG's gin-soaked voice sounds better than ever as he articulates his lifestyle and philosophy with superior clarity over his more shock-value-styled punk songs. The world-weary worldview of punk rock's all-time most notorious scumbag gets presented with studio shine for the first time. If ever GG Allin crafted a record which demands the serious consideration of the world beyond the seedy underground, here it stands. Also included is a stunning cover of Warren Zevon's Carmelita.
Burzum -- Filosofem
Write-up: Black Metal began as the antithesis of all things traditional and the rejection of all things commercial. Yet one man admist the founders stood up on his own and decided not to follow even the traditions of his follow black metalers. On Filosofem, Burzum crafts a work for the ages which appears at once the epitome' of modern music and the reborn spirit of centuries past. With the dignity of classical composition and the electric magnitude of modern creation, Filosofem stands unknowingly and in equal parts as the precursor to the bombastic camp of modern black metal and the atmospheric strains of modern post-rock. As epic and overpowering as it is subtle and atmospheric, it seems to leave metal behind and usher in a new (as of yet unfollowed) age where noise and indie and extreme music collide under the banner of ancient strength.
I'd also love to throw Jeff Buckley's Live at Sin-e' into the fray (by far his greatest work), yet tragically the full version of the concert didn't come out until 2003. The 90s version had a scant 4 songs...
"To who in your measly little world are you trying to prove that you're made out of gold and can't be sold?" - Jimi Hendrix