Biographical Mix, 1993: The Oral Groove Effect

On February 12th, 1993, my friend Rob held out his hand and asked me if I wanted to be in his band. If I were to make a list of the pivotal moments in my life, this was definitely one of them.

Being in a band obviously changed the way I viewed music, although it would take some time for that part to really hit me. No, the immediate impact that joining Oral Groove (generally spelled all in lower case, ala e.e. cummings) was being introduced to Ned's Atomic Dustbin. Ned's enjoyed some moderate success during the 90's alternative craze, but most people don't really know them. To this day, I think the five former members of Oral Groove can be held together simply by their shared knowledge of all things Ned's.

Of course, 1993 was also the continuation of the alternative movement in popular music, and I was continually looking for the next big thing.

"Kill Your Television" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin
"Rain Will Fall" by I Mother Earth
"Ugly Truth Rock" by Matthew Sweet
"Cherub Rock" by Smashing Pumpkins
"Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle" by Nirvana
"Creep" by Radiohead
"Elderly Woman Behind the Counter In A Small Town" by Pearl Jam
"Small Victory" by Faith No More
"Unsung" by Helmet
"Grey Cell Green" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin
"Time Capsule" by Matthew Sweet
"Tourette's" by Nirvana
"In the Meantime" by Helmet
"Midlife Crisis" by Faith No More
"Not Sleeping Around" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin
"Slam" by Onyx
"Sober" by Tool
"Today" by Smashing Pumpkins
"Intact" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin

I was clearly a product of my time, although I'll be honest and say that I feel bad for those who weren't able to experience their formative years in the 90's. That decade really did make me who I am today.

And while I was pretty submerged in the "alternative" music scene, I was beginning to move further away from the stuff that was getting played on MTV. Very soon, a whole new world of music was going to open up to me...