The Biographical Mix, Part Two: 1991

I remember, in the fall of 1991, listening to the local "alternative" station, 107.9 The End. They were just about to play Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" yet again. As a lead in to the song, the DJ started talking about how no one knew quite how to describe the music. It appeared to lack a definitive genre. She then announced that the term that had been thrown around in music circles was "grunge." It was honestly the first time I'd ever heard the word.

As is evident by my mix for 1991, I loved grunge, at least the first few years worth of it (not unlike emo, to be honest). My obsessiveness led me to a lot of those early bands faster than most, but I was still fully submerged in the latest fad. This one was depressing, though, so I felt right at home.

I think I actually got "Ten" and "Badmoterfinger" on cassette for Christmas.

Also of note are the two hip hop songs that start off this mix. The early 90's were fantastic for hip hop, in my opinion. For all the merit in the gangsta rap movement, it definitely blew things up so quickly for that genre that it suffered in quality...not unlike grunge and emo, actually.

I was so obsessed with this handful of bands, that this is one of the few "Best of" mixes that had room for multiple songs by the same band.

"Bring Tha Noize" - Public Enemy and Anthrax
"Scenario" - A Tribe Called Quest
"You Could Be Mine" - Guns N' Roses
"Enter Sandman" - Metallica
"Outshined" - Soundgarden
"Drain You" - Nirvana
"Once" - Pearl Jam
"Losing My Religion" - R.E.M.
"I've Been Waiting" - Matthew Sweet
"Wherever I May Roam" - Metallica
"Rusty Cage" - Soundgarden
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana
"Jeremy" - Pearl Jam
"Shiny Happy People" - R.E.M.
"Girlfriend" - Matthew Sweet
"November Rain" - Guns N' Roses