Break Up Your Band

A blog about cataloguing and dissecting the best music of the 1990s (mostly).

John Frusciante is a writer/performer living in NYC. His writing about music and comedy has appeared on AmplifierMagazine.com, The Onion News Network, Cracked.com, etc. He can frequently be seen at the UCB Theatre, where he is the Artistic Associate. He has the same name as--but is not the same person as--the guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

90s Thing You Should Know of the Day: Yes, there is an upcoming vinyl reissue of Hum’s You’d Prefer An Astronaut - regarded as “one of the best albums of all time” and “essential listening that you are crazy not to own” by leading tastemaker BreakUpYourBand - but the band is apparently not making any money off of it and did not know it was happening. More info about how you can get a limited edition vinyl copy from Matt Talbot himself is at the page I linked to. Read it while listening to “I Hate It Too” and thinking about driving to high school in the morning, groggy from staying up to watch Taxicab Confessions.

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Old Improv (and sketch) Shows: Possible Side Effects & Littleman

oldimprovshows:

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Possible Side Effects has been performing the La Ronde for more than two years. Miles Stroth of The Family (ImprovOlympic) taught PSE his version of the form in the summer of ‘99. The La Ronde has evolved over the years and has become PSE’s signature peice. This character…

I remember being so excited to do the handful of shows we did with Littleman, who were also great. I want to say this was Summer of 2000 or 2001, but I’m not sure. Everything about UCBT at that time felt like magic. It still does, it’s just different magic now.

Last week was the 20th anniversary of this album’s release. Back when MTV was showing videos regularly, they started doing a thing where they would run the lyrics to this song across the bottom of the video for the benefit of all of humanity.

Let he who did not own a pair of circle-framed sunglasses cast the first stone at over-sized monochromatic outfits.

alexscordelis:

kellyqehudson:

So I just remembered that this album exists. And it is the best. You should listen to it. Or maybe just the song “Around the Bend” which you can hear by clicking that photo of the album.

If you don’t think No Code is the best Pearl Jam album, you have the wrong opinion.

And after this album the band admirably announced their split, cementing their legacy as the rock group that never recorded Yield.

alexscordelis:

kellyqehudson:

So I just remembered that this album exists. And it is the best. You should listen to it. Or maybe just the song “Around the Bend” which you can hear by clicking that photo of the album.

If you don’t think No Code is the best Pearl Jam album, you have the wrong opinion.

And after this album the band admirably announced their split, cementing their legacy as the rock group that never recorded Yield.

The worst unnecessary “rap” break of any 80s pop song (at the 2:37 mark), or just the worst 80s pop song? Take a moment, you don’t have to decide now.

Happy Birthday, Michael Stipe.

The Vandals - “Oi To The World”
Oi To The World, 1996

Merry Christmas from Trent Reznor.

Happy Birthday to Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam, Hovercraft, two hours of recording himself moaning in pain from some kind of stomach ailment and calling it the Into The Wild soundtrack). Here at Break Up Your Band we prefer to remember you in the good old days and we will give you a day of absolution from Yield.