Songs of the Year-1997

Song of the year ‘Flagpole Sitta” Harvey Danger

Runners up: “Breathe” by Prodigy and “Tubthumper” by Chumbawumba

Shame of the year: “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks

I remember 1997 very well. I would turn 13 the next year, which to my young mind meant that adulthood and loose women were right around the corner. Music was turning to pop crap like the Backstreet Boys and the Spice girls, although I did have a major crush on each one of the Spice Girls throughout the year.

(As I think back, Scary and Ginger are the hottest, but I think I liked Sporty for some fucked up reason. Embarrassingly enough, I own the Spiceworld movie and must have gotten this year because that’s when it came out. I didn’t see it in the theaters luckily enough but owning it does make me feel a little guilty.)
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New Album Review: Fiona Apple “The Idler Wheel…”

In the late 1990s a young female artist burst onto the aging and stale alt-rock scene. She had a chesty-jazz inspired voice (contrasting with the heady and weaker voices of the Joan Osbornes, Alanis Morrisettes and Jewels of the world). She was young and pretty. Her music was bold and surprising. And she may have been a little crazy.

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