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My first individual explorations into the world of music took the form of surreptitious MTV viewings in the attic of my house in third grade. Aside from the pretty amazing collection of animated shows (Beavis and Butthead, Aeon Flux, The Oddities, etc.), MTV was most memorable for offering me the titillating medium of the music video, a form of experiencing music I only used from the years 1993-1999. In retrospect, music videos of the era (and any era really) were half-baked visualizations of the already half-baked lyrics or tone of the song. The results of these concoctions can be amazing, so I’ve decided to create a weekly dedication to my favorite hamhanded creations of the mid-nineties.

Beavis and Butthead

It's hard to go on a hunger strike when you have the munchies.

Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” is the quintessential 90s music video. Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder moan about sociopolitical concerns on a beach (presumably on the Pacific Northwest coast). This performance is interspersed with stock footage of a lighthouse flashing its cautionary light and a foreboding (yet hopeful!) cloudy sky. Is this song protesting American excess? Is it a confessional about conceding to said excess? Do Cornell and Vedder know if “farming babies” is metaphor or literal? Such are the mysteries of a classic third grade throwback.

I don’t mind stealing bread
From the mouths of decadence
But I can’t feed on the powerless
When my cup’s already overfilled,
But it’s on the table
The fire is cooking
And they’re farming babies
While slaves are working
Blood is on the table
And the mouths are choking
But I’m growing hungry





klap
05.07.10
i see this going great places. sort of reminds me of this thing the av club started up a while ago where their music editor reviews each NOW! Music compilation

Zipzop5565
05.07.10
Huh huh huh huh, you said 'grade'. Heh heh huh heh heh huh.

Skimaskcheck
05.07.10
Hunger Strike was a rad song

DaveyBoy
05.07.10
"Are you threatening me? You will not threaten the almighty Corn Holio from Lake Titikaka, Nicaragua"

BigHans
05.07.10
Song fucking rules. I was in 7th grade when this came out. Old.

Curse.
05.07.10
BigHans, you must be like thirty hanging out with us kiddies. I was like two when this came out

BigHans
05.07.10
I just turned 30. I'm immature for my age.

Curse.
05.07.10
I turn twenty in a week. Go me! At least you haven't let your musical tastes just die like a lot of people i know that are in their thirties

BigHans
05.07.10
Thats because once you get older and have to enter the real world most people die inside. Me? I will be buried with an electric guitar.

Brylawski
05.07.10
30? Your funeral beckons

Curse.
05.07.10
I died inside years ago. I listen to music to taste what emotions once were

BigHans
05.07.10
I like to drink and rock.

Curse.
05.07.10
You are a hair metal band all to yourself

BigHans
05.07.10
Yes sir

Inveigh
05.07.10
yeah this was a pretty great idea. I'm old too, but not quite as old as BigHans... I'm probably about the same age as the dude who wrote this though. I'll be 25 in a couple months.

alachlahol
05.07.10
grr BigHans is the man and was lucky enough to see Mike Tyson in his prime

BigHans
05.07.10
30? Your funeral beckons


^ Another classic from Big Bry.

BigHans
05.07.10
grr BigHans is the man and was lucky enough to see Mike Tyson in his prime

^ Yeah I was only 8 at the time but I remember how big a deal it was when he lost to Buster Douglas.

theacademy
05.08.10
this was the golden age of music. none of this indie pop shit fucking up our best writers turning them all into poofs.

ShadowAmI
05.08.10
this came out before i was even born

WatchItExplode
05.09.10
This was the golden age of MTV, back when I actually watched it. I used to love liquid television and 120 minutes

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