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Remembering ’90s Swing Music

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, May 16, 2016.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Tom Breihan, writing for Stereogum, with a remembrance of the late ’90s swing revival:

    Looking back, it’s hard to figure out how all this shit happened, but there are some threads to pick at. After grunge began to pass out of favor, this stuff seemed like its polar opposite: sharp rather than slovenly, crisp and efficient rather than wild and intuitive, knowingly silly rather than deadly self-serious. Within the rapidly atomizing alt-rock universe, there was a hunger for something smooth and sophisticated. A few years before the grunge revival popped off, there was the deeper-underground but just as silly lounge revival, with Combustible Edison releasing music on Sub Pop and a ton of Esquivel reissues coming out. But if you’re looking to blame the swing revival on anyone, blame Hollywood.

  2. bd007h's resident Meg Myers fan #GoSabres/Bills

    Zoot suit riot, throw back a bottle of beer!
  3. Full Effect Ed

    ...In F*cking Full Effect Prestigious

    I was in 8th grade when that style exploded in 97/98, alternative radio really jumped on that one haha. Good times though, and the festival he's referring to with the surprise Tony Bennett performance before The Ramones was the in Baltimore that festival was everything back then.
  4. kpatrickwood

    Give what you can.

    I remember in like 1998 they played "Zoot Suit Riot" at my town's 4th of July fireworks show three times in a row and people went nuts for it... even more so than they did for "Proud To Be An American." Weird times.
  5. SoundInTheSignals

    @Bake_Wear /

    There was a swing club at my high school. The only song ever played was Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5".
  6. Now it's all about electroswing
  7. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    What a horrible, horrible rabbit hole this has taken me down
    Nick likes this.
  8. Stephen Young

    Regular Prestigious

    I remember this, as I was starting grade school.

    I wonder how well a band named "Cherry Poppin' Daddies" would fare if they started in 2016.
  9. AP_Punk

    achin' to be Prestigious

    Article's spot on: now I just wanna listen to Berlin.