Where Were You The Last Time Guns N’ Roses Released A New Album?

Nov 17th, 2008 // 43 Comments

Yesterday while wandering around New York City I saw a bunch of wheatpasted posters for Chinese Democracy, the latest sign that the seemingly apocryphal Guns N’ Roses album is, indeed, coming to a Best Buy near you (and me!) in six days. MTV News’ James Montgomery took the occasion to go back in time and remember what the world was like back on Sept. 17, 1991–the last date that an all-new studio release from GNR, the twin-disc Use Your Illusion, hit stores. George H.W. Bush was President of the U.S.; Color Me Badd had the No. 1 single; Britney Spears was nine years old; Emily Valentine was just arriving at West Beverly High. There are many more tidbits in Montgomery’s piece (including a nod to the hotness of Sonic The Hedgehog, which, uh, some of us still are trying to finish, albeit on a different system), but I figured I’d take the reminiscing in a more personal direction. Join me, won’t you?

In September 1991 I was 16, and in eleventh grade at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, N.Y. I lived in the house where my parents still reside today; I had a dog who was a huge white fluffball and a room with walls that had blue paint. I had just started theater classes at school (in part to get out of taking regular gym; drama nerds got physical-education credit for learning stagefighting) and was playing viola in the school orchestra. I had no idea where I was going to college, although I definitely wanted to leave New York. I got most of my news from Newsday and the New York Daily News, and some from TV.

I worked at a bakery in the center of town, right across the street from a church, and made five bucks an hour for sitting around, eating cannoli cream, and watching the one TV station that the bakery’s three-inch TV could bring in, which aired a call-in show hosted by bilingual tarot card readers all afternoon. The occasional customer would come in, although our busy times were really after Masses on Sundays, and on holidays. More importantly, I worked next door to a used-CD store and got paid in cash. (You can probably see where this is going.) And I listened to WBAB and WDRE, taped Headbanger’s Ball like it was a weekly Mass, and generally wanted to Hoover up any music I could. So it was not surprising that the owners there loved me; they especially loved me on Sundays, when I would spend pretty much my entire week’s income on CDs. (As a way of showing thanks, they generously discounted each disc by around a dollar.) My favorite bands at the time were probably Soundgarden, Jellyfish, Skid Row, and Faith No More, and the two owners of the store often had recommendations for me (mostly of promo CDs that were traded in).

I also used my dad’s CompuServe account, like, a lot, frequently going over his account’s monthly hours-limit and causing much consternation. Usually I just poked around, wishing that the music forums were less stodgy and full of people who liked Real Rock, Man. I did, however, e-mail Adam Curry at one point during the duration of that account’s existence, although I doubt he’d remember it at all today (the nimbus of his fame, etc).

So yeah, a lot of patterns being established back then, although things really took a turn for the kinda-crazy later that year, when Spin put out its year-end issue. What about you?

What Was The World Like The Last Time Guns N’ Roses Released An Album? [MTV Newsroom]

  1. Anonymous

    Sept 17, 1991.

    Eighth Grade. Worst year of my life. That is All.

  2. SAShepherd

    You know, I read the phrase “apocryphal Guns N’ Roses” album as “apocalyptic Guns N’ Roses album” and thought, yes, perhaps GNR releasing Chinese Democracy is indeed a sign of the impending apocalypse.

    As for your actual question, I was attending UNC-Chapel Hill and occasionally seeing shows at Cats Cradle (I think it was only in its 2nd or 3rd location at that point). I also had moved into an off-campus apartment with 3 other guys whose musical tastes were thankfully different, but not so different that anybody argued or anything like that. Also, they had a lot more CDs than I did at that point. So I got to listen to both Wire and early XTC and the Miss Saigon original cast album.

    I miss those days.

    Oh, and I never pegged you as a violist, Maura.

  3. dippinkind

    i’d just moved to san francisco from minneapolis, had just lucked into a room with 3 friends from college and a girl they’d met from my hoemstate of iowa after moving there a year prior, paying rent and bills from the small reserve of cash i had left from minneapolis and eating the food my roommates and other folks who’s apartments i visited were too full (or full of pity) to finish before eventually getting a job doing litigation photocopying a couple months later, and my hot bands of the moment were nation of ulysses, pegboy, teenage fanclub, run westy run, and lush (oh, and nirvana, though contrarian that i sometimes was that hotness faded for me soon after nevermind came out at the end of the month and everyone knew who they were). and one of my roommates bought both use your illusions the day they came out and the general consensus was that it could have made for a halfway decent single album but even that would have been no Appetite For Destruction (except for one roommate who decided that they proved Axl Rose to be a genius – that roommate has subsequently gone through two rounds of shock treatment and lives in a sad basement that his mom and/or the government pays for).

  4. encyclopediablack

    10th grade. Not very awesome…except that the Low End Theory and Nevermind came out. I also remember a lot of arguments where I tried to figure out if people who really liked Vanilla Ice and NKOTB were actually retarded. (No, really. That was the only way my 15 yr old brain could process it) I also had a heavy crush on my lab partner in biology who later joined a commune after high school and showed up at the reunion looking like she was a hair’s breath away from shaving her head, rocking some Nikes and waiting for a spaceship.

  5. AL

    I was 8, in 3rd grade. 1991 was the first season that my dad bought a 20 ticket package for Indians games, and I became a fanatic while watching what would ultimately be a 105 loss season. (Favorite player = Carlos Baerga)

    I don’t have many music-related memories from that year, but I think I remember watching a music video show on Nickelodeon, which was the first time I saw the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Does anyone else remember that show? I can’t find evidence of it anywhere.

    Also at some point that year, 107.9 The End went on the air, becoming Cleveland’s first alternative rock station. I know for sure that I started listening sometime in 3rd grade.

  6. MayhemintheHood

    I had just turned 11…was living in Plano, TX…I loved GNR but also loved New Jack type stuff…wore Cross Colors clothing every day of my life.

  7. bcapirigi

    I was ten and in fifth grade. The most memorable thing that year is that I took a bus that only had five kids on it, which went down to three kids when one pair of brothers moved away. We all hated each other but used to nevertheless torment our bus driver with our own renditions of Things That Make You Go…Hmmm and (later in the year) Bohemian Rhapsody. The bus driver responded by making us listen to Bonnie Raitt a lot. I also remember she couldn’t pronounce Lillehammer, and that I had a crush on the Texas Tornado (but thought the Ultimate Warrior was the snazzier dresser.)

  8. Chris N.

    I was in the first semester of my sophomore year of college, trying to figure out why I wasn’t having as much fun as I should have been. I still haven’t figured it out.

  9. februarymakeup

    @AL: I swear to you, my story is almost identical to yours, except I’m a year younger than you. Right down to Carlos Baerga.

  10. Anonymous

    I was really pumped that my parents got my a boombox (with a CD Player!) and Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” compact disc that Christmas. And, come to think of it, I’m still pretty excited about that. “Why You Want To Trip On Me” still stands up today.

  11. jody

    i was a sophomore in high school in nyc. i was a huge guns n roses fan and made my dad wait in line with me at midnight outside the broadway/e. 4th st tower records when the use your illusion albums were released. three years later i saw jeff buckley do an in-store concert at that same tower records. (he lived in the neighborhood and was like “it’s so weird to play where i shop!”)

  12. Ned Raggett

    Starting up final year as an undergrad at UCLA, getting applications to grad school together. Long past the point of ‘getting into music,’ but still a long ways from where I would eventually end up. Enjoying life, from what I recall, and a little surprised at the enthusiasm I’d been hearing about some new song on KROQ from a Seattle band.

    Didn’t stand in line or anything but found both volumes used a few weeks after release. I think I listened to them each a total of twice over the next few years, then sold them back.

  13. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    I was starting my junior year in high school, and because I basically listened to whatever they played on KROQ, musically, I was slowly transitioning from Depeche Mode, New Order and The Cure to Nirvana and the rest of the kings of grunge. But very slowly, as I believe The Cure’s “Wish” had yet to be released.

    I didn’t actually know anyone who bought the two GnR albums. Too expensive and not our type of music. (In fact, I just realized that I didn’t even have a cd player yet. That was still 3 months off, when, for x-mas, my mom gave my brother and me a cd player to share. After which I bought New Order’s “Substance” because the double disc had songs the not on the tape and the (only?) Ralph Tresvant album. I have to be the only person to ever have purchased those two cds at the same time.) As for GnR, I did (and guess do) love those huge, over-the-top, movie-quality videos that got so much airplay. In fact, how awesome would if be if Axl shot some of these videos for this album? I’ll answer for you, awesome.

  14. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    Second week of second grade.

    Oh Mrs. Bernstein’s class…those were the days….

  15. Lieutenant 030

    Finally had a permanent job (well, “permanent” until earlier this year), had an apartment of my own, still sometimes hanging out with an ex-girlfriend but also with another woman who usually just wanted to be friends, getting away from reading science fiction a bit, going out to see local bands a lot, discovering shoegazer bands like Ride and listening to other pre-grunge alternative rock, and generally ignoring the existence of Guns ‘n’ Roses.

    It was a great and mostly carefree time, before things with that second woman got weird and my best friend was transferred a thousand miles away and the 90s began to suck in earnest. But through it all, GnR meant nothing to me.

  16. TheRunningboard7

    What was that movie, End of Days? I remember standing in a theater staring at the poster before the movie all excited to hear a new GNR song… And only going to that movie for that reason…

    As for being 8 the last time a GNR album came out… I remember feeling lucky enough to have a parent irresponsible enough to buy me Use Your Illusion I (because ‘Get in the Ring’ was just not appropriate for me… but everything else was [in retrospect: dad, wtf?!?), and also getting it from a failing KMart in Central Illinois. The town would later be usurped by a Walmart.

  17. mackro

    Weren’t the UYI albums released the same Tuesday/midnight as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Nirvana’s Nevermind?

    I remember my local strip mall record had a midnight sale for all four albums that night! I bought the Peppers CD and the Nirvana CD (in vintage long box format), but not the GNR CDs.

    I had no idea what to expect would become more canonical out of the four, but I will say that, today, I would still easily choose UYI I and UYI II over one of the other four records, lawlz.

  18. Maura Johnston

    @TheRunningboard7: ha, i bought the soundtrack…

  19. Chris Molanphy

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: Yeah, Wish came out about six months after Illusion — and, more importantly, after Nevermind. Which is kind of poetic as a last hurrah–as Al has been discussing in his column, in addition to (momentarily) killing off metal, grunge also did a number on the British goth-pop that had dominated the modern-rock format in the last few years of the ’80s. In ’92, the Cure went in a poppier direction, got one more big hit record, and then never commanded that level of popularity again.

    But back to GnR: like Chris N. and Ned I was in college–fall of my junior year. I went to the local record store’s midnight opening to buy the two discs, not because I was a huge GnR fan but because (a) it was an event, and (b) I had agreed to review the discs for Nadine, the college music magazine I co-edited at the time.

    In fact — wow! I have the whole review here on my hard drive. Be kind, I was 20.

    Guns n’ Roses
    Use Your Illusion I
    Use Your Illusion II

    Wow, they’re really here. Amazing. I half expected David Geffen to walk up to me in Cutler’s, tap me on the shoulder and say, “I’m sorry, I’ll have to take those-we’re not quite finished yet.” But I made it out of the store with the goods.
    No band deserves two years’ worth of studio time for a goddamn metal album, not even two of them. If anyone appreciates studio craft, it’s me, but fer Chrissake, if it doesn’t rock the first 20 times you record it, all the flanging and overdubbing in the world ain’t gonna make a difference. Leave the millenium stretch between masterpieces to Tears for Fears and Michael Jackson. Humph.
    Having let that out of my system, on to the business at hand: what the hell to make of this two and a half hour Gn’R extravaganza. The first thing to wrestle with is, why “two separate, distinct albums,” as the press release insists? The price argument is bullshit-fans are buying this as a $26 double album anyway, so does the distillation produce two coherent albums?
    Surprisingly, the answer is a definite, if not so enthusiastic “yes.” They’re different, all right, but not in the way you might expect or hope.
    In my week or so of concentrated listening, I’ve come to some conclusions. I like Illusion II better. I’ve labeled Illusion I the “angst-ridden novelty” album, while the second, for me, comes closer to justifying Axl, Slash & co.’s ridiculous perfectionism. In a way, I’d be more likely to forgive the months of obsessive recording if Illusion II were the only thing they’d produced in all that time.
    This is not to suggest that Illusion I is without its merits, and fans of Appetite for Destruction may actually find plenty to like. Variety is the name of the game here, almost to a fault: the loud and fast (“Right Next Door to Hell,” “Garden of Eden”) is juxtaposed with the soft and very mellow (“Don’t Cry,” “November Rain”), creating an eclecticism that’s sometimes as jarring as the individual songs themselves. Everything is here, from the cool-but-rocking “The Garden” with Alice Cooper (only he could sound more evil than Axl) to a McCartney cover.
    Unfortunately, Illusion I falls prey to too many of these “neat ideas” that don’t hold up. The boys sound great when they pull out a piano and get bluesy, like the fun n’ sloppy “Bad Apples” or the skeleton dance “Dust n’ Bones.” But “Back Off Bitch” isn’t funny, despite Axl’s attempts to deflate PC criticism at the end of the song. Or the love songs-by their length or their peculiar placement on the album, the boys must consider these something of a novelty, even though they’ve certainly benefitted from ballads before. How sad that there’s no “Sweet Child O’ Mine” or “Patience” on either album. “Don’t Cry,” the new single, only proves to every two-bit metal band that, yes, you too can produce something that sounds like Zeppelin if you’ve got thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. That ridiculously long note Axl holds at the end is just one more trick to keep you looking the other way. “November Rain,” meanwhile, is so ambitious that Gn’R keep it going for nine minutes to prove it to us. Talk about gilding the lily.
    Nine times out of ten, it really helps if Gn’R keep the tunes to a manageable length-say, less than seven minutes. That’s what makes “14 Years” and “Yesterdays” two of the best songs on Illusion II; the latter, in its refreshing brevity, might even be a worthy hard-rock successor to the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” If Gn’R is going to stretch, the song had better be worthy of it, and “Civil War,” which opens II, is one of the best. It kicks off a second album whose strengths far outweigh its weaknesses.
    Perhaps the worst fault of Illusion II is its occasional bouts of mediocrity: “Get In the Ring” and “Shotgun Blues” are as generic as Gn’R metal gets. But then there are the songs that are anything but generic: “Breakdown,” with more of that great piano, and the truly sick “My World,” which closes the album and gives a better portrait of a disenfranchised lunatic than the ten-minute “Coma” that ends Illusion I.
    In fact, if I had to make a call on the relative merits of the two albums (i.e., which one to buy if you’ve only got $13 burning a hole in your pocket), I reiterate, buy II. Sure, you’re missing out on some solid rock ‘n’ roll on I, but you’ve got more good, dependable rock on II (“Locomotive,” “Estranged”), with some truly revelatory rock here and there. The cover song on II is better-Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and “You Could Be Mine,” the Terminator 2 song, sounds better on an album than on MTV. And maybe it’s my imagination, but even “Don’t Cry,” the second version here with different lyrics, sounds better in this context than on I. And the bad note at the end isn’t held as long.
    I suppose, then, that in the end Guns n’ Roses has delivered the goods: enough rock ‘n’ roll to keep the fans happy, and enough lunacy to match their controversial lives, the dirt that’s fueled Kurt Loder’s hourly reports for the past two years. There’s too much extraneous material here to content anyone but the most rabid fan, but how miraculous it is that a coherent second album somehow rose from the rubble.
    Besides, hardcore criticism for either Use Your Illusion is moot, anyway. All of the disillusioned of America-each of the thousands who proclaim, “I’m Axl’s biggest fan”-are going to step into the collective lunatic mind of Gn’r and either live out the albums’ many varied, violent illusions, or come up with illusions of their own. All this despite Axl’s warnings: “Don’t hail me / And don’t idolize the ink…Your only validation is living your own life / Vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time.” Oh, Axl. Who are you kidding? That’s rock and roll.

  20. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @Chris Molanphy: No band deserves two years’ worth of studio time for a goddamn metal album, not even two of them.


  21. spankyjoe

    I would have been in Mrs. Emery’s 4th grade homeroom. The only things I was listening to at the time were endless tapes of the Suzuki Piano Method pieces I was trying to memorize(Probably Level 3 at the time). I had no idea who G’N'R were, and was pretty puzzled at all the chatter from the girls in my science class about some guy in music videos who played the piano in a bandanna and jockey shorts.

  22. BigRicks

    Any memories I have of GnR are directly attributable to listening to Use Your Illusion I & II with my cousin Scott around Christmas that year, he’s about 3 or 4 years older than me, so if he was listening to it, and he was cool, than I would be cool if I listened too it also. Of course I was in 3rd grade, had a rat tail and used to pass the lunch period singing a capella versions of beach boys classics and billy joel with 2 of my (awesomely) rat-tailed friends.

  23. Ned Raggett

    @Chris Molanphy: wow! I have the whole review here on my hard drive.

    You’re a brave man to share that. I’m very glad my pre-AMG reviews for various spots are lost to Net history…

  24. mackro

    Chris, that was a really fun read and great review!

    You just have that midas touch, in the immortal words of Midnight Star.

  25. Chris Molanphy

    @Ned Raggett: I’m mildly, not horribly, embarrassed by it. Mostly it needs a good whacking down to about two-fifths of its length. I mean, the end–oy! It’s practically got three closing grafs.

  26. Poubelle

    @Chris Molanphy: That review was awesome.

    I guess I’m young, but UYI would have come out shortly after I started preschool. Preschool was almost the same as daycare, except we had a class rabbit and had to share more. My favorite music at the time included anything on Sesame Street or sung by Ariel in Little Mermaid. I also enjoyed xylophones and banging out notes on my grandmother’s piano. My mother once tried to play the local lite rock station in the car while I was napping in the back seat. I woke up and grumpily told her to “turn off that noise!” (This is a story my mother tells way too often.) My main musical discovery of that year was learning one of my mom’s CDs had the best song ever about an octopus and his garden in the shade, and a song about somebody named Maxwell banging his hammer on people’s heads.

    I did catch glimpses of MTV at my babysitter’s house (her younger brother had it on all the time). It only intrigued me because I wasn’t supposed to watch it.

  27. baconfat

    I was starting my senior year at Robert E. Lee High School in decidedly (and very much so even still) red-state “real” Virginia. I had also just started down the path towards very serious Grateful Dead fandom even though all the kids I knew who liked them were hippies and into drugs and that wasn’t really my thing. Also, after a couple years off from sports to make sure my grades were good enough to get into Notre Dame, I decided to join the varsity football team, but I wasn’t terribly serious about the weightlifting and stuff so I didn’t see a lot of playing time. I ended up getting both Use Your Illusions on tape because I didn’t even have a CD player at the time (that would come in March of 1992). I’m sure I was also listening to a lot of N.W.A.’s Efil4zaggin at the time – I remember it got stuck in the tape deck of my family’s conversion van for a few months. Thankfully they’re deaf and couldn’t hear a thing.

  28. mackro

    Out of all the memories here, I’m curious what y’all thought of the final track on UYI II — “My World” — upon first listen.

    I listened to it for the first time in, oh, 17 years the other day… and it eerily predated nu-metal, kinda.

  29. revmatty

    I was running a chain record store in Silicon Valley (the late unlamented Wherehouse). We couldn’t keep the damn thing in stock, and I spent a good deal of time making fun of both the name and the two-disc format and listening to fans argue about which disc was ‘better’.

    I was done with metal at that point as it had all become too boring, and the high profile leaders of the grunge scene (Pearl Jam, Nirvana) did nothing for me so I largely took refuge in Zappa and punk. I have never owned a G’n'R album and don’t expect that to change now.

  30. encyclopediablack

    @Chris Molanphy: Cutler’s? Do you live/did you live in New Haven?

  31. Chris Molanphy

    @encyclopediablack: Yeah (blushes) — I went to Yale.

  32. DocStrange

    Ah, yes September of 1991. I was about to turn two. I don’t remember any music because I’m too young to remember such.

    So being born in December 1989 makes me the youngest regular poster on this site, right?

  33. MrStarhead

    I was 13, in 8th grade in Hurst, Texas. I had just gotten seriously into music that summer, thanks to REM’s Out of Time being played incessantly by the cool kids at camp. My parents got me a cheap tape player and I joined Columbia House. I was into REM, Jesus Jones, and EMF, as well as junior-high-dorky stuff like They Might Be Giants. And my friend who was a year older and lived down the street was really into Metallica, Megadeth, etc. He bought both UYIs and we listened to them over there. I liked “November Rain” (still do), but not much else.

    Then around Thanksgiving of that year, another friend of mine played me this CD by a band called Nirvana.

  34. agolden

    I was in college in Hartford, CT (1991 was not a great time to be in Hartford). Come to think of it, is there really ever a great time to be in Hartford, CT? Me and this guy Prasant, an Indian-American kid I knew at the time from N.C. who liked to call himself “The Knife” (I kid you not, would someone actually make this up?), waited at midnight at a Coconuts record store (remember those?) for UYI I & II. Back in those days, hanging out at the Coconuts in West Hartford at midnight was definitely the thing to do… if you wanted to get shivved. I kid, I kid. Anyways… it’s so weird that some 17 years later here we are and I’m now some small part of Axl’s plan (Maura’s know what I mean). Wow, how more things change, the more they stay the same — except for Guns N’ Roses that is, of course

  35. Figgsrock

    Geez, all these tales of junior high and high school make me feel old. But I have a fun radio/records in story to relate.

    I was on my second go around working at a heritage rock station in Albany, doing p/t on air and running their research department. The album(s) had leaked out the Wednesday before the release date, and Geffen wanted to make sure no rock radio station got ticked that they didn’t have the album if their competitor across the street did. So Geffen hired long distance messengers to drive the albums from their New York offices to stations across the Northeast. And since I worked evenings, added to my duties that night was to wait for the messenger (who was driving 3 plus hours to deliver 2 CDs) to show up, sign for the discs and get them into the studio so the night jock could play “Live and Let Die.”

    I always wondered how much money Geffen wasted on that little project.

  36. BigRicks

    @ObtuseIntolerant sees lots of work to do.: I believe the meaning of rat tails at the age of 8 was “my parents don’t concern themselves with my personal hygiene or appearance.”

    Also, me and my buddies measured ours daily to determine who’s was the longest (as if it would change day to day). Take from that what you will.

  37. Anonymous

    I was a few weeks into the Bataan Death March that was my two semesters at SUNY-Buffalo. One of the guys in our suite decided to make the trek to Record Theater to buy copies of the albums for us. He took our cash, left at 10pm, and got back around 1am with at least a dozen CDs, most of which were Use Your Illusion I or II. I think there might have been a few Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears discs in there as well. Listened to I, went to bed, listened to II the next day, realized that most of my suitemates were douchebags and moved, although that had very little to do with GNR.

    I still like the albums, but at this point Chinese Democracy is going to be like Christmas Day when you’ve been peeking at your presents since mid-October.

  38. ObtuseIntolerant

    I was just shy of twelve, in little Wilmington, Delaware… not long out of my Kids Incorporated/New Mickey Mouse Club phases, but quickly defining myself stylewise in the vein of Blossom and rejecting everything NKOTB stood for wholesale.

    When the album came out, GNR totally blew my mind and I meditated on it during many a ski trip bus ride and “headbanged” at slumber parties (when we weren’t drooling over Edward Furlong in Terminator 2). I was a huge Slash fan (without even knowing he was biracial like me, though I guess the hair should have been a tip off), but my best friend Sara Bernstein and I decided it would be Axl that we would ceremoniously bake a birthday cake for, since he was the frontman after all.

    (I moved on when I discover Newsies/Christian Bale, Britpop/Liam Gallagher and Quentin Tarantino movies/Tim Roth.)

    I think I have not changed very much. At all.

  39. ObtuseIntolerant

    @BigRicks: Whoa, flashback. Seriously, though, what do those things mean?! Did rat tails STAND for something?

  40. Herman Menderchuk

    Christ, this is all making me feel old. When Use Yer Illusion came out, I was two years out of college working as a reporter for a daily newspaper north of Boston. I had just moved in with my girlfriend, so that was a big deal. I had been following the whole GNR thing closely, being a fan of Appetite, but I never actually bought Use Your Illusion. At the time, I was listening to the Temple of the Dog album, Metallica’s Black album (which was a disappointment), and Living Colour’s Biscuits EP. In the coming months, I would pick up and dig Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger, Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend, and the Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

    Seventeen years later, I’m married (to someone else) with two kids, the newspaper I worked for no longer exists, and I still haven’t bought Use Your Illusion. I have no plans to pick up Chinese Democracy, either, but I do plan on getting me one of them there free Dr. Peppers.

  41. Susan

    In September 1991 I was [15], and [a junior] at [Westlake] High School in [Austin, TX] . . .
    I worked at a [retirement home] in the [suburbs] . . . More importantly, [my mom had classes] next door to a used-[record] store . . . And I listened to [KTSB on cable], taped [120 Minutes] like it was a weekly Mass, and generally wanted to Hoover up any music I could. So it was not surprising that the [pre-hipster staffers] there [tolerated] me . . .(As a way of showing thanks, they generously [mocked my Lookout! purchases]).

  42. ObtuseIntolerant

    @BigRicks: Haha, that is awesome.

  43. ObtuseIntolerant

    @MrStarhead: Hey, you were my sister!! So that was my parallel musical experience of the time. That summer was nonstop “Out of Time” and, in terms of They Might Be Giants, I believe it was “Lincoln”?

    Nothing too dorky about TMBG…they put on one of the best shows I’ve taken my daughter to (family-friendly version of course).

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