These were all on heavy rotation during the early ’90s, when I had a regular DJ gig at Crazy Go Nuts University’s Clark Hall Pub. When you’re done going through BuzzFeed’s 38 Great Alt-Rock Songs You Haven’t Thought About in 20 Years, go through this list! This one’s a little heavier on the Canadian content.
I’m actually surprised more songs didn’t use Smiths samples.
Montreal-based Bootsauce were wonderful, and yet so underappreciated.
Shamen: Move Any Mountain
Rob Bolton, a.k.a. DJ Ozone, this one’s for you!
Primus: Tommy the Cat
Long before the did the South Park theme, Primus were kicking out some very odd tunes. It’s kind of hard to believe they opened for U2. This one’s for Terry.
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Television: Drug of the Nation
Michael Franti would eventually form Spearhead. This one goes out to Colonel Brad!
AWWW YISSS. One of my signature DJ tunes at Clark Hall Pub. Somehow, I conned Queen’s engineers into becoming industrial music fans.
Gotta love KMFDM.
They Might Be Giants: Birdhouse in Your Soul
This one always filled the dance floor.
Right Said Fred: I’m Too Sexy
This song has deep personal meaning for me. Here’s the English version…
…and here’s the version they did in (poorly translated) Spanish:
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: Mistadobalina
This one’s for Stacy Dillon, who always requested it.
Black Sheep: The Choice is Yours
“Engine, engine number nine, on the New York subway line…”
Smashing Pumpkins: Rhinoceros
This one’s off Gish, a beautiful album from start to finish.
Me Mom and Morgenthaler: Laura
Also from Montreal, and a great (and once again, underappreciated) ska act.
Killing Joke: Millennium
After years on hiatus, Killing Joke came back — and sounding like the bands who cite them as an influence.
Nirvana: On a Plain
It’s not an early 1990s Clark Hall Pub list without a Nirvana song! Here’s one that deserved more play.
Spirit of the West: Home for a Rest
Often the last song of the night, this one got everyone going.
Ministry: Jesus Built My Hotrod
This isn’t a dance floor. It’s a mosh pit! This one’s the “Redline/Whiteline” version, a.k.a. The One True Version of this song.
Prong: Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
I still play this every now and again. It’s good “get chores done” music.
The Pixies: U-Mass
Our band, Volume, covered this one — and quite nicely, I think.
The Breeders: Cannonball
Kim Deal before her downward spiral.
The Cult: The Witch
Another track that our band, Volume, covered.
House of Pain: Jump Around
We cared about only two of their songs, but what songs they were.
Messiah: Temple of Dreams
This one’s for Anne Yourt, who loved this song.
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin: Kill Your Television
This one’s for George.
Charlatans UK: The Only One I Know
The 1991 track that help kickstart the “Madchester” sound.
Blur: There’s No Other Way and Girls and Boys
And now, some pre-Song 2 Blur.
Ween: Push Th’ Little Daisies
I’ll close with the song that best sums up my academic career.