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    Top 10 of the 90s

    Orginally printed in the Rowan College Whit Vol. 61 Issue 1, Sept. 11, 1997

    In the year that I've been associated with the Whit, I have yet to voice my opinion on matters dealing with "Top" lists or anything else sounding like holy scripture. But because this is my last issue as entertainment editor, I've chosen to list my picks for the Top albums of each year in the 1990s and an all encompassing "Top Ten of the Decade."

    So as an alternative to Rolling Stone's fine lists, I present "The Whit's Top Albums of the '90S."

    1990

    1. Fugazi - Repeater
    2. Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
    3. All - Allroy Saves
    4. Primus - Frizzle Fry
    5. Living Colour - Times Up


    1991
    1. Nirvana - Nevermind
    2. Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle
    3. Red Hot Chili Peppers - BloodSugarSexMagik
    4. U2 - Achtung Baby
    5. Pearl Jam - Ten


    1992
    1. Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
    2. Helmet - Meantime
    3. Alice in Chains - Dirt
    4. Phish - A Picture of Nectar
    5. Beastie Boys - Check Your Head


    1993
    1. Primus - Pork Soda
    2. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
    3. Tool - Undertow
    4. Fishbone - Give A Monkey A Brain And He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe
    5. Season to Risk - Season to Risk


    1994
    1. Shudder to Think - Pony Express Record
    2. Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart
    3. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
    4. Failure - Magnified
    5. Into Another - Ignaurus


    1995
    1. Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante
    2. Faith No More - King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime
    3. Radiohead - The Bends
    4. King Crimson - Thrak
    5. Heavy Vegetable - Frisbie


    1996
    1. Jawbox - jawbox
    2. Tori Amos - Boys For Pele
    3. Tool -Aenima
    4. Sting - Mercury Falling
    5. Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire


    1997
    1. Radiohead - OK Computer
    2. Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins - Sluggo!
    3. Shiner - Lula Divinia
    4. Skeleton Key - Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon
    5. Roni Size and Reprazent - New Forms


    Top Ten of the Decade
    Jawbox - Jawbox

    Trying to meld together mature songwriting, tight-as-hell musicianship, pop sensibility and artistic ambition usually means your band will record a brilliant album and then break up and be forgotten. And while they concocted this formula for their 1996 album (and suffered the inevitable consequences) J. Robbins, Bill Barbot, Kim Coletta and Zachary Barocas go down in at least my own history as having recorded the most significant album of the decade. The simultaneous brutality and transcendence of tunes like "Absenter" and "Chinese Fork Tie" perfectly complement the straighter pop stylings of "Mirrorful" and odd-time subtlety of "Capillary Life" and "Desert Sea." Jawbox may be an unfortunate swan song, but what a song it is.

    2) Shudder To Think - Pony Express Record

    3) Radiohead - O.K. computer

    4) Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine

    5) Nirvana - Nevermind

    6) Tori Amos - Boys For Pete

    7) Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante

    8) Primus - Pork Soda

    9) Fugazi - Repeater

    10) Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

    Written By: Iyla S.