View Full Version : 1979 on pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 90s


redbull
09-02-2010, 12:41 AM
yeah I read pitchfork, $uck a dick

Pitchfork: Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 50-21 (http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/7852-the-top-200-tracks-of-the-1990s-50-21/3/)

slunken
09-02-2010, 01:10 AM
It's all about Altered States now. Get with it :P

redbull
09-02-2010, 01:37 AM
not even ryan schreiber reads altered states

Spira|_
09-02-2010, 09:15 AM
If I had to choose one only one song to listen until the rest of my life, it would be
1979.

From the pitchfork:
"That floating guitar figure seems to hold all the wistfulness, sadness, hope, and redemption..." etc etc

With love to redbull (my best friend)

pale_princess
09-02-2010, 09:16 AM
woulda ranked it higher, but the little blurb about sp/the song is on-point.

It seems very wrong to reduce an important band's highest-charting single to one sound, but sorry, that whooshing progression that repeats through "1979" is amazing enough to hang a whole career on. That floating guitar figure seems to hold all the wistfulness, sadness, hope, and redemption that the Smashing Pumpkins wanted to get across in the 1990s, and everything else-- and they released a ton of great music then, don't let the last 10 years obscure that-- was pretty much gravy. Somehow that riff and the song's title-- '79 was a pivotal year for Corgan's generation, signaling the end of the last decade that would be spent only in childhood-- must have motivated Billy Corgan to speak in straightforward and human terms. Here he wasn't whining, he wasn't throwing a tantrum, he didn't want to be the voice of a generation or be someone's therapist. Instead, he put together a cluster of images that was more about an undefined feeling than a message, and it happened to be the most universal sentiment he'd ever mange. "1979" was Billy Corgan asking, "You know this feeling?" and the second you heard that guitar line the immediate answer was, "I do-- tell me more." --Mark Richardson

Panthalassa
09-02-2010, 09:34 AM
If I had to choose one only one song to listen until the rest of my life, it would be
1979.

^

pale_princess
09-02-2010, 09:38 AM
i'd probably pick rhinoceros. it & cherub rock were the perfect honorable mentions.

Eulogy
09-02-2010, 10:53 AM
this list blows.

closer's on it though. woo. wonder what #1 will be.

pale_princess
09-02-2010, 11:03 AM
something by radiohead

Eulogy
09-02-2010, 11:17 AM
something by radiohead

there's nothing by them from 200-50, which i find pretty odd. is pitchfork trying to start a radiohead backlash?

Eulogy
09-02-2010, 11:18 AM
also no nirvana, so god only know what they're doing with that nonsense.

Eulogy
09-02-2010, 11:33 AM
oh, also, agaetis byrjun was 1999. that should be represented somewhere.

paranoid
09-02-2010, 11:40 AM
read the front page of this list, they created a rule in which only one song per artist could be mentioned.

so we'll be seeing nirvana and radiohead in the top 20.

pale_princess
09-02-2010, 12:07 PM
^ bjork & my bloody valentine are also top-20 no-brainers.

i believe pulp's 'common people' will make an appearance, too.

Eulogy
09-02-2010, 01:48 PM
read the front page of this list, they created a rule in which only one song per artist could be mentioned.

so we'll be seeing nirvana and radiohead in the top 20.

ah. makes sense.

MY BAD.

redbull
09-02-2010, 01:54 PM
#1 is really fucking obviously going to be either fake plastic trees or paranoid android

samuel redman
09-02-2010, 03:34 PM
animal collect0ve will be on the list of garbage =[

vanitycrieswhy
09-04-2010, 12:06 AM
haha Pavement is #1
a nice FU to SP

i like pavement as much as the next indie rock fan but man why do the critics think they are god's gift to hip music

Bremang
09-04-2010, 07:33 AM
fucking retarded list

pulp - common people was #2
pavement #1

eyesofruby32
09-04-2010, 08:01 AM
fucking retarded list

pulp - common people was #2
pavement #1

Agree. This is a complete joke.