One of the great things about the holiday season is excess free time available. It’s nice to have a week between Christmas and New Years with nothing truly important to accomplish. Typically this unfettered week long spout of idleness begins for most of us on Christmas evening as we watch Ralphy try on that pink bunny suit for about the 4th time… For me the laziness often continues through much of the week as I slog through half-days at work while neglecting the gym in worrisome anticipation of the annual Brad Ball New Years Resolution & Diet®.
The UPSIDE OF IDLENESS THEORY is that during the holidays…. with nothing particularly important to worry about… we often find ourselves concerned about frivolous things… that normally wouldn’t concern us much. This holiday season… I found myself trying to master THIS EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE ONLINE GAME.
I also got myself WORKED UP over VH1’s presentation of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 1990’s. My wife and I spent 5 hours glued to the television as we counted down from song #99 to song #1. It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane… featuring a variety of old favorites such as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and The New Radicals… gosh… I still think “Rico Suave” is stuck in my head somewhere!
Of course it all ended badly as VH1 failed to include some very obvious choices… I was astounded that Dave Matthews Band was not included on the list… equally shocking was the omission of Boys II Men (who had several number 1 hits during the 90’s). What about November Rain by Guns N’ Roses (the best 9-minute-ballad in the history of Stake Dances!). As a music buff and pop culture junkie I feel rather jilted by VH1’s list… which you can view by clicking here.
While it’s difficult to say which songs DON’T belong on VH1’s list (nobody is going to argue that Nirvana shouldn’t be there)… it was really easy for me to identify about 25 ENORMOUS SNUBS… these are the songs that (in my view) should have easily made the TOP 100 list.. but didn’t… these songs will make an INCREDIBLE playlist on my Ipod… I think I’ll name it 90’s Snub 25:
DAVE MATTHEW BAND: Crash Into Me BOYZ II MEN: End of the Road NO DOUBT: Don’t Speak SMASHING PUMPKINS: 1979 GUNS N’ ROSES: November Rain DEL AMITRI: Roll To Me BRYAN ADAMS: (Everything I Do) I Do It For You SHAWN MULLINS: Lullaby FOO FIGHTERS: Everlong PM DAWN: Set Adrift on Memory Bliss ACE OF BASE: The Sign REEL BIG FISH: Sell Out VERVE PIPE: The Freshmen STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Interstate Love Song NATALIE IMBRUGLIA: Torn WALLFLOWERS: One Headlight GIN BLOSSOMS: Hey Jealousy THE VERVE: Bittersweet Symphony TAKE THAT: I Want You Back THE PROCLAIMERS: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) TOM COCHRANE: Life Is a Highway ERIC CLAPTON: Tears in Heaven SOUL ASYLUM: Runaway Train VAN HALEN: Right Now TONI BRAXTON: Unbreak My Heart