“Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails (1994)

Trent Reznor’s tortured, angry persona got old for me pretty quick for a couple of reasons. One; a performative aspect began to creep into it after Nine Inch Nails achieved massive mainstream success, and two; the bloat of 1997’s The Fragile was a major turn-off. It just seemed like too much to get through). With… Read More “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails (1994)

“Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden (1994)

Chris Cornell didn’t really know what “Black Hole Sun” was about. Allegedly. “Regarding “Black Hole Sun”, Cornell stated, “It’s just sort of a surreal dreamscape, a weird, play-with-the-title kind of song.”[5] He also said that “lyrically it’s probably the closest to me just playing with words for words’ sake, of anything I’ve written. I guess it… Read More “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden (1994)

“Big Empty” by Stone Temple Pilots (1994)

The unofficial first single from STP’s big-deal sophomore effort, and a featured song from a movie I still have yet to see (”The Crow”),  “Big Empty” brooded in the manner of much ‘90s-era grunge. The quiet verse/loud chorus dynamic worked its best here, and Weiland’s anguished growl proved him a worthy successor (or mimicker) to Vedder,… Read More “Big Empty” by Stone Temple Pilots (1994)