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So I’m making a Spotify playlist

A few of you have requested a GOACA playlist, so I’m making one for you, and thought I’d give you an opportunity to make requests. I can’t promise that I will honor them—I am picky, picky when it comes to my music. But I do want to hear them, and if enough of you ask for a particular song,  I probably will include it. Right now I’m having a 90s moment (who am I kidding? I am always having a 90s moment) so I’m listening to a lot of Yo La Tengo. Their song “Our Way To Fall” in particular, which is everything a love song should be.

Posted on September 12th, 2017 75 Comments

75 Responses

  1. Mockingbird says:

    I’ve been looking for an “if I were cool in the 90s” playlist so I’m very excited about this. I was lucky enough to be in Austin for most of the 90s so I saw some amazing shows but more than that, they had K-NACK, a great alternative radio station. I can find good current playlists (highly recommend the one from the tv show The Bold Type and NPR Music’s Rose Wave) but I can’t find anything that feels like driving around listening to K-NACK.

    • SDK says:

      Yes! I’m from Austin and was in high school in the 90s and always had K-NACK blasting in the car. It was definitely formative in my musical tastes, and I miss it so much!

      • Mair Mair says:

        I’ve lived in Austin most of my life, and while I miss K-NACK too, KUTX is outstanding. Format schmormat, they play everything, and I’ve heard so much great music that I would NEVER hear elsewhere (b/c I’m old). Download the app and you can listen wherever you are!

  2. Julie says:

    Ah! Anything on “I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One” is gold.

  3. DeDe says:

    A whole list of nothing but old Yo La Tengo would do it for this commenter (though I am especially partial to Autumn Sweater).

    Also, imho any GOACA playlist would have to have Tina Turner’s Bold Soul Sister on it, but that’s just me!

  4. kates says:

    Radiohead please. Either Black Star or Karma Police would be my first choices but really anything would be fab!

  5. Adrien says:

    I’m always going to be the vote for David Bowie! If we’re going 90s, perhaps “Little Wonder” or “The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell.” Also, I love his cover of “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday.”

  6. Hillary says:

    Long ago you linked to a pinterest board of your favorite music. Use that! I followed it because it had some of my very favorites on there and some I had not thought of in an age.

  7. Erica says:

    Tiny typo – Our Way To Fall, not fail. (Although fail works for a certain kind of mood.)

  8. Jennifer says:

    You might like The Softies 1994-2000

  9. Amy says:

    The Smiths, How Soon Is Now

    never gets old

  10. M.E. says:

    Oh fun! I’m sure I’ll love your taste in music as much as I love your style suggestions. I have “Autumn Sweater” by Yo La Tengo on my September playlist. And I’m loving “Paris” by the Chainsmokers. And I love “15 to 20” by the Phenomenal Handclap band.

  11. kiki says:

    Low! I am especially fond of the album “The Great Destroyer”. Start with When I Go Deaf.

  12. Rebecca says:

    Some Sonic Youth never goes amiss..

  13. Robin says:

    I walked down the aisle to “Our Way to Fall”!

  14. c.w. says:

    I would be remiss if I did not mention

    McClain Sullivan

    Also, anything Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. (I am soooo old)

    Bonni Raitt

    John Haitt

    The Avett Brothers (I and Love and You)

    Golden Shoulders (I will light you on Fire)

    Lifters (Saints, Gods on the Radio, This is, Carolina)

    Frightened Rabbit (Living in Colour, Not Miserable, Nothing Like You, Swim Until You Can’t See The Land)

    Shinnyribs (Who Built the Moon)

    Trombone Shorty (Neph)

    Bajofondo (Mar Dulce, Infiltrado)

    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      I’m old, too, so I love some of your suggestions, cw! Bonnie Raitt and John Hiatt are great, the Avett Bros (Laundry Room), Phantogram (Fall in Love), Alabama Shakes (Hold On, Don’t wanna fight), The Pretenders (Brass in Pocket), Blondie (Heart of Glass), Joni Mitchell (A Case of You), The Staple Singers (Respect Yourself), Courtney Barnett (Pedestrian at Best).

      I just realized that I was raising two girls thru most of the 90’s and then had another baby in 98. No wonder I don’t recall that decade! 😉

  15. Suz says:

    Well, off the top of my head….
    Eurythmics, “Thorn In My Side”
    Irma Thomas, “Time Is On My Side”
    Lauryn Hill, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”
    Lizzo, “Worship Me” & “En Love”
    Grimes, “Oblivion”
    Blood Orange, “EVP” or “It Is What It Is”
    Big Thief, “Shark Smile”
    Phoenix, “If I Ever Feel Better”
    Lucius, “Born Again Teen”
    A Tribe Called Quest, “We The People”

  16. AG says:

    Luna- anything off of Penthouse or Bewitched albums,
    Matthew Sweet Girlfriend
    Mazzy Star

  17. Nancy says:

    Harvest Moon by Pearl Jam (version)

  18. Erica says:

    Autumnal vibe = Fox in the Snow (Belle & Sebastian)
    Cuz I’m a Minnesotan by origin = If I can’t change your mind (Sugar)
    and now that you’ve got me thinking about 90s music = Here comes your man (Pixies)
    Side note: why is it that I want to wrap myself up in an oversized plaid shirt right about now?

  19. Gables girl says:

    Rolling Stones of the “Paint it Black” era

  20. Reed says:

    cigarettes after sex – apocalypse
    also listening to pixies – here comes your man per the previous commenter
    lost on you – lp
    one of these days – bedouine
    the love we almost had – rhiannon giddens
    roma fade – andrew bird
    roman – mashru’ leila

  21. Reed says:

    Roman – Mashru’ Leila
    One of these Days – Bedouine
    Here Comes Your Man – Pixies (shout out to previous commenter!)
    Apocalypse – Cigarettes After Sex
    New York – St Vincent
    The Love We Almost Had – Rhiannon Giddens

  22. Shelley says:

    “Our Way to Fall” – such a great love song. And the album cover is beautiful too.

  23. y.k. says:

    liz phair – stratford
    matisyahu – time of our song
    andrew bird – nervous tic motion
    peter murphy – cuts you up

    i passionately love 80’s, new wave, but eveni admit it can all sound alike, so i will limit my suggestions to

    echo & the bunneymen – killing moon
    siouxsie & the banshees – cities in dust
    yaz – don’t go, only you, situation
    new order – blue monday

  24. mlinky says:

    I’m going with a totally non-cool girl selection that makes me dance everytime I hear it: Take On Me, a-ha

  25. Liz says:

    Anything from Grace – Jeff Buckley.

  26. kristen says:

    how about Luna? something from the album Penthouse. my male bff is their lead guitarist and they are touring again
    Martin Rev-Mari
    Pavement-Range Life
    Spiritualized-Pure Phase

  27. Justine says:

    Sleater Kinney
    Guided By Voices
    Liz Phair

    • Laura Jean says:

      Pavement & Liz Phair were pretty much my soundtrack for the second half of the nineties.

    • McKinley says:

      Oh man, I could’ve written this list. I still listen to Sleater Kinney when I’ve got something to do that I know needs to be done but won’t be easy.

      And I know it’s definitely not cool, but I’ve started listening to Depeche Mode again (the live album especially). Holy jesus I love them.

  28. I.M. says:

    You mentioned you were having a nineties moment so I stuck to the 90’s for my request list. I have a hankering for power pop.

    Material Issue – Valerie Loves Me
    Matthew Sweet – Divine Intervention
    The Posies – Solar Sister

  29. caroline says:

    So looking forward to your list!!
    I’m having a moody girl music moment..
    Cat Power perhaps?
    Does Morrissey count?
    Love me some power pop in the afternoon as well!

  30. Candy says:

    Please oh please consider “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks, their eff-off response to the uproar and music industry sanctions against them for their comments about Pres Bush. Great stand-up-for-yourself song, perfect for GOACA.

  31. joannawnyc says:

    “Goldmine”–Kimbra (from 2014 though)
    “I’m the best (naega jae jael naga)”–2NE1

    Both great for powering through things in different ways

  32. DizInChicago says:

    “mr. tough” makes me soooo happy!
    (sorry if this is a repeat, i don’t have time to scroll through right now.)

    also, rare is the day that the melody of “ghost in you” by psychadelic furs doesn’t lift my spirits.

  33. Dena says:

    Man, I had a boyfriend who made great mixtapes (he became a graphic designer, and the tapes were so perfect that even though the relationship crashed and burned I can’t get rid of them even 15 years later) and Our Way To Fall was on the first tape he ever made for me…God, fall + old songs = crippling nostalgia (not as bad as it sounds). Elevator Love Letter– Stars aren’t ’90s, but there’s a definite vibe. And Cold Hands, Warm Heart, by Brendan Benson? For a change of pace: Everybody Got Their Something, by Nikka Costa. I could do this all day!

  34. Susan says:

    “Did I Tell You” from Yo La Tengo’s album Fakebook is among my favourite songs of all time. And if you’re willing to include 3 Yo La Tengo Songs on your playlist, Upside Down.

    Otherwise, Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective.

  35. Mair Mair says:

    If its the 90’s, you gotta have some Nirvana, right? But maybe something less well-known. Their unplugged cover of In the Pines is outstanding. Also The Killers, Read My Mind. And I second the Radiohead suggestion.

  36. Mieke says:

    Coathangers. If you’re adding YLT, maybe some Christmas & BigDipper too. Bikini Kill. Elastica. Carolina Chocolate Drops. Cocteau Twins.Katzenjammer. Bats for Lashes. Feist. Alabama Shakes. First Aid Kit. Goldfrapp. New Pornographers. Yelle. Iris Dement. Throwing Muses.
    diving deeper back into post -punk: Young Marble Giants, Penetration (Pauline Murray), X-ray Spex, Slits, Romeo Void, Bush Tetras, Pylon. I could go on & on…

  37. Debra says:

    Quick dash over here to the blog as a follow-up to your tweet about Tattoo You. Would be happy to have any song from Side 2 on this playlist.

  38. Christiana says:

    Haunted by the Pogues?
    Horchata by Vampire Weekend?
    These Important Years by Husker Du?
    Josie Cotton or the Go-Gos for retro fun?
    Tenderness by General Public?
    ANYTHING by Scrawl?
    (Runners up: Team Dresch, Superchunk, Bikini Kill, The Breeders?)

  39. Christine says:

    I feel like the 1990s began when Kate Moss appeared on the cover of the July 1990 issue of the Face in that iconic Corinne Day shoot.

    When I think of music from that decade, it’s Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine, and Clivilles and Cole’s a Deeper Love. I would come to New York City during a few college weekends to dance at Sound Factory, and that song always filled up the dance floor.


  40. Melsybelsy says:

    Christine – yes – A deeper love is my lift me up track.

    I’m also a 90’s alternative music baby

    A Pixies Track has to be on this list – monkey gone to heaven?
    Here comes your man?
    Yes to Stone Roses and Liz Phair too please.

    There has to be a Depeche Mode song on this list. There must be!!! They are my favorites. You can do the cool Personal Jesus – but you have to check out a song Cover Me from their new album – it’s electronic trippiness.

    If you were to put a girl of a certain age modern day mix – I would include The Avetts, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Alabama Shakes, Black Keys, The Killers,


    • KimFrance says:

      I love Alabama Shakes but am not too familiar with them. Which song(s) do you recommend?

    • Christine says:

      Melsybelsy, In 1991, I went to a concert of Primus, the Pixies and Jane’s Addiction in Vancouver, B.C. and I knew that there was never going to be a better rock show in my lifetime after that one.

      Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration is one of my favorite albums, but if I had to pick one song, it would be their cover of Iggy Pop and the Stooges’ “Dirt.” Thanks for your recommendation of Cover Me. Will check it out on Spotify!

      • Jen says:

        Christine, your comment reminded me of going to Lalapalooza in 1994 in Vancouver (I think it might have been in Cloverdale). The line-up was insane – L7, the Breeders, Nick Cave, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Beastie Boys, the list goes on. It was such an incredible time for music and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it.
        I’m also a huge Depeche Mode fan (saw them in Austin a few years ago – so good!) but I’ve never heard their cover of “Dirt”. I will definitely check that out!

  41. Dawn says:

    The Dandy Warhols–Bohemian Like You, We Used To Be Friends!! Love love love them!!

    • Katharine says:

      Yes! Did you ever see their documentary?

      • Dawn says:

        I just googled it! I love Brian Jonestown Massacre as well…too bad there’s bad blood there! Lol! So curious, can’t wait to see it. Thanks, Katherine!

        • Maggie says:

          Dig! is my favorite band doc of all time. I went because of the Dandy’s but left obsessed with the BJM and kind of embarrassed for the Dandy’s, who come off as shallow wannabes. I wound up meeting Anton many years ago and he really WAS as difficult to be around as he’s portrayed, and so freaking charismatic.

          My pick for a 90’s sounding though actually late 80’s band everyone should know is the Australian band GOD and their song My Pal. It is just such an instantly cool, catchy, kind of grungy song. I think half the band (who were 15 & 16 at the time) OD’d, sadly.

  42. Jen K. says:

    How about Luscious Jackson? Natalie Merchant Carnival?

    This is so much fun, love all the suggestions!

  43. Fiona says:

    Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
    Portishead – Glory Box
    Elastica – Stutter
    Radiohead – Creep
    And I’m backing all requests for anything Pixies.

  44. Kathy says:

    Del Amitri- Always the Last to Know, Roll to Me
    Replacements- Waitress in the Sky, Kiss Me On the Bus
    The Smiths- Girlfriend in a Coma
    The BoDeans- anything!
    10,000 Maniacs- anything, LOVE Cherry Tree
    Talking Heads- Psycho Killer, This Must Be the Place
    R.E.M.! Pick something!
    Material Issue- The Next Big Thing
    Gin Blossoms
    Violent Femmes- Kiss Off
    The Lemonheads- If I Could Talk
    Dead Milkmen- Punk Rock Girl
    TomTom Club- Genius of Love, Under the Boardwalk
    Boomtown Rats- I Don’t Like Mondays

    I have to stop.

    • Lynne says:

      I love the Bodeans and used to listen to them constantly. I saw them in concert in a small venue a long time ago, it was amazing!

  45. Melissa says:

    90s New York: blues traveler
    Joan Osborne