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THE GARY PIG GOLD REPORT, Vol. 23

GPG's '90s TOP 19

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I'm still in a most list-ful mood, but this roundup certainly wasn't a very easy one to compile, I'll have everyone know. The pickins were extremely, uh, thin, to say the very least.

Nevertheless, here are my Top 19 from the 1990s:

1. Mark Johnson -- 12 in a Room (1992)
Powerful pop most firmly rooted within the Brill Building anteroom.

2. Cowsills -- Global (1998)
America's once-and-forever First Family of Song leaves no Partridge unspurned.

3. Brian Wilson -- Sweet Insanity (1991)
Just to make sure the '90s weren’t all Pet Sounds reissues.

4. Dave Rave Group -- Valentino's Pirates (1992)
Wherein the former Soviet Union signs its first Western act, then promptly dissolves.

5. Johnny Cash -- American Recordings (1994)
Rick Rubin produces a Cash we thought only Sam Phillips could.

6. Tiny Tim -- Rock (1993)
This includes possibly definitive readings of "Eve of Destruction" and "Rebel Yell" (I kid you not).

7. Puffy -- Jet CD (1998)
Oh-so-effortlessly crosses ABBA, Black Sabbath and Who's Next … and all by way of Jellyfish.

8. Monkees -- Justus (1996)
Those Prefabs go out on a very high note (which, I'll have you know, they played all by themselves).

9. Shane Faubert -- San Blass (1993)
The former head of The Cheepskates most definitely goes for baroque.

10. NRBQ -- You Gotta Be Loose (1998)
Proof very positive: The greatest live rock 'n' roll band in the world.

11. Evaporators -- I Gotta Rash (1998)
Before Ali G and most definitely Tenacious D.

12. Neil Young -- Arc (1991)
Truly too cool -- not to mention loud -- for (many) words.

13. Go-Nuts -- The World’s Greatest Super Hero Snak Rock and Gorilla Entertainment Revue (1997)
For once, the title says it all.

14. High Llamas -- Gideon Gaye (1994)
More than filling that cavernous sonic gap between SMiLE and the XTC reunion.

15. Blue Shadows -- Lucky to Me (1995)
Hank Williams visits The Cavern by way of Big Pink.

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16. Mojo Nixon -- Gadzooks!!! (1997)
Includes "Bring Me the Head of David Geffen" … and then some.

17. James Richard Oliver -- The Mud, The Blood and The Beer (1998)
Alt-country with a capital "Oh!"

18. Chesterfield Kings -- Surfin’ Rampage (1997)
Upstate New York's finest give their Rolling Stones cloning a rest whilst hanging all 10.

19. Jandek -- Twelfth Apostle (1993)
So many Jandek albums, so little space.

Musician/writer Gary Pig Gold is the co-founder of the To M'Lou Music label.

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