30 Years of Albums in My Wheelhouse: 1990

As I write this, I am slowly beginning to come out of a four-month funk that was starting to spiral out of control. Fortunately, my appointment earlier this week with my family doctor listened to my concerns and made some medication adjustments to help me. Maybe it was a very difficult talk with my wife last night, or it is simply a placebo effect of taking a new medication? Either way, who cares, because I feel a little bit better. Not perfect, but not being suffocated by dark clouds either.


And, then again, I could be excited about the new addition family that should be announced any minute now as we are expecting Grandchild #4 (GC4, or Spaghetti as her older sister calls her) today, a little girl. Needless to say, this is an exciting day. The crazy thing is that all but GC2 were born via a C-Section. Both of the girls were breach (that mom is tiny and a former ballet dancer) while the GC3 was born under emergency circumstances due to him about killing his mom (she’s a taller but very thin young lady), which scared the crap out of my younger son, her hubby.


People have asked me if I hope any of them were athletes like me and my younger son. We all say no. Both of us have had some long term problems due to injuries from our playing days, so none of us are going out of our way to encourage them to pick up a sport. That’s the child’s decision. Personally, I hope they develop some musical skills and are kind to everyone with whom they come into contact during their lives. I hope they all laugh heartily at the ineptitude of humans and hopefully do not inherit my depression genes. In short, I wish them happiness and fulfilling lives.

C+C Music Factory

Now, from my perspective, 1990 was a strange year. The Eighties were crashing head on into the Nineties. Things were changing all around us, and the music reflected that change. With that in mind, music was wide open. Old Skool Hip Hop was butting up against the initial strains of all the new variations coming forth. The post punk era had ended years prior but its influence was being felt all over the place. Pop music had a plastic, disposable feel to it. George Michael was demanding that people took his music seriously (as if his true fans weren’t at that moment), and Sinead O’Connor had ascended the mountain to take her place among the immortals of music, only to speak the truth about child molestations taking place in the Catholic Church at a time when people would not believe such an allegation (history has proven her correct, even though few have acknowledged it).

Wilson Phillips

I, for one, kind of enjoy those years which music goes schizoid. This was one of those years in which the singles list would probably have much more depth than the albums. But, it makes for interesting listening when researching these different years. Still, I had a little more perspective at the time and felt we are on the precipice of something new. Little did I realize that it would have over the course of the next two or three years.

Digital Underground

Looking back, there was an abundance of young artists who really only made a mark in 1990, then all kind of faded into history. I’m talking about promising artists like Digital Underground, Deee-Lite, Jane’s Addiction, Extreme, Midnight Oil, Concrete Blonde, Tony! Toni! Tone!, The La’s, and so many others. But, as you realize the older you get, history is litter with rock casualties like those listed. And even though they only had enough special sauce for one to five years, they still left their influence on all that listened to them at the time. I know they enriched my life.

Cocteau Twins

[Note: I just received word from my older son that GC4 is here! And, she’s beautiful, as if that were ever going to be a problem since my boys got much of their mother’s looks and married beautiful women. Both Mom and baby are doing great! That’s a relief and much excitement for the family. I’m pretty lucky.]

This all means that it’s time for a countdown. Let’s do it!

50. Enigma – MCMXC A.D.

49. The Vaughan Brothers – Family Style

48. Madonna – I’m Breathless

47. C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat

46. Social Distortion – Social Distortion

45. Damn Yankees – Damn Yankees

44. The Sundays – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic

43. The Breeders – Pod

42. Uncle Tupelo – No Depression

41. Prince – Graffiti Bridge

40. M.C. Hammer – Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em

39. Gary Moore – Still Got the Blues

38. En Vogue – Born to Sing

37. Tony! Toni! Tone! – The Revival

36. Living Colour – Time’s Up

35. Pixies – Bossanova

34. AC/DC – The Razor’s Edge

33. Megadeth – Rust in Peace

32. They Might Be Giants – Flood

31. Paul Simon – Rhythm of the Saints

30. Fugazi – Repeater

29. Alice in Chains – Facelift

28. World Party – Goodbye Jumbo

27. Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips

26. Salt-n-Pepa – Black’s Magic

25. Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting

24. Digital Underground – Sex Packets

23. Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison

22. The Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches

21. A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels

20. Queensrÿche – Empire

19. The La’s – The La’s

18. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Ragged Glory

17. Deee-Lite – World Clique

16. Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mining

15. INXS – X

14. Sonic Youth – Goo

13. Extreme – Pornograffiti

12. Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet

11. Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey

10. Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

9. The Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker

8. Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted

7. Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual

6. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out

5. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Change of Season

4. Sinead O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

3. George Michael – Listen Without Prejudice

2. Depeche Mode – Violator

1. Jellyfish – Bellybutton

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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