90s in 90 Days #60-The Essential 90s Albini

90s in 90 Days #60-The Essential 90s Albini

In my opinion, one of Steve Albini’s most memorable moments from the 90s was achieved with the written word, not a recording studio.  In his now-legendary article, “The Problem With Music” (link below), he mathematically spelled out just how screwed a band would be if they signed a major label deal.  During Chicago’s mid-90s gold rush days, there were plenty who dismissed him as a crank and self-righteous purist.  Um, Albini was right all along.

Musician.  Engineer.  Intellectual.  There’s only one Steve Albini, and today I offer up a list of 10 Essential 90s recordings that he was involved with.  Feel free to add your own.

The Jesus Lizard “Liar” Engineer

The Jesus Lizard “Goat” Engineer

Shellac “At Action Park” Musician

Nirvana “In Utero” Engineer

Robbie Fulks “Country Love Songs” Engineer

P.J. Harvey “Rid of Me” Engineer

Shellac “Terraform” Musician

Brainiac “Hissing Prigs in Static Couture” Engineer

Poster Children “Daisychain Reaction” Engineer

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion “ACME” Engineer

READ  “The Problem With Music”:



90s in 90 Days

Over the course of 90 days (not consecutive, though I’ll try), I’ll be offering up a capsule look at something about Chicago music from the 90s.  It could be a radio memory.  Thoughts on a song, show, band, or album.  Maybe a review aided by hindsight.  Whatever it is, it’ll be original content just for this site, and not found in my book.  

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