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The McNabbList – Favorite Songs of the 90s

I’m jumping around from the 1960s to the present, listing some of my favorite songs from these decades.  The first post in the series was for ’00 decade, the second post was for the ’80s, the third post was for the 1960s and 1970s, and this post is for the 1990s!

I don’t own every piece of music I’ve ever loved, so I may have missed a song or two.  Some of these songs are what I call “guilty pleasures” but I’m being completely honest in these blog posts!  Don’t make fun of me too much.

I’ve linked to the YouTube videos so you can hear the music, but just because these are some of my favorite songs, doesn’t meant these are my favorite music videos.  You’ve been warned😉.

Please respond with your favorites from the 1990s.  It may be a light bulb will go off and it’ll have been one of mine, too!

I’m sure you will notice that this is the lengthiest music list so far.  I was 13 years old in 1990.  That’s right, my teen years were spent in the ’90s!

Alanis Morissette – Uninvited (1998)

Beastie Boys – Sabotage (1994)

Boyz II Men – Motownphilly (1991)

Chagall Guevara – Tale O’ The Twister (1990)

Cranberries – Ridiculous Thoughts (1994)

Culture Beat – Mr. Vain (1996)

The Cure – Let’s Go To Bed (1993)

The Cure – Purple Haze (1993)

Depeche Mode – It’s No Good (1997)

Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo (1999)

Dino Latino – Caramelo (1998)

Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You (1994)

El General – El Funkete (1995)

Elton John with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – Sixty Years On (1987)

Elton John with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – The King Must Die (1987)

En Vogue – Free Your Mind (1992)

The Fugees – The Score (1996)

Garbage – Not My Idea (1995)

Garbage – Push It (1998)

Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love (1991)

Helmet featuring House of Pain – Just Another Victim (1994)

Live – Pain Lies on the Riverside (1991)

Madonna – Human Nature (1994)

Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams (1998)

Monifah – Touch It (1998)

No Doubt – Just A Girl (1995)

Onyx featuring Biohazard – Judgement Night (1993)

Ozomatli – Aqui No Sera (1998)

Ozomatli – Donde Se Fueron? (1998)

Pearl Jam – Better Man (1994)

PJ Harvey – Down by the Wate (1995)

Positive K – I Got A Man (1992)

The Prodigy – Breathe (1997)

The Prodigy – Firestarter (1997)

Psychotica – Cybernation (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Bulls on Parade (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Down Rodeo (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Guerrilla Radio (1999)

Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name (1992)

Rage Against the Machine featuring Maynard James Keenan – Know Your Enemy (1992)

Rage Against the Machine – No Shelter (1998)

Rage Against the Machine – People of the Sun (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Sleep Now in the Fire (1999)

Rage Against the Machine – Take the Power Back (1992)

Rage Against the Machine – Testify (1999)

Rage Against the Machine – Wake Up (1992)

Silverchair – Israel’s Son (1995)

Silverchair – Pure Massacre (1995)

Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore (1998)

Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet w/Butterfly Wings (1995)

Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm (1993)

Sonic Youth – Titanium Expose (1990)

Tori Amos – Caught a Lite Sneeze (1996)

Tori Amos – Crucify (1991)

Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song) (1994)


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Mr. Holmes & My Love Affair with a Good Mystery!



I’ve finally watched Mr. Holmes, a film starring Ian McKellen.  My entire life, I’d have a fascination with murder mysteries and those who were the best at solving them.  As a child, my favorite cartoon was Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and Inspector Gadget.  During summers as a tween and teen, I’d watch hour after hour of back to back episodes of TV shows such as Perry Mason, Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Spencer for Hire, and In the Heat of the Night… not to mention television shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation* and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, of course!

I remember the Christmas that I was gifted The Complete Sherlock Holmes and the excitement I felt.  And, how could I NOT fall in love with the movie Young Sherlock Holmes?  I loved everything Ancient Egypt and a good mystery that’s afoot! **

I turned my love of solving a good mystery and tackled my family’s history. This need to suss out the secrets and origins of as many of my ancestors as possible was sparked after my great grandmother’s death and was finally brought to fruition when I recovered artifacts from the crumbling home of an ancestor. I visited cemeteries, churches, archives, libraries, and more from Illinois to as far east as Speyer, Germany. It was a massive puzzle and required so much research as well as a bit of deduction.  I think Mr. Holmes would’ve been proud of the progress that I made.

In 2008, when I heard that a Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey, Jr. was in the works, I thought I’d give it a try but I must admit that I wasn’t a fan. I ended up not liking Sherlock as Mr. Downey, Jr. portrayed him. In Mr. Downey’s defense, Sherlock has always had some unlikable qualities, but he was just a bit too unlikable all of a sudden.

After that movie, I’d wandered away from the likes of Sherlock, Dr. Watson, and Perry Mason for the rugged, very flawed character of John Rebus in the great Scottish detective series by Ian Rankin. I’d picked up a book based on the cover, read the synopsis, saw the word ‘protest’, and was sold.  I fell in love with it immediately.  After finishing the book (The Naming of the Dead), I started the series from the beginning and read it through to the end.  I now spy on Ian Rankin’s Twitter account in hopes of getting a clue as to when the next John Rebus book may hit the bookshelves.

While waiting for new books to be published, I discovered that the BBC would be putting out a new series called Sherlock that starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  Yet again, my attention was diverted to my childhood love – a thrilling mystery.  As I didn’t have cable, I eagerly anticipated it being added to Netflix and as soon as it was, I watched the first episode.  A modern Sherlock, one that lived in the world of social media, aircraft, and smart phones.  At first, I was caught off guard.  I’m not sure about this typing on the screen, I told myself.  However, Mr. Cumberbatch’s acting was superb and the writing kept me guessing, so it wasn’t long before I fully embraced this modern-day Sherlock and now eagerly await every season on Netflix.

As a major fan of both The Lord of the Rings and X-Men franchises (HELLO, Captain Picard is Professor X!), I’d been quite a fan of Ian McKellen’s for some time.  So, when I heard that he was starring in a film called Mr. Holmes, I knew that I had to see it.  I purposely didn’t read much about it wanting to be as surprised as I could be when I saw the film.

Today, my hold on Mr. Holmes arrived at the library and I’ve just watched it.


The first few minutes, seeing Sherlock looking feeble and living in the country, I wasn’t sure that I’d made the right choice. Would this be too sad for me?  Would it be too boring for me?  This film portrays an old Holmes, one that has left not only London, but his profession behind.  The great mystery in this film is one of his own past, a whisper of a memory and a face, and the source of his heartache. It’s heart-warming and endearing which are things I usually don’t like too much of in a single film; this film pulled it off magnificently.  As usual, Mr. McKellen delivers.

You were expecting more in-depth information on the film? I don’t want to spoil it or you.  I want all of you to enjoy it for yourself!  It was a much more entertaining for me to consider my own history with Sherlock Holmes and mystery films, TV shows, and books, rather than write a very in-depth review of the movie.

I await the next season of Sherlock, the next book in the John Rebus series, and look forward to reading a book titled The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin, which I just purchased at a second-hand bookstore. And, after contemplating my long history with this genre and, in particular, Sherlock Holmes, I’ve set to the goal to watch all of Granada TV’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episodes before the end of the year.

Looking for some good modern mystery/detective genre TV shows or books, I suggest those mentioned above as well as Luther (TV show), Wallander (TV show), Book of Killowen (book by Erin Hart), Knots and Crosses (book #1 in the John Rebus series by Ian Rankin), The Fall (TV Show), The X-Files (TV Show),  and The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln (book by Stephen L. Carter).  If you have any other suggestions for myself or others, feel free to let us know by replying!

TheMcNabbist – Radical Feminist, Anti-Racist, Trekkie, Geek, Family Historian, and mystery genre fan

*Fun fact: Not only were there direct references to Sherlock Holmes in Star Trek: The Next Generation but there were several episodes that followed the exploits of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the holodeck portraying Mason Dixon, a private investigator.

**Fun fact: I loved ancient history so much, that I decided to study Anthropology as my undergraduate major

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