By Andy Netzel
This month, I have an interesting blend of music that you should listen to while cleaning.
All these songs were released in the last month, but all are from artists you probably know best from their music in the 1990s. In most cases, they're producing music that feels new and exciting, but still gives a nostalgic thrill.
Turn up the computer speakers, turn on the vacuum and find inspiration to clean.
Tweedy — LowKey
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco fame partnered with his son Spencer Tweedy to produce a new "solo" album. But, you know, not exactly by himself. The tunes are reminiscent of Wilco, but feel less too-cool-for-the room. As NPR described the album: "
There's not much contrivance, not much high-concept, just a dad and his
son bashing out tunes. It's the rare chance to follow one of rock's
thinkers as he goes off wandering without a map or a professional care
about the results — crucially, without his mind getting in the way."
Why you remember them from the 90s: "Far, Far Away" off their album Being There.
The case for cleaning to this album:
It's the perfect excuse to hand the vacuum off to father and son to rock out cleaning the house for you. Your job is simply to buy the album
... and make sure they know where to find the vacuum.
Melissa Etheridge — Take My Number
Melissa Etheridge released a new album called This Is M.E. — and her unmistakeable raspy storytelling-via-rock-and-roll stylings are in full effect. The album cover, a picture of her belting out a tune, is a collage of photos that her fans have submitted.
Why you remember her from the 90s: Breakout single "I'm The Only One"
The case for cleaning to this album: A strong beat and lots of changes of pace put a hop in your step and will make your cleaning time go by fast.
Weezer — Lonely Girl
Weezer used to have an angsty sing-along charm that started to feel a bit insincere in the decade after their great first three albums. The angst and sincerity appear to be back in their newest album, produced by the same guy who handled their best albums.
Why you remember them from the 90s: Their self-titled album that included "Buddy Holly," "Undone (The Sweater Song)" and "Say It Ain't So."
The case for cleaning to this album: Weezer makes you want to sing along to their songs, even if you're hearing them for the first time. It's just polite to mask that with the sound of the vacuum.
Prince — Way Back Home
Prince has been writing songs since he was seven years old. He has produced rich, eclectic music over his career.
Why you remember him from the 90s: You could argue his place in the 80s, 90s or 2000s, but with the anthem "1999," and because it fits the theme we've concocted for songs this month, we've opted to reflect back on 90s Prince. Plus, that's the decade when Prince got a little weird changing his name to this thing:
The case for cleaning to this album: Reflecting on home and what makes it home makes me want to improve my home. The easiest way to do that? Cleaning my home.
Tim McGraw — Diamond Rings and Old Bar Stools
Tim McGraw's new album gives you plenty of sway-worthy songs, and lots of great lyrics to get lost in. It still sounds like Tim McGraw, but not like songs you've heard before.
Why you remember him from the 90s: His first number one country hit, "Don't Take The Girl," helped the world see the big tough guy as a sensitive guy.
The case for cleaning to this album: Tim McGraw explained the title of his new album to Country Weekly like this: "To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop
doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do." So go ahead. Get finished cleaning so you can get out there and do what you want to do.