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Portland in the 90s: A Playlist

Portland in the 90s: A Playlist (photo)

If we're doing our job right, Portlandia has you dreaming of Portland, Ore. You know, the place where young people go to retire because the Dream of the 90s is Alive in Portland. But what about the music of the 90s? How will you prove your Portland cred once you land on the fair city's soggy shores? It didn't all start with The Shins, you know. Don't worry I made a cheat sheet playlist. After sifting out the Seattle bands (sayonara, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Modest Mouse) and the Olympia bands (so long, Bikini Kill, Beat Happening, Heavens to Betsy) and even the Washington D.C. bands (hasta la huego, Nation of Ulysses) here is a list of bands that were the native sons and daughters making the scene in Portland in the 90s. Sadly there are lot of bands missing because back in the day digital downloads, mp3s and iPods were only...

If we’re doing our job right, Portlandia has you dreaming of Portland, Ore. You know, the place where young people go to retire because the Dream of the 90s is Alive in Portland. But what about the music of the 90s? How will you prove your Portland cred once you land on the fair city’s soggy shores? It didn’t all start with The Shins, you know. Don’t worry I made a cheat sheet playlist.

After sifting out the Seattle bands (sayonara, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Modest Mouse) and the Olympia bands (so long, Bikini Kill, Beat Happening, Heavens to Betsy) and even the Washington D.C. bands (hasta la huego, Nation of Ulysses) here is a list of bands that were the native sons and daughters making the scene in Portland in the 90s. Sadly there are lot of bands missing because back in the day digital downloads, mp3s and iPods were only available to time travelers and, I assume, spies, and thus not on the mass market yet. So unfortunately, with bands like Big Daddy Meatstraw, you will just have to use your imagination. Or come over and listen to my Puddlestomp CD or my “I-5 Killers” tape. Yes, tape. What? I’m from the past.

Better Off Dead” by The Wipers from “Best of the Wipers” (1990)

Plastic Bomb by Poison Idea from “Feel the Darkness” (1990)

Porch Song by Dharma Bums from “Welcome” (1991)

Sandbox by Sprinkler from “More Boy, Less Friend” (1992)

Young Splendor by Pond from “Pond” (1993)

Goin’ South by Dead Moon from “I-5 Killers, Vol. 2″ (1993)

Come On by Calamity Jane from “Stars Kill Rock” (1993)

Why Did I Decide to Stay? by Heatmiser from “Cop and Speeder” (1993)

Spitfire by The Spinanes from “Manos” (1993)

Bring Me A Star by Roger Nusic from “I-5 Killers, Vol. 2″ (1993)

Punch by Thirty Ought Six from “I-5 Killers, Vol. 3″ (1994)

Sparkle Finish by Hazel from “Are You Going to Eat That” (1995)

Mexican Siren by New Bad Things from “Freewheel” (1995)

Ride by the Dandy Warhols from “Dandys Rule, Ok?” (1995)

Fake Fight by Team Dresch from “Personal Best” (1995)

L.E.O. Linda Evangelista Overdrive by Sone from “Holiday and Sport” (1996)

Things You Say by Sleater Kinney from “Dig Me Out” (1997)

Between the Bars by Elliott Smith from “Either/Or” (1997)

Song for Lon Mabon by Crackerbash from “Drinking From Puddles: A Radio History” (1999)

Fra Diavolo by Satan’s Pilgrims from “Satan’s Pilgrims” (1999)

Born to Sleep by King Black Acid from “Loves a Long Song” (1999)

Ft. Lewis by Richmond Fontaine from “Lost Son” (1999)

Who am I forgetting? Tell me in the comments.

Photo: CC:Flickr:Slim

Portlandia premieres on IFC on Jan. 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET

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