A podcast anthology series exploring the eras, subcultures, and obsessions we can't leave behind. In this season, hosts Raymond Wiley (Out There Radio, Disinformation, The Shadow of Ideas) and Audra Wolfmann (Speakeasily vs. the '80s) focus on the 1990s, the decade that made us.
90's Alt. Comedy
53:59Just like music and film, comedy went through a transformation in the 1990s. Perhaps in reaction to the glut of mediocre and shallow comedians of the '80s, comedy shows like MR. SHOW, KIDS IN THE HALL, and SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST upended expectations with their alternative brand of social commentary and changed the way we think about comedy today.
Video Store Auteurs
57:46The advent of the video rental store made a wide variety of films available for study and this changed the landscape of cinema. Video stores birthed a new breed of filmmaker in the '90s, including Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith. Were these auteurs the culture-bearers of film history or self-indulgent dude bros? Or both? Audra and Raymond take a look at RESERVOIR DOGS and CLERKS, and discuss their relevance then and now.
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43:50At the dawn of the '90s, a magical thing happened when MTV began diversifying their programming - they launched a cutting-edge animation show called LIQUID TELEVISION, which changed animation forever. AEON FLUX and BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD sprung from this fertile anthology show, bringing the avant-guard and the hilariously puerile into homes across the world. The success of these shows lead to hits like DARIA, THE HEAD, THE MAXX, and more!
Woodstock '94 vs. Woodstock '99
1:14:35A revival and a revival of a revival, Woodstock '94 and Woodstock '99 were fitting bookends to a culturally tumultuous decade. Boomer nostalgia and a new kind of voracious consumerism simultaneously meshed and clashed at these two benchmark events. The results ranged from sublime to tragic. Join Audra and Raymond as they sift through the dynamics of this muddy situation. Sometimes third time is not a charm, but rather a traumatic disaster.
Against the '70s: Classic Rock in the 1990s
52:29The 1990s saw a gigantic resurgence of "Classic Rock" from the late '60s and early '70s, as it was discovered by children of Boomers. Was this classic status deserved or was it a distraction from the music and culture of our own generation? Look what it did to Mike Watt!