Episode 35: 1997 - The Year In Music (w/Dan Solomon)

Every year, I do a retrospective going back either 30 years for movies and 20 years for music.  Earlier in February, I had two friends on to discuss our favorite 1987 movies.  This time it's all about records from 1997. A lot of it does stem from my nostalgic tendencies, but it’s also to deconstruct my two favorite art forms to see what holds up, what doesn’t, and how pop culture has changed over a span of a couple decades.  It’s also a chance for you to see where my taste lies, for better or worse, as well as to get to know a close friend of mine.

He’s joined me for the past couple of years on Pop Culture Club (which is what this show was called last year) and once again, Austin-based journalist Dan Solomon is back to discuss our favorite records from 1997.  We also share memories, talk about the year in general, and have some laughs.  Included are several song clips and hopefully a surprise or two along the way! Thanks as always to Dan for joining me on this adventure through time and space and memory.

Jim’s List

1.   Radiohead - Ok Computer
2.   Portishead - Portishead
3.   Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
4.   Elliott Smith - Either/Or
5.   Bjork - Homogenic
6.   Pavement - Brighten The Corners
7.   Helium - The Magic City
8.   Ween - The Mollusk
9.   Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope
10.  Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen

Dan’s List

1.   Old 97s - Too Far To Care
2.   Erykah Badu - Live
3.   Radiohead - OK Computer
4.   Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
5.   Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Boatman’s Call
6.   The Notorious B.I.G - Life After Death
7.   Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
8.   Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen
9.   Dan Bern - Dan Bern
10.  Erykah Badu - Baduizm

Listen to the episode for more honorable mentions and song clips!

James Laczkowski