I’m bending the rules of Random 5 to bring you this hackathon themed random 5. Pray I don’t bend them again.
- Be Thankful for What You’ve Got – Massive Attack (Blue Lines)
- Rabbit In Your Headlights – UNKLE (Psyence Fiction)
- Roads – Portishead (Dummy)
- Górecki – Lamb (I Still Know What You Did)
- Breathe – Telepopmusik (Genetic World)
Be Thankful for What You’ve Got: I love this version, but I feel like I’m harming my cred just a little bit to admit that I like the Yo La Tengo version even more.
Rabbit In Your Headlights: Featuring a Thom Yorke vocal and dialog samples from one of the most tortured early 90s movies ever, this shouldn’t work as well as it does. But it totally does. Something about the rhythm section, and the fact that this was before Yorke wrecked his cords.
Roads: I want to like this album more than I do. But I love the electric piano intro to this.
Górecki: There’s no better way to confuse me than to reference this song, because I’m never sure if we’re talking about the Polish composer, or the Lamb track that samples piano chords from the second movement of the Third Symphony. Still a great song, though I’ve always preferred the edit that appeared on the CD2 single back in the day.
Breathe – This is really the tail end of the time period, but I’ve always considered the 90s lasted until September 11, 2001 anyway. Great song, regardless of its use in a Mitsubishi commercial.