Transmission DJ Jake Rudh's 12 favorite artifacts from the '90s
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The '90s officially came to a close a little bit more than 13 years ago, but their profound and strange cultural touchstones are not forgotten. Most importantly, the music lives on with the help of DJ Jake Rudh, who celebrates the 12th anniversary of his hip dance party Transmission with a night of '90s indie/alt-rock classics tonight at First Avenue.
Titled Common People, after the masterful Pulp hit, the night should bring back a load of memories of an era right before the internet took off, and before MTV totally gave up. Gimme Noise asked Rudh to dig up his favorite artifacts from the '90s, which are gathered below.
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The very first Lollapalooza, held on Harriet Island in 1991
The lineup featured Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees and a whole lot more. Not bad for a first festival experience.
Reality Bites-era Winona Ryder
She was my '90s crush.
It was the right time and right place. Very glad to hear the strong influence of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Ride still today.
High Fidelity (book)
This record store romance, later adapted into a John Cusack film, still holds the record for fastest I've ever read a novel.
Did you pick up your map in Uptown yet?
S.N.D.P (Sunday Night Dance Party) at First Avenue
Amazing (with a capital A) memories of those nights.
A welcomed change of pace to the sea of flannel that sparked a rivalry between Oasis and Blur.
I bought a ticket to England and explored for a couple months after watching this one.
A station that made my friends and I feel much cooler than we were. A station I'm very honored to say I played a small role in.
MTV's 120 Minutes
I was there every Sunday night ready to hit record on the VCR. That program introduced me to many of my favorite artists still today.
Outside of growing up with WLOL in the 80's, KJ 104 and its short life is the station that influenced me to stop listening to Hall & Oates cassettes and buy Smiths CDs. (Though I'm happily back listening to both these days.)
Transmission presents Common People, a night of '90s and indie and alternative. With ex-REV 105 DJ Brian Oake. $6-$8. 8 p.m. Friday, March 15 at First Avenue. More info here.
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