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music friday: 1990

Sinéad O'Connor, "Nothing Compares 2 U". One of the all-time great videos.

Primal Scream, "Loaded". The band gave a song from their previous album to DJ Andrew Weatherall to remix. This was the result.

A Tribe Called Quest, "Bonita Applebum". Among the definitions for "bonita applebum" at the Urban Dictionary, we get "A girl with a nice booty."

The Cocteau Twins, "Iceblink Luck". The distinctive vocals are by Elizabeth Fraser.

Digital Underground, "The Humpty Dance". Sampled in more than 100 songs.

LL Cool J, "Mama Said Knock You Out". This is one of the 100+.

Saint Etienne, "Only Love Can Break Your Heart". Neil Young, covered by an indie dance band. The band's singer, Sarah Cracknell, hadn't joined yet, so the vocals are by Moira Lambert. Lambert refused to be in the video, so a third singer, Lucy Golden, lip syncs Lambert's vocals in the video. (I think ... this gets complicated.)

Happy Mondays, "Kinky Afro". #1 in the U.S., and a key song from the Manchester music scene.

Madonna, "Justify My Love". The Immaculate Collection is one of the best albums of all time.

Public Enemy, "Welcome to the Terrordome". There is a lot of hip-hop on this 1990 list, which makes sense. The four tracks also demonstrate the variety of music being made at the time within the genre. A Tribe Called Quest doesn't sound like Digital Underground, who don't sound like LL Cool J, who didn't sound like Public Enemy.

In honor of the World Cup, here is how the United States made it to the 1990 tournament in Italy:



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