College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 36 and 35

36. Iggy Pop, Naughty Little Doggie

I think everyone in college radio was always rooting for Iggy Pop to make a great album, but man alive did he crank out some bad stuff. Of course, when those albums have centerpiece songs like “Pussy Walk,” in which Mr. Pop frankly discusses the fantasies that stir up within him while walking down crowded streets or hanging around junior high school, there wasn’t going to be a whole lot of opportunity to play those albums on the public airwaves anyway. Somehow the 90FMers found tracks suitable for airplay on Pop’s 1996 album, Naughty Little Doggie, and committed themselves fully to championing the newer work of the godfather of punk. Good on them for respecting the trailblazers, but seriously, I owned this album and it’s not very good. I’ll admit that it’s been an awfully long time since I’ve sampled anything from it, but I remain fairly confident that my old assessment remains correct.

35. Hoodoo Gurus, In Blue Cave

I’ve noted before that a good method for getting the attention of college radio programmers is to include plenty of songs about beer on a record. The Hoodoo Gurus perhaps demonstrated that explicitly referencing cocktails is an equally sound choice, accompanying the song “Monterrey Sunset” on their album In Blue Cave with an actual recipe for the drink in question, printed on the album’s packaging. For anyone wanting to partake, the recipes is as follows: “45 mls Absolut Vodka (no substitutes please!). 45 mls lemon juice. 15 mls Orange Curaçao. 15 mls sugar syrup. Mix in a blender with lots of crushed ice! Pour over a cherry in a margarita glass for a festive frozen cocktail.” The music on In Blue Cave (or just Blue Cave, depending on whose answering) was typical for the Australian pop masters, which is enough to explain its relatively high placement on the chart. I can offer first-hand testimony that the Hoodoo Gurus had a history of doing well at 90FM.

An Introduction
–90 and 89: Antichrist Superstar and Three Snakes and One Charm
–88 and 87: No Code and Unplugged
–86 and 85: Greatest Hits Live and Gilded Stars and Zealous Hearts
–84 and 83: To the Faithful Departed and God’s Good Urges
–82 and 81: Billy Breathes and Sweet F.A.
–80 and 79: The Process and Test for Echo
–78 and 77: Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds and Breathe
–76 and 75: Bob Mould and Walking Wounded
–74 and 73: It’s Martini Time and Trainspotting soundtrack
–72 and 71: Aloha Via Satellite and Fever In Fever Out
–70 and 69: Hi My Name is Jonny and One Mississippi
–68 and 67: Everything Sucks and The Aeroplane Flies High
–66 and 65: First Band on the Moon and Razorblade Suitcase
–64 and 63: Comic Book Whore and Peachfuzz
–62 and 61: All Change and Rude Awakening
–60 and 59: 12 Golden Country Greats and Songs in the Key of X
–58 and 57: Brain Candy soundtrack and Pinkerton
–56 and 55: Sublime and Count the Days
–54 and 53: Wild Mood Swings and The Cult of Ray
–52 and 51: Bringing Down the Horse and Crash
–50 and 49: No Talking, Just Head and New Adventures in Hi-Fi
–48 and 47: Lay It Down and Pogue Mahone
–46 and 45: I’m with Stupid and XTORT
–44 and 43: Tango and …finally
–42 and 41: Good Weird Feeling and Mint 400
–40 and 39: Happy Nowhere and Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly)
–38 and 37: Turn the Radio Off and Electriclarryland

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