Música disco de los 90
Con “Thriller” en 1982, el álbum más vendido de todos los tiempos, Michael Jackson rompió las fronteras entre estilos, razas y públicos. El álbum sacudió por completo la industria de la música pop del siglo XX.
El auge de la pedal steel guitar en las iglesias pentecostales en los años 30 animó los cultos. Cuando se convirtió en el instrumento principal por encima del órgano, nació una nueva forma: el acero sagrado. Explore esta tradición evangélica desde sus primeros pioneros hasta los intérpretes actuales.
A mediados de los ochenta, en la cima de su fama con Wham!, George Michael decidió emprender una carrera en solitario. ¡Tras el lanzamiento de grandes éxitos como “Faith” y “Freedom! ’90”, pronto alcanzaría el estrellato internacional. El encanto juvenil que poseía en los primeros días de su carrera musical acabó adquiriendo un cariz mucho más maduro y masculino, que le llevó a convertirse en un revolucionario icono mundial.
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Grunge and alternative rock marked the decade with iconic groups such as Nivana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, among others. Grunge was strongly influenced by Pixies, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and Melvins. However, the genre started to become trendy and gained popularity very quickly, causing the sound and aesthetics to become standardized. For many, grunge died after Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994.
There was a phenomenon known as College Rock. These were bands that started out playing on college radio stations and managed to establish themselves on the international circuit. Its most iconic representatives are R.E.M., Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Radiohead, Beck and Pavement.
English 90’s music
The band was originally called Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, after the Martin Scorsese movie. But later they changed their name to Café Tacvba, this time after the restaurant in downtown Mexico City.
Their songs are usually loaded with political satire and social criticism of how Mexico works, as heard in the song Gimme Tha Power (1997). This caused them problems after some of their songs were censored. If you haven’t listened to them yet, don’t miss Frijolero (2003) and Parásito (1999).
Among the group’s most listened songs are: Te estoy mirando (1988), La célula que explota (1990) and Nos vamos juntos (1992). All of them show the group’s rock style, with a variation of genres such as New Wave, Post-punk and pop rock.
From 19887 to 1997 this alternative rock and New Wave band was a reference. Many of their songs are considered classics of Mexican rock. Such as Veneno Vil (1995), El microbito (1990) and La iguana (1990).
Hits of the 90’s
Probably the most radical single of her career, it’s a testament to Madonna’s power that she made it to #1 with a song that was forced to carry a ‘Parental Advisory’ rating on its cover and whose sexually explicit video was censored by MTV. Incidentally, the song is co-written by the talented and also sexy Lenny Kravitz, whom you can hear moaning orgasmically in the background.
Although it played an indispensable role in her becoming an international star, Madonna has, on occasion, expressed regret about recording this track, as she doesn’t like being referred to as a “materialistic girl”. The song and its video clip have been referenced and parodied about a billion times in pop culture. Among the best recreations, Nicole Kidman’s in Moulin Rouge.
The title track of Madonna’s fifth studio album had a lot going against it: it was released just before her scandalous book Sex, and its music video was banned again on MTV. But the single, which picked up where Justify my Love left off, was the boldest move she could have made at the peak of her career, while introducing us to the queen of pop’s alter ego, just as David Bowie did with Ziggy Stardust.