Whatever: The '90s Pop & Culture Box

Whatever: The '90s Pop & Culture Box


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In case you weren't sure whether enough time had elapsed for you to be nostalgic for lattes, flannel, and the dot-com boom, the answer -- Yes! -- comes in the form of this seven-disc box set from Rhino, home to zeitgeist-capturing boxes chronicling the '70s and the '80s. Whatever ably surveys some of the decade's best, including Sinéad O'Connor's chilling "Nothing Compares 2 U," Aaliyah's sultry "Back & Forth," and Ben Folds Five's winsome "Brick." Less iconic tracks, such as En Vogue's rockin' slab of R&B "Free Your Mind" or 4 Non Blondes' towering Bic-flicker "What's Up" (their singer, Linda Perry, would go on to produce post-millennial hits for Pink and Christina Aguilera), surely will bring someone back to the days when the '80s unequivocally sucked. The set's heavy with tunes that introduced artists who continue to shape the fabric of popular music: Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love's "Ladies First," Tori Amos's "God," Ani DiFranco's "Not a Pretty Girl," Sarah McLachlan's "Possession," Weezer's "Buddy Holly," Moby's "Natural Blues." And while some of us could've lived a happy life without ever being reminded of Right Said Fred's runway smash "I'm Too Sexy," totally unselfconscious, libidinous cuts such as Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" or King Missile's "Detachable Penis" make us strangely nostalgic for the pre-Nipplegate era. Likewise, the '90s' seemingly endless supply of truly memorable one-hit wonders -- EMF's "Unbelievable," Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart," Jesus Jones's "Right Here, Right Now," and Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping," for starters -- will give this box a raison d'être for many, and happily the highs outweigh the few truly bad memories (Green Jelly's "Three Little Pigs," anyone?). For those who want to get their groove on, there's C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," Kris Kross's "Jump," and Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)." What you won't find, thanks to the vagaries of licensing, are some of the decade's biggest names -- no Nirvana or Pearl Jam (though underground counterparts/predecessors Screaming Trees, Mother Love Bone, and Mudhoney nicely represent the Seattle scene), nor will you turn up hits from '90s giants such as U2 or Radiohead, Mariah Carey or Jay-Z, Sting, Snoop Doggy Dogg, or Missy Elliott. Rather, the box scores the '90s, rightly, as the beginning of today's atomized music scene, a Lollapalooza-like gathering of tribes and subgenres: power pop (Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend," Michael Penn's "No Myth"); funk-metal (Pantera's "Walk," White Zombie's "Thunder Kiss '65"); proto-neo-soul (Meshell Ndegeocello's groovy "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)," Des'ree's "You Gotta Be"); and indie rock with a definite West Coast bias. My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, and Urge Overkill still sound great, but the Gits, Tad, and Soul Coughing? Whatever also delivers fantastic packaging: It's housed beneath a coffee bean-filled cover (cozily wrapped in a corrugated cardboard sleeve) and contains a lavish 84-page booklet featuring several thoughtful essays, detailed track-by-track liner notes, and a photo-filled timeline reminding listeners of such cultural events as the advent of Microsoft Windows, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, the death of Tupac Shakur, and the O. J. Simpson car chase. Admit it, you feel just a little bit nostalgic, don't you?

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227971625
catalogNumber: 79716


Disc 1

  1. U Can't Touch This
  2. Nothing Compares 2 U
  3. No Myth
  4. Ladies First
  5. Ball and Chain
  6. Birdhouse in Your Soul
  7. Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns
  8. Here's Where the Story Ends
  9. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
  10. Groove Is in the Heart
  11. Right Here, Right Now
  12. New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)
  13. I Touch Myself
  14. Unbelievable
  15. Hard to Handle
  16. O.P.P.
  17. Walking in Memphis
  18. It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

Disc 2

  1. Silent Lucidity
  2. Into the Drink
  3. Girlfriend
  4. I'm Too Sexy
  5. Calling All Angels
  6. Only Shallow
  7. It's a Shame About Ray
  8. Baby Got Back
  9. They Want Efx
  10. Jump
  11. Walk
  12. N.W.O.
  13. Shitlist
  14. Absynthe
  15. Coattail Rider
  16. Runaway Train
  17. Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
  18. Dizz Knee Land
  19. Nearly Lost You

Disc 3

  1. Under the Bridge
  2. Unsung
  3. Jump Around
  4. Free Your Mind
  5. Rump Shaker
  6. Informer
  7. Connected
  8. Detachable Penis
  9. Freak Me
  10. Ordinary World
  11. If I Can't Change Your Mind
  12. Three Little Pigs
  13. Start Choppin
  14. The Devil's Chasing Me
  15. Gone to the Moon
  16. My Name Is Mud
  17. What's Up?

Disc 4

  1. Thunder Kiss '65
  2. Whoomp! (There It Is)
  3. Broken Hearted Savior
  4. Trust Me
  5. Gepetto
  6. Eye to Eye
  7. Gentlemen
  8. Leafy Incline
  9. Dream All Day
  10. Hey Jealousy
  11. My Sister
  12. Whatta Man
  13. Back & Forth
  14. If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)
  15. Freedom of '76
  16. Cut Your Hair
  17. God
  19. Possession

Disc 5

  1. Shine
  2. Far Behind
  3. You Gotta Be
  4. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon
  5. She Don't Use Jelly
  6. M.I.A.
  7. 21st Century (Digital Boy)
  8. Sugar Free Jazz
  9. Mockingbirds
  10. What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
  11. Revolve
  12. Buddy Holly
  13. Here and Now
  14. Good
  15. Run-Around
  16. I'll Be There for You
  17. Tomorrow
  18. Not a Pretty Girl
  19. Carnival

Disc 6

  1. Wonderwall
  2. Birthday Cake
  3. Cumbersome
  4. One of Us
  5. Caught by the Fuzz
  6. Sweet 69
  7. Breakfast at Tiffany's
  8. Photograph
  9. In the Meantime
  10. Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check
  11. Who Will Save Your Soul
  12. Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Mony in My Hand
  13. Cybele's Reverie
  14. Capri Pants
  15. What I Got
  16. Kung Fu
  17. Virtual Insanity
  18. Naked Eye
  19. Outtasite (Outta Mind)

Disc 7

  1. Itszoweezee (Hot)
  2. Lovefool
  3. Radiation Vibe
  4. The Impression That I Get
  5. Turn It On
  6. Bitch
  7. Mmmbop
  8. Brian Wilson
  9. Brick
  10. Sex and Candy
  11. Walkin' on the Sun
  12. Tubthumping
  13. 6 Underground
  14. Lullaby
  15. Slide
  16. Kiss Me
  17. Steal My Sunshine
  18. What It's Like
  19. Natural Blues

Album Credits

Technical Credits

MC Hammer   Composer,Producer
Naughty by Nature   Producer
Mix-A-Lot   Composer,Producer
Jane Siberry   Composer,Producer
Babes in Toyland   Composer
Marc Cohn   Composer,Producer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Duran Duran   Producer
Goo Goo Dolls   Producer
Jerry Harrison   Producer
Rick James   Composer
L7   Producer
Mark Lanegan   Composer
Mother Love Bone   Composer
Bob Mould   Composer,Producer
Mudhoney   Composer
Ric Ocasek   Producer
Michael Penn   Composer
Prince   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Keith Sweat   Composer,Producer
Matthew Sweet   Composer,Producer
They Might Be Giants   Composer
Bernie Worrell   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Jack Endino   Producer
Kramer   Producer
Sarah McLachlan   Composer
Moby   Composer
White Zombie   Composer
Stereo MC's   Producer
Peter Collins   Producer
Clive Langer   Producer
Tori Amos   Composer,Producer
Juliana Hatfield   Composer
Danny Wilde   Composer
Supersuckers   Composer
Galt MacDermot   Composer
Chumbawamba   Producer
John S. Hall   Composer
Ken Scott   Producer
Ben Keith   Producer
Ani DiFranco   Composer,Producer
Guru   Composer,Producer
Muffs   Producer
7 Year Bitch   Producer
Letters to Cleo   Composer
R. Kelly   Producer
Soul Coughing   Composer,Producer
Christina Amphlett   Composer
Jon Auer   Composer
Dallas Austin   Producer
Michael Barbiero   Producer
Eric Bazilian   Composer
Michael Beinhorn   Producer
Tony Berg   Producer
Andre Betts   Producer
Tchad Blake   Producer
Kurt Bloch   Composer,Producer
Bootsy Collins   Composer
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner   Composer
Brett Gurewitz   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Peter Buck   Composer
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Composer
Rick Chertoff   Producer
Claypool   Composer
Keith Cleversley   Producer
Robert Clivillés   Producer
David Cole   Producer
Anthony Criss   Composer
Warren Cuccurullo   Composer
Tommy D   Producer
Evan Dando   Composer,Producer
Kurt Danielson   Composer
Terry Date   Producer
N'Dea Davenport   Composer
David Z.   Producer
Aqil Davidson   Composer,Producer
De La Soul   Producer
Mark Dearnley   Producer
Mike Denneen   Producer
Peter Denenberg   Producer
Tad Doyle   Composer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Greg Dulli   Composer,Producer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer
Mike Edwards   Composer,Producer
Fred Fairbrass   Composer
Richard Fairbrass   Composer
Richard Finch   Composer
Flea   Composer
Don Fleming   Producer
Denzil Foster   Composer,Producer
Mitchell Froom   Producer
John Frusciante   Composer
Tyrone Fyffe   Producer
GGGarth   Producer
David Gamson   Producer
Tim Gane   Composer
David Gavurin   Composer
Lou Giordano   Producer
Bryce Goggin   Producer
John Goodmanson   Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Michael Gurley   Composer
Page Hamilton   Composer
Gibby Haynes   Producer
Nellee Hooper   Producer
Ice-T   Producer
Dave Jerden   Producer
Ralph Jezzard   Producer
Marshall "Rock" Jones   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Jason Kay   Composer
Tom Kelly   Composer
Anthony Kiedis   Composer
Paul Kimble   Producer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Composer,Producer
Frankie La Rocka   Producer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Simon LeBon   Composer
Scott Litt   Producer
Fred Maher   Producer
Rob Manzoli   Composer
Pierre Marchand   Producer
J Mascis   Composer,Producer
Sylvia Massy   Producer
Thomas McElroy   Composer,Producer
Meshell Ndegeocello   Composer,Producer
Natalie Merchant   Composer
Alonzo Miller   Composer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Owen Morris   Producer
Tom Morris   Producer
Lawrence Muggerud   Composer
Roger Murdock   Composer
Roy Murray   Composer
Gil Norton   Producer
Sinéad O'Connor   Producer
Vinnie Paul   Producer
Shelly Peiken   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Linda Perry   Composer
Michael Phillip Wojewoda   Producer
Dave Pirner   Composer
John Popper   Composer
Bob Power   Producer
R.E.M.   Producer
Nick Rhodes   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer
Markell Riley   Composer,Producer
Teddy Riley   Producer
Brad Roberts   Composer
Ed Roland   Composer,Producer
Eric Ivan Rosse   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Johnny Rzeznik   Composer
Laetitia Sadier   Composer
Garry Shider   Composer
Kevin Shields   Composer,Producer
Kevin Shirley   Producer
R. Shulman   Producer
Sean Slade   Composer,Producer
Chad Smith   Composer
Don Smith   Producer
Toby Smith   Composer
Phil Solem   Composer
Caleb Southern   Producer
Donita Sparks   Composer
David Spradley   Composer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Stone   Producer
Ken Stringfellow   Composer
Tag Team   Composer
John Taylor   Composer
Steve Thompson   Producer
Gary Thorstensen   Composer
David Tickle   Producer
Paul Tipler   Producer
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Conrad Uno   Producer
Eric Valentine   Producer
Butch Vig   Producer
Andy Wallace   Producer
Steve Watson   Producer
Andrew Weiss   Producer
Harriet Wheeler   Composer
Sam Williams   Producer
Allee Willis   Composer
Alan Winstanley   Producer
Ben Wisch   Producer
David Wynn   Composer,Producer
Chris Xefos   Composer
Tanya Donelly   Composer
Robb Brothers   Producer
Supergrass   Composer
Towa Tei   Composer
Shawn Mullins   Composer,Producer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Noel Gallagher   Composer,Producer
Tim Mac   Producer
Steven Page   Composer
Kim Shattuck   Composer
Aaron Comess   Composer
Jim DeRogatis   Liner Notes
Mark Deutrom   Composer
Geza   Producer
Ashley Ingram   Composer,Producer
Todd Park Mohr   Composer
Dan Rothchild   Producer
Eric Schenkman   Composer
Vincent Mason   Composer
Dave Rick   Composer
Ben Folds   Composer,Producer
Cibo Matto   Composer
Jill Cunniff   Composer,Producer
Nigel Hunter   Composer
Royston Langdon   Composer
Line of Flight   Producer
Brian Vander Ark   Composer
Rivers Cuomo   Composer
Chris DeGarmo   Composer
Jay Kay   Producer
Tony Mangurian   Producer
Meredith Brooks   Composer
Mark de Cloedt   Composer
Ian Dench   Composer
Zac Foley   Composer
Mike Ness   Composer
Erik Schrody   Composer
Andre "Krazy Drazyz" Weston   Composer,Producer
Sleater-Kinney   Composer
Gary Lee Conner   Composer
Joie Calio   Composer
Van Conner   Composer
Kelly Gray   Producer
Stephen Malkmus   Composer
Jim Abbiss   Producer
Dust Brothers   Producer
Adam Schlesinger   Producer
Michael Ivins   Composer
Paul Greco   Composer
Melanie Vammen   Composer
Wayne Coyne   Composer
Rashad Smith   Composer,Producer
John Srebalus   Liner Notes
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
John Wozniak   Composer,Producer
C.J. Buscaglia   Producer
Chris Collingwood   Composer
David Katznelson   Producer
Shawn Moltke   Composer
Todd Pipes   Composer
Michael Skloff   Composer
Selene Vigil   Composer
Bardi Martin   Composer
Scott Mercado   Composer
Matt Slocum   Composer
Tim Wheeler   Composer
Kathi Wilcox   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Eric Wilson   Composer
Steven Drozd   Composer
Tore Johansson   Producer
Peter Klett   Composer
Isaac Hanson   Composer
Taylor Hanson   Composer
Daniel Johns   Composer
Brad Nowell   Composer
James "Jimmy" Atkins   Composer
Dana Owens   Composer
Edmond Leary   Composer
Valerie Agnew   Composer
Lindon Roberts   Composer
Jason Ross   Composer
Josh Sinder   Composer
Peter Svensson   Composer
Vincent Brown   Composer
Elizabeth Davis   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Bud Gaugh   Composer
Christine Yarian   Composer
Ben Gillies   Composer
Marta Kauffman   Composer
Bill Karren   Composer
Darren Jessee   Composer
Jason Pollock   Composer
Harry Hamer   Composer
Paul DeLisle   Composer
J.A. Ross   Producer
Chris O'Connor   Producer
Kathleen Hanna   Composer
David Crane   Composer
Rob Birch   Composer
Greg Camp   Composer
Steve Harwell   Composer
Nina Persson   Composer
Chris Corner   Composer
Liam Howe   Composer
Brian Ives   Liner Notes
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Marc Costanzo   Composer
Cory Frye   Liner Notes
Willie Hines   Composer,Producer
Nick Hallam   Composer
Kelvin Mercer   Composer
Zachary Hanson   Composer
Constantin Boym   Sculpture
Humberto Howard   Art Direction
Clark Humphrey   Liner Notes
Joel Stein   Liner Notes
Tracy Morrow   Composer
Gregg Diamond   Composer
Dave Jolicouer   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Producer
Mark James   Composer
Kevin Iannello   Composer
John Jones   Producer
Trevor Smith   Composer

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Whatever: The '90s Pop & Culture Box 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most compilations, even the titles from Rhino, suffer from having about 60% good songs you want and 40% filler (even worse when that filler is songs you don't know). Part of that problem is because they're limited by the genre it's placed in. "Whatever" by far is the first and best compilation I have ever seen, filling every single space with great songs from every genre of the 90s. Forget the fact that there's no BIG names like Nirvana or U2 or Radiohead or Pearl Jam--aside from licensing problems Rhino may have had, about 90% of us have those albums anyway. This compilation truly for those who want to remember the fun of the 90s in all its multigenre glory.