Kiersten’s Thursday Jams: 5/23/19

Kiersten Buckley, Staff Writer

Thursday Jams, 90’s Edition! (5/23/19)

That’s right! In this edition of “Kiersten’s Thursday Jams”, we will be going back in time to the 90’s. Why, you ask? Why not! I’ve highlighted 4 of my favorite 90’s songs that I’d love to share with you all. There were many more than 4 songs that I would love to add to this list, but I didn’t want to make it too long. So stay watch out for more 90’s jams sneaking their way into upcoming articles! I hope you guys enjoy!


“Mary Jane’s Last Dance” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


“Mary Jane’s Last Dance” is a classic 90’s song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The catchy rock anthem was initially released in 1993. This tune and this band were both defining factors of the 90’s rock movement. The track has incredible guitar instrumentals performed by Mike Campbell and Tom Petty. Tom Petty also delivers amazing husky vocals that help to convey the ominous tone of the song. The tune has a myriad of well-written lyrics that display an eerie overall theme. You should listen to this track if you like rock music, or lyrics that make you think.


“Don’t Speak” – No Doubt


No Doubt was a successful 90’s band who’s lead singer was Gwen Stefani. Stefani is mostly known for her bubbly pop songs these days, but her band No Doubt consisted of mostly pop rock or alternative rock tunes. The band’s tune “Don’t Speak” is about the breakup of lead singer Gwen Stefani and her bandmate Tony Kanal. The couple had been together for seven years, and the angsty and headstrong lyrics of the tune convey the ex-lover’s feelings towards each other. Stefani’s light yet powerful vocals pair well with the heavy guitars and drums used in the track. You should listen to this tune if you like powerful lead vocalists, or great rock instrumentals.


“Buddy Holly” – Weezer


“Buddy Holly” by Weezer is another classic rock song. Now, most of you might now Weezer for their cover of the tune “Africa” by Toto. But before that, they had many hit songs, including “Buddy Holly”. The track is named after the real life 1950’s rocker, Buddy Holly. Weezer’s lead singer, Rivers Cuomo, shares a striking resemblance to Buddy Holly. Most people believe this fact to be the reasoning behind the naming of the tune. The song is repetitive and catchy, with edgy and fun rock and roll lyrics. The tune has very prevalent drum and guitar instrumentals that stand out and will be stuck in your head all day. You should listen to this song if you like catchy music, or music with interesting backstories.


“About A Girl” – Nirvana


Of course, I had to include Nirvana in this edition. The band Nirvana, of course, was a prominent and influential band in the 90’s grunge scene. I chose to include one of their more popular songs, “About A Girl” in this article. The meaning of the tune is relatively simple, for it is about the fractured relationship that lead singer Kurt Cobain had with his then girlfriend, Tracy Marander. Despite this, the instrumentals of the track are amazing. Guitars, the drums, and even a tambourine are some of the many instruments utilized in the making of the song. The melody of the tune is so catchy, you’ll find yourself humming it all day. You should listen to this tune if you are a fan of grunge rock, or if you like music with a strong rock sound.