A reader mentioned the Gin Blossoms and suddenly a lot of 1991/2/3 walkman memories came rushing back. Holy shit, had totally blocked this out and this. I listened to New Miserable Experience a lot more than to anything I would now vouch for as culturally important, I’ll tell you that.
Also, god, the Mekons and Mercury Rev and Too Much Joy and Yo La Tengo and Billy Bragg and the Smiths and the Pixies and Guided by Voices and the Violent Femmes and Pavement (see above and, uh, Cut Your Hair) and . . .
Wow, in the early 90s I listened to NO music by girls except for Exile in Guyville. Most of this stuff I found working at Spin in 1992 as an intern and I can still remember those piles of demo tapes. (Tapes this amazingly like-minded person evidently knew something about too. Ass Ponys fans unite!)