The 90's was a defining era for female musicians as alternative rock gave way to a generation of female-led rock bands. The 90's saw a plethora of front-women that changed the music industry forever, but there was none better and more talented than Shirley Manson of Garbage. Her distinctive and rare ability to convey a magnitude of emotions brought Garbage to the top of the music charts in the 90's. Garbage remains one of the best-selling alternative rock bands in music history! 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Garbage's self-titled album and the band will embark on a multi-city international tour this fall! In honor of the Garbage: 20 Years Queer Tour, we've decided to look back at some of the greatest female-led alternative rock bands of the 90's.
When taking a long look at campaign songs, whether it's the Foo Fighters sidestepping George W. Bush to play for his opponent, or Neil Young clearly balking at any association with Donald Trump, these little ditties are anything but a modern phenomenon. The knee-jerk reactions from artists wanting to distance themselves from political ideologies, however, are becoming increasingly common. As we march resolutely toward full-time political silly season, let's look back at campaign themes throughout history.
As early as George Washington's rise to prominence on the newly-minted American political stage, folks were gearing up their songwriting muscles by changing the words to God Save the King to "God save great Washington." No word on how well that floated with the Founding Fathers, though it's worth noting that our National Anthem was also a former British drinking song. I suppose we can chalk it up to that old adage "if it ain't broke… just rewrite the words." Ahem.
Back to The Future... Cubs Style?
The year: 1985. No, 2015. No, 1985! Like something out of a Robert Zemeckis movie, or something literallyout of this Robert Zemeckis movie, with their win over the Pirates on Thursday, the Cubbies are now better positioned to fulfill that, the most sacred of Hollywood prophesies brought forth by the Prophet Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. Granted, there's still a lot of post-season goodness to get through before the World Series, but the McFly Hypothesis should not be overlooked. IMPORTANT NOTE: Back to the Future Day is Wednesday, October 21. Prepare yourselves accordingly!
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About a month ago, I embarked on two cross-country train trips from Chicago to San Francisco and Los Angeles to Chicago, spanning two weeks and covering over 4,700 miles. When counting a relatively-brief hop down the California coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I clocked nearly 5,200 miles on the rails. It was an excellent trip, full of scenic landscapes, lots of cool people, good food, fun times in three major cities, and the Piano Man.
Before going on the trip, my longest trek on a train had been 11 hours from Williamsburg, VA, to my home in Connecticut, so I really dived into it. Turns out it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life thus far, and I highly recommend it. Here are six things you should know if this is something you're looking to do:
1. Sleep Comes at a Premium
The trip was a absolutely fantastic, and I wouldn't give it up for anything, but I now realize that a train is not the ideal setting if you're looking to get a full night's worth of sleep. I was able to sleep night to morning, but only in two-hour increments. The motion of the trains caused much squeaking and rattling, but that's actually something I got used to. Though I prefer a quiet setting, noise doesn't usually bother me if it's constant. My San Francisco hotel room was near several bars and I was fine. If noise is a bother, I'd recommend bringing earplugs, though I didn't use them myself.
What I think may have actually caused the constant interruption is the motion's effect on the need to use the bathroom. The movement must have tricked my body into thinking, "It's time to go, guy." I didn't have this problem off the train.