As the Nineties nostalgia train rolls on in a super fuzzed haze of flannel shirts, shaggy hair and guitars blasted through Big Muff pedals, the fine folks over at CBC Music have compiled a supercut of one of alternative nation's trademark musical tics: the syllable-filled vocal hook. From the falsetto strains of Pavement's indie hit "Cut Your Hair" to the indelible, wordless chorus of Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life" and Anthony Kiedis' nonsense, SoCal scatting on Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Soul to Squeeze," the excellent new clip cuts to the core of the inexpressible uncertainty and jaded apathy swirling at the center of Nineties alterna-rock.
Or, it just goes to show you how little's changed since Little Richard went, "A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bom-bom!" Still, the supercut's a great trip down memory lane, and serves as a nice reminder of just how stylistically varied and wide-reaching Nineties alt-rock was by singling out a common trait in all its iterations. Case in point: Who knew how similar Alanis Morissette's serene "ooh"'ing during the bridge of "You Oughta Know" was to Layne Staley's pained "ayy-ayy"'ing on Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box"?