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Tracy Bonham: My 5 Favorite Nineties Songs

Singer-songwriter looks back at classics by the Pixies, Liz Phair and more

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Singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham talks to Rolling Stone about her favorite Nineties songs, including tracks by the Pixies, Liz Phair and Tom Waits.

Shervin Lainez

Tracy Bonham‘s latest album, Modern Burdens, features new recordings of tracks from her 1996 debut, The Burdens of Being Upright. She looked back to that era when compiling this list of her favorite Nineties songs for Rolling Stone.

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Tom Waits, “A Little Rain”

I love a good, sad, rainy-day song, but this one takes the cake. The line “a little rain never hurt no one” sounds innocuous but is deeply meaningful.

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Pixies, “Velouria”

The lyrics remind me of the Northwest. I think it’s about a woman there he never met. I love the way Black Francis’ voice mixes with Kim Deal’s.

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