I know we have a lot of fun making fun of 90’s music and everyone gets a good laugh when we whip out a gem.  But this week I decided that I was going to do a song that people really liked AND was critically-acclaimed.  Not that I take too much for critical acclaim unless I’m the critic and I am acclaiming something that is happening to me at the time (pssst I mean dirty things).  But this song won an Oscar.  Which I guess is good for a song, isn’t it?  Like, if you were Barbara Streisand and had Emmys AND Oscars AND Tonys AND Grammys, which would you put in the front of the shelf?  And no shit, Barbara Streisand has at least one of each.  How fucked up is that?  And she’s not the only one but she has the most.

And while we aren’t talking about this particular song, did you know that Cher had a top 10 hit in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s AND 2000’s?  Think about that.  Then think about this Bruce Springsteen song: Streets of Philadelphia.  I know you know it.  And you probably saw the movie, too.  So the 90’s had some good stuff in it.  And out of the million Bruce Springsteen songs there are and as good as so many of them are, the lyrics to this song seem, I don’t know, smarter?  More inspired?  Read the lyrics.  Don’t watch the video.  They fucked up the video by putting those two shots of Tom Hanks in it.  Just think about how the line “and my clothes don’t fit me no more” tells you more than sort of the whole rest of the song.  Yeah, there were some good ones.  Like this.  And that Right Said Fred song.

Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia

I was bruised and battered and I couldn’t tell
What I felt
I was unrecognizable to myself
I saw my reflection in a window I didn’t know
My own face
Oh brother are you gonna leave me
Wastin’ away
On the streets of Philadelphia

I walked the avenue till my legs felt like stone
I heard the voices of friends vanished and gone
At night I could hear the blood in my veins
Black and whispering as the rain
On the streets of Philadelphia

Ain’t no angel gonna greet me
Its just you and I my friend
My clothes don’t fit me no more
I walked a thousand miles
Just to slip the skin

The night has fallen, I’m lyin’ awake
I can feel myself fading away
So receive me brother with your faithless kiss
Or will we leave each other alone like this
On the streets of Philadelphia