Brief Album Review: DGC Rarities Vol. 1

DGC Rarities

I was 12 when this came out in 1994. Alternative was in its infancy as a genre. I started buying CDs. I got my copy of this from Columbia House, joining and rejoining record clubs for tons of CDs, which was the style at the time.

One glance at this album art and the memory floodgates start opening. I had really bad plaidy clothes. I had pimples. I bought my first (and last) bottle of cologne, because I thought that’s what you were supposed to do. I remember playing Sega Genesis at a friend’s house. I used to listen to WEQX every morning before school, where they’d play this kind of stuff. I guess I tried really hard to be cool, like most 12 year olds do.

That DGC Rarities is more about nostalgia for me than music does a disservice to you if you were expecting an actual review, although I wonder if it says a lot about music in the early 90s. But there are only a few tracks that I kinda/sorta remember, like Teenage Fanclub’s Mad Dog 20/20 and Nirvana’s Pay To Play (an alternate take on Stay Away).

This is also the compilation with the best Counting Crows song, Einstein on the Beach, and on this compilation it sticks out like a sore thumb. When nearly every song is representative of Seattle grunge, here comes one that approaches mainstream pop territory – and it’s the only track that most people know.

That, or Weezer’s Jamie, which I think is their best song.

Tracklist

  1. Mad Dog 20 / 20 – Teenage Fanclub
  2. Pay To Play – Nirvana
  3. Jamie – Weezer
  4. Never Too High – Sonic Youth
  5. Beautiful Son – Hole
  6. Bogusflow – Beck
  7. Compilation Blues – Sonic Youth
  8. Grunge Couple – That Dog
  9. Einstein On The Beach (For An Eggman) – Counting Crows
  10. Open Every Window The Posies
  11. Stove / Smother – Sloan
  12. Wild Goose Chasing – St. Johnny
  13. Allegory – Murray Attaway
  14. Don’t Tell Your Mother – The Sundays