Senior Year, 1994: I'm a Loser, Baby
Beck's self-deprecating "Loser" was arguably the anthem of 1994. But he wasn't the only one hatin' on himself. A lot of people seemed pretty down by the time the mid-'90s started rolling in, and no doubt the death of Kurt Cobain in April of '94 only made things dimmer. By then, alternative rock may have been losing some of its cool factor. It had become a mainstream force, after all (rather than the "alternative"), so maybe that had something to do with everyone's moody resignation.
You couldn't switch on MTV without watching Soundgarden's faces melting, or VH1 without seeing a bespectacled Lisa Loeb coyly begging you to stay. And a lot of other folks were pretty bummed out, too. Blind Melon only liked the rain. Radiohead were creeps. Stone Temple Pilots were feeling the big empty. Green Day were basket cases. Jeff Buckley was giving a "Last Goodbye." Weezer were coming undone. Bush were yelping something about glycerine. Even Tom Petty made it pretty damn clear you have no idea how it feels to be him. So this playlist goes out to all the misfits, mopers, loners and Debbie Downers of 1994 or any year, really. After all, you wouldn't be a true high school student if you didn't feel like a loser at some point.