Grunge Best Of 1992 List

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Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1993 12:04:03 -0500
From: Misty Malarky Ying Yang <houk@ATHENA.CS.UGA.EDU>
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Grunge Best Of 1992 List:

Well - here it is, and just under the deadline!  Read and have fun.
There were 35 respondents to the poll, and they're listed after the
results.  Not all voters voted in every category, and some categories
had a limit on the number of votes - so don't freak out when you see
a first placer with 13 votes and another with two.  I hope this is
accurate - if you don't see something that you know you voted for,
tell me and I'll make a corrected version sometime in the near
future.  Sorry, but for the first four catergories I couldn't include
every vote.  Every other category has every vote thrown for it.
All comments in () are the voters'.  None are mine.

Jump in!

Joshua Houk

I) Best Albums

<1>     Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted        [13]

<2>     Sonic Youth - Dirty                     [11]

<3>     Beastie Boys - Check Your Head          [9]

<4>     Jesus Lizard - Liar                     [8]

<5>     Polvo - Cor Crane Secret                [7]

<6>     Cows - Cunning Stunts                   [6]
        Helmet - Meantime                       [6]
        Mono Men - Wrecker                      [6]
        Thinking Fellers... - Mother Of All...  [6]

<10>    Babes In Toyland - Fontanelle           [5]
        Love Battery - Dayglo                   [5]

<12>    Beat Happening - You Turn Me On         [4]
        Bikini Kill - s/t                       [4] (includes 2 ep votes)
        Mecca Normal - Dovetail                 [4]
        Melvins - Lysol                         [4]
        Rein Sanction - Mariposa                [4]
        Royal Trux - s/t                        [4]

<18>    Steven Jesse Bernstein - Prison         [3]
        Big Chief - Face                        [3]
        Come - Eleven:Eleven                    [3]
        Fastbacks - The Question Is NO.         [3]
        Flop - ...And The Fall Of Mopsqueezer   [3]
        Grenadine - Goya                        [3]
        Love Child - Witchcraft                 [3]
        Mudhoney - Piece Of Cake                [3]
        Nation Of Ulysses - Plays Pretty For... [3]
        PJ Harvey - Dry                         [3]
        Sebadoh - Smash Your Head On The Punk.. [3]
        Sugar - Copper Blue                     [3]
        Vertigo - Ventriloquist                 [3]
        Tom Waits - Bone Machine                [3]

Afghan Whigs - Congregation                     [2]
Basehead - Play With Toys                       [2]
Buffalo Tom - Let Me Come Over                  [2]
Cakekitchen - World Of Sand                     [2]
Chills - Soft Bomb                              [2]
Chumbawamba - Shhh!                             [2]
Circus Lupus - Super Genius                     [2]
Drive Like Jehu - s/t                           [2]
Th' Faith Healers - Lido                        [2]
Flaming Lips - Hit To Death In The...           [2]
Gits - Frenching The Bully                      [2]
Heavenly - Le Jardin De Heavenly                [2]
Karl Hendricks Trio - Buick Electra             [2]
Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth                [2]
Luna^2 - Lunapark                               [2]
Mercury Rev - Yerself Is Steam                  [2]
Ministry - Psalm 69                             [2]
Nirvana - Nevermind                             [2]
NOFX - White Trash, Two Heebs,...               [2]
Pain Teens - Stimulation Festival               [2]
Screeching Weasel - Oogadaboogada               [2]
Seaweed - Weak                                  [2]
Seven Year Bitch - Sick 'Em                     [2]
Slug - Swingers                                 [2]
Smashing Orange - The Glass Bead Game           [2]
Superchunk - Tossing Seeds                      [2]
Supersuckers - Smoke Of Hell                    [2]
Therapy? - Caucasian Psychosis                  [2]
Toiling Midgets - Son                           [2]
Unrest - Imperial FFRR                          [2]
Yo La Tengo - May I Sing With Me                [2]
various - Fortune Cookie Prize                  [2]
various - Throw                                 [2]

II) Best Singles

<1>     Nothing Painted Blue - Swivelchair      [5]

<2>     Supersuckers - Hell City/Dead Homies    [4]
        Swirlies - Error                        [4]
        Tar - Teetering                         [4]

<5>     Arcwelder - Raleigh                     [3]
        Blunderbuss - Glace Glare               [3]
        Grifters - Soda Pop                     [3]
        Pavement - Trigger Cut                  [3]
        Royal Trux - Red Tiger                  [3]
        Sonic Youth - 100%                      [3]
        Sonic Youth - Youth Against Fascism     [3]
        Superchunk - Mower                      [3]

Alice Donut - Magdalene                         [2]
Bettie Serveert - Tom Boy                       [2]
Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade                   [2]
Don Caballero - The Lucky Father Brown          [2]
Don Caballero - Unresolved Karma                [2]
Drive Live Jehu - Bullet Train To Vegas         [2]
Hurl - Turnip                                   [2]
Peter Jefferies/Robbie Muir - Swerve            [2] (including 1 EP vote)
Liqourbike - Thirstday                          [2]
Melody Dog - 7"                                 [2]
Muffs - I Need You                              [2]
Pitchblende - Weed Slam                         [2]
Shawdowy Men On A... - Dog & Squeegie           [2]
Shiny Beast - Distro                            [2]
Sick And Wrong - Wesson Oil                     [2]
Spitboy - 7"                                    [2]
Unsane/Slug - split 7"                          [2]
Woggles - I've Got Your Number                  [2]

III) Best EPs

<1>     Urge Overkill - Stull                   [5]

<2>     Swirlies - What To Do About Them        [4]

<3>     Nine Inch Nails - Broken                [3]
        Pavement - Watery, Domestic             [3]

Bailter Space - The Aim                         [2]
Didjits - Little Miss Carriage!                 [2]
Nirvana - Hormoaning                            [2]
Northern Bushmen                                [2]
Star Pimp                                       [2]
Yo La Tengo - Upside Down                       [2]

IV) Best Live Act

<1>     Mudhoney                [7]
        Sonic Youth             [7]

<3>     Jesus Lizard            [6]

<4>     Love Battery            [4]
        Negativland             [4]
        Pavement                [4]

<7>     Beastie Boys            [3]
        Big Chief               [3]
        Cows                    [3]
        Cosmic Psychos          [3]
        Helmet                  [3]
        My Bloody Valentine     [3]
        Nation Of Ulysses       [3]
        Sebadoh                 [3]
        Tar                     [3]

        Boredoms                [2]
        Don Caballero           [2]
        Chumbawamba             [2]
        Clawhammer              [2]
        L7                      [2]
        Mighty Mighty Bosstones [2]
        Nothing Painted Blue    [2]
        Royal Trux              [2]
        Sadhappy                [2]
        Seaweed                 [2]
        Some Velvet Sidewalk    [2]
        Splatter Trio           [2]
        Supersuckers            [2]
        Unsane                  [2]
        Vivians                 [2]

V) Best Band

<1>     Pavement                [3]

<2>     Sonic Youth             [2]

<others>                        [1]
Afghan Whigs
Bad Religion
Dan Caballero
The Fall
Hassan Chop!
Jesus Lizard
Mercury Rev
Nirvana (of course)
Random Noise Architecture
Royal Trux
Yo La Tengo

VI) Worst Albums

<1>     Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted        [2]
        Garth Brooks                            [2]

<others>                                        [1]
anything on a major label, or by Nirvana, Mudhoney Soundgarden, ad nauseum
GG Allin - You Give Love A Bad Name
Arrested Development
Babes In Toyland - Fontanelle
Buffalo Tom - Let Me Come Over
Michael Bolton
Natalie Cole - Unforgivable
Dim Stars - s/t
Fat Tuesday
Elton John
Kitchens Of Distinction - The Death Of Cool
L7 - Bricks Are Heavy
Pearl Jam - Ten
REM - Automatic For The People
Screaming Trees - Sweet Oblivion
Sonic Youth - Dirty
Soul Asylum - Grave Diggers Union
Thinking Fellers Union... - Mother Of All Saints record 2

VII) Worst Band

<1>     Pearl Jam                       [2]
        Sonic Youth                     [2]
        Velocity Girl                   [2]

Bon Jovi
Buffalo Tom
Billy Ray Cyrus
Def Leppard
Pearl Chili Psalm 69 Pepper Jammin Jocks In Chains
Spin Doctors
Thickhead Grin

VIII) Best Video

<1>     Nirvana - In Bloom (version 2)          [6]

<2>     Sonic Youth - 100%                      [2]

<others>                                        [1]
Afghan Whigs - Turn On The Water
Beastie Boys - Pass The Mic
Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade
Dinosaur Jr - Get Me
Flop - Anne
Peter Gabriel - Digging In The Dirt
High Steppin' Seafood - Cop Killer
Mary's Danish - Leave It Alone
Sarah McLachlan - Into The Fire
Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod
Mudhoney - Suck You Dry
Nirvana - In Bloom (version 1)
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Lou Reed - What's Good
Sonic Youth - Youth Against Fascism
Superchunk - Fishing

IX) Biggest Disappointment

Mudhoney - Piece Of Cake not being released on vinyl
the grunge-list (since September)
Helmet live
Velocity Girl
Jesus Lizard - Liar
Chic reunion
Television reunion
MTV fires Dave Kendall.  I can do such a good impression of him, and
   now he's gone.
Northern Exposure being cutesy and tired
bobc's rehabilitation into the grunge-l mainstream
having to be excited over electing a dope like Clinton
running my car off the road on my way to a Soundgarden show which I was
   going to get in to for free AND meet the band, bummer
the lack of free records in my post-collegiate state
Ghost Of A Rollercoaster comp.
discovering that grunge is not mew, just the amalgamation of heavy metal
   and punk, otherwise known as Grebo
not travelling to see bobc in person
Superchunk - No Pocky For Kitty
no more live shows at Upstage or Beehive in Pittsburg
people discovered Mudhoney
Unrest live and on record
answering "best of" polls
any "grunge" band that takes themselves too seriously
no Killdozer release
Pavement live
new Laughing Hyenas

X) Grunge Babe Of The Year

<1>     Polly Jean Harvey               [3]
        Juliana Hatfield                [3]

<3>     Laura Ballance (Superchunk)     [2]
        Val Butler                      [2]
        Kim Deal (Breeders/Pixies)      [2]
        Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux)   [2]
        Thurston Moore                  [2]
        Chris Sievanen                  [2]
        Jon Spencer (JSBlues Explosion) [2]
        Jenny Toomey (Tsunami/Grenadine)[2]

Bridget Cross (Unrest)
Cristina (Boss Hog)
Dee Plakas
Francis Bean Cobain
Jenny Drummey
John Speakman
Johnette Napolitano (Concerte Blonde)
Kylie Minogue
Linda Evangelista
Melanie Vammen (Muffs)
singer for Velocity Girl
Spiral Stairs (Pavement)
Suzanna (Mercury Rev)
the guy from Truly
the cute little dark-haired girl on the Ben Stiller Show (FOX)
Kim Coletta (Jawbox)
Ben Weasel (Screeching Weasel/MRR)
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
Doug Fedinick
Miss Piggy
the Powdered Toast Man's buttocks
Volker Stewart
Kat Bjelland (Babes In Toyland)
Alice Nutter
Lori Barbaro (Babes In Toyland)
Chris Spencer (Unsane)
Bambi Nonymous (Mudwimmin)
Thor (Cows)
Andrea Moed

XI) Best Guitarist

<1>     Bob Mould (Sugar/Husker Du)             [4]
        Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)               [4]

<3>     Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)            [3]

<4>     Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks/Y. Fresh Fellows) [2]
        Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)                [2]
        Kurdt Kobain (Nirvana)                  [2]

<others>                                        [1]
Dean Wareham (Luna^2/Galaxie 500)
J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr)
Jon Wahl (Clawhammer)
Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
Mike Kasenter
Polly Jean Harvey (PJ Harvey)
Richard Lloyd (Television/Matthew Sweet)
Robert Scott
Steve Turner (Mudhoney/Monkeywrench)
Neil Young
Evan Dando (Lemonheads)
guy in Polvo
guy in Pavement
Page Hamilton (Helmet)
guy in Crackerbash
Daniel Johnston
Duane Dennison (Jesus Lizard)
Greg Sage (Wipers)
Stephanie Sargent (7 Year Bitch)
guy in Love Battery
Geezer Butler (Monster Magnet)
Bill and Ted (Wild Stallions)
Heijo Kaino
Alan Licht (Love Child/Rudolph Grey)

XII) Best Bassist

<1>     Mike Watt (fIREHOSE/Minutemen)          [5]

<2>     Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)                [4]
        David William Sims (Jesus Lizard)       [4]

<4>     Flea (RHCP)                             [2]
        Chris Novoselic (Nirvana)               [2]

<others>                                        [1]
Bridget Cross (Unrest)
Cindy Chan
Dave Park (Eggs)
Justin Harwood (Luna^2/Chills)
Lou Barlow (Sebadoh/ex-Dinosuar Jr.)
Peter Hook (New Order)
the guy in the Molecules
Todd (Big Hair)
Doug Fedinick
Matt (Rancid)
Les Claypool (Primus)
Tod Ashley (Cop Shoot Cop)
Karl Alvarez (All)
Michael (Therapy?)
Phil Lynott
Tim Lane Seaton (Magic Bone)
Rose Marshack
Kevin Strickland (ex-Laughing Hyenas/Mule)
Dale Flattum (Steel Pole Bathtub)

XIII) Best Drummer

<1>     Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth)             [4]

<2>     Gary (Pavement)                         [3]

<3>     Chunk (Superchunk/Small/Pipe)           [2]

<4>     Dale Crover (Melvins)                   [2]
        Mac McNeilly (Jesus Lizard)             [2]
        Mark Trombino (Drive Like Jehu)         [2]

Ballard Lesemann (Roosevelt)
Billy Cobham
Buddy Rich
Dave Grohl (Nirvana)
Dee Plakas
Gene Kruppa
Mark Bunster
Phil Krauth (Unrest/Eggs)
Stanley Demeski (Luna^2/Feelies)
Steve Gadd
the drum machine on a coupla Grifters tunes
John Stanier (Helmet)
guy in Soundgarden
guy in Smashing Pumpkins
guy in Pearl Jam
Skin Hnat
Tim Alexander
Dave Weckel
guy in Fifteen
Bill Stevenson (All)
Fyfe (Therapy?)
Val Butler
Jim Kimble
Charlie Ondras (Unsane)

XIV) Best Singer

<1>     Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)                [3]

<2>     Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)                   [2]
        Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)             [2]
        Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux)           [2]
        Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)               [2]
        Michael Stipe (REM)                     [2]
        David Yow (Jesus Lizard)                [2]

Barbara Manning
Bob Mould (Sugar)
Bridget Cross (Unrest)
Debbey Richardson (Magic Bone)
Dexter Holland (Offspring)
Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue)
Gibby Hayes (Butthole Surfers)
Jenny Drummey
John S Hall (King Missile)
Lou Barlow (Sebadoh)
Mark E Smith (Fall)
Mark Robinson (Unrest)
Martin Phillips (Chills)
Natalie Merchant (10000 Maniacs)
Thalia Zedek (Come/ex-Live Skull)
King Buzzo (Melvins)
Matt Marcus (Sky Cries Mary)
Soo Young Park (Seam/Bitch Magnet)
Evan Dando (Lemonheads)
guy in Pavement
Polly Jean Harvey (PJ Harvey)
Greg Gaffin (Bad Religion)
Scott Reynolds
El Jefe (NOFX)
Greg Dulli
Ice T
guy from Alice Donut
guy from Young Gods
Tom Meen
Dave Crider
Barry Henessler (Big Chief)
Kat Bjelland (Babes In Toyland)
Dale Flattum (Steel Pole Bathtub)
the woman/grrl/whateverthehell from Heavens To Betsy
all three Sun City Girls
Lyle Lovett
Yasmin Kuhn

XV) Best Movie

<1>     Malcolm X                       [4]

<2>     Bob Roberts                     [3]
        The Crying Game                 [3]
        Resevoir Dogs                   [3]
        Unforgiven                      [3]

<6>     Aladdin                         [2]
        Delicatessen                    [2]
        JFK                             [2]
        One False Move                  [2]
        The Player                      [2]
        Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me  [2]

anything on Mystery Science Theater 3000
Highway 61
Last Of The Mohicans
Naked Lunch
Nudie Cutie series
Twisted Sex series
A Few Good Men
The Unbelievable Truth
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
My Own Private Idaho
Suzy Suques Seattle (HC dyke porn)
Man in the Moon
Der Kleene Plunker
Fried Green Tomatoes (because an old man masturbated two seats over from
   me for the entire time.  He had some stamina and I was impressed)

XVI) Best TV Show

<1>     Ren & Stimpy                    [8]

<2>     Northern Exposure               [7]
        The Simpsons                    [7]

<4>     Mystery Science Theater 3000    [6]

<5>     Liquid TV                       [3]
        Seinfield                       [3]

<7>     Ben Stiller Show                [2]
        Cops                            [2]
        Married With Children           [2]

Bombshelter Video
Civil Wars
Kids In The Hall
Murphy Brown
Request Video
Sesame Street
Women Aloud
Law And Order
Late Night with David Letterman
Saturday Night Live (sometimes)
In The Company of Whales
American Gladiators
whoever the LA-based televangelist is who broadcasts weekend evenings
   on channel 39 in San Fransisco
the news
American Detective
Rush Limbaugh Show
Geraldo (the GG Allin episode)
ESPN Sportscenter
Larry Sanders Show
Primetime Spatausgabe
10 ver 11
Inside Edition
Dangerous Curves
Silk Stalkings

XVII) Grunge Lister Of The Year

<1>     Volker Stewart                  [12]

<2>     Chris Sievanen (aka Doomgirl)   [9]

<3>     bobc                            [8]

<4>     Rob Vaughn                      [5]

<5>     Bill Peregoy                    [4]
        Ron Rader                       [4]
        Joshua Houk                     [4]

<8>     Hopey                           [3]
        Jodi Shapiro                    [3]

<10>    Pam.Weil                        [2]

<others>                                [1]
Mark Cornick
Mark Bunster
Seb Welton
Thurston Moore
Joshua Buergel
Eric Borer
David Parker
Ben Drucker
Anna Zannella
Robert Steinberger
thy Bernd
Soren Peterson
Alan Ramaley
the late, lamented Brazilian office

XVIII) Grunge City

<1>     Cleveland OH    [2]
        Leeds ENG       [2]
        Seattle WA      [2]
        Pittsburgh PA   [2]

Buffalo NY (on looks alone)
the place in Nebraska where they sell $0.99 margaritas at a Mexican fast
   food restaurant
Oakland CA (just visit there -- you'l get it)
Dunedin NZ
Green Bay WI
La Puente CA
Rochester NY
Chicago IL
Providence RI
Pioche NV
Baltimore MD
Deer Lick NC
Weed CA
Frankfurt GER
Peoria IL
Des Moines IA

XIX) Best Zines

<1>     10 Things Jesus Wants You To Know       [4]

<2>     Fiz                                     [3]
        Flipside                                [3]
        Second Guess                            [3]

<5>     Maximum Rock And Roll                   [2]
        Mole                                    [2]
        Motorbooty                              [2]
        Puncture                                [2]
        Rollerderby                             [2]
        Speed Kills                             [2]

Var Tufa
Jelly Slide
Alternative Press
Clam Page
Cactus Prick
Forced Exposure
Total Dissemination
Holy Titclamps
Hungry Girl
Nice Slacks
Paperback Jukebox

XX) Best Bars

<1>     Middle East (Boston)            [2]
        The Off-Ramp (Seattle)          [2]
        Paradise (Boston)               [2]
        Chapterhouse (Ithaca NY)        [2]

The Rendevous (Baltimore MD)
McSorley's (NYC NY)
Stu's Place (Endicott NY)
The Monopole (Plattsburgh NY) (oldest original bar in New England area)
Munchies (Pomona CA)
Ted's Hi-Brow (Pomona CA)
Frontier Room (Seattle WA)
Texas Lucy's (Fontana CA)
Village Tap (Chicago IL)
Augenblick (Chicago IL)
Rainbo (Chicago IL)
Downtown Beirut (NYC NY)
my living room
Comet (Seattle WA)
a nameless bar in NYC between 11th & 12th on Ave. B that has Big Black
   and Ciccone Youth on the jukebox
Liberty Belle (Pittsburgh PA) (home of Frank Capri, excellent Elvis
Downstairs (Athens GA)
Club Fred (Athens GA)
"The Cage" / Squirrel Cafe (Square Hill PA) (import nite 2-3 times a wk)
Mad Anthony's (Ambridge PA) (karoke every Saturday!)
Brewski's (South Side, Pittsburgh PA) ($1.25 for 22 oz drafts)
Avalon (Boston MA)
Foufounnes Electronique (Montreal QUE)
The Bank (NY NY)
Max's (Ithaca NY)
ScrapYard (Buffalo NY)
Chiefs (Pittsburgh PA)
Upstage (on Thursdays) (Pittsburgh PA)
Dee's (Pittsburgh PA)
Club Deluxe (San Francisco CA)
Chameleon Club (San Francisco CA)
1911 Tavern (Seattle WA)
Lounge Ax (Chicago IL)
Club de Wash (Madison WI)
1st Ave./7th St. Entry (Minneapolis MN)
Club Babyhead (Providence RI)

List Of Voters
David Bennison
David Parker
Michael Medlin
Mark Bunster
Eric Borere
Douglas Asherman
Michael S. Cluff
Jamie Dunford
Chris Sievanen
Rob Traynor
Jeff Sullivan
Todd Padezanin
Joshua Houk
Alan Ramaley
Russ Poldrack
Pat Padua
Andrea Neill
Bob Conrad
Joshua Buergel
Eriq Jaffe
Rob Vaughn
Aaron Walker
Arnold Babar
Ron Rader
Daniel Brougher
Seb Welton
Daniel Rench
Paul Harsha
Keren Kurti
Jay Smith

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