What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

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What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby GarGar90s » 01 Aug 2019, 21:54

Has anyone got any random/funny/tenuous claims to fame from the 90s? Eg. You made some sandwiches when working in a hotel which Shakespear’s Sister ate, or you delivered a newspaper to Heavy D’s house, or you appeared in the background of a Michael Bolton video for 0.5 seconds?! 8-)

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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby pcqgod » 01 Aug 2019, 22:33

I got hit by a can Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs kicked off the stage, once.
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby Still Baron » 01 Aug 2019, 23:07

pcqgod wrote:I got hit by a can Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs kicked off the stage, once.


Was that the same show he got beat up at?
Turnabout, fair play?
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby pcqgod » 01 Aug 2019, 23:57

Still Baron wrote:
pcqgod wrote:I got hit by a can Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs kicked off the stage, once.


Was that the same show he got beat up at?
Turnabout, fair play?


Not sure i was at that show! It was pretty chaotic, though.
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

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Quaco wrote:Are you fucking high?

take5_d_shorterer wrote:If John Bonham simply didn't listen to enough Tommy Johnson or Blind Willie Mctell, that's his doing.

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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby GoogaMooga » 02 Aug 2019, 01:09

I experienced stage diving for the first time at a Rage Against the Machine concert in Aarhus, Denmark, 1993. I wasn't prepared for it. Stood way up front, as I am wont to do. Band came on, and all hell broke loose. Within minutes I had worked my way right to the back. Wasn't having anyone dive on me! The only other time I saw it was at a Babes in Toyland gig in London, 1995. It wasn't nearly as wild, and the band sucked. Then in 2000, there was that tragic Pearl Jam concert at the Roskilde Festival, where nine fans were trampled to death. That put an end to stage diving and out of control mosh pits.
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby Charlie O. » 02 Aug 2019, 03:06

Stop me (not really, of course) if you've heard this one before: I gave Steve Weber of the Holy Modal Rounders a ride from his mother's dilapidated but fascinating house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania to a party in Brooklyn, New York. It was a great drive and a great party, although the latter led more-or-less directly to the final (so far) break-up between him and fellow founding Rounder Pete Stampfel, so... bittersweet.
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby pcqgod » 02 Aug 2019, 03:24

Still Baron wrote:http://www.mtv.com/news/510524/afghan-whigs-offer-shocking-account-of-nightclub-incident/


Wow! Never heard about that incident. I saw them at Liberty Lunch once years earlier (with Teenage Fanclub, I think) and a couple times before that in the Jelly Club, I think it was called at the time.
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby Still Baron » 02 Aug 2019, 04:14

I was at the TFC show, which was memorable for me. I don’t know if I’ve ever had more FUN at a show
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby GarGar90s » 03 Aug 2019, 14:01

GoogaMooga wrote:I experienced stage diving for the first time at a Rage Against the Machine concert in Aarhus, Denmark, 1993. I wasn't prepared for it. Stood way up front, as I am wont to do. Band came on, and all hell broke loose. Within minutes I had worked my way right to the back. Wasn't having anyone dive on me! The only other time I saw it was at a Babes in Toyland gig in London, 1995. It wasn't nearly as wild, and the band sucked. Then in 2000, there was that tragic Pearl Jam concert at the Roskilde Festival, where nine fans were trampled to death. That put an end to stage diving and out of control mosh pits.


Wow - that must have pumped out some adrenalin! Not sure if I'd have been exhilarated or bricking it, or probably both! My brother and I record a 90s music podcast (nothing commercial, just for fun then they’re uploaded to our site) and this would make a brilliant feature :) if you'd be happy to tell your story. It would be a pre-record over the phone, so very informal and no pressure as we can edit/start again if needed! Should be a good bit of fun! Let me know :)

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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby GoogaMooga » 03 Aug 2019, 17:09

GarGar90s wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:I experienced stage diving for the first time at a Rage Against the Machine concert in Aarhus, Denmark, 1993. I wasn't prepared for it. Stood way up front, as I am wont to do. Band came on, and all hell broke loose. Within minutes I had worked my way right to the back. Wasn't having anyone dive on me! The only other time I saw it was at a Babes in Toyland gig in London, 1995. It wasn't nearly as wild, and the band sucked. Then in 2000, there was that tragic Pearl Jam concert at the Roskilde Festival, where nine fans were trampled to death. That put an end to stage diving and out of control mosh pits.


Wow - that must have pumped out some adrenalin! Not sure if I'd have been exhilarated or bricking it, or probably both! My brother and I record a 90s music podcast (nothing commercial, just for fun then they’re uploaded to our site) and this would make a brilliant feature :) if you'd be happy to tell your story. It would be a pre-record over the phone, so very informal and no pressure as we can edit/start again if needed! Should be a good bit of fun! Let me know :)


Thanks, man! There's not much to add, really. I am sure lots of concertgoers have similar stories. Would it be in interview format? I much prefer writing, so if you could relate it in third person (there was this bloke who...), I could give you a few more details in Private Message. Anyway, feel free to PM me, maybe we can find a way...
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby backwards7 » 03 Aug 2019, 20:23

At the end of a Mogwai set, in the indie tent, at the Reading Festival, the drummer stood up and tossed one of his sticks into the crowd. Everybody around me dived down to retrieve it. I though 'sod that' and remained standing. A moment later the second drumstick came flying out of the darkness and hit me squarely in the mouth. At the split second of impact I made eye contact with one of the stage security guards who visibly flinched. I spat out some blood. Initially I thought my teeth had been knocked out but the extent of the damage was a grotesquely swollen lip. Good thing that he missed the eyes.

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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby GarGar90s » 04 Aug 2019, 22:10

GoogaMooga wrote:
GarGar90s wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:I experienced stage diving for the first time at a Rage Against the Machine concert in Aarhus, Denmark, 1993. I wasn't prepared for it. Stood way up front, as I am wont to do. Band came on, and all hell broke loose. Within minutes I had worked my way right to the back. Wasn't having anyone dive on me! The only other time I saw it was at a Babes in Toyland gig in London, 1995. It wasn't nearly as wild, and the band sucked. Then in 2000, there was that tragic Pearl Jam concert at the Roskilde Festival, where nine fans were trampled to death. That put an end to stage diving and out of control mosh pits.


Wow - that must have pumped out some adrenalin! Not sure if I'd have been exhilarated or bricking it, or probably both! My brother and I record a 90s music podcast (nothing commercial, just for fun then they’re uploaded to our site) and this would make a brilliant feature :) if you'd be happy to tell your story. It would be a pre-record over the phone, so very informal and no pressure as we can edit/start again if needed! Should be a good bit of fun! Let me know :)


Thanks, man! There's not much to add, really. I am sure lots of concertgoers have similar stories. Would it be in interview format? I much prefer writing, so if you could relate it in third person (there was this bloke who...), I could give you a few more details in Private Message. Anyway, feel free to PM me, maybe we can find a way...


I don't seem to be able to private message, for some reason. Feel free to drop me a line. Yeah, ideally hoping for a quick phone chat, but it would be REALLY informal. We're amateur and just looking for some fellow music fans to have a chuckle about some experiences with. But don't worry, I totally get that's not for some people. Fantastic if you're up for a short call, but understand if not :)

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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby GoogaMooga » 05 Aug 2019, 00:19

Okay, I'll have to pass on that one. Guarded about divulging things like phone numbers, etc. But good luck with your podcast and do keep contributing here, you've got a good attitude. :)
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby Deebank » 05 Aug 2019, 12:36

Just this minute had a '90s claim to fame' - sort of.

I was just pinged a notification that Paul Draper is now following me on Twitter.
I had to check but he is/was the singer in 90s sensations Mansun.

I have no fucking clue why this happened but he joins a growing list of the famous following me including (and strictly limited to) John Otway and Gerald Casale! Although these two were returning the 'favour' of me following them. The Mansun bloke is a total bolt from the blue. Mansun were a bit crap - apart from Wide Open Space which has its charms and a great guitar solo.



Another 90s claim to fame is that James frontman Tim Booth once lent me his megaphone (bullhorn) for a gig. The band I was in did a cover of Diana Ross's Upside Down - sung using the bullhorn a la Mark E Smith.

Booth was recording or rehearsing at a studio in Brighton where my bandmate worked and overheard us discussing where we could source a megaphone. He chipped in that we could borrow his. Nice man.

I returned the item to him in his flat in Regency Square - he came to the door in his dressing gown and slippers. I had to be quiet because his young kid(s) had just gone to bed. ROCK AND ROLL!

I can't say that I'm much of a fan of James - beyond their ealy singles and Peel Sessions but he seemed like a genuinely nice fellow.
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby John aka Josh » 05 Aug 2019, 22:36

Well, I can top the lot of you.


My nephew was persuaded to get his guitar out and sing a few of his songs during the early hours in a small tent at a Glastonbury Festival. I have seen the footage recorded by a friend of his in the safety of my sister's house.



Beat that, o tenuous claim to famers!



Huh - nearly forgot - I have received at least two (because one might be a mistake, right) pm's from the brother of guitar legend Tony McManus!!


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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby Still Baron » 06 Aug 2019, 04:15

I haven’t got one except that I was there for most of them. The 90s, that is.

I touched Eddie Vedder’s gross, sweaty ass when he was crowdsurfing and passed over my head at one of their shows. They were touring their first record, opening for Soundgarden (with Swervedriver and Monster Magnet. If there’s something that man can do, it’s jump into a crowd from the stage. Well, he could do it. I doubt he gets up to that sort of thing nowadays.
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby Still Baron » 06 Aug 2019, 04:18

GoogaMooga wrote:I experienced stage diving for the first time at a Rage Against the Machine concert in Aarhus, Denmark, 1993. I wasn't prepared for it. Stood way up front, as I am wont to do. Band came on, and all hell broke loose. Within minutes I had worked my way right to the back. Wasn't having anyone dive on me! The only other time I saw it was at a Babes in Toyland gig in London, 1995. It wasn't nearly as wild, and the band sucked. Then in 2000, there was that tragic Pearl Jam concert at the Roskilde Festival, where nine fans were trampled to death. That put an end to stage diving and out of control mosh pits.


Almost ever small rock show I went to up until 1998 or so featured lots and lots of stage diving and crowd surfing. Most clubs had a bouncer or three propped at the front of the stage to repel crowd surfers from the stage. It was ludicrous. This happened at every show for a time ... even, like, Ride or Pale Saints.
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby GoogaMooga » 06 Aug 2019, 08:54

Still Baron wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:I experienced stage diving for the first time at a Rage Against the Machine concert in Aarhus, Denmark, 1993. I wasn't prepared for it. Stood way up front, as I am wont to do. Band came on, and all hell broke loose. Within minutes I had worked my way right to the back. Wasn't having anyone dive on me! The only other time I saw it was at a Babes in Toyland gig in London, 1995. It wasn't nearly as wild, and the band sucked. Then in 2000, there was that tragic Pearl Jam concert at the Roskilde Festival, where nine fans were trampled to death. That put an end to stage diving and out of control mosh pits.


Almost ever small rock show I went to up until 1998 or so featured lots and lots of stage diving and crowd surfing. Most clubs had a bouncer or three propped at the front of the stage to repel crowd surfers from the stage. It was ludicrous. This happened at every show for a time ... even, like, Ride or Pale Saints.


Do you know if that practice was eventually banned in the States like it was in Denmark?
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Re: What's Your 90s Claim to Fame?

Postby Still Baron » 06 Aug 2019, 11:45

Not to my knowledge. I don’t see how they could “ban” something like that. I’m sure individual clubs had policies about it and sometimes people who got on stage would be escorted out but most clubs didn’t have the personnel to do that. They were doing all they could to just toss anyone who got on stage back into the crowd.
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