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I Love the 1990s: Musical Ladies

February 4, 2011

Okay, okay.  So the 1990’s can’t quite be considered “vintage” (supposedly something must be 25 years or older), but enough time has passed to look back at the clunky shoes, thigh-high stockings, midriff tops, velvet chokers and things of that nature with nostalgic adoration instead of cringe-inducing disdain.  Here are a few songstresses who best exemplify what I loved about that era in both aesthetics and sound.

Hope Sandoval

The former Mazzy Star frontwoman has all the easy, melancholic beauty of a 1960’s french ingenue.  With her pouty, dark-painted lips, petite figure, velvet dresses, and moody alt-rock, Miss Sandoval was the object of affection for angst-y teen girls and  goth dudes alike.  Plus, she’s responsible for one of my favorite songs of all time, “Halah”.  Take a listen below.

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Lisa Loeb

Go ahead and judge me.  It won’t take away from my love for the girl that made tortise shell frames totally sexy again.  In fact, her black puff-sleeve dress, opaque black tights, platform heels and cat-eye glasses combo  from the “Stay” video is still an enemble I daydream about (and it doesn’t hurt that the cat kind of looks like my cat, Robot).

Shirley Manson

The Garbage lead singer has still got it…believe me.  I saw her at a local coffee shop recently with no make up and she looked completely amazing: same blazing red hair, same porcelain skin, same impeccable style.  It’s no wonder Oliver Peoples recently used her in their campaign ads.  Oh, and by the way…Garbage is totally making a comeback!

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Tori Amos

She’s still regularly touring and releasing new work, but let’s face it; Tori was the fairy godmother of the 1990s.  Who can forget her wispy, flame-colored hair and new age-gypsy/good witch wardrobe?  Her early 1990’s albums Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink were pure and subtle while being completely arresting and intimate.  The haunting beauty of both her look and sound made her an instant 90’s icon.


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Fiona Apple

I loved her in the mid-late 1990s, and I love her still today.  I’m pretty she was the reason I wanted to get my belly button pierced.  Though she’s admittedly shy and kind of anti-social, Fiona was the perfect tortured waif.  In the 1990’s, as a 19-year-old chanteuse, she was all wide blue eyes, bony limbs, and skimpy but girlish clothes.

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