Double J is taking you back to the 90s this September
Last year, we asked you if the 90s was the greatest decade in music.
You said yes. Overwhelmingly.
So, we’re going back.
This September, Double J is bringing you the best music of the 90s. Celebrating a time when music evolved so rapidly and meant so much to us all.
A decade that produced a seemingly never-ending string of amazing bands, albums and songs, all of which continue to influence new artists to this day.
Sometimes, to appreciate the present, it helps to reflect on the past. When that past is as culturally rich as the 90s was, that becomes an absolute pleasure.
Here’s what’s in store:
All 90s, all weekend:
From Thursday night through to Monday morning, we’re not leaving the 90s.
That’s right, all 90s jams, all weekend long. Stacks of your favourite songs and plenty of tunes you haven’t heard in years.
Whether you’re looking for a trip down memory lane, or a musical education, you’ll want to be with us all weekend.
The 50 Best Australian Albums of the 90s:
We all know what an incredible decade the 90s was for Australian music. In celebration of that, we’ve set ourselves the practically impossible task of selecting the 50 albums that loom largest when thinking about the quality of Australian music through the decade.
We had some help, of course. You let us know the albums you felt strongest about and we made those responses a key part of our decision-making process. It didn’t exactly make it easier, but we’re hoping it has made it better.
We’ll have the full list online with analysis from the entire Double J team, plus we’ll countdown the albums live on air, playing selections from each of the 50 records we’ve selected. Think of it as a companion piece to this massive countdown from last year…
We also took a closer look at some of your favourite '90s Australian albums that didn't make our countdown, and artists like Powderfinger, You Am I, The Clouds, The Superjesus Grinspoon, and more sound off on their favourites.
The 50 Best Australian Albums of the 90s countdown is happening on Saturday 15 September from 12pm AEST. You can replay the whole thing here.
The J Files:
Each week Gemma Pike goes deep on one of the most prominent artists of the 90s. Two hours of great music, rare tracks, archival interviews and stories from you, the fans, about why these artists mean so much.
Thursdays from 8pm, Sundays from 9pm, or any time online
Caz Tran takes you through one of the albums that soundtracked our lives through the 90s and shares the stories behind how it was made.
Monday 3 September: Elastica – Elastica
Monday 10 September: Jamiroquai – Travelling Without Moving
Monday 17 September: Cypress Hill – Black Sunday
Monday 24 September: The Presidents of the United States of America – The Presidents of the United States of America
Mondays from 7pm, Saturdays from 10am, or any time online
Artist In Residence:
The brilliant Ella Hooper takes the reins as our Artist In Residence, playing nothing but 90s gold each Sunday afternoon from Sunday 8 September.
“I’ll be playing tracks that are special to me, stuff that is important from the era and songs you’ve completely forgotten about,” she says. “Plus, some special guests coming in each week. People you’ll know and love.”
Sundays from 3pm, Wednesdays from 10pm, or any time online
Richard Kingsmill has your Saturday evening party and Friday afternoon office playlist under control as per usual through September.
In celebration of all things 90s, he’s putting together some extra special shows that pull together the best music of some of the key years of the decade.
Saturdays from 6pm, Fridays from 3pm, or any time online
Live At The Wireless:
The triple j live music team captured so many amazing sets through the 1990s that we have been spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting four live shows to highlight.
We’ve gone big, with four colossal bands of the 90s bringing their absolute best to the live stage at shows that were so memorable for those who were there and will still sound great for anyone who wants to pretend that they were.
Tuesday 4 September: Hole live from the 1999 Big Day Out
Tuesday 11 September: Silverchair live from Homebake 1996
Tuesday 18 September: Sonic Youth live from the 1993 Big Day Out
Tuesday 25 September: Pearl Jam live from the Flinders Park Tennis Centre in 1995
Tuesdays from 7pm, Saturdays from 12pm, or any time online
Zan Rowe brings you deep conversations and reflections of the decade with some of the most influential figures in 90s music.
Friday 7 September: Big Day Out photographer Sophie Howarth Takes 5 with Access All Areas
Friday 14 September: TISM's Damian Cowell Takes 5 with songs from the Zeitgeist
Friday 21 September Christine Anu Takes 5 with storytelling songs
Our soul, hip hop and R&B king Hau Latukefu has been digging through the crates for the sharpest 90s jams to get your weekend started in the best possible way.
There’ll be smash hits, deep cuts and everything in between when Hau brings us a series of all-‘90s Sky High programs through September.
Fridays from 5pm, or any time online
As always, we’ve got plenty of online features to put you back into a 90s state of mind. We’ll look at old festivals, the joy of music discovery and how some of the biggest movements of the decade have informed the music of today.
- Which '90s icon are you? Take our quiz to find out
- The Best Australian Albums of the 90s, according to the artists who made them
- The story of the first ever Australian Warped Tour
- Paul Mac's guide to the Australian '90s rave scene
- Remembering Mudbake: How a teenage Silverchair dominated the first ever Homebake festival
- Revolution Girl Style: Then and Now. How riot grrrl continues to empower and inspire
- "PJ Harvey was a revelation" Queen of Kids Justine Clarke remembers the 90s
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