Prurient Dabbles in the Nineties’ Dark Side With Exclusive Mix

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The ’90s was the last time popular music was directly attached to and addressed darkness. It was also coincidentally the decade during which I grew up and the first music I was exposed to. As a child I always felt that this music was in some sense morbid and existential, but I wasn’t aware enough and lacked a context for the subject matter. Later in life, my feelings were confirmed, when reading books about some of the men that created this work revealed stories of sex, death and, of course, heroin. The pre-Columbine era is also, some would say, the heaviest heroin age in America. The shootings triggered a cultural loss of innocence in America and rock died…

1. Stone Temple Pilots – No Memory
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Breaking The Girl
3. Filter – Hey Man Nice Shot
4. Helmet – In The Meantime
5. Korn – Blind
6. Type O Negative – Black No. 1
7. Soundgarden – Spoonman
8. Rancid – Ruby Soho
9. John Mellencamp – Human Wheels
10. Gin Blossoms – Found Out About You
11. The Cranberries – Zombie
12. Slayer – Sex.Murder.Art
13. KMFDM – Flesh
14. Lords Of Acid – I Sit On Acid
15. Nine Inch Nails – Reptile
16. Hole – Violet
17. Veruca Salt – Seether
18. Aerosmith – Cryin’
19. Smashing Pumpkins – Today
20. Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing

Fernow’s latest Prurient LP–the fractured power electronics and bleak poetry of Bermuda Drain–is available now through Hydra Head. The highly influential Hospital Productions founder will also perform a rare West Coast tour with both of his current projects later this month.