April 7, 2022

'90s alterna-soul classics for Gura's fan-request karaoke stream

As a quick placeholder post while I'm putting together the series on suburban archaeology and photography, here's a list of suggestions for Gura's next karaoke stream.

She mentioned tonight that she wanted to do a set mainly from fan requests and songs that were new-to-her. The fans loved her cover of "Creep" by Radiohead, a '90s alternative classic, and she wants to work in songs with more edge. I chose ones that also preserve her talent for more mature, moody, and soulful tones.

Why am I putting the list here? Well, in case readers are interested in these songs themselves, to revisit some familiar faves, or to jump into the '90s revival for the first time. But also because I'm a blogosphere guy, and don't have social media accounts, don't have a reddit account, etc. And I think one of her fans must read here, and relay items to her -- or maybe the sharky princess herself lurks from time to time? I definitely attract fellow "content creators" more than does the standard blogger or social media poster, so y'never know...

I think of all the groups, Gura would resonate most with Mazzy Star. I only included their biggest hit, but she could do great covers of "Blue Flower," "Halah," "Be My Angel," "Disappear," "Flowers in December," or "Look on Down from the Bridge". How many are on karaoke apps, I don't know. But she would love their music, whether she could slot it into a karaoke stream or not.

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Straightforwardly soulful

"I Touch Myself" by the Divinyls

"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor

"Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Why" by Annie Lennox

"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" by Sophie B. Hawkins

"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes

"Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star

"Come Undone" by Duran Duran

"Sweet Jane" by Cowboy Junkies

"Bizarre Love Triangle" by Frente!

"Sour Times" by Portishead

"A Girl Like You" by Edwyn Collins

"Sick of Myself" by Matthew Sweet

"Lovefool" by the Cardigans

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Angsty, could be made soulful

"American Music" by Violent Femmes

"Stutter" by Elastica

"Only Happy When It Rains" by Garbage

"Tonight, Tonight" by Smashing Pumpkins

"You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette

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New Age soul, technically y2k

"Only Time" by Enya

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Not soulful, but bouncy quirky & you'd like it

"Spin the Bottle" by the Juliana Hatfield 3


  1. Late '90s cohort on the Millennial platform, IRL-blogging instead of leveling up their character in the MMORPG talk radio show (The Discourse).


  2. From Vanessa Sharklton, the new hit song about anime girls wondering if there's something more, beyond their virtual realm.

    * * *

    If I could climb outside this site
    Do you think life would go offline?
    'Cause you know I'd lose a thousand files
    If I could just stream with you

    * * *

    I like Gura's breathier, dreamier vocal delivery, compared to the original.


    The point of the song is she's floating through existence, unfazed by all the commotion around her because of her crush. That calls for a more ethereal voice, not the somewhat whiny / pouty tone of the original.

  3. Damn gurl, so that's where you been hidin' all them miles... Sheesh!


    Trained in ballet, only natural that she's a butt girl rather than a boob girl. Corporeal, not cerebral.

  4. Gura would like the colognes Dior Fahrenheit and Bvlgari Black. Little bit of synchronicity here, as a recent TPN episode featured Fahrenheit (which I haven't smelled), noting that the main distinctive note is gasoline.

    On the recent Overwatch stream, she said she likes the smell or taste of gasoline (why she likes petroleum jelly as lip balm). I'm now going through her archive, and during a Q&A ep (while AFK in Minecraft), she says she loves the smell of gasoline and tires, like in a garage.

    Bvlgari Black has a distinctive rubber tire note, meant to suggest the smells of the city.

    They are too masculine for her to wear herself, since she's a smol shark who prefers dainty feminine styles like cottagecore. But she could spray them on some other object that would retain it, like a shirt or small throw pillow or something.

    When you need that heady garage aroma, but you don't actually drive a car...


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