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Genrecide: A Compilation, Vol. 1

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Columbia's 1993 Genrecide collection features songs from the label's alternative, grunge, and hip-hop acts, including Kahn, Daniel Ash, and Depth Charge. Some songs, like Suede's "Metal Mickey" and Alice In Chains' "Right Turn" define the growing grunge and Brit-pop movements in the U.S. and the U.K. at the time; others, such as the Darling Buds' "Long Day in the Universe" and Ned's Atomic Dustbin's "Prostrate," reflect the short-lived but intensely hyped alternative music scene. However, the dream pop/psychedelic fusion on Ultra Vivid Scene's "Blood & Thunder" and on Mercury Rev's "Coney Island Cyclone" remains fresh, as do Fishbone's reworking of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead" and Chuck D's cover of Charles Mingus' "Gunslinging Bird." Gumball's "Upsetter's Theme Song" and Silverfish's "Big Bad Baby Pig Squeal" add to the time-capsule nature of Genrecide, recalling a period when major-label funded "alternative" music seemed like a viable proposition.

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