Guest List: The Movielife’s Vinnie Caruana picks his 10 favorite ’90s indie rock songs of all time

Vinnie Caruana
photo: Shervin Lainez

Welcome to the Guest List, where Substream asks your favorite musicians to tell us about their favorite musicians.

Today’s installment: Vinnie Caruana of the Movielife and I Am The Avalanche picks his all-time favorite ’90s indie-rock songs.

1. THE BREEDERS, “Oh!” (from Pod)

If Kim Deal’s voice crack near the end doesn’t move you, you’re not human—or maybe you’re just not my kind of human.

2. TAD, “Stumblin’ Man” (from 8-Way Santa)

Grimey-as-fuck rock tune. Listening to this in the sunshine makes no sense.

3.POLVO, “Feather Of Forgiveness” (from Exploded Drawing)

I believe the critics called this “art rock.” Huge style and tension in equal parts on this monster.

4. SEAWEED, “Magic Mountainman”(from Spanaway)

I spent most of the ’90s listening to this band. Here’s their best song.

5. KNAPSACK, “Thursday Side Of The Street” (from Day Three Of My New Life)

A girl I met in Montana on my first tour put this on a mixtape for me. So glad she did.

6. JETS TO BRAZIL, “Sea Anemone” (from Orange Rhyming Dictionary)

Lyrical perfection. One of my favorite bands of all time. I’ll take a Jets reunion over Jawbreaker any day of the week.

7. HEROIN, “In General” (from Heroin)

Daryl from Glassjaw and myself started a band based on this band. We played one show, were called Ninja Penguin and we billed ourselves as a touring band from Japan.

8. DRIVE LIKE JEHU, “Luau” (from Yank Crime)

One of the most epic songs of all time. Nine-and-a-half minutes of thick vibration and groove.

9. THE MAGNETIC FIELDS, “Born On A Train” (from The Charm Of The Highway Strip)

Been listening to these guys for 20 years and it all started with this song.

10. FUGAZI, “Closed Captioned” (from End Hits)

No one counts until they’re dead.

Vinnie Caruana’s new album, Survivor’s Guilt, will be released May 27 via Equal Vision Records and can be pre-ordered here.

Catch Vinnie Caruana on tour this summer alongside Brandon Reilly (6/3-6/19):

05/25 – West Babylon, NY @ Looney Tunes Records (acoustic in-store)
06/03 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s Lounge
06/04 – Long Branch, NJ – The Brighton Bar
06/05 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
06/07 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Upstairs
06/08 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
06/09 – Hamden, CT – The Space
06/10 – Syracuse, NY – Spark Contemporary
06/11 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
06/12 – Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar
06/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
06/15 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
06/16 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room
06/17 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
06/19 – Amityville, NY – The Amityville Music Hall
07/12 – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
07/13 – Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne
07/15 – San Francisco, CA @Thee Parkside
07/16 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
07/17 – Bakersfield, CA @ B-Ryders
07/19 – Fullerton, CA @ Slide Bar
07/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
07/21 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar