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Weezer's self-titled debut -- known to fans as The Blue Album -- was released on May 10, 1994.

Weezer's self-titled debut -- known to fans as The Blue Album -- was released on May 10, 1994.

Soundcheck looks back to the summer of 1994 to explore the hits, defining albums, songs, and pop culture of 20 years ago.

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Summer '94: The Enduring Legacy Of Portishead’s Cinematic ‘Dummy'

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Chris Molanphy, pop chart columnist, contributor to Pitchfork looks back at Portishead's trip-hop debut, Dummy, as part of Soundcheck's Summer '94 series. 

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Summer '94: Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' At 20

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer and Marah Eakin, Associate Editor for A.V. Club, discuss the attitude behind Definitely Maybe, the landmark debut album by British rockers Oasis. 

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These Summer '94 Songs Defined An Era

Thursday, July 31, 2014

All summer long, Soundcheck has been turning back the clock 20 years, and revisiting the big hit songs, the important albums and more from the summer of 1994. Relive that era and its music with a giant Spotify playlist featuring Weezer, Nas, Jeff Buckley, Lisa Loeb, and so much more.

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Summer '94: Tough Critics On Ace Of Base

Monday, July 28, 2014

Soundcheck returns to New York's Little Red School House to see what a trio of precocious grade schoolers think about one of the most ubiquitous songs of the early '90s, Ace Of Base's "The Sign."

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Summer '94: Jeff Buckley's 'Grace' Still Endures At 20

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Professor and author of the 33 1/3 book on Grace, Daphne A. Brooks talks about her favorite tracks from Jeff Buckley's alternative rock masterpiece from 1994, his early days performing in the Lower East Side, and his tragic death in 1997.

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Pick Three: WDET's Ann Delisi Shares Three Songs From '94

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WDET's Ann Delisi shares her three favorite songs from the summer of 1994. 

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That Was A Hit?!?: Warren G, 'Regulate'

Monday, July 21, 2014

In our occasional series That Was A Hit?!? pop chart analyst and contributor to NPR Music and Slate Chris Molanphy returns to our studio to tell the story of 1994's summer smash "Regulate" by Warren G and Nate Dogg.

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Summer '94: Comedian Hari Kondabolu On The Golden Age Of Weezer

Monday, July 21, 2014

Comic and writer Hari Kondabolu talks about his longstanding obsession with Weezer, pick his favorite Weezer songs, and discuss the heartbreaking disappointment that comes with being a Weezer fan.

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Summer '94: How 'Forrest Gump' Captured The Sounds Of The Sixties

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

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Nas: Still 'Illmatic' At Twenty

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee known as Nas -- is one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.

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Summer '94: The Peak Of Modern Rock

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pop chart analyst Chris Molanphy talks about the rise of modern rock and how it became an alternative radio format; how musicians like Trent Reznor and Eddie Vedder were forced into the top 40 spotlight; and about the influence that this "alternative" genre has had on music over the last 20 years.

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Soundcheck Smackdown: 'The Sign,' 20 Years Later

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Ace Of Base song "The Sign" was everywhere in 1994: but was it a triumph or a travesty? Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham debate the song's merits on a Soundcheck Smackdown. 

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Summer '94: Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication' At 20

Monday, July 14, 2014

In honor of Beastie Boys' Ill Communication turning 20 this year, and Soundcheck takes a closer look at the classic rap album and its signature single, "Sabotage," with Grantland's Amos Barshad.

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Summer '94: Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die,' 20 Years Later

Friday, July 11, 2014

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark debut, Ready To Die. Soundcheck talks about the album and Big’s short-lived career with cultural critic Dream Hampton -- a friend and later, a producer of several documentary films about him.

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The Soundcheck Guide To Blur

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Stereogum Editor Michael Nelson remembers Blur's defining moments from 1994 and shares some underrated songs from the Blur catalogue. 

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Summer '94: The Staying Power Of Lisa Loeb's Biggest Hit

Monday, July 07, 2014

Twenty years ago, Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" was everywhere: on the Reality Bites soundtrack, on heavy rotation on MTV, and on the Billboard Hot 100 -- at No. 1 for three weeks in August. Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham of Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio tell the story of the song.

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I Wasn't Allowed To Watch: Boyz II Men's 'I'll Make Love To You'

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop catches up on the 1994 music videos that were not appropriate for 7-year-olds.

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Summer '94: Listening To (And Learning From) Nick Cave

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

In the summer of 1994, a fateful autograph from a musical hero put future Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer on the straight and narrow. 

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Summer '94: 'Pulp Fiction' Soundtrack Ricochets Into Release

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Quentin Tarantino's 1994 masterpiece 'Pulp Fiction' turns 20 this year. Equally iconic is the film's soundtrack. RollingStone.com staff writer Kory Grow tells John Schaefer about the manic movie's surf-oriented music. 

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Summer '94: Where Were You, And What Were You Listening To?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

All this month, Soundcheck is going to be looking and listening back to the summer of 1994. Members of the Soundcheck team reflect on what they were listening to 20 years ago.

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